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CPP-LUXURY 2014 World’s finest luxury urban Spas

The 2014 review ranking of 2014 World’s finest luxury urban Spas by CPP-LUXURY.COM contributing editors, compiled by Publishing Editor, Oliver Petcu

1. Montblanc Spa at Four Seasons des Bergues, Geneva

Ambiance: contemporary, cutting-edge, glamorous

Key interior design features: newly built, roof-top of heritage building on three floors

Treatment types: Swiss and Asian

WOW factor: panoramic views of the Montblanc mountains from the heated indoor swimming pool

Innovative approach: library with glass dome ceiling – carefully curated selection of books

Featured Spa/beauty brands: ESPA, Biogologique Recherche

Organic products: Sante Naturkosmetik – only in changing rooms

Service: 7 (10)

Clientele: 50/50 balanced

Best body treatment: Alpine Aroma Reviver

Best skin-care treatment: Restructuring and Soothing Facial by Biologique Recherche

Signature treatment: Cellular Exclusive Lift Facial

Montblanc Spa at Four Seasons des Bergues, Geneva

2. SoSpa at Sofitel St James, London

Ambiance: residential feel

Key interior design features: cozy

Treatment types: Ayurvedic, Asian, European

WOW factor: private jacuzzi with chromotherapy

Innovative approach: communal table at the entrance

Featured Spa/beauty brands: Cinq Mondes

Organic products: Yes

Service: 8 (10)

Clientele: locals (70%), hotel guests (30%)

Best body treatment: Ko Bi Do Ritual

Best skin-care treatment: Cinetic Sculpting Eye Treatment

Signature treatment: Marisa Berenson First Spa with Prickly Pear Oil

Room for improvement: service

SoSpa at Sofitel St James, London

3. SPA at The Peninsula, Paris

Ambiance: warm & welcoming; sleek yet soft; understated white pool-side beds

Key interior design features: swimming pool entrance – makes one feel as being a royal stepping into the pool of a Royal Palace; limestone

Treatment types: skincare, body massages

WOW factor: 20m indoor heated swimming pool with jacuzzi areas

Innovative approach: hammam-style relaxation rooms complete with dry saunas and aromatic steam showers

Featured Spa/beauty brands: ESPA, Biologique Recherche

Service: 9 (10)

Clientele: mainly hotel guest but the ”bug” will gradually attract local patrons too

Best body treatment: ESPA Aromatherapy Massage

Best skin-care treatment: Biologique Recherche facial

Signature treatment: Aromatherapy massage

Room for improvement: addition of organic products

Tea Lounge at the Spa of The Peninsula, Paris

4. Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Ambiance: ultra modern

Key interior design features: an abundance of stones – marble, onyx, jade, sophisticated lighting

Treatment types: all body

WOW factor: views of Las Vegas

Innovative approach: semi-precious stones

Featured Spa/beauty brands: Aromatherapy Associates for Mandarin Oriental

Organic products: No

Service: 9 (10)

Clientele: hotel (70%), locals (30%)

Best body treatment: Luminescence Massage and Body Treatment

Best skin-care treatment: Jade enzyme facial

Signature treatment: Oriental Harmony

Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

5. Sense Spa at The Carlyle (Rosewood), New York

Ambiance: sleek

Key interior design features: fashion glam style

Treatment types: all body

WOW factor: state-of-the-art Kohler DTV shower

Innovative approach: historic glamour blended with the the most advanced technology

Featured Spa/beauty brands: Sisley, Intraceuticals

Organic products: No

Service: 7 (10)

Clientele: 70% hotel guests / 30% visitors

Best body treatment:

Best skin-care treatment: Intraceuticals®Oxygen treatment

Signature treatment: Wedding Spa treatments

Room for improvement: service

Sense Spa at The Carlyle (Rosewood) New York

6. The Spa at Kempinski Palais Hansen, Vienna

Ambiance: classic

Key interior design features: Asian inspired

Treatment types: full body treatments

WOW factor: indoor heated plunge pool

Innovative approach: Hydra-Facial (state-of-the-art facial technology)

Featured Spa/beauty brands: Hydra Facial, Daniele de Winter

Organic products: No

Service: 8 (10)

Clientele: 60% local / 40% hotel guests

Best body treatment: Winter Fleece Wrap Restoring

Best skin-care treatment: Hydra-Facial facial

Signature treatment: Hydra-Facial

Hydrafacial at Kempinski Palais Hansen, Vienna

7. Spa at Das Stue, Berlin

Ambiance: Cocoon

Key interior design features: understated

Treatment types: body, face

WOW factor: service and quality of skilled therapists

Innovative approach: Private home feel

Featured Spa/beauty brands: Susanne Kaufmann

Organic products: Yes

Service: 10 (10)

Clientele: local and hotel

Best body treatment: Alkaline Body Treatment

Best skin-care treatment: Head treatment by Susanne Kaufmann

Signature treatment: Detox anti Cellulite Treatment

Das Stue Hotel, Berlin – Spa

8. Spa at Aman Grand Canal, Venice

Ambiance: atmosphere of a sanctuary

Key interior design features:

Treatment types: body

WOW factor: ultra-private, exclusive feel – location in the Garden Building

Innovative approach: ambiance

Featured Spa/beauty brands:

Organic products: Yes

Service: 7 (10)

Clientele: predominantly hotel guests

Best body treatment: Detox Body Scrub

Best skin-care treatment: Organic Aromatherapy

Signature treatment:

Spa at Aman Grand Canal, Venice

9. Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie, Paris

Ambiance: Parisian appartement

Key interior design features: couples treatment room overlooking courtyard garden

Treatment types: all body

WOW factor: Ultra-luxury feel

Innovative approach: Russian Room with Hammam; private terrace

Featured Spa/beauty brands: La Prairie, Russie Blanche, Aromatherapy Associates, La Maison de l’Argan

Organic products: The Organic Pharmacy (UK)

Service: 10(10)

Clientele: 60% hotel guests / 40% locals / visitors

Best body treatment: La Prairie

Best skin-care treatment: Platinum Rare Facial by La Prairie

Signature treatment: ‘From Russia with Love’

Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie, Russian room

10. Pearl Spa at Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

Ambiance: Sleek glam

Key interior design features: lavish water experience areas and state-of-the-art palatial indoor pool with daylight

Treatment types: all body

WOW factor: service and exceptionally skilled therapists

Innovative approach: bespoke branded products

Featured Spa/beauty brands: Sodashi, Natura Bisse

Organic products: No

Service: 8(10)

Clientele: mostly hotel guests

Best body treatment: Balinese Massage

Best skin-care treatment: Diamond Natura Bisse facial

Signature treatment: Body Rituals

Room for improvement: selection of organic products

The Pearl Spa, Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

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