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Following in the footsteps of legendary beauty Cleopatra, Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre – the spa concept of The Set hotels – is delighted to announce an indulgent new hammam treatment centered around the rejuvenating qualities of gold. Created exclusively for London’s Hotel Cafe Royal by cosmetic artisan spa brand La Sultane de Saba, the 23 Carat Gold Signature Hammam prevents the signs of aging and leaves skin glowing.
Playing a part in ancient beauty rituals, with the ancient Egyptians as its most famous fans, gold was used in Ayurvedic medicine for its healing qualities and ability to bring elasticity to the skin. The four-step ritual, which lasts either 75 or 90 minutes, will use a combination of 23 carat gold, mother of pearl and caviar extract which adorn the face and body throughout.
The 23 Carat Gold Signature Hammam ritual commences on the hammam plinth surrounded by copper bowls filled with rose petals and flickering candles, which fill the air with an opulent fragrance. The sound of softly played Moroccan music and aromatic steam creates a fitting ambiance for the welcome ceremony, which uses a mist of orange blossom, rose and rose geranium on the body alongside gemstones – to promote harmony throughout.
Once this is completed the Akasha therapists perform the following treatments:
Gold Infused Body and Face Exfoliation
The exfoliation starts with a full body cleanse using black soap blended with gold minerals. A traditional kessa glove is then used with a technique that massages the body while providing the most invigorating exfoliation with immediate and visible results. The face is then cleansed with a 23 carat gold jelly and exfoliated with 23 carat gold anti-aging scrub combining micronized pearls and corundum extract to soften and smooth the complexion. The experience is complete by a Pure Lava Clay & Gold hair treatment to remove impurities, and smooth and condition the hair and scalp.
Gold Back Massage OR Mini Gold Facial
Following the exfoliation, guests are given the choice of an indulgent massage or decadent facial. The Gold Back Massage uses 100% pure shea butter which is melted and combined with an oil of the guest’s choice that is steeped with gold minerals. The massage is an exceptional anti-aging and nourishing skin treat while the deeply relaxing and muscle melting techniques provide the ultimate back massage.
The first step of the Mini Gold Facial is an anti-aging massage using a luscious honey and gold balm. The silky textured balm is placed on the face, neck and décolleté using hypnotic moves that gently lift, smooth and plump the skin. Hot towels, infused with a facial tonic, remove the balm before a 23 carat gold liquid mask is applied, during which the therapist starts the head and scalp massage. The final part of the facial is a gold elixir serum, enriched with caviar and argan oil, which is applied to the face alongside a 23 carat gold anti-aging cream infused with mother of pearl and hyaluronic acid.
The ritual is completed with a ceremonial mist, after which guests are invited to spend time in the relaxation room with an invigorating fresh mint tea and sweet pastry. Guests booking the 90-minute 23 Carat Gold Signature Hammam can tailor their experience further with a longer Gold Back Massage or Full Gold Facial, or a combination of the two.
The 23 Carat Gold Signature Hammam is priced from £140 (75 mins) and £160 (90 mins). For reservations please contact the team directly on 0207 406 3360 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information please visit www.hotelcaferoyal.com/spa-and-gym and follow @AkashaWellbeing on Instagram and Twitter, and Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre on Facebook.
For further information please visit www.hotelcaferoyal.com and follow @hotelcaferoyal on Instagram and Twitter and Hotel Café Royal on Facebook.