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Burger King opens spa in Finland The Spa Man

Burger King spa opens in Finland

It’s only natural that a Burger King spa opens in Finland – right? It’s the traditional home of the sauna. The Fins are renowned throughout the world for their rugged approach to getting hot and steamy and then jumping in a freezing lake. Some run around in the snow. So the news that Burger King, yes you heard it right, Burger King has opened a spa in Finland’s capital, Helsinki is not that surprising. It’s reported to be a fully functioning spa that’s an add-on to the burger joint which will allow patrons to eat their burgers and fries in a sauna capable of seating up to 15 people. And it doesn’t stop there, there is a range of high-tech add ons. The red and blue benches in the sauna pick out the chains logo and create a bright and breezy look, designed by Finnish designer Teuvo Loman. The spa area also features a 48-inch TV for viewing movies, as well as a gaming lounge, complete with 55-inch TV and a Playstation 4 console. You can even …

Humorous video of spa etiquette in Iceland

The tourist board for Iceland, Visit Iceland has launched a tongue in cheek video showing the spa etiquette required for spa-ing in the country. I have watched this humorous video of spa etiquette in Iceland a few times and it still makes me laugh. Iceland really is a magical place to spa, I’ve been to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland before and absolutely loved it. I had one of my most memorable spa experiences there. So, for this funny guide to spa in Iceland, you can watch the video below. Produced through its Iceland Academy online “training course,” it aims to teach tourists the basics of a spa visit to Iceland, ensuring they make the most of their time in the country. I think that it should be shown in spas right across the world too. I absolutely love the new video which teaches visitors about Iceland’s hot tub etiquette. It’s introduced by a local known as Gudmundur,  who is head of spa etiquette. Gudmundur stands next to a naked man in a shower, and proceeds to demonstrate how to properly get …

Elemis launches TSV special 13th February on QVC

Elemis exclusive TSV collection on QVC

The Elemis exclusive TSV collection on QVC features the 5-Piece ‘Cleanse, Define and Contour Collection’ is available on QVC for one day only on the 13th February. The QVC TSV collections are always really popular and offer some incredible deals for beauty fans. This one in particular has some hero products and some new launches. the new Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil is sure to be a favourite. Revive your regime with the Elemis exclusive TSV collection on QVC anti-ageing collection, consisting of powerful creams, oils and balms for the face, décolleté and eyes. The new Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil, a nurturing cleanser containing over 90% natural oils softens, soothes & supports the moisture barrier leaving a healthy looking radiant complexion. Skin is primed and in optimum condition to receive the full benefits of this anti-ageing routine. With the Pro-Definition Day Cream, Night Cream and Eye & Lip Contour Cream, lines will appear plumper and re-densified, revealing a more youthful, renewed and sculpted look. The clinically proven NEW Pro-Collagen Neck & Décolleté balm will help to maintain skin moisture …

AMA Andalusia Health Resort opens in Spain

A spa escape is, for many people, out of reach due to the expense. Let’s face it. A week in a spa hotel or retreat is not cheap. Enter: AMA Andalusia Health Resort, which is an exciting project in Andalucia which offers easy accessibility from both Faro and Seville airports, and most importantly – affordability with nightly rates from 100€. It offers new opportunities for guest seeking a health resort in Andalusia. This new 42 bedroom property (that also includes 26 luxury apartments and 50 standard apartments in its portfolio), is opening its doors after an extensive multimillion refurbishment. AMA – a word which references both love and Mother Nature – is offering a pioneering spa and medical programme, haute cuisine prepared by an ex-Elbulli chef and impeccable rooms, whilst tucked away as a hidden gem in the quiet beach town of Islantilla, bordering Portugal. Sounds idyllic. Best health resort in Andalusia? Whether checking in for a two day Detox Break, or 21 day medical recovery programme, AMA Andalusia Health Resort’s spa and health team …

New launch: Yoga breaks at Six Senses Marbella

Its all about yoga on the sunny South Coast of Spain for the next few months. The recently opened Six Senses Spa Marbella is introducing a series of new results-driven yoga programmes for winter designed to achieve optimum balance of body and mind. The three, five and seven day programmes can be experienced in a short two and half hour journey time from the UK, so you don’t need to fly long haul for a holistic yoga escape. The three new intensive Six Senses yoga programmes – Discover Yoga, Yogic Detox and Yogic Sleep, suitable for complete novices and more accomplished yoga practitioners alike, will be taught by the spa’s experienced in-house yoga master. Each programme will be tailored to the individual needs of each guest and will involve an individual yoga consultation and practice, guided meditation and a number of rebalancing spa treatments which will vary depending on the length of stay. Framed by the Mediterranean Sea and lush botanical gardens, the luxurious Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa Marbella provides the perfect backdrop for a wellness …

