LONDON — Spilled milk is good news for the Agua spa in London’s Sanderson hotel, where the Synchronized Milk and Honey treatment launched earlier this month.
It is among eight new treatments — including four Carita facials — to launch at the spa since it opened in 2000, bringing its portfolio of offerings up to 70.
“When I took up this position 18 months ago, I looked around and decided we needed more,” said Debbie Green, Agua’s manager. “People are very wise today and won’t accept basic treatments. They want that bit extra.”
Synchronized Milk and Honey is an extension of the spa’s signature treatment, Milk and Honey, and uses two therapists, rather than one, to brush the body, top to toe. This is followed by a blend of warm organic honey, sesame oil and milk applied in a gentle synchronized massage by the therapists. Costing $135 at current exchange, or 75 pounds, the treatment lasts 50 minutes.
Next up is the De Stress Treatment, a deep, full-body massage that uses stretching and drainage techniques designed to work on stiff, fatigued muscles. This lasts 50 minutes and costs $135, or 75 pounds.
Another new offering, the Real Nurturing Experience, is designed for mothers-to-be and is priced at $126, or 70 pounds. The 50-minute treatment uses carefully applied spinal pressures and Swedish and neuromuscular techniques to target the nervous system to ease away tensions and improve circulation. The body is then soothed in rose oil for a complete scalp, face and lower leg massage.
Green hopes that the Revive Jet Lag treatment will pull in the tired traveler. “We get a lot of overseas clients and the minute they hit the deck they have to be out at business meetings,” she explained. “It’s great to have the chance to revive before or after a hectic day or night.” The one-hour treatment uses natural plant and marine ingredients to rejuvenate the body and mind. It is priced at $135, or 75 pounds.
The four Carita facials, ranging from $144, or 80 pounds, to $198, or 110 pounds, are personalized for every client. “After a consultation with the therapist, the correct treatments will be selected and prepared,” said Jackie Adams, Agua’s Carita specialist. “We expect the Pro-Lift Firming Treatment to be the most popular facial, as it gives immediate results on all skin types.”
According to the spa, this antiaging facial uses an advanced “pro-lifting” technique to add radiance to the skin. An intensive course of these can be followed and enhanced with the Pro-Lift Booster that reawakens the lift. The Les Visage Preventative Treatment restores life into dull and tired skin, while the Intense Hydrating Renovateur boosts dry skin with an intensive moisturizer. Later this year, Agua will introduce Carita Body — a treatment using volcanic stones, a wrap and a massage.
All treatments, which are available to non-Agua members for an additional $27, or 15 pounds, will be rolled out to other Agua spas, which are located at Miami’s Delano Hotel and Hollywood’s Mondrian Hotel.
— Ellen Burney