Inside The House Of Elemis Penthouse & BIOTEC ANTI-PIGMENT BRIGHTENER treatment

Beauty Lunch Breaks

Elemis’ flagship spa re-opens with a whole new feeling.

With a slick, modern townhouse feeling (gone are the dark wood floors, buddhas and velvet-swathed sofas of the old spa), the new space feels lighter, brighter and much larger than it seems (there are only 7 treatment rooms, but the space feels much bigger than that).

With only 90 minutes, I was invited to the top floor, the Elemis Penthouse featuring ceramic flower wall sculptures by talented artist Valeria Nascimento and an incredible amber quartz bed, which envelops and supports your body with thousands of warm, tiny crystal beads – all meant to energise and invigorate your cells (see below).

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A targeted skin-brightening treatment that reduces pigmentation and dullness for refined and translucent skin combine the latest technology with time-tested massage techniques for brilliant results.

‘People in town are busy. It’s not about the sleepy, indulgent rituals anymore – you can check into a hotel spa in the countryside for that. This is about results. It’s about having a great treatment that helps you manage your lifestyle and stress levels. You want to walk away with really healthy looking skin and perhaps a bit more information about how to look after yourself your wellbeing,’ says Elemis co-founder Noella Gabriel, who went to town on the treatment menu, stripping it right back and creating entirely new facials and massages to help put back what city life takes out.

I sit in front of a machine that, after only two minutes, “scanned” my entire face; as a result, Holly, the beautician that assisted me, showed me how my skin was dehydrated and with plenty enlarged pores.

Elemis also has a day-spa in Miami, United States, on 330 San Lorenzo Avenue.