In the winter darkness of London, skin can become, or at least appear, dull and weathered, which is why Coco&Co make a point of visiting the Condé Nast favourite Spa Illuminata on South Audley Street. The cold and gloomy months of the year are a great time to establish and improve on the quality of your skin, and this Mayfair destination has everything one could wish for to achieve this.
It would be impossible to describe this spa in the way that it deserves. It is truly an experience which must be seen to be believed and, with the expert guidance of the highly qualified staff, we would challenge anyone to fault either the level of customer service or the effects of the treatments. Coco&Co checked in to the spa on the most dismal of London days and, after passing through the hallowed doors of the Mayfair Mecca, we instantly found their reputation and critical acclaim within the industry to be wholly justified. We were delicately and courteously ushered into our own sanctuary and experienced the famous ultra-sound facial on offer, which acknowledges the skin as an organ and not just a covering, and stimulates it on a biological level. This was without doubt one of the most effectually superb treatments any of the Co had ever had, and we each have appointments booked to return and make it a regular ritual.
Spa Illuminata is itself a brand synonymous with luxury and flawless customer satisfaction, and any brand with which they collaborate must excel in the same areas. One such brand which must be mentioned is Bellefontaine, a Swiss brand with a presence in only the most discerning boutiques and spas, which is a miracle cure for the dullness and dryness that is inevitably brought by the winter. The products simultaneously reduce redness and the discomfort brought on by chapped skin and provides a barrier of protection against the elements. On a scientific level Bellefontaine products balance and neutralise the skin using cutting-edge dermalogical ingredients (such as Edelgen, their own exclusive UV protection formula) which bolsters the tolerance of even the most sensitive skin. In particular Coco&Co Ldn cannot recommend enough the moisturising complex, which is perfect for those who need to maintain skin condition on the go, without disrupting their daily routines, and the lightening complex, which has the make-up-like effect of contouring the skin and brightens the dermis giving the effect of subtle but beautiful applied makeup.
This dermatological deity, being located in W1, is both the idyllic and convenient option for a spa whose doors are always open. Coco stops by on a weekly basis for a check up and to stay one step ahead. However, for those longer, more indulgent spa days, this Mount Street adjacent temple is the perfect hideaway. Coco&Co Ldn visited on the rainiest and windiest of days, but after each of our luxury bespoke facials and massages in this roman-villa inspired retreat, the rain was no match for us!