Accor recently enhanced its luxury spa scene
with a social spa-ing concept - So SPA by Sofitel, launched
in London and Marseille.
Beauty rituals and treatments at So SPA by
Sofitel are presented in a way similar to the menu of a French
gourmet restaurant, another area of Sofitel-style excellence.
Starters, lasting 30 minutes, are designed for busy urbanites
looking for rest and relaxation after a busy day. Main courses and
desserts take an hour and feature body massages, facials,
hot-stone massages and other delights intended to nourish the body
So SPA by Sofitel has also designed its own range
of therapy products, So Exhilarating and So Rejuvenating,
exclusive treatments enhanced by Sofitel music played on So SPA
iPods to create a unique experience. All the massage tables boast
a version of the celebrated Sofitel MyBed concept, featured in all
Sofitel Luxury Hotels and now converted for spa therapy for
optimal comfort and perfect relaxation.
The So SPA at Sofitel London St James has teamed up with two beauty experts and
ambassadors of French cosmetology in its most sophisticated form, Carita and Cinq Mondes. It is also the very first opening for Cinq
Mondes in the UK. Set inside the former head office of Cox's &
King's bank, a historic building in the district of St James, the establishment embodies classic British elegance coloured
by a zest of French-style hospitality.
also features a few exclusive therapies such as the Look Good
Breakfast for business travelers with little time to spare, whose
suits are pressed and shoes polished while they make good use of
the hotel’s So Fit gym and steam-bath. Martini & Manicure, Pint &
Pedicure and a Scrunch (a body scrub and lunch) are other playful
twists on the traditional spa experience.
placed at the heart of the So SPA ethos are socializing and
bonding. In true British style, spa goers can meet at the spa’s
Tea Bar, a social space for enjoying a cup of tea along with a
French macaroon while indulging in a manicure or pedicure. For
people keen to maintain their Zen-inspired inner calm, the Tea Bar
reserves a relaxation corner in a mezzanine, a real sanctuary of
peace and quiet to refresh the mind and soul.
another quintessentially British experience, a spa
butler is assigned to welcome visitors as they
arrive, supervise the initial consultation and propose
made-to-measure service by way of a multitude of small details.
For instance the choice of music composed especially for So SPA,
depending on the mood and preferred therapy, the selection of
essential oils and scents diffused in the therapy room, room
temperature, a selection of teas to enjoy after the therapy and a
choice of pillows.
After therapy, the English-style tea
ceremony at So SPA enables guests to choose their favorite tea
from a selection containing the most appropriate virtues: a sweet
anti-fatigue blend or a nourishing infusion. To prolong the
ceremony at home, guests are invited to choose the bath infusion
they prefer from the five on offer.
In addition to the
five treatment rooms, including two duo spa suites, the area
features a traditional Turkish steam-bath, Dornbracht RainSky
showers for aromatherapy and a private relaxation pool (Astorina).
Also available at So SPA are manicure and varnish products from
the manicure brand O.P.I. with a range of colors sporting
inspirational French names like You Don’t Know Jacques, I’m Fondue
Of You, A Oui Bit of Red and Tickle My France-y!
the Sofitel London St James can also enjoy the new So FIT fitness
centre: 100 m2 offering the very finest equipment and most notably
the very original AlphaSphere by Sha, a multi-dimensional
experience space that consists of a play on sound, light, warmth
and movements – combining a unique quality of in-depth relaxation
with vivifying and energizing effects.
So SPA at Sofitel
Marseille Vieux Port
At the very heart of the old
fortifications of Marseille, the Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port, has unveiled its So
SPA in an area of 600 m2 wholly dedicated to wellness and beauty.
In addition to the So FIT fitness centre, enhanced by a
relaxation pool, relaxation beach, sauna and steam bath, the So
WELL area features a “duo” therapy suite with sea-view, three
private therapy rooms and a private sun-deck with the old port
providing a scenic panorama.
Aside from signature
therapies, the Carita brand administers its unique know-how by way
of totally original therapies combined with exceptional products,
for example the made-to-measure renewal facial care adjusted to
each skin’s own needs: replenishing cool care, soothing pampering
care, delicious nourishing care or matifying balancing care.
Sofitel Luxury Hotels will continue to roll-out the So SPA
concept worldwide with a number of openings scheduled for Sofitel
hotels located in Rabat (Morocco), Vienna, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi,
Mumbai, Mauritius and Bangkok.
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