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Magical afternoon in the heart of London

  In 1863, a French wine merchant called Daniel Nicholas Thévenon and his wife Celestine arrived in England in a bid to escape the clutches of creditors in Paris. So began a story that grew out of bankruptcy and culminated in the creation of Café Royal, a London legend. Today,  Hotel Café Royal, reopened after closing for 4 years for renovation since 2008, is one of the most luxurious hotels in the heart of London, yet the spa and wellness centre underneath the hotel is genuinely a hidden gem. I always love this place, it is the most modern but historic place at the same time. Akasha Spa & Gym, at the basement of Café Roy...
Categories: Luxury

The Magical Amber and Quartz Healing Quality

  Just when I am looking forward to my holiday on the beaches, I had a little preview today at House of Elemis. Lying on the gently heated Amber and Quartz Crystal Bed in the treatment room, I was told by my therapist that this is inspired by the sand quality on beaches with healing power. The story started when the pioneer who developed this bed, realised every time when he took his mother to the beaches, her back pain magically disappears, so he thought why not bring the beach back home. There you go with the amber and quartz bed for my 1.15 hour long Hot Mineral Body Boost treatment.  I was suffering from lower back pain, a...
Categories: Luxury

Aromatherapy Heaven

  I love a good body treatment. The only time I can lie in bed for hours and not feeling guilty is when I have a massage.  In Asia, getting a massage was very easy, but in London, it is hard to find a place with reasonable price and a good massage.  I first learnt about Neal’s Yard Remedies treatments  when I was a student, and soon after it became my go-to place for a massage. I have problems with my lower back due to previous injury, and overtime I visit Neal’s Yard Remedies therapies room, I leave with a recharged and realigned back. In the UK, there are therapy rooms in 43 out of 51 stores, and they also offer treatment...
Categories: Beauty