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Good Spa Guide Awards 2017

The Good Spa Guide – the UK’s leading authority on the spa industry – has unveiled the winners in its annual Good Spa Guide Awards 2017. The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA, Scotland was named best UK spa, while further awards were given for customer service and design, through to best country retreat and top newcomer. A total of 12 awards were also given for the best spas in each UK region. Winners of the 2017 Good Spa Guide Awards – in association with Spabreaks.com – were announced at a glittering gala dinner sponsored by Temple Spa on 14th November 2017 at Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. Over 101,000 consumers voted in the Readers’ Choice National Awards, while the Best UK Spa and the Regional Awards were based on audit scores from annual reviews conducted by The Good Spa Guide’s own ‘Spa Spies’. THE RESULTS IN FULL Good Spa Guide Awards 2017: Regional Awards Best UK Spa (sponsored by Temple Spa): The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA, Scotland Best Spa in London: The Bulgari Spa Best Spa …

Rooftop Finnish Sauna Southbank London

Finnish Rooftop Sauna comes to Southbank London

The Southbank Centre brings the benefits of the sauna to the Southbank with its Finnish Rooftop Sauna. Promising guests they will get hot, hot, hot, there will be great views of the River Thames and you can cool off win the open air or with cold water buckets. The specially designed Finnish Rooftop Sauna will sit on Queen Elizabeth Roof Terrace, and there will be a sauna expert to demonstrate steaming stones and introduce you to the authentic sauna experience. Reaching 90 degrees celsius inside, you can then cool down outside (and in London that won’t be a problem, but for the hearty amongst you you can go full Finn and douse yourself with cold water. The benefits of the sauna are well researched (read more HERE) and even the Daily Mail has reported on the striking health benefits (so it must be true). There are some science-backed benefits to saunas, which range from increased circulation (as a result of the elevated heart rate and widened blood vessels that accompany exposure to intense heat) to reduced muscle soreness …

Good for your health, mind, body and soul: it’s Spa Week UK 2017

It’s National Spa Week 2017 which means that you can abandon all guilt and book a spa treatment. Or  why not pull out all the stops and book a spa break. There are some great deals to be had, but what’s more important is that it is great for your physical health and mental wellbeing. Trust me – I’m The Spa Man. Running from 3oth October to 5th November, Spa Week 2017 celebrates UK spas and salons by putting them in the spotlight for one dedicated week, giving them the opportunity to showcase the many real physical and emotional health benefits of the treatments that they offer to the UK public. This year the event is sponsored by Groupon and Aromatherapy Associates. Participating spas and salons will be providing some fantastic offers and promotions on a range of treatments so that you can discover for yourself why regularly visiting a spa is a necessary personal investment, not just a one off ‘treat’. The main aim of Spa Week 2017 is to promote the many physical, mental …

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Pop up spa at Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane features Omorovicza

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is holding a week long pop up, The Omorovicza Midnight Suite featuring La Perla, from September 7 to 14, 2017. Spa clients can experience a selection of treatments from the new Omorovicza Midnight Menu which has been designed to celebrate the launch of their Midnight Radiance Mask. The brightening overnight mask is formulated with active ingredients to gently exfoliate the skin while promoting cell renewal and fighting hyperpigmentation. The luxurious pop up will be located at the Hotel’s stunning tenth floor Spa (which is amazing and I speak from experience). It’s a roof-top sanctuary boasting 360-degree views of the London skyline including Hyde Park. It is stunning. It’s going to be a floral affair as Four Seasons very own Floral Designer Rosalind Ackerley has designed the suite using an array delphinium, hydrangea and lisianthus flowers and tones of midnight blue throughout. The boudoir style room is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate and showcases a range of La Perla’s nightwear collection, which is now …

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Pamper Camper hits the festival circuit with mobile spa

Now the 7th Heaven Pamper Camper ticks all the right boxes for a summer of fun. Multi-award-winning beauty brand 7th Heaven is hitting the festival circuit with its Pamper Camper mobile spa, providing free treatments to lucky revellers. The cruelty-free, vegetarian and natural face mask brand has transformed a beautiful VW Campervan into a pop-up beauty haven. It made its UK debut at the last ever Secret Garden Party from July 20-23 and was a huge hit (naturally). see pic below. Most recently you may have spotted it at London’s ExCel Centre for Summer in the City, the UK’s largest gathering of bloggers and online influencers from August 4-6. Were you there? This weekend the summer roadtrip closes with a massive celebration in the VIP area of Cornwall’s Boardmasters Festival, from August 9-13. I only hope they have some good weather. the forecast is looking mixed. 7th Heaven’s expert beauty therapists will provide Indian head massages, shoulder, neck, hand and arm massages. Festival goers opting to treat themselves to a walk-up massage can kick off …

