Thalgo Indoceane Spa Ritual at Urban Retreat, Harrods

Rejuvenate the mind and body with Thalgo's new Indoceane Spa Ritual. Tuesday, 2 April 2013

By Maria Pieri

Rejuvenate the mind and body with Thalgo's new Indoceane Spa Ritual.

So, I'm heading on a journey across four exotic destinations. But I'm not moving. Instead I'm face down in a darkened room, with Nelly, my treatment therapist, talking me through Thalgo's new Indoceane Spa Ritual — an hour and a half of pampering that whizzes past in what feels like minutes.

I'm in the heart of Knightsbridge, in a busy department store — you might know it: Harrods. This Urban Retreat (the name of the spa on the fifth floor) is not easy to find, but once checked in, any worries or woes are left far behind.

The journey is to take me from the Med to Egypt, India and China, experiencing a new treatment using products inspired by these destinations. It begins with exfoliation and evolves into an all over body scrub. Perhaps not the most gentle experience but truly invigorating. A shower follows (using Egyptian-inspired products) before embarking on the next phase.

The deeply relaxing 45-minute ayurvedic massage is my favourite pit-stop, using warmed oils — featuring carefully selected marine ingredients such as Qi-Marine (brown algae) and Sacred Lotus Flower — to knead my aching muscles, easing the tension in my shoulders.

Finally I'm wrapped in a fine silk sheet and, while my body absorbs the oils, attention is turned to my head and shoulders. Although my hair is frizzing up under Nelly's massaging hands, my mind feels totally calm. It's a small price to pay for such a relaxing experience.

Prices for Thalgo Indoceane Spa Ritual start from £95 for 90 mins at Urban Retreat, Fifth Floor, Harrods Knightsbridge London SW1X 7XL. T: 020 7893 8333.

For spas and salons nationwide contact Thalgo: +44 (0)20 7512 0872.

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