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The Lush Spa

Lush has introduced a concept of natural and cosy spas across some of its stores offering a range of handmade treatments in familiar surroundings. The main branch of which is discreetly located in the basement floor of the London flagship store on Oxford Street.

Charming and inviting, touches of the spa include a kitchen styled reception area complete with fresh fruit and adorned with vintage tea cups. Treatments are designed to stimulate the senses and mood changing techniques are used throughout right from the consultation. Guests are taken on a journey through scent, touch and sound with highly trained therapists on hand to help to relieve the stress caused by day to day city life.

Lush's signature treatment is the Synaesthesia, a multi sensory journey incorporating a full body massage. Clients are encouraged to pick a word from a selection of different states of mind to determine the oil and massage bar used during the treatment.

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Magnificence at The May Fair Hotel

Nestled in the World's most desirable postcode, The May Fair Hotel first opened its doors in 1927.
Located just steps away from Bond Street, Mount Street and Bruton Street this hotel is every fashionista's dream and for those with an appetite for fine dining and the most exclusive Bars in London The May Fair is ideally placed.

From the moment one steps inside, you are immersed in stylish luxury at its very best.
The Hotel boasts some of the capital's most sumptuous suites that are individually designed catering for every desire, equipped with state of the art in-room iPads enabling guests to enjoy hotel services with just the touch of a screen.

Alongside the suites are over 400 opulent bedrooms that are decorated with a lavish yet contemporary design.
Be sure also to make full use of The May Fair Spa and its facilities to truly relax and unwind with a bespoke treatment.

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Moroccan Charm at The Royal Mansour

The Royal Mansour has established itself as one of the finest addresses in the world over recent years, set in the picturesque city of Marrakech; the hotel is the epitome of elegance and the ultimate in luxury.

With just 53 riads, The Royal Mansour prides itself on being intimate in comparison to some of the other larger hotels in the heart of city and touches such as underground tunnels leading to each riad for staff all contribute to it's guests having the privilege of uninterrupted privacy during their time in this oasis.

Opulent by design, the hotel has 34 one bedroom riads, 14 two bedroom and a further five larger spaces to accommodate groups and families with the largest riad having a spacious four bedrooms. Each riad is also equipped with its own private roof terrace complete with plunge pools and larger riads come with private hammams and open fireplaces.

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A Country Retreat at The Manor on Weston-On-The-Green

Set in the picturesque Oxfordshire, The Manor at Weston Green is a hidden gem on the outskirts of The Cotswolds and the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. The country house hotel boasts 25 individually decorated rooms, a tennis court, gardens and an outdoor pool.

One can expect sumptuous bedding, plush furnishings and a fluffy dressing gown when checking into the Manor, each of the rooms is also equipped with Elemis toiletries which adds a much-welcomed touch of luxury.

The charming boutique hotel also has two separate dining areas, The Morning Room for relaxed, informal dining all day and the in-house fine dining restaurant, The Baron's Hall. With a colourful history, the restaurant has been beautifully restored and still has many of its period features. Popular with locals and hotel guests, they serve a seasonally changing menu of classic British cuisine.

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The May Fair Spa

Nestled within the prestigious May fair Hotel the Spa at the May fair immerses you into a tranquil oasis of relaxation.

State of the art facilities such as full use of the herbal sauna and three different shower sensations are just some of the benefits guests can look forward to when booking in for a treatment. I normally allow an hour prior to treatment to make use of the extensive relaxation room which really allows you to make the most of some much needed down time.

Using Espa products, The May fair Spa offers an unparalleled list of treatments, body scrubs and wraps to name a few. The Moroccan cleansing treatment is quite popular amongst couples and involves lathering yourself (or each-other) in mineral muds and salts before relaxing in a private steam chamber. The therapists here also specialise in tailor made massage, guests can choose Swedish or aromatherapy techniques.

Open daily from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 10pm at weekends.

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Scone Palace

A trip to the Scottish Highlands wouldn't be the same without a visit to Scone Palace, named the top rural tourist destination in Scotland, the palace sits proudly in the area of Perth and Kinross and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world.

The history of the enchanted palace dates back centuries and it's the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, with many of the original period features still in place, Scone Palace offers a breathtaking insight into Scottish history.

As well as the tourist attraction, the palace is also becoming increasingly popular as a wedding and events venue.

Other highlights of the grounds include the 5 star self catering rooms available to book on site (for up to 6 guests) and the in house café offering homemade scones and tea.

www.scone-palace.co.uk

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The South Kensington Club

The South Kensington Club is a member's club in the heart of South Kensington offering state of the art amenities and an oasis for it's members to relax and socialise. Originally the Pineapple Dance Studios, the building was more recently the infamous Harrington Club before its acquisition by Luca Del Bono (also known for RussianMind favourite Mari Vanna) who has since revamped it creating a home away from home.

Unparalleled facilities such as London's only Watsu Pool and Russian Banyans are only the beginning of the well being that SKC aims to deliver to its members. Two gym spaces and the very latest equipment adorn the floors here, personalised training programmes and yoga classes can be tailored to each member's needs. Those wishing to hire the gym privately can do so and invite friends to join in on the fun when hosting private classes. For those looking to relax, the club boasts its own bathhouse, complete with a Hammam and treatment rooms.

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Top To Toe Pampering at Urban Retreat

World renowned Urban Retreat is located on the 5th floor of Harrods in Knightsbridge, the day spa offers head to toe pampering and is the perfect place to take some much needed down time.

Having undergone a major refurbishment last year, the treatment rooms and salon are the height of sophistication, think antique styled mirrors and plush violet seating. More recently, Urban Retreat has also expanded and now features a state of the art Moroccan Hammam giving clients the chance to indulge in the facilities when booking a hammam treatment.

An extended retail space is also housed at the front and back of the reception with exclusives from some of the most coveted beauty brands in the world, Crème De La Mer and Dr Murad to name a few. As part of the refurbishment a new make-up studio was also introduced and trained make up artists on hand to recommend products and to do quick fixes on the go.

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Dr Mervyn Patterson On Botox

Dr Mervyn Patterson is widely recognised as one of the leading practitioners in aesthetic medicine in the country, he alongside Dr Hilary Allan has established the Woodford Medical Group to be one of the finest clinic groups in the world.

Constantly at the forefront of the industry, Dr Patterson continues to pioneer the latest in aesthetic treatments with a standard of excellence both in results and client care.

Dr Patterson specialises in botox, the procedure is becoming increasingly popular amongst men and women of all ages. As we approach the peak of summer it's the perfect time to consider the treatment and the results can be a flawless looking complexion.

I managed to catch him at the flagship London branch of Woodford Medical, on the prestigious Upper Wimpole Street to get some answers on the long-standing myths surrounding botox treatments and tips for those thinking to try it.

At what age would you generally recommend to start having Botox of the face?

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Suite Dreams at Stoke Park

As the summer approaches, it’s the perfect time to book in for a last minute weekend escape. Out of London retreats are becoming increasingly popular as a convenient way of gaining some much-needed down time without the need to spend hours travelling.

One of the finest examples is Stoke Park; taking a privileged location just outside of Windsor, this hotel and country club is the height of luxury. With numerous awards and accolades to its name, Stoke Park boasts an impressive 49 rooms, 3 restaurants, spa and state of the art leisure facilities.

The hotel’s history dates back as far as 900 years, originally, the site was a private residence and was later purchased by Nick Lane Jackson who went on to transform the grounds into the first country club to open in Britain. To this day, parts of Stoke Park remain open to members only, those that wish to join can expect use of the mansion and access to some of the lavish events hosted for members throughout the year.