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New beer spa opens at Bjórböðin in Iceland

Iceland has launched a new beer spa at Bjórböðin, located on the north coast of the island. The new beer spa (which is a Beerspa & Restaurant) offers spa treatments in Kambala wood hot tubs filled with beer, water, hops and yeast.  I’m told that each of the tubs comes with its own beer tap with ales provided by the associated Bruggsmiðjan microbrewery. As it’s International Beer Day today (4th August) I thought it was the perfect time to post this story. Beer spas seem to be growing in number. There are a number in Prague and the Czech Republic and a few spas in the UK tried to jump on the trend by launching beer-lite spa treatments. These were ‘inspired’ by brewing and hops. you didn’t actually soak int eh beer though – but could enjoy a pint before or afterwards. The new beer spa on the block is called Bjórböðin, and is located on the northern tip of Iceland in the village of Árskógssandur. Guests can take a relaxing soak in giant tubs of beer, which is …

Stoer Jet Set facial for men launches atGatwick Spa, Virgin Clubhouse

Stoer Jet Set Facial for Men launches at airport spas

STOER Skincare for Men, has launched the STOER Jet Set Facial for Men at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Spas at London Heathrow, London Gatwick and John F. Kennedy International Airport in the USA. STOER Skincare for Men is a performance driven range of skincare products designed to act as the ultimate defence shield for male skin and protect it from the environment. STOER Jet Set Facial for Men, available from 1st August 2017 will raise the bar for male facial spa treatments at airport lounges.   The facial is designed to recharge, replenish and rehydrate skin before boarding the plane with STOER’s power-packed range of products. It helps to reinforce the skin’s natural barrier and keep it feeling healthy, comfortable and protected so you can touchdown at your destination fresh-faced. The STOER Jet Set Facial incorporates their signature cleanser, scrub, serum, eye serum and mask: STOER Skincare for Men Firm & Protect Moisturising Serum This turbo-charged high-tech layer of serum works wonders to hydrate and help soothe skin, combat environmental aggressors, strengthen the skin’s natural barrier …

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Spa Wars comes to ITVBe

It had to happen: Spa Wars is a brand new competitive beauty series on ITVBe that pitches three rival salons owners against each other to find out whose treatments offer the best value for money. Im not quite sure how enthusiastic I am about this. Will it be compelling TV or car-crash telly? I guess it’s more salon wars (from what I can gather) and not truly based in the spa. I guess it will be nail scissors at dawn and its likely to get bitchy. Voiced by television personality Rylan Clark-Neal, each episode sees three local beauticians take it in turns to visit each other’s salons, where they are plumped, preened and pampered to perfection before deciding how much they’re willing to pay for their treatments. At the end of all three visits, the salon that’s been paid the highest percentage of their total bill is crowned that week’s Spa Wars Winner. These results are revealed to them by a surprise guest celebrity! It seems to mimic the Four in a bed series. We …

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New Caudalie Boutique Spa opens in South London

Caudalie brings a taste of France to South London with the opening of its new Caudalie Boutique Spa. Situated on the well-healed shopping street of Northcote Road in Wandsworth, the store has two treatment rooms and extends the growing reputation of the brand in the UK. Last year I visited the home of Caudalie at Les Sources de Caudalie in the Bordeaux countryside. It was magical looking across the vineyard and experiencing authentic, vine-inspired therapies. This new boutique spa brings a taste of that with its unique version of vinotherapy to the streets of South London. You will find all of the brand hero products tastefully displayed in this modern, welcoming location. Naturally, Beauty Elixir, one of the best-selling products from the range takes pride of place and it is a must-try product for any beauty fan. For guys most of the skincare range will be suitable and the store is sign posted by concern, so it’s easy to navigate. The concise treatment menu has everything you will need for an hour or so of pure …

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Spa carriage debuts on Belmond Royal Scotsman

Move over Southern Rail, Belmond has announced the launch of a new spa carriage aboard Belmond Royal Scotsman. The service began in April, at the start of the 2017 season and welcomes a new partnership with The Bamford Haybarn Spa. It’s the first spa carriage to feature aboard Belmond’s portfolio of luxury trains and features bespoke Bamford treatments for passengers travelling on overnight rail journeys throughout Scotland and Great Britain. The British wellness brand Bamford was established in 2006 and is inspired by nature, with botanical skincare collections and holistic treatments that are made using organic ingredients certified by the Soil Association. Its Geranium, Lavender and Peppermint Botanical collection has also been selected by Belmond as the amenity range for each cabin. Individually crafted wellbeing treatments are devoted to connecting the mind, body and soul with the natural world. The Bamford Bespoke Facial is a 55-minute ritual that aims to restore, rejuvenate and repair the skin. The treatment features facial reflexology, lymphatic drainage, stimulating lifting and ancient yogic breathing. The treatment is finished with a deep tissue …

