They are the reason most of us visit a spa but with more and more treatments on spa menus these days – from the sublime to the signature - the choice can be a little overwhelming. Stylish Spy looks at some of the hero treatments around, and where to go to enjoy them.
Best for… a facelift without undergoing the knife
Natura Bisse’s High Definition Face Lift
75 minutes, £175
After an age-defying treatment without injections? The High Definition Face Lift by Natura Bisse might well do the trick. This multi-faceted treatment – with cleansing ritual, lifting and firming radiance peel, activating facial brush, intense anti-wrinkle creams, cranial balancing massage, hyaluronic mask and sculpting massage – is specially designed to add volume to the skin, treat fine lines and wrinkles and plump up the skin. There’s only one way to find out…
Try it at… Sequoia Spa at The Grove, a 5 Bubble Luxury spa set in a country house estate in Hertfordshire, with tennis courts, 300 acres of grounds, a championship golf course, a Michelin-star restaurant and a multi-level spa with indoor and outdoor pools, 18 treatment rooms and leafy relaxation areas (pictured above).
Best for… mothers-to-be
Gaia’s Mother Gaia
60 minutes, £110
Getting a decent knot-busting massage when you’re pregnant can be tricky but Gaia has created something quite beautiful. Mother Gaia is a gentle, relaxing scrub and massage, where knots are untied using gentle yet fragrant oils and skin smoothed via gentle exfoliation and rich creams. Tell your therapist which areas ache or feel tight and they will work their magic – gently.
Try it at… Cary Arms & Spa, a 5 Bubble coastal spa set in a classic English Inn in Devon, with sea-facing suites, beach huts and lodges and a costal restaurant. The glass-encased spa (pictured above) boasts a waterfall hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, sunny terrace and gym.
Best for… a pre-celebration treat
Temple Spa’s Champagne and Deluxe treatments
90 minutes, £120
Whether you want to make head’s turn at the Christmas party or look incredible for the celebration of a lifetime, the crème de la crème of facials will not disappoint. The includes a warm mask to iron out wrinkles, a lifting massage to tone skin, an iced blend to reduce puffiness and Temple Spa’s cult Skin Truffle moisturiser to smoothe. The treatment ends with a flute of Champagne and a handmade chocolate truffle. You shall go to the ball…
Try it at… The Verbena Spa, a 5 Bubble spa set in the Feversham Arms, a former coaching house-turned boutique hotel set in North Yorkshire, with cosy rooms and suites, sophisticated – and much-loved – dining. The spa offers a decked terrace with raised hot tub (pictured above), five heat experience rooms and a stylish café.
Best for… body sculpting Radio Frequency One session: £120; six sessions: £1,250
Also known as Radiofrequency Skin Tightening therapy, Radio Frequency is a revolutionary non-surgical treatment designed to contour the body. Therapists use an Alma HD3D RF machine to deliver focused radio frequency energy to all layers of the skin, re-shaping fat deposits, smoothing cellulite, tightening the skin and encouraging collagen production. For the best results, book a course of six treatments.
Try it at… The Bulgari Spa, a design-led 5 Bubble Luxury spa set in the eponymous Bulgari hotel in the heart of London with eight categories of rooms and suites, an Italian restaurant, a social bar and a cigar lounge. The 2,000sq metre basement spa offers a 25-metre pool (pictured above), a golden vitality pool, thermal facilities, a gym and a hair salon.
Best for… releasing tension
CBD Re-energising treatment
90 minutes, £245
Feeling tense? You’re not the only one - life’s stresses and strains get to all of us from time-to-time. Ease tension and unravel tightness with a CBD Re-energising treatment, combining CBD oils infused with bitter orange, grapefruit and juniper berry with a handcrafted bamboo roller to rejuvenate deeper levels of the muscles and a signature OTO sound therapy treatment to ground and regenerate the mind, body and soul.
Where to try it… The Mandarin Oriental, a London institution overlooking Hyde Park with fit-for-royalty rooms and suites, and Michelin-star dining including Dinner by Heston Blumental. The spa offers a 17-metre stainless-steel clad pool with lap timer (pictured above), vitality pool, samarium, steam room, fitness centre and results-led treatments.