Destination: Townhouse, Kensington
Having made a name for itself by delivering some of the most sophisticated nail looks in London, Townhouse opens its fourth salon in High Street Kensington this month. Founder Juanita Huber-Millet says,“Townhouse Kensington takes everything Townhouse and turns the dial up to 10! The design was curated to evoke vacation lounge-bar vibes, with a stylish ambience to provide customers with a space away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives.” Expect their chic, signature interiors, flawless treatments, famed nail art menu and Townhouse perks like easy self-book kiosks, a cuticle oil station and digital colour libraries on iPads.
Destination: Belmond & Dior Partner In Portofino
As partnerships go, this one takes some usurping: luxury hospitality and leisure company Belmond have partnered with Dior to create a pop-up spa at one of their most magnificent locations, Splendido, Portofino. Until September 30th, the hotel’s soothing gardens will be host to two Dior spa cabanas, dubbed Jardin des Rêves Dior (“Garden of Dreams”) that overlook Portofino Bay and one of the most exclusive beaches on the Italian Riviera, Bagni Fiore. Decked out in a new variation of Dior’s beloved Toile de Jouy fabric designed by Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri, the cabanas feel like part of the lush landscape and guests can select from a range of Dior face and body treatments, including their new Dior Bronze Signature Massage, a sublime experience that rehydrates sun-exposed skin and helps repair sun damage. Afterwards, you can relax by the shores of Bagni Fiori at the Dior Beach Club and browse in the Dior concept store, where they’ve created a special limited version of their Escale à Portofino called the ‘Splendido Edition’ just for the occasion. La dolce vita indeed!
Treatment: Glow Lights At John Frieda Salons
When the queen of colour and John Frieda Salons Creative Colour Director, Nicola Clarke and John Frieda Salons Creative Director Zoe Irwin, create a new highlighting technique, there’s palpable excitement. “Glow lights are very different from a traditional highlight or balayage,” Clarke explains. “Looking at the beauty world’s obsession with glow, we also wanted to launch a glow-to-go service alongside Glow Lights that uses different glazes to add shine and dimension.”
Long-term client Kate Moss is the muse – she sported freshly done Glow Lights when she took the (virtual) deposition stand in the Johnny Depp case. “I wanted her to radiate that summer look that you get when you’ve been on holiday. I’ve been playing with colours and making it like a glow. The result is like you’ve got a ring light on you at all times.
“It’s not just a case of adding face-framing money pieces. Instead we play with lowlights or a client’s natural hair colour because dimension is key,” explains Irwin. “When you have light it has to be resting on a shadow tone. If someone asks to be more blonde, you don’t need to actually add more blonde , you need to add shadow. This sounds scary to blondes but if you add that shadow and light in the right place it gives amazing dimension. Plus people now want to embrace their natural colour a bit and use it so that their colour is lower maintenance. Its not as raw as a beachy, surfer tone, it’s a chicer mixture of beige and golden tones against something ashier.
The key to maintaining the shine? Six-weekly gloss treatments in-between colour appointments. The best news? “You absolutely do not have to be blonde to get the glow effect,” chime both Clarke and Irwin. “You can add tiny amounts of balayage around the front to give that glow on red and brunettes. It really is a glow-up for everyone.”
Prices start from £230 for Glow Lights and Glow to Go from £125 (including blow dry). Available at Nicola Clarke at John Frieda Salons: 58-59 Margaret Street, W1W 8SN and John Frieda Salons:4 Aldford St. Mayfair, W1K 2AE
Destination: Pilates by Bryony
Bryony Deery has had a meteoric rise into the mat pilates realm. Having practised pilates since being in a road accident at the age of 17 and fresh from doing her teacher-training, she began holding small group classes online in the middle of last year, with word quickly spreading that her technique (and own eye-popping abs) garnered impressive results quickly. Her January challenge saw more than 400 people sign up to take part, with celebrities including Rosie Fortescue, Rochelle Humes and David Walliams all regularly attributing their lean limbs to her method.
Fast forward to July and Bryony now has her own platform, Pilates by Bryony, which grants you access to an impressive array of workouts and regular live classes and challenges (you can access it online or via her dedicated app that’s just launched). But the final piece of the puzzle is being able to see Bryony (and now her team of trainers) IRL. That day has finally come thanks to her new mat pilates studio space in Urban Retreat, Knightsbridge that opened this month. While you’ll need a referral to train with her (email for details) anyone can go ahead and book into one of the small group classes with her other trainers. With grey-washed floors and chicly branded accessories from interiors company Terre Interiors, this is sure to become one of West-London’s go-to mat pilates spots.
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Destination: Jumeirah Muscat Bay
Oman often gets overlooked for its glitzier neighbours like Dubai and Abu Dhabi but it plays host to some incredibly luxurious hotels, not to mention beautiful scenery and rich culture. The latest opening is from hotel group Jumeirah and is located in a secluded cove about 15 minutes out of the capital, Muscat. With 206 rooms, suites and villas all with ocean views, a sumptuous spa, five dining options and kids club, this really is a resort you can unwind in (even with small children), with the benefit of having many of Oman’s cultural sites (be it the mountains, desert or Muscat’s famed souks and Opera House) within a short drive.
The Talise Spa has eight individual and two couple treatment rooms and offers a range of therapeutic and re-energising treatments. Spread over two floors, there is also a Hammam, sauna and steam room, and we are particularly excited that it’s also home to the latest Pedi: Mani: Cure Studio by DESTINO favourite Bastien Gonzalez.
For those looking for an active holiday, there’s a vast gym, yoga studio, tennis court, and PADI-certified diving & water sports centre. Plus you can take on the numerous hikes and scenic running and biking routes through the Hajar mountains, to discover majestic views and lush Wadis.
Bookings made before 30th September 2022 get up to 20% off on room stays when staying for four nights or more, plus complimentary stay for one child up to 11 years and USD 100 worth of credits redeemable across the resort’s food & beverage and spa offerings.