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Hot new spa openings in London 2017

There are some really hot new spa openings in London 2017 and I for one am very excited. The London spa market operates in a bit of a bubble, and it continues to boom. Although, having said that, across the UK there are some very big  projects set to launch this year too. From day spas and urban retreats to the the uber-luxury of five-star properties it appears that our desire for new spa experiences in the capital has not been satisfied. 2017 marks a year of new developments, investment and openings. The City of London is a central focus with the Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square and The Ned bringing spa luxury to the city. Whilst near Hyde Park, The Lanesborough is opening its Club & Spa. Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square (March 2017) From mid-March 2017, Four Seasons is set to open in the City of London. The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square will boast 1,680 square metres and eight spacious treatment rooms, including a spacious Spa Suite for couples and …

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Spa London becomes Spa Experience by Better

Spa Experience by Better is the new brand new name for Spa London. I’ve written about Spa London and talked about it on BBC Radio 4 and am a big fan for a number of reasons. The team has partnered with quality spa brands and offers excellent treatments at competitive prices. It makes spa affordable for more people and spreading the art of relaxation through the wider population is a very good thing in my book. Spa Experience by Better is a fresh new look for the spa group which has locations right across London and the South and the business has some very interesting plans to expand the concept nationwide. Partner brands include Elemis, La Sultane De Saba, Murad and Essie. The group first launched in 2007 with a single spa at Bethnal Green in East London.  The facility was the UK’s first ever public sector day spa and created a niche offering in the market, by offering a high quality service, but with less of the cost and exclusivity of spas that had existed before. There are currently …

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Spafinder Wellness Travel Awards 2016

Spafinder Wellness has announced the global winners of the Spafinder Wellness Travel Awards 2016. Inaugurated in 2014, the Awards recognise hotels, resorts, destination spas and retreats offering the best wellness vacations and experiences on six continents and in 41 countries, along with the top 10 properties in each of 20 categories. This year, 388 finalists competed for top honours, and consumers cast over 130,000 ballots for their favorite properties, more than twice as many as were cast in 2015. All Wellness Travel Award nominees, finalists and winners can be seen at www.wellnesstravelawards.com. Spafinder Wellness CEO John Bevan presented WTA Crystal Awards to the top properties on six continents and Country Awards to the top properties in 41 countries and regions. Category Awards were given to the top 10 properties that offer exceptional wellness experiences in each of 20 categories. New categories in 2016 include “Hidden Gems” and “Ahead-of-the-Curve.” Wellness Travel Award finalists were selected by a panel of 39 travel and wellness industry editors and experts, who first nominated 605 properties for consideration before narrowing the …

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Four Seasons to open new London hotel and spa

It’s not long to wait. From mid-March 2017, Four Seasons is promising to open the most lavish spa sanctuary in the City of London. Reflecting the architecture of London’s ancient Roman history, the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square features classical columns and clean lines. Colours and materials are inspired by the precious minerals mined by the Romans, lending an atmosphere of timeless serenity. With 1,680 square metres (18,083 square feet) of luxe relaxation, the London day spa features eight spacious treatment rooms, including a spacious Spa Suite for couples and a special Hammam Suite for steam treatments. Shared relaxation amenities include an indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, steam room and sauna. RELAXATION ZONE Conceived as private dressing rooms, the men’s and women’s changing rooms feature relaxation areas and individual showers. The women’s facility also includes its own steam room. FINISHING TOUCHES The spa’s elegant London nail salon is set within a circular chamber with marble floors. Four manicure stations and two pedicure stations are each placed in a separate niche for added privacy. COUPLE’S …

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National Spa Week 2016

It’s that time of the year once again when you can abandon all guilt and book a spa treatment, or pull out all the stops and book a spa break. Why? Because it’s National Spa Week and there’s some great deals and offers to be had. Running from 31st October to 4th November, National Spa Week celebrates UK spas and salons by putting them in the spotlight for one dedicated week, giving them the opportunity to showcase the many real physical and emotional health benefits of the treatments that they offer to the UK public. National Spa Week 2016 Participating spas and salons will be providing some fantastic offers and promotions on a range of treatments so that you can discover for yourself why regularly visiting a spa is a necessary personal investment, not just a one off ‘treat’. I’m booked into Ockenden Manor to celebrate the week too – to experience a new Elemental Herbology signature treatment (the brand has just launched at the spa). The main aim of Spa Week is to promote the many health …