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SPA Café Royal opens Akasha spa

Café Royal, which reopened in 2012 as a luxury hotel in the heart of London, has just unveiled its wellbeing centre. The Akasha Holistic

Wellbeing centre spans 1,200sq m (12,900sq ft) is open to hotel guests and pri- vate members. It features four different

areas, corresponding to the four natural elements: spa/ water, gym/fire, yoga/air and organic bar/earth. Spa and wellness special-

ist 4SeasonsSpa and David Chipperfield Architects worked on the project. Te aim was to capture the mood and style of the historic Café Royal. Facilities include a carrara marble ham-

Te Café Royal Hotel reopened in 2012 in the heart of London

skin-care brand Elemental Herbology. Other features include a 18m (60ſt) lap pool,

mam and private hammam, a Finnish sauna in solid hemlock with a domed ceiling and a large spa pool as well as private spa pools in the treatment rooms. Te spa uses restorative music, aromas and

gentle lighting and offers a variety of Watsu hydro-experiences and signature Akasha treatments. The spa menu offers a variety of signature treatments using products by

a fully-equipped gym with Kinesis machines, a large aerobics studio and a private training room. Yoga, tai-chi and pilates are offered in the relaxation area. The Café Royal was once the haunt of

London society, with patrons including Oscar Wilde.The hotel is an anchor to the wider regeneration of this part of London which includes London’s second Wholefoods and residential space. Details:

Male grooming boom means more spa use

The number of beauty and grooming products aimed at men has rocketed with a global increase of 70 per cent over the past six years, according to new research from Mintel. Te research looked at sta-

tistics based on retail sales and discovered that 21 per cent of men in Britain use hand and nail products, while 42 per cent use facial mois- turisers and 74 per cent of men are described as ‘keen shoppers’ when purchasing personal care products. Tom Wilscam, CEO of male grooming and

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New luxury resort for Saadiyat Beach District

UAE-based developer Bin Otaiba Investment Group has unveiled plans to develop a new five-star resort on tourism hotspot Saadiyat Island. Saadiyat Island has become an attractive destination for hospitality investments with new hotel and spa projects from hotel groups such as Shangri-La and Rotana. Last year the destination saw the

opening of St Regis Saadiyat, Island Resort, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas and Monte-Carlo Beach Club. Details:

First GOCO-branded spa to debut at Ajman Saray

More men are buying beauty products and using spas across the world

beauty specialist, Hommage, believes that the statistics bode well for spas in the majority of countries. “Te United States has the lowest percent-

age of male spa goers, but while the trend is lower in the US, it appears to have taken off in other countries,” he said. “Asia is where you have the highest percent- age of male spa attendance. In the Middle East,


treatments and regular shaves are extremely popular among Arabic men. “Men worldwide all have similar challenges

with grooming and can benefit from learning about treatments and best practices in men’s grooming usually found in a spa. “It’s about the art of combining this modern

technology with many of the ancient traditions found in spa treatments gathered from across the world.” Details:

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Starwood’s new Luxury Collection hotel, the Ajman Saray in the UAE is soon to open with the first GOCO-branded spa. Te 207-bedroom hotel, which will open

in December 2013, will include 5,253sq ſt (488sq m) of meeting and event facilities and will be a short walk from Ajman beach. The 12,916sq ft (1,200sq m) GOCO

Spa at Ajman Saray is set to open in early 2014 and will include separate male and female spa sections, with treatment areas, locker rooms and a relaxation space. Details:

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Spa included in new Brando eco-resort coming in 2014

Te Brando, an eco-resort encircled by a coral reef in Tetiaroa, French Polynesia, is due to launch in July 2014. Te 12-island atoll was bought in 1965

by actor Marlon Brando, who discovered it while scouting film locations for a movie. Deep Nature, a France-based spa and tha-

lassotherapy specialist, is working on the spa. Te 600sq m (6,458sq ſt) spa will have

five treatment rooms, plus a swimming pool, hammam with scrub room, fitness centre, relaxation room, tea room, baths and a sauna. Details:

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