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September 1 2014

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4 posts tagged "Natura Bisse"

That Certain Je Ne Sais Qua

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Nobu devotees the world over likely associate the high-end sushi purveyor with its oft-duplicated, but never replicated signature dishes, like yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and black cod with miso. Starting this weekend, they can add bamboo scrubs and diamond polishes to their list of favorites. The restaurant empire, helmed by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, has expanded its brand to include a high-end boutique hotel-within-a-hotel that will open its doors inside Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace tomorrow, onsite Qua Baths & Spa included. In honor of the opening, the relaxation destination is unveiling six new treatments, co-designed with Spanish beauty line Natura Bissé.

The standout ninety-minute Nagomi Ritual begins with a dried lily and jasmine flower foot bath in a pretty copper basin, and is followed by a drizzle of one of four aromatic nectars (Ayurvedic essential oil blends dubbed Nutriv, Relax, Stimul and Detox) along the spine to stimulate the neuro-lymphatic system before a Thai, Balinese and Shiatsu-blend massage commences. The service ends with a Carboxitherapy facial that entails a tingling, fizzy carbon-dioxide infusion that stimulates cell regeneration. Other offerings include the Diamond Magnetic Body Ritual to balance chakras, counteract electromagnetic pollution, and polish skin with diamond dust exfoliation; the Diamond Radiance Ritual, which lifts and hydrates using Carboxitherapy; and an O2 Awakening Ritual that introduces oxygen molecules into the epidermal layer to plump, detoxify, and re-energize skin. A stop in the Roman baths, which are equipped with eucalyptus steam, sauna, and arctic snow rooms, is a must before venturing back out into the lurid depths of Sin City.

Qua Baths & Spa at the Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace, 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV; www.nobucaesarspalace.com, (702) 731-7110.

Photo: Courtesy of the Nobu Hotel

Diamond Dolls

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There are a few things about star-studded award galas that always remain constant. The (borrowed) rocks will be big, and celebrities’ pores will be small as they take their turn on the red carpet. The right jewelry and the right facial can be the difference between winding up on a best-dressed list and becoming fodder for the fashion police, so it shouldn’t be that surprising that H.Stern and Natura Bisse have teamed up for awards season. Their first stop: the Agua Spa at London’s Sanderson Hotel, where the renowned jewelry company and the Spanish beauty brand have devised a crystal-encrusted complexion-boosting treatment to help Britain’s best actors prep for the BAFTAs this weekend. The Natura Bisse Diamond Ice Facial is based around marine DNA from the aquatic crustacean Artemia salina, that, when infused with energy, has an active property that creates a next-level lifting effect. The experience also involves three targeted massages and the application of very, very cold quartz crystals to power the lifting mechanism (therein lies the ice bit). The best part? Once you pass the array of precious gems on display at the pampering haven, you enter a treatment room equipped with an air pod—a giant tent with 99.9995 percent flowing air. “The tent has been used for ages by athletes. Rafael Nadal has used it after intense matches to clear his system,” explains Elena Serra, communications director of Natura Bisse. “People often confuse air with an oxygen treatment or a hyperbaric chamber, but it’s not—it is just pure air, which after years of research we discovered accelerates the benefits of the facial by aiding the formulation of collagen and elastin. Air also helps to improve concentration, circulation, and respiration.” Apart from Rafa, Beyoncé, January Jones, and Rachel Bilson have all visited the “bubble,” as the destination is called, and other high-profile celebs will get their chance at the end of the month; the H.Stern/Natura Bisse bubble road show is Oscar-bound. A-listers, make your appointments now.

Photo: Courtesy of Natura Bisse

Hollywood & Fine: LA-LA Land’s Newest Beauty Addresses

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L.A. has long been an enclave for beauty, with its storied movie lots serving up screenstar-caliber primping and priming (and its scalpel-wielding doctors performing all manner of nipping and tucking). But the City of Angels has recently put itself on the map as a destination for new, improved services that meld luxury and convenience. With Drybar and the just-opened Blushington leading the charge, outposts for the latest advances in pampering are popping up all over 90210. Here, our top three new recruits.

The Nail Bar

The Beverly Wilshire—which Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s characters called home in Pretty Woman—is known for its well-earned stench of old Hollywood glamour. But the hotel’s latest addition is hardly a throwback. At the newly opened Nail Bar, guests peruse magazines on sleek iPads and nibble on small plates of beef tataki while aestheticians lacquer tips with polishes from Essie, Chanel, Butter London, and CND’s instant-drying, chip-free Shellac gel-polish crossover. To add to the experience, Champagne is served on a shaded deck with fire pit and cushy flip-flops replace disposable foam thongs so you can properly pad through the intimate white and silver space.

From $50, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 385-7023, www.fourseasons.com.

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Get AWAY From It All

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For New Yorkers thoroughly over winter’s brutal dark cold, today’s chilly rain surely didn’t help. But there is a place a short three-hour plane ride away (plus 15 minutes on a puddle-jumper), where the sun is warm, the beaches are beautiful, the water is turquoise blue, and it is currently 81 degrees. That would be Vieques, the small island off Puerto Rico’s east coast that is becoming an increasingly popular spring break destination for jet-setters in the know (and out of college).

That’s thanks in large part to the W Retreat & Spa that opened there last March, with well-appointed rooms, stunning ocean views, and a delicious Alain Ducasse restaurant right on the premises. It’s Spa Chakra-run spa suffered the same fate as Guerlain’s relaxation haven at the Waldorf this past summer when the conglomerate mysteriously shut down all of its nationwide locations. But no matter. January marked a new beginning for the property when the AWAY Spa officially opened its doors. “The concept is detox, recharge, and refuel,” acting director of lifestyle Tanya Ilustrisimo says of the destination’s mantra. “There are no express treatments, so it falls in line with the feeling of the retreat—the point is that you feel like we’re taking you away from it all.” Seeing as it’s located a good five-minute walk down a stone-lined path from the hotel’s main lobby, you literally have to leave the premises and enter a different physical and mental space to enjoy popular treatments like the 02 Awakening oxygen facial administered with Natura Bissé products and the AWAY signature massage, a head-to-toe rubdown performed indoors or in a beach cabana (we’d suggest the latter).

“It’s like our own little bubble here,” Ilustrisimo reiterates—although not too much of a bubble to make you forget where you are, i.e., an island paradise. Six of the ten treatment rooms open to a private garden space equipped with tropical foliage, outdoor showers, and the sound of waves crashing in the distance. There’s also a spacious couples’ suite that features adjacent massage tables, a stone tub, and an outdoor whirlpool (hot tubbing outside, perched above the shoreline, is not a bad way to spend an evening). Also recommended: the Café Con Coco scrub, which is made fresh with local coffee grounds, grated coconut, and coconut oil.


W Retreat & Spa, 200 Vieques Island State Road, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico; (787) 741-4100.

Photo: Courtesy of W Vieques Retreat & Spa