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POP UP SPA, BAR AND BEACH IN BARKING


The pop-up shop trend has made its way into the spa scene with London’s Barking Bathhouse. Built by Something & Son – the designers


behind Farm: Shop, the famous “fi rst farm in a shop” in London – the affordable spa charged for treatment time slots beginning at 15 minutes for £10, going up to an hour for £35. The spa was part of the Mayor’s Outer London


Fund projects for Barking and Dagenham, and was inspired by an original bathhouse in the area dating back to 1899. Intended as a social, chillout space, it opened last summer and had a bar serving healthy cocktails under a growing canopy of cucumbers and man-made shingle dunes for relaxing on. It was dismantled from its original location in


September, but has already ‘popped up’ at the Barking Learning Centre for the winter months. Here, two seminar rooms have been transformed into treatment spaces in line with the original concept. Details: www.barkingbathhouse.com


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BREW’S UP FOR ELEPHANT POO COFFEE


Guests at Anantara spas in the Maldives and Thailand’s Golden Triangle can now savour the most expensive and excremental coffee of them all – elephant poo coffee – sold at a reported US$50 a cup. Yes, that’s right. Offi cially called


Eight per cent of coffee sales go to Anantara’s elephant foundation


Black Ivory Coffee, it’s the rarest in the world. It’s made when an elephant eats a coffee bean, digestively refi nes it – taking out proteins responsible for the bitter taste – and then deposits it. The elephant trainers pick out the beans, with around 10,000 needed to produce 1kg of roasted coffee – which has a retail price of US$1,100. Details: www.anantara.com


Face slapping spa treatment


A facial massage which involves slapping the face to provide a ‘natural lift’ has been introduced at new day spa in San Francisco, US. What’s more, the technique. offered at Tata Massage. has been priced at US$350 for just 15 minutes – and for just one half of the face! The beauty treatment, known as face


slapping, is traditional to Thailand and is meant to make the face slimmer, pores smaller and reduce wrinkles – to the


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extent that it is, apparently, an alternative to plastic surgery. Hmmm. As well as the claimed results, the


reason for the expense of the treatment is that it’s administered by Tata, the Thai co-owner of the day spa, who’s the only woman in the western hemisphere trained in the technique. The spa requires that all those undergoing the treatment take before and after photos. Details: www.tatamassage.com


TOILETRIES INSPIRED BY THE BRITISH MUSEUM


Clubs wanting to give spas and changing rooms a playful touch might look to idoqueido™


– a range of


toiletries inspired by plants vital to civilisations and made in association with The British Museum. First in the range, which means ‘longitude-


latitude’, are three soaps. The fi rst, named 30˚ Beautify, relates to Babylon, Alexandria, Kyoto and Luoyang – an ancient capital of China. It features rose otto oil, known to balance the hormones and associated with Cleopatra, the ruler of Alexandria, as well as vitamin C-rich green tea extract, a health remedy of Yang Guifei – a famous Chinese beauty. There’s also 40˚ Invigorate, relating to cities of


Athens, Rome, Madrid and New York at 40˚ latitude; and 50˚ Cocoon, refl ecting stories of London, Paris, Berlin and Kiev. Details: www.idoqueidocom


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