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Where to go when you want to re­lax...and get re­sults.

Elle (Canada) - - Body -

STYLE ME PRETTY LONDON If you like your lux­ury sleek, so­phis­ti­cated and prefer­ably dressed in black, con­sider the Bul­gari Ho­tel your new happy place. This bea­con of sub­dued style is decked out in sapele-ma­hogany wood and mod­ern sil­ver ac­cents, with con­nec­tions to the iconic house ev­ery­where: Ta­ble lamps are repli­cas of tra­di­tional Bul­gari can­dle­sticks, the pri­vate bar is adorned with pho­tos of celebri­ties from Hol­ly­wood’s golden age, wear­ing the Ital­ian brand’s jew­els, and silk cur­tains in the guest rooms are wo­ven with the pat­tern of a brooch made by founder Sotirio Bul­gari.

Im­pres­sive decor and well-dressed staff are ob­vi­ous ar­eas in which to push the luxe en­ve­lope, but the Bul­gari truly ex­cels in its ap­proach to well­ness. Body­ism, the ho­tel’s gym, has a savvy yet holis­tic ap­proach to fit­ness. It of­fers tar­geted pro­grams spe­cial­iz­ing in sculpt­ing lean, lithe bod­ies and is used by mod­els like Lara Stone and Rosie Hunt­ing­ton-White­ley.

If ex­pend­ing en­ergy to look beau­ti­ful is (un­der­stand­ably) too much work for you, book in at the pinch-me-plush spa. The Con­tour & Firm Body Treat­ment helps send cellulite along its squidgy way by us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of warm and iced mit­tens to ex­fo­li­ate skin, fol­lowed by a detox­i­fy­ing body wrap to help fur­ther flush out tox­ins and im­prove skin tex­ture. Next, a lym­phatic-drainage mas­sage wrings the last pos­si­ble bit of bloat out of ex­is­tence. Your best post- treat­ment pre- jew­elleryshop­ping op­tion: Lounge by the gold-Mu­ra­n­otiled pool with a glass of bub­bly and a smug smile on your face. VANESSA CRAFT h

THE HOUSE SPE­CIAL REMÈDE SPA AT THE ST. REGIS BAHIA BEACH RE­SORT, RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO Set in a pris­tine pri­vate bay at the base of El Yunque Na­tional For­est, Remède Spa ra­di­ates luxe tran­quil­ity. Inside, the space feels—and func­tions—like a posh ho­tel in Man­hat­tan, flush with thought­ful ac­cou­trements (con­tact-lens cases, Phyto hair­spray), a plunge pool and sauna cir­cuit. High­light The Spa With­out Walls pro­gram al­lows you to ex­pe­ri­ence treat­ments un­der a canopy staked in the sand. Try the Encanto Rum Mas­sage, which uses mas­sage oil blended with the in­dige­nous Isla del Encanto rum. You can chase your mas­sage with a pool­side pedi­cure (and com­ple­ment it with a lo­cal-rum cock­tail). Re­lax­ation ver­dict It re­vives mind, body and soul. Must-do After a treat­ment, head to Remède’s sleek, mod­ern show­ers and use its stel­lar house line, Lab­o­ra­toire Remède. The star prod­uct—Lab­o­ra­toire Remède Com­plete Re­pair Con­di­tioner—feels like the most ex­pen­sive serum-in­fused con­di­tion­ing mask to ever rein in frizz and leave hair shiny. KATHER­INE FLEM­MING HOME SWEET HAM­MAM THE ÇI­RA­GAN PALACE KEMPIN­SKI SPA, ISTANBUL The clas­si­cally el­e­gant San­i­tas spa is a mecca of pris­tine-white mar­ble and per­fects the bal­ance be­tween old- and new-school Turk­ish ham­mam ther­a­pies. In the sum­mer months, have your ex­pe­ri­ence in one of the spe­cial pod­like sta­tions set in the ho­tel’s pri­vate gar­dens with the fa­mous Bospho­rus Strait as your back­drop. High­light The Sehrazat Ham­mam Treat­ment starts with a hot sauna or steam to soften the skin be­fore your ther­a­pist, wear­ing exfoliating mitts, vig­or­ously scrubs your body. (Kiss that layer of win­ter skin goodbye.) Next, a cleanse/mas­sage is per­formed with a high-foam, frothy soap-filled sponge. After the sen­sa­tions sub­side, it’s time to wrap your­self in a long, thin body cloth—a pesh­ta­mal—and lie down on the re­lax­ing, mus­cle-melt­ing hot-mar­ble bed to rest (and most likely snore). Re­lax­ation ver­dict In­vig­o­rat­ing and stim­u­lat­ing in the best pos­si­ble way. Must-do Lose your in­hi­bi­tions: Get used to be­ing in your birth­day suit; it’s the norm (though dis­pos­able un­der­wear is avail­able), and it’s eas­ier for the tech­ni­cians to work if you’re au na­turel. CH­A­NIZE THORPEh

