LUXE Round-up: Most Extravagant Beauty Treatments
From the fabled donkey’s milk baths of Cleopatra to Duchess Kate’s now-renowned youth-restoring bee venom facials, the appeal and practice of luxury beauty therapies are clearly timeless, and for the thoroughly modern, C.21st beauty queen, there has never been a greater supply of inspiration. Here are our current favourite indulgent treatments to try – caviar and truffles and diamonds, oh my! White Caviar Illuminating Facial by La Prairie, Global
Not just for eating, the luxurious delicacy that is caviar is here used to promote a youthful, glowing complexion during La Prairie’s signature 90-minute facial. Promising brighter skin, diminished dark spots, and banished redness, the caviar facial doesn’t end when the clock runs down – you will also receive their White Caviar product line to continue with the regimen at home, with promised long-term results.
1,000 USD / Select Spa by La Prairie / http://www.laprairie.com Iced Manicure by Cherish Me, London
If you are an ardent subscriber to the belief that ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’, you will make fast friends with manicurist Cherish Angula, whose famed Iced Manicure is the platinum standard in nail art. Formerly based in Dubai and now calling London home, the Cherish…ME salon applies 10 carats worth of diamonds in this most luxurious of manis. Naturally you’ll not lift a finger lest you chip a nail, but Cherish will aid with maintaining and safely removing your precious bling at the end.
51,000 USD / LG/F / 145 St John St / London / +44 70 0349 7042 / http://cherish-me.com 24-Carat Gold Hammam Experience, Dubai
When in ritzy, glitzy Dubai, it makes sense to indulge in the most lavish of luxuries, and one of those surely is this 120-minute, 24-carat hammam experience, which combines the traditional Moroccan hammam with precious gold. Once you’re scrubbed and buffed as smooth, a gold clay body mask with extracts of myrtle is applied, followed finally by a full-body massage using gold-infused oils. Talk about a five-star treatment!
315 USD / Madinat Jumeirah / Dubai / +971 4 366 6818 / http://www.jumeirah.com Truffle by Fuente Blow Dry at Urban Retreat, London
No other hair product in the world can boast the ingredients in luxury brand Truffle by Fuente’s bottles: white truffle, diamond dust, and meteorite extracts. And to celebrate the launch of the brand, Urban Retreat at London’s Harrods became the only salon in the world to offer their signature Truffle by Fuente blow-dry, which features a wash with their shampoo and conditioner, then a blow-out from top stylist Flavian Abbas, promising to leave hair silken smooth and light as air. Luckily, because the treatment will set you back a pretty penny, you get to bring the bottles home for further at-home hair indulgence.
500 USD / Harrods Knightsbridge / London / +44 20 7893 8333 / http://www.urbanretreat.co.uk