All posts tagged: Kerstin Florian

Five of the best bath oils

The beauty of bath oils is that, in an instant you can create a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own home. Any time of the year is a good time to bathe. However, the cooler months Autumn and winter are my favourites. Choose the oil to suit your needs – whether you need a pick-me-up or a soothing calm and relaxing treat. Light a candle or two, pop on some soothing sounds and a glass of wine is fine too. This is The Spa Man’s pick of his favourite bath oils at the moment. The Spa Man’s Five of the best bath oils Russie Blanche Banya De-stress Bath & Shower Oil Lavender, ginger, vetiver and bergamot essential oils combine with nourishing sweet almond and macadamia oil to relax the muscles and calm the mind. For me this is one of the best bath oils around. www.spavoyage.co.uk Repêchage Sea Spa Massage, Bath & Body Oil Rosemary and geranium essential oils are blended with hydrating soybean and anti-oxidant rich Carrot oil and vitamin E, to …

Review: Park House Hotel & Spa, West Sussex

THE HOTEL: In the heart of rural West Sussex, the Park House Hotel & Spa is a bit of an unsung hero. The family owned property is a small country house hotel with a warm heart. Just a stones’ throw from the South Downs, it’s an idyllic setting for a weekend spa escape. With 21 luxury en-suite bedrooms in the main hotel building and three adjacent cottages (where The Spa Man stayed) the décor is designed to reflect an English country home. I was worried it would be on the wrong side of chintzy – but was pleasantly surprised. Yes, there are floral prints, but contrasted with modern fittings and a neutral palette, it really works. If you aren’t heading to the spa you could laze by the outdoor pool or try tennis, croquet, lawn bowls, or a quick round of golf on the six-hole par 3 golf course. And do make plans to dine in the restaurant. The tasting menu was top class. THE SPA AT PARK HOUSE HOTEL & SPA: The award-winning spa …

Review: The Dolder Grand, Zurich

The Dolder Grand certainly lives up to its name and reputation. Positioned high on the hill with commanding views across Zurich, it’s renowned across Europe for its history and service. A total overhaul taking four years saw architect, Norman Foster create two new wings, with his signature style, which modernised the resort, yet manage to complement the original look and feel of the main hotel building (which dates back to 1899). Surrounded by woodland with the most incredible views, it combines modern five-star luxury, with old world charm. It was magical. The spa occupies the ground floor of the spa wing, with accommodation suites above. I stayed in the spa wing and had magnificent vistas of the lake and the forest. In total there are 176 rooms and suites, two restaurants (the food is exquisite and I tried Swiss wine for the first time). Breakfast is taken on the terrace in summer months. The hotel manages to create a welcome feel, combining wellness resort with world class luxury. I honestly didn’t want to leave. THE …

Turkish Body Scrub

THE STORY: I keep a pot of the Kerstin Florian Turkish Body Scrub in the shower and use it when I need a quick pick-me-up. It’s packed with eucalyptus oil which gives you an instant wake-up call and the oil based consistency of the scrub is infused with salts and minerals giving the body a thorough scrub and cleanse. It’s not harsh or abrasive, the combination of oils and salt works perfectly for a quick body scrub to get you going in the morning. A good exfoliation now and then helps give the skin a deep cleanse, that stimulates circulation and removes all the dead skin cells. It’s great for a hangover and is especially good for dry elbows, knees and feet. THE SCIENCE: Eucalyptus oil is invigorating and has an instant wake-up effect. It’s anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-bacterial and stimulates the respiratory and immune systems. Lavender oil is renowned for its relaxing, balancing and calming properties and the mineral salts that provide the scrubbing action are purifying and stimulating. THE VERDICT: An instant pick-me-up in …