With access to the world’s best stylists and make-up artists, it’s no wonder our favourite celebs always look so camera ready. But when their tired and dehydrated skin is in need of some TLC and the first signs of crow’s feet begin to appear, which luxury spa hotels do the stars flock to?
Well our woman in-the-know, The Spa Spy, has given us all the inside gossip on where the A-list stars go to for their favourite spa treatments.
Tribeca, New York, USA
A hub for New York’s elite – from fashionistas and dignitaries to A-list celebrities, Robert De Niro’s uber-cool downtown hotel, The Greenwich is a home from home that echoes a sumptuous private residence.
Star spotting: Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lawrence, Cara Delevingne, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift.
Spa quality: The Zen-like Japanese-inspired Shibu Spa is hidden discreetly in the basement of the hotel; chic and serene, with a nature inspired décor of seagrass, stone and reclaimed bamboo.
Hot Treatment: The o2 Awakening Facial begins with an intense lavender inhalation for relaxation. A double deep cleanse and tone is followed by a glycolic acid gentle chemical peel to exfoliate. A bio-peptide concentrate is then applied, accompanied by a shiatsu anti-ageing facial massage. To complete the treatment, an oxygen mask is applied, leaving the skin decongested, plumped, smooth and ‘red carpet ready’.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Perched on the Yucatan Peninsula with pristine white sand beaches, Mayan temples and oodles of wildlife sits the Banyan Tree Mayakoba. Private pool villas fringe one of Riviera Maya’s most stunning beaches and scatter the Mayakoba Jungle providing complete seclusion for the hotel’s discerning guests.
Star spotting: Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, Julio Iglesias and Jeff Gordon.
Spa quality: Winner of numerous awards, Banyan Tree Mayakoba’s Rain Forest Spa boasts one of the best hydrotherapy and thermal circuits in the area, complete with ice showers and aromatic steam rooms.
Hot treatment: The spa’s signature treatment, Rainforest Indulgence, is a three hour holistic journey of a private hydrotherapy and thermal circuit followed by a Chakra (energy) balancing massage. A bespoke mix of aromatherapy oils are used to relax the muscles with sweeping and stretching movements to open energy channels followed by a pressure point head massage.
High up on the mountainside, hidden above the picturesque lemon and olive tree clad village of Anacapri, lies the UBER-stylish Capri Palace boutique hotel, art gallery and renowned beauty farm – complete with a Gywneth Paltrow Suite, created in homage to the actress and former guest.
Star spotting: Gwyneth Paltrow, Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts and Keanu Reeves.
Spa quality: Offering everything from aromatherapy and anti-ageing facials to free radical testing and fillers – the Capri Beauty Farm is a renowned retreat for elite spa and wellness fans worldwide.
Hot treatment: Famously known for its ‘Leg School’ – a treatment created by the farm to improve circulation and reduce varicose veins and cellulite. The process includes fifteen laps of a Kniepp pool, then an application of a secret ‘marine infused’ lotion. A wrap of cold bandages is followed by a hot stone leg massage – resulting in perfectly preened photo-ready pins.
Royalty, noblemen and glitterati have graced the doors of Le Bristol since its glamorous doors first opened in the roaring twenties. Part of the prestigious Oetkar Collection it ranks amongst one of only six elite ‘Palace’ status hotels in Paris.
Star spotting: Carla Bruni, Miranda Kerr, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Anne Hathaway.
Spa quality: A favourite with the Parisian fashion crowd – Le Bristol’s award winning, petit Spa by La Prairie is hidden in the basement of the hotel, a ‘haute couture’ spa with eight treatments rooms, each leading on to a tranquil private terrace.
Hot treatment: La Prairie’s Platinum Rare Facial combines the revitalising power of platinum to rejuvenate the skin with a deep relaxing massage experience to release tension. Two therapists are on-hand to pamper you using the high performance La Prairie Platinum Collection, which boasts anti-wrinkle firming peptides mixed with platinum. The treatment will ensure you’ll leave with tightened skin and a bright and youthful glow!
SHA Wellness Clinic
Set in the idyllic surroundings of Sierra Helada Natural Park, Sha Wellness is state-of-the-art super-luxe wellbeing retreat combining Western medical expertise and alternative holistic Eastern therapies.
Star spotting: Kylie Minogue, Simon Cowell and Naomi Campbell.
Spa quality: The Sha Wellness area spans 4000 m2 and includes extensive hydrotherapy and thermal circuits with two indoor swimming pools, ice showers, saunas and aroma steams.
Hot treatment: The four-day SHA Discovery Programme begins with a lifestyle and diet consultation and a medical check-up, which is followed up with a fitness assessment. Guests are then handed a bespoke SHA macrobiotic diet, spa and hydrotherapy programme to follow throughout their stay.