WAILEA, MAUI, HAWAII This huge haven of aloha is the big­gest spa in Hawaii and has 40 lux­ury treat­ment rooms spread over 4,645 square me­tres. The laun­dry list of ther­a­pies leaves no hot stone un­turned, with op­tions like a Vol­canic Ash Body Treat­ment or choco­late-co­conut mas­sages for keikis (kids) of­fered in a Malama Ka ’Ohana (fam­ily) spa suite. High­light No mat­ter which treat­ment you are hav­ing, you are en­cour­aged to ar­rive an hour early to in­dulge in the com­pli­men­tary Termé Hy­drother­apy Cir­cuit: a prepam­per­ing maze of Swiss jet show­ers, cas­cad­ing wa­ter­falls and hot and cold plunge pools. Re­lax­ation ver­dict Haute Zen. Even dur­ing a scrub there’s a risk that you’ll fall asleep, thanks to hyp­no­tiz­ing ukulele tunes and the ther­a­pist’s rhyth­mic mas­sag­ing hand strokes. Must-do Get scrubbed. The spa’s new treat­ments, like the Maui Sugar Cane Ex­fo­li­a­tion and the Kokoleka Truf­fle Body Co­coon, are de­li­ciously fra­grant—you’ll smell like fresh-baked cook­ies. There are also op­tions to try a bath with one of five dif­fer­ent sea salts (blended with in­dige­nous min­er­als, herbs and spices) that cap­ture the vibe of each Hawai­ian is­land. Get ready to glow. C.T. HIGH- TECH SKIN SMOOTH­IES BA­BOR BEAUTY SPA, CAL­GARY This new fu­tur­is­tic white-and-sil­ver-clad gem of a spa in Cal­gary’s down­town Mis­sion Dis­trict is Ba­bor’s first and only in Canada. (The company founder, Michael Ba­bor, is a Ger­man bio­chemist and anti-ag­ing guru.) With only three treat­ment rooms, it feels like you’re en­ter­ing your own pri­vate space­ship spa pod. Des­ti­na­tion? Beau­ti­ful skin. High­light The high-tech yet nat­u­rally sourced prod­ucts. Treat­ments fea­ture spe­cial­ized in­gre­di­ents, like the pink Saskatchewan min­eral salts in the Ak­tiv Peel­ing + Body Co­coon. The brand’s lat­est prod­uct, Doc­tor Ba­bor Derma Cel­lu­lar Ul­ti­mate A16 Booster Con­cen­trate, uses the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent Retinew. Ex­tracted from the seeds of the moth bean, Retinew is 16 times more con­cen­trated than retinol. Re­lax­ation ver­dict Never-end­ing body bliss—one gel mask, skin serum, lym­phatic mas­sage and hot-and-cold lava stone after another. Must-do The Vi­tal Detox Ther­apy. This 50-minute fa­cial treat­ment packs a cel­lu­lar re­gen­er­at­ing punch. It’s worth it just for the fi­nal mask: a thick, cool minty­green gel that helps coax vi­ta­mins and min­er­als deeper into your skin. Think a next-gen­er­a­tion green-juice smoothie...for your face. CHRISTINA REYNOLDS ■

This sketch is a “quickie.” I am only sup­posed to spend a few min­utes draw­ing the ba­sics of what I see, with­out re­mov­ing my pen from the pa­per. I’m not sure if it re­ally cap­tures my essence, but it’s a good ex­er­cise in re­lin­quish­ing con­trol and fol­low­ing one’s instincts. Not be­ing able to go back and erase and re­vise my mis­takes is some­what terrifying, but as a con­sum­mate per­fec­tion­ist, this is a les­son I need to learn. I ac­tu­ally find this to be the most re­lax­ing sketch to cre­ate; I re­al­ize that I am en­joy­ing the process in­stead of con­cen­trat­ing on try­ing to make it “good.” h

NEIGH­BOUR­HOOD WATCH For one as­sign­ment, I am sup­posed to sketch a build­ing, so I choose the some­what unin­spir­ing apart­ment build­ing across the street from my home. I’ve looked at this build­ing nu­mer­ous times, ev­ery day, for four years. But I’ve never re­ally seen it. FAM­ILY POR­TRAITS I do a fast wa­ter­colour sketch of my meno­rah and then go back and slowly add the de­tails with a pen. Danny Gre­gory, the co-founder of Sketch­book Skool, says, “Ac­cu­racy is less im­por­tant than cap­tur­ing your ex­pe­ri­ence.” It’s not a per­fect ren­di­tion, but it de­picts an im­por­tant sym­bol in my life, one that rep­re­sents my fam­ily and my her­itage and cul­ture. QUOTE, UNQUOTE For this week’s as­sign­ment, we’re asked to draw one of our favourite quotes. I like this one from Os­car Wilde be­cause it speaks to the hard­ships we all en­dure and the pos­si­bil­ity of find­ing some­thing beau­ti­ful amid the rub­ble when you shift your view­point. If this course has taught me any­thing, it’s that some­times all you need to do is look up. You might be amazed at what’s there—what has been there all along, sim­ply wait­ing to be seen. ■

For my next #lifereboot, I’ll be ex­plor­ing the idea that the key to hap­pi­ness is liv­ing a life with grat­i­tude. Time for some deep re­flec­tion—with the help of my cam­era and a cou­ple of rolls of film.

Sip cham­pagne at the sub­limely sexy pool at the Bul­gari Ho­tel in London.

Doze in the sun at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Re­sort in Puerto Rico.

En­joy the mar­ble sur­rounds at the Çi­ra­gan Palace Kempin­ski Spa in Istanbul.

Take in the view from the Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea, Hawaii.

Get blissed out at the Ba­bor Beauty Spa in Cal­gary.

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