Under a spell at Spa Illuminata

Last week I was lucky enough to spend a few blissful hours at Spa Illuminata. Situated in London's Mayfair, on entering Spa Illuminata the outside world is distant memory as you are enveloped in a world of luxury and opulance.

I felt like I had arrived in an Aladdin's cave of skincare, beauty and fragrances, but three wishes would never be enough for me in this treasure trove of Bellefontaine and Darphin products.

I was greeted by the charming receptionist and directed through a palacial doorway into an elegant marble waiting area. Here I was met by therapist who lead me to the cloakroom area of the treatment room to change, before performing a skin analysis, using her hands.

I was scheduled to have a Darphin Total Anti-Ageing facial, but after performing an analysis of my skin, my therapist determined that a Darphin Illuminating facial would be more suited to my needs. This bespoke service, and attentive focus on the needs of each individual is one of the many things that makes Spa Illuminata so special.

This attention to each individual's needs embodies the ethos employed by Illuminata's Spa Director - “Spa Illuminata’s exquisite treatments are born from a passion to offer the very best. We are able to offer a unique approach to holistic and advanced skin and body care, individually designed to meet the needs of each and every client.”

With the room temperature perfect, and hot towels and relaxing music further enhancing the experience, for the next hour and a half I was in a heaven. On top of a luxurious facial, including contouring of the face, deep tissue massage and mask, the therapist performed feet cleansing, massage of face, neck, décolletage, arms, legs (up to knees), and feet.

I had not expected such extensive pampering and had to apologise to the therapist as my feet were not as preened as they could have been. The Illuminata staff members' ability to make clients feel comfortable was demonstrated by my therapists gracious response which made me feel very at ease.

Post treatment, the therapist gave a prescription detailing all the products used during my treatment and, on exiting the treatment room she spent time going through the products, their benefits and how they were suited to my particular skin needs, without making me feel like I had any obligation to purchase.

I spent a perfect afternoon at Spa Illuminata and will definitely return to experience their relaxation room, and indulge in a Jasmine Steam and Earth Salt treatment. Spa Illuminata is the ultimate in pampering and indulgence, for a special treat for you and your skin, or for a special occasion, you won't be disappointed!


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