Treatments include a therapeutic massage, Chinese medicine session, personalised facial and an aquatic therapy session. A quintessential choice for burnt-out celebs in need of a quick life reboot.
Burj Al Arab
Repeatedly voted one of the world’s most luxurious hotels, Burj Al Arab offers the highest levels of hospitality – including private reception areas on each floor, in-room check in and a host of private butlers to serve your every whim.
Star spotting: Kendall Jenner, Claudia Schiffer, Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez and Roger Federer.
Spa quality: Towering 150 metres above the Arabian Gulf, bathed in natural light with floor to ceiling windows of fog-proof glass, The Talise Spa is a tranquil sanctuary in contrast to the vibrant city below.
Hot treatment: La Prairie Caviar Body Treatment is a total indulgence ‘star’ treatment. Following a relaxing inhalation to completely unwind, the skin is exfoliated using an apricot kernel seed scrub. A complete body massage follows using a caviar based hydrating cream leaving your skin silky smooth and ‘private beach’ ready.
Reethi Beach Resort
Reethi Beach Resort is one of the largest islands in the North Malé Atoll and just a short speedboat ride from Malé. A tranquil white sand jewel set amongst a string of coral atolls and lagoons with sprawling beaches and crystal clear waters – no wonder it’s one of the Beckhams’ chosen destinations come the holidays!
Star spotting: The Beckhams, Tom Cruise, Katie Price and Elizabeth Hurley.
Spa quality: Ranked in the top 20 ‘World’s Best Spas’ by Conde Nast Traveler, The One & Only Spa by ESPA offers a plethora of treatments from massages and facials to Watsu therapy and reiki.
Hot treatment: One & Only Essence of Reethi Rah is the spa’s signature ‘transformative spa experiences’ and is perfect for jet-lagged celebs. The holistic journey begins with an immersion in the restorative waters of the ocean-side WatSu pool, followed by a body exfoliation utilising local coconut and a relaxing massage with coconut oil. The treatment is completed with a tension releasing scalp massage to ensure a state of true serenity.
Set in 850 picture-perfect acres of rolling hills, Gleneagles is an iconic Scottish escape. Boasting four restaurants including the Michelin-starred Andrew Fairlie, an equestrian centre and a championship golf course, Gleneagles is literally a royal retreat…
Star spotting: William & Kate, Sean Connery, Andy Murray and John Travolta.
Spa quality: The award winning Gleneagles Spa by ESPA offers a serene escape from the bustle of the lively hotel. Candle-lit corridors lead to an impressive hydro and thermal area with ice and tropical showers, a eucalyptus steam room and sauna.
Hot treatment: The Gleneagles Signature Experience begins with a calming foot ritual using local river-washed stones to stimulate reflex points on the feet. A full body exfoliation follows, then a muslin-wrap of herbal infusions with ingredients sourced from the nearby countryside. The experience continues with a full body massage and a tension relieving scalp massage. A high end holistic experience – to revitalise and re-balance mind and body – that’s fit for a princess.
The ever trendy, boutique hotel sits in London’s fashionable Fitzrovia area in the heart of the West End. Famously designed by Philip Stark in 2000, the rooms were recently renovated by interior wiz Tim Andreas.
Star spotting: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Mariah Carey and Penelope Cruise.
Spa quality: The Sanderson’s Agua Spa is a heavenly vision in white, with 3,000 yards of flowing white silk curtains dividing the spa and creating a serene and tranquil space.
Hot treatment: Regarded by some of London’s elite as one of the best facial treatments in town, Eve Lom’s Signature Facial begins with a complex evaluation of the skin to create a bespoke facial. Included in the treatment is a deep cleanse followed by an exfoliation of the superficial layers of the skin and a de-puffing lymphatic drainage massage – a fitting facial for tired or jet-lagged skin.
New Milton, UK
Located on the edge of the historic New Forest National Park and within walking distance of the sea, this 18th century country house is set amongst 130 acres of manicured gardens and wild woodland – an idyllic escape from city life.
Star spotting: Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Spa quality: The award winning Spa at Chewton Glen sports a Romanesque hydrotherapy area and offers holistic lifestyle programmes and indulgent spa experiences.
Hot treatment: The Haute Couture Facial is designed by the A-list’s favourite facialist, Linda Meredith. The anti-ageing treatment includes a deep cleanse encompassing steam and extraction followed by a micro-glycolic serum, mask and a relaxing facial massage. A vitamin enriched serum is driven deep into the epidermis with the use of pure oxygen leaving the skin visibly plumped, hydrated, and camera ready.