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Top Resorts are Bringing in the Beauty Pros

by Isabel Burton
It’s a new era of luxury spas: Hotels are teaming up with skincare gurus to offer the best in tailored treatments

In the ever-evolving landscape of luxury travel, the integration of top-tiered beauty partnerships in hotel spas represents a significant leap forward. As discerning guests increasingly prioritize their skincare and health, resorts are responding by bringing renowned beauty pros and their product lines on board to offer unique and customized programs. These collabs are not merely about adding high-end creams to the spa menu though; they are about aligning the philosophies and methods of skincare masters with the wellness principles of the properties—it’s a synergy that ensures guests get the full experience of the destination. True luxury in wellness is not just about pampering, as their providing theory goes, but also about providing tangible benefits to one's skin and overall well-being, that last long-term. 

Blackberry Mountain in Walland, Tennessee, a part of the esteemed Relais & Chateaux collection, has joined forces with famed celebrity aesthetician Joanna Czech to bring her renowned "The Method" facials to the resort, making it the first Joanna Czech-certified spa in the U.S. "Blackberry's philosophy about wellness is rooted in an appreciation of natural balance,” says Kathy Rivard, Blackberry Mountain’s Spa Director. “Our perspective focuses on engaged, optimal living, and savoring all facets of the good life. That involves offerings spa treatments that truly upgrade your skin using both an organic and innovative approach—and bring confidence and happiness." In keeping, Czech's MO includes combining traditional techniques with current technologies to create an impactful personalized regimen. With nearly forty years of experience that began in Poland, Joanna Czech is a big believer that a holistic approach, instead of quick fixes, leads to beautiful skin. “Joanna has worked extensively with our team, training them on all aspects of her facial method and skin care brand,” says Rivard.   One offering is an 80-minute “Joanna Czech Method Enhanced LED Facial,” tailored with treatments like microcurrents, cryotherapy, oxygen infusions, and more.

Redefining their luxury spa experiences, The Set Collection has brought U Beauty, the brainchild of Tina Chen Craig, to the Akasha treatment rooms at Hotel Café Royal in London, Hôtel Lutetia in Paris, and Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam, establishing the brand’s debut in Europe. These hotels, known for their chic ambiance and meticulous attention to guest experience, find a perfect match in U Beauty’s ethos of streamlined, effective skincare that provides a sophisticated blend of luxury and wellness.  Tina Chen Craig's vision in creating U Beauty was about simplifying routines with products that produce real results while minimizing time commitment and waste. The brand's science-driven approach, featuring SIREN Capsule Technology, negates irritation, and ensures the delivery of targeted ingredients that visibly boost the health of the skin. Each spa treatment, including the U Beauty Precision Glow Facial and the U Beauty Siren Glow Facial, is crafted to provide lasting benefits, pampering, and rejuvenation. 

Joali Being, a private island destination in the Maldives, has forged an alliance with Dr. Barbara Sturm, a globally acclaimed expert in aesthetics. This collaboration introduces Dr. Sturm's celebrated anti-aging and anti-inflammatory approach to the spa, checking in nicