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AMAN SPA AT THE CONNAUGHT
Perfect for: Globetrotters
The lowdown: Located in the basement of The Connaught, Aman Spa o ers
treatments that draw on the healing cultures of China, Thailand, India and
South America. The gentle therapists tailor all treatments to an individual's
needs, covering everything from massage and body-scrubs to re exology
and acupuncture. Low-lit treatment rooms are luxuriously tranquil and there's
an ionised-water plunge pool for a relaxing dip after your treatment.
Tried and tested treatment: After a di cult month with a bad neck, I was
in need of help to get back on track, and the Inspired by China treatment
sounded ideal, as it focuses on restoring your body's qi, or vital energy,
through massage on acupuncture points. My therapist gave me a jasmine
lled footbath while we had a consultation, and established that I needed
'grounding' rather than 'energising'. She started o with an all-over Himalayan
salt scrub, before I sat in a steam room and then showered.
Back on the bed, I lay between crisp cotton sheets and drifted o , as my
therapist wafted essential oils in front of my nose during a thorough massage.
She nished with a facial that also focused on acupuncture points and I left
with a deep sense of calm, not to mention incredibly soft skin.
Prices: The Inspired by China treatment costs £280 for a 150-minute
treatment. Other 60-minute treatments start at £125.
The Connaught, Carlos Place, W1K 2AL; 020 3147 7305;
LAURA FOSTER, ASSISTANT EDITOR
BULGARI SPA AT THE BULGARI HOTEL
Perfect for: Men who groom
The lowdown: Reputedly the most expensive hotel in
London, the Bulgari Hotel's blissfully spacious two-storey
spa, burrowed ve oors beneath the lobby, is a soothing
revelation: simply designed but constructed from luxurious
materials such as the textured Vicenza stone used by the
great Italian architect Palladio. Therapists here use only
products that are based on natural ingredients, while
London luxuries include a 25-metre pool as well as a
private spa suite - and very welcoming sta .
Tried and tested treatment: The Naturalift Acupuncture
Facial, designed by David Peters. Trained extensively in China,
Peters has a BSc in acupuncture, and makes his own essential
oils. His treatment involves cosmetic acupuncture and a
rm facial massage to encourage new collagen and elastin
production, so it's a natural alternative to llers. My skin felt
smoother, rmer - and I could still move my forehead.
Prices: The Naturalift Acupuncture Facial costs £290 for
90 minutes. Other 60-minute treatments start at £130.
Bulgari Hotel Residences London, 171 Knightsbridge,
SW7 1DW; 020 7151 1010; bulgarihotels.com/london
BEN M£CORMACK, EDITOR
The inner sanctum of calm is the circular relaxation lounge,
which is lined with dramatic gold-leaf pillars and teak loungers