Alana Lynott helps you beat the London to New York transatlantic blues with the latest recovery treatments.
Whether it’s a few hours in the Big Apple on business or a few days shopping in London, you’ll want to look and feel your best.
The Clearing Factor
The spa at the Mandarin Oriental is generally considered to be the finest luxury hotel spa in New York and you can see why. Located on the 35th floor of the Time Warner centre, you feel as if you’re floating above Central Park. A Zen-like atmosphere pervades and just stepping through the doors will make you feel a little less care-worn. The ‘Clearing Factor’ is great for beating jet lag and uses full body exfoliation, lymph drainage techniques, Swedish massage, cupping, and a black clay body wrap to restore the body and clear the mind, returning you to a naturally revitalised state.
The treatment lasts 2 hours 50 minutes at $675 on a weekday, $695 on a weekend.
Jet Lag Recovery
Visitors to London can find a quiet haven at the Six Senses Spa in the business-centric Canary Wharf. As soon as you walk through the doors you are enveloped into a cloud of warm, woody incense, while an unobtrusive host greets you and encourages you to make use of the wonderful thermal spa area. The steam room, Finnish sauna and Laconium all serve to soothe tired muscles, as does the hydrotherapy pool, from which you can gaze out over the lights of Canary Wharf. The Jet Lag Recovery treatment is absolutely divine. A gentle body brushing is followed by a cooling gel to awaken the senses, while a full body massage with citrus oils invigorates and revives. After your treatment, your therapist will lead you to the relaxation lounge, where you are served a tasty homemade ginger tea and dried fruits to dip in honey.
The treatment lasts 80 minutes at £120 (You can currently book one 50 or 80 minute treatment and get a free add on treatment).
Hydrozyme Illuminating Facial
For total indulgence try – a hydrozyme illuminating facial at Hydrohealing is a great option. They use unique Dr Bragi marine enzyme products, which speed up cellular processes and reduce signs of ageing. Their hydrozyme illuminating facial involves snuggling under a thick duvet on a treatment table before Dr Bragi cleanser and exfoliator are applied to your face and neck. The hydrodermabrasion blasts away dead skin cells and leaves the skin intensively hydrated. Once complete, a Dr Bragi mask is applied and massaged into your face, neck and shoulders, followed by a light layer of silky smooth age management serum. Your skin will feel instantly plumped up and hydrated, eliminating the tell tale dry skin that screams ‘long haul’.
The treatment lasts 60 mins at £85.
Travel Tool Kit
A great little secret among the jet set are the jet-lag busting travel products from Aroma Theraputics (BA first class passengers have been treated to these goodies for years). Their Travel Tool Kit is a personal favourite: Rushing to the airport? Reach for the Recharger Spray. Finally on your flight? Spritz your pillow with a little Sleep Enhancer for a satisfying slumber. It even cuts out the hassle at the airport as it’s designed to meet those annoying airline restrictions!
The kit costs £35.85 (includes 2 sprays, 2 candles and 2 bath & body oils).