Outdoor sauna comes to King’s Cross

There’s been an outdoor pool in the heart of the King’s Cross development site for a while now and it’s a great spot for a spot of outdoor bathing. The natural bathing pond is filtered naturally and is the first ever man-made fresh water public bathing pond in the UK. If you want to google it check out the King’s Cross Pond Club. Anyone can pop along, just pay the entry fee and you’re away. Now more recently they have launched a wood-fired barrel sauna. Perfect for winter, this is as close to the Scandinavian outdoor sauna tradition as you’ll get in central London and a perfect winter activity. The sauna will be at the pond club right now and set to remain for the next four months (so around April). It’s free to use for anyone who has paid to swim. Visiting the Pond Club The pond is open Monday-Friday from 8am-dusk, and Saturday-Sunday from 10am-dusk. Tickets are available for designated sessions throughout the day, and two weeks in advance. Prices range from £3.50 to £6.50 for …

The best spa-inspired Christmas gifts for women

Create an at-home spa experience with these great Christmas gifts. It’s The Spa Man’s Christmas gift guide for women. Elemis Forever Frangipani If you love frangipani, then you will love this. Contains the hero Frangipani Monoi Body Oil, enabling you to layer the scent with the partner Shower Cream, Body Cream and new Frangipani Monoi Mist. All full sizes. RRP: £39.90 Worth £73 www.elemis.com Neom Christmas Wish Home Collection Spritz your home, tree or furnishings with the comforting blend of mandarin, cinnamon and tonka bean, then light your candle and feel the seasonal stresses melt away, as the air is filled with the wonderfully warming scent of Christmas. Includes; 30ml Home Mist & 1 Wick Candle. RRP £44.95 www.neomorganics.com Jo Malone Pine & Eucalyptus Scent Surround™ Diffuser This sleek, smart diffuser is perfect for the festive season in the forest-fresh fragrance Pine & Eucalyptus. Continuously fills your home with freshness for Christmas. £58 www.jomalone.com Decleor Anti-Ageing Skincare Ritual Christmas Collection Smooth, radiant skin is assured with this luxury collection of anti-ageing skincare. Collection includes: Aromessence …

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Condé Nast Johansens Luxury Spa Awards 2016

Condé Nast Johansens Luxury Spa Awards 2016 has announced the winners of the annual awards. The Awards are based on responses from online voting, guest feedback, and local expert reports drawn from the hotels and spas featured in our most recent Guides. UK, EUROPE & THE MEDITERRANEAN Best Newcomer – Le Mirador Resort & Spa, Switzerland “Leading the way with pioneering aesthetic, medical and dental treatments, Givenchy Spa at Le Mirador Resort & Spa aims to restore, cure and prevent ailments. This is Givenchy’s one and only spa in Switzerland above Lake Geneva’s waters with the Swiss Alps in the distance and UNESCO vineyards all around.” Best Destination Spa – SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain “Serenely set within Sierra Helada Natural Park, looking down to the Mediterranean Sea, SHA is a leading wellness clinic and medical hotel spanning across six buildings with numerous pools, gardens, 92 suites, 80 treatment cabins, a Pilates studio and Technogym. Treatments are a mix of ancient Eastern philosophies executed with revolutionary Western techniques and include Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, Traditional Chinese Medicine …

Good Spa Guide Awards 2015 winners

Attracting over 50,000 public votes some of the UK’s best spas have been highlighted in the annual Good Spa Guide Awards in association with Decléor. The winners were presented with their awards at Spa Life 2015, which is an industry only event that brings together spa owners and suppliers to talk spa. The regional awards are voted for by the public, whereas the Good Spa Guide National Awards are decided by the specially appointed Good Spa Spies. The Spa Spies review over 100 spas every year and complete a detailed audit sheet that covers all aspects of the spa from service and facilities to cleanliness and maintenance. It goes to show, I’ve only been to a couple of these locations, which demonstrates just how many spas there are in the UK. Announcing the winners, founder of The Good Spa Guide, Daphne Metland says, “The 2015 Good Spa Guide Awards saw the strongest competition than ever before with over 50,000 members of the public voting for their favourite spa. The standards this year were incredibly high …

Spafinder Wellness 365 Unveils Winners of 2015 Wellness Travel Awards

Spafinder Wellness 365 Unveils Winners of 2015 Wellness Travel Awards across Six Continents, 43 Countries/Regions and 20 Categories • Eighty-Six Percent of Country/Region Award Winners Won for the First Time • Wellness Travel Properties in Asia Have Record Showing • Best UK Spa Awarded to ESPA Life at the Corinthia Hotel, London Spafinder Wellness 365 has announced the winners of the 2015 Wellness Travel Awards at a press event held at the World Travel Market in London. Inaugurated in 2014, the Wellness Travel Awards recognise the demand for healthier travel options and honour hotels, resorts, destination spas and retreats worldwide offering the best wellness holidays and experiences. Winners were selected by a panel of 33 travel and wellness industry editors and experts, who nominated 504 properties for consideration before narrowing the field to finalists in 53 countries and regions, and by consumers who voted for their favourite locations across 20 categories. All Wellness Travel Award winners can be seen at www.wellnesstravelawards.com. Reflecting the rapid growth and diversity of the wellness travel landscape, of the 43 …

