Claridge’s spa offering was always going to be a big deal: a team of up to 400 builders took seven years to excavate five floors beneath the beloved 200 year-old hotel (much of it done by hand so that the hotel could remain noise-free and open above) to make room for a 7000 sq ft spa – so by the time its opening rolled around earlier this week anticipation had reached an all-time high.
Designed by renowned architect Andre Fu and inspired by his trips to Japan’s traditional temples and Zen gardens, its interiors are a bastion of chic, calm, luxury. Conceptualised by Inge Theron, the founder of FaceGym, it features a swimming pool (with sumptuous day beds set back between stone columns for added privacy), a steam room, sauna, oak-panelled treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art gym and a hair salon run by Josh Wood.
Calming Japanese elements have been weaved in from both a design point of view (throughout you’ll find a mix of soothing limestone, wood and water features) but also from a mood perspective – rituals like their traditional welcome foot bathing ceremony, custom incense and handmade herbal poultices, force even the most stressed-out minds to slow down.
Treatment wise, they’ve hunted down a delectable selection of experts and brands to ensure enviable results – nail artist Harriet Westmoreland and acupuncturist Ross J Barr have residencies, Augustinus Bader is the skincare partner, La Eva has designed a collection of “uplifting and transporting” body treatments and of course FaceGym’s famed “facial workout” treatments have been given a Claridge’s spin – they’re longer to further increase results and relaxation.
Husband and wife power team Dr. Mahsa Nejati and Dr. Brandon Nejati opened their first clinic in Belgravia this autumn. Pairing interiors worthy of a luxury home with cutting-edge technology, it’s by far the best looking dental practice we’ve seen and excitingly, their approach to dentistry is equally impressive.
At its core? The view that lowering inflammation in the mouth can help lower inflammation in the body. By taking a proactive, holistic stance they aim to help patients keep their teeth and gums healthy and their biofilm (the oral version of your gut’s microbiome) balanced, in order to prevent any issues from ever arising. With a reputation as one of the best composite bonding dentists around, Brandon’s before and after results are outstanding. Forget your fears of fake-looking teeth – he artfully and painstakingly sculpts patient’s smiles so that they look natural yet flawless. While Mahsa is a leading dental surgeon and dental brand founder who has been dubbed “the whitening queen”. Her products all aim to reduce inflammation and balance the biofilm and she has been a leading industry voice furthering discussions about the link between our oral health and our overall wellbeing.
Treatments are therefore a heady mix – you can get IV drips alongside regular dental check-ups. They’ve also paired up with Sarah Bradden to launch a truly unique combined treatment that involves a 3D scan of your teeth to see where inflammation and wear and tear lies, followed by a biofilm cleanse and whitening treatment before you have a bespoke 45 minute facial treatment with Sarah including oxygen therapy, acupuncture and reiki.
A true standout.
The Ranch, Italy
Devotees have been flocking to The Ranch’s original Malibu location from all four corners of the world for over a decade. Excitingly, this summer they opened a permanent year-round retreat at renowned wellness destination Palazzo Fiuggi Wellness Medical Retreat, just forty minutes outside of Rome in Italy.
While the Palazzo Fiuggi and Ranch teams have pooled their expertise to create the week-long stays, the premise is the same: luxurious, results-oriented fitness and wellness retreats, with a heavy focus on time spent in nature.
Expect lengthy but exhilarating daily guided hikes, access to their 4,300 square-foot fitness centre and its range of classes, panoramic swimming pools and water treatments using the infamous ancient healing waters of Fiuggi, daily massages, diagnostic testing, blood panel tests, medical consultations, healthy plant-based meals with an Italian flair designed by 3 Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck in accordance with The Ranch’s Executive Chef Meredith Haaz, and evening nutrition talks. No wonder Ranch devotees rave about it.
Before this year Townhouse had already cemented itself as one of London’s chicest nail spots. But 2022 has seen them expand at an impressively rapid pace – since the summer, they’ve opened new salons in Kensington, Liverpool Street, Notting Hill and last week, Covent Garden, as well as outposts in Harrod’s H-Beauty stores – catapulting them into a league of their own.
While there may now be one local to you, these aren’t your typical neighbourhood nail bars. Each has a similar feel and fit-out, with calming wood, marble and neutral accents that make treatments feel like a real treat. They’re also famed for their chic nail designs and sophisticated nail art, with seasonal and branded partnerships rolling out regularly. We await with bated breath to see where 2023 takes them.
Aman New York
This was not only one of the most anticipated global hotel launches in recent years but thanks to Aman’s wellness-centric approach, its three-floor, 25,000 square foot spa granted it instant status as one of NYC’s – and arguably the world’s – finest wellbeing destinations.
This is the Aman group’s first city destination in the USA (head over to read why we’re so obsessed with its Utah location, AMANGIRI) and it’s fair to say that it sets a new standard for city hotels around the world. It’s located slap bang in the middle of Manhattan in the iconic Crown Building, a Beaux-Arts landmark on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street that they’ve lovingly renovated from the outside and created a breath-taking oasis of calm on the inside. Unlike many of New York’s hotels, the 83 suites are impressively large and all feature their own fireplace, something that nowhere else in the city can boast.
The spa sits, quite literally, at the heart of the hotel – spanning floors 9-11 and consisting of two spa “houses” – one a traditional banya, and the other, a Moroccan hammam; there’s also a huge gym; a 65 foot pool, surrounded by sumptuous chairs and fireplaces (Aman always juxtapose the elements of wood, fire, water and earth throughout their properties); and there’s a nail salon plus a pilates and yoga studio about to open too.
From a wellness perspective the offering is thorough, elevating the spa from purely wellness and giving it a medical depth too – they’ve got an impressive roster of experts on hand from Harvard-trained doctors to renowned acupuncturists and they offer in-depth diagnostic testing including full body scans that measure every system in your body.