Rebuff, rejuvenate, refresh and revamp. All the ‘re’ buzz words synonymous with January New Year’s resolutions have returned in full to shake us from our post-Christmas culinary glee and throw us into a relentless regime of ‘work hard or go home’, all in aid of getting our bodies back to their former glory. But your 2014 health-kick needn’t be an unglamorous affair…
Here to help you jump back on the band wagon in unrelenting style after your short hiatus from health, FOUR picks out a few of the world’s hottest spas, from The Caudalie at The Plaza Hotel in New York to the La Prairie at Hotel le Bristol in Paris.
Caudalie Spa, The Plaza Hotel, New York
Timeless and unforgettable. Two words that will drift from your mind and disappear into a cloud of fragrant mist as you pass through the coveted doors (the same ones which have greeted an array of the world’s greatest politicians and entertainers throughout its illustrious history) of The Plaza Hotel and melt into one of the relaxing beds at its Caudalie Spa.
What: Housed within a luxurious surrounding of noble woods, dark stone and sleek design, The Caudalie Spa offers a glut of exclusive treatments that sound good enough to sip on, with its unending list of wine-inspired scrubs, baths and body-wraps. A few of our favorites are the Wine Maker’s Massage and the Merlot Scrub while the Premier Cru Facial is well worth a try.
Spa at Four Seasons, Four Seasons at Park Lane, London
One of the most luxurious of London’s host of high-end hotels, Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane boasts chic design, high-style dining, an unrivalled concierge service and, last but in no way least, an elegant roof-top spa.
What: While away your time in one of the nine bespoke spa treatment rooms at the Four Seasons Park Lane’s spa, all of which feature floor-to-ceiling windows and private relaxation pods, so you can enjoy ultra-serenity while taking in the spectacular views across the city. From its expansive treatments list, we love Golden Glow, a body treatment infused with real particles of gold that lasts for around 80 minutes and promises to leave skin feeling soft and enriched. The spas new list of ‘Hommage’ treatments for men are also particularly enticing, featuring a Fitness Massage designed for tired-out bodies that have been burning the bulge in the gym.
The Spa at The Merchant Hotel, Belfast
A harmonious blend of Victorian grandeur and Art Deco inspired by sleek modernity, The Merchant Hotel’s Grade A listed building in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is a dreamlike home-from-home for those looking for the perfect luxury spa break destination.
What: It’s resident spa, The Spa at The Merchant Hotel, is thoughtfully designed to create an environment that will restore even the most tired-out city slicker’s well being and promote spiritual and emotional harmony. Holistic healing not your thing? Then perhaps their signature treatment, Deborah Mitchell’s revolutionary Heaven Been Venom mask facial treatment, will be. It promises to lift, tighten and firm, for an instant anti-aging effect.
Le Bristol by La Prairie Spa, Hotel Le Bristol, Paris
Ensconced within the gleaming 1920s building famed for its historic architecture and luxurious interior that is the gorgeous Le Bristol Hotel in Paris, Le Bristol by La Prairie spa is one of the most coveted of luxury spas.
What: Take a dip in the rooftop swimming pool, complete with views overlooking Paris’ stunning cityscape, before indulging in one of the many treatments which promise to renew, revitalize and rebuff. Look out for its total-body caviar wrap that leaves skin shimmering with renewed vitality and that much-wanted A-lister elasticity.
AWAYSPA, W Hotel, Taipei
Located in the heart of the Xinyi district in Taipei, Taiwan, home to some of the city’s most exciting bars, restaurants and clubs which make up its exuberant nightlife, The W Hotel’s AWAYSPA is a little haven in this fast-paced and exhilarating corner of the world.
What: Whether you’re gearing up for a big night on the tiles or winding down after a day trampling the streets seeing the city’s many awe-inspiring sights, the AWAYSPA has it all. Burnt-out wonder women are well catered for, while its signature treatment for men, ‘In His Skin’, is a firm favorite for freezing time and unlocking younger looking skin with a serum that features snake extract.