DoubleTree by Hilton Liverpool opens with new spa

DoubleTree by Hilton has expanded in the UK to open its first hotel & spa in Liverpool, housed in the Municipal Annexe building, a unique, recently-restored Grade II listed building in the heart of the city. Steeped in history, the stylish property has been given a contemporary finish while retaining all the grandeur of the original construction which dates back to 1865. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Liverpool offers 87 beautiful guestrooms and suites, against a backdrop of sweeping staircases, Italian mosaic floors and original Corinthian columns. The hotel opening marks the arrival of the second eforea spa in the UK, with a menu of treatments designed to help guests ’emerge brighter’ from their spa experience, feeling renewed, uplifted and refreshed. Spa facilities include six treatment rooms, plus a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and 24-hour fitness suite. You will find the Elemis treatments on offer in the spa with some signature experiences unique to eforea spa like the Journey Enhancements, powerful mini-treatments that are added to your existing services or enjoyed by themselves. …

Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is now open

I’m a fan of Mandarin Oriental so I was very excited to hear that its newest location is now open – in Morocco: Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech. The elegant and contemporary resort is set among 20 hectares of landscaped gardens filled with the scent of 100,000 roses, with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains providing a stunning backdrop. Located just 10 minutes’ drive from the heart of the city and the historic Medina, the hotel offers 54 private villas inspired by Berber and Moorish influences, all with secluded walled gardens, swimming pools and hot tubs, extensive areas for sunbathing and shaded alfresco dining. A further nine spectacular suites, seven with their own rooftop plunge pool, feature panoramic vistas of the gardens and the surrounding countryside. The architect of the project is Pascal Desprez while the design of Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, rustic yet sophisticated, was created by renowned French architects, Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier. With its Berber and Andalusian-Arabic influences, the resort provides relaxed and stylish luxury for the cosmopolitan traveller. Featuring natural, local materials, the interior and …

Caudalie treatments debut at Verulamium Spa

Luxury French skincare brand Caudalie brings something extra special to St Albans with the launch of the Vinothérapie® treatments and products at the Verulamium Spa. The Verulamium Spa, which opened in November 2012, is a stunning day spa situated in Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre. It takes its design influence from the Roman heritage in St Albans and offers a beautiful heat and water oasis with four dry heat rooms, hydrospa pool and heated benches for the perfect relaxation experience. Complete with five treatment rooms, including a couple’s treatment room, and a relaxation area and bistro the spa is the perfect getaway from the everyday hustle and bustle. Started in Bordeaux in 1993 and inspired by the natural beauty of the surroundings, Caudalie’s unique Vinothérapie® utilises the powerful impact of the grape seeds, skins and stems on the skin providing anti-ageing and soothing qualities. The Verulamium Spa offers the Caudalie Signature treatment, the Divine Face and Body Experience, carried out by highly trained therapists. The Divine Face and Body Experience includes an express facial with a …

Portavadie spa opens in Scotland

Portavadie, a new luxury retreat has now opened, promising Scotland’s newest and most luxurious spa and leisure experience. As part of a £10m development, the spa and leisure complex includes a 16-metre indoor pool, outdoor spa pools, two Scandinavian saunas, Precor equipped gymnasium and the largest heated outdoor infinity pool in Scotland. Like the outdoor pools, the indoor facilities including the gym and spa areas – and even the saunas – offer stunning floor to ceiling views across Loch Fyne and beyond to the Isle of Arran, bringing nature right into the facility and flooding the building with light. Both guests and visitors can enjoy the new offering, with complimentary leisure access for shore side residents, and prices for day visitors and water based residents starting from just £12 for adults and £5 for children. Full spa access is also available, with prices for a day’s spa experience starting from just £91. This includes full admission to the new complex, with its stunning pools, relaxation areas, hydrotherapy pool, cafe bar and treatments. The spa will …

Build your own beauty box at Selfridges

ELEMIS has just announced that it is participating in the Birchbox Build Your Own Box campaign taking place at Selfridges from Friday 28th August to celebrate Birchbox’s 5th Anniversary. And it’s not just Britain’s best-loved spa brand that’s taking part, you can line up a host of goodies to create your very own bespoke box including: Nuxe, Rituals, Percy & Reed, Cowshed, Sarah Chapman, LAQA & Co, Bliss and Parlour. Birchbox is taking a dedicated pop-up space in Selfridges, Oxford Street for one month offering consumers the opportunity to create their own personalised box containing their brands of choice. With a footfall of 266,000 per week in the Selfridges Beauty Hall, this is a massive coup for the brands and gives you the customer the opportunity to get your very own personalised beauty/grooming box. And for fans of the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, (and I know that both men and women love this product) the 30ml size will be in the mix of beauty luxuries to choose from. How to build yours… From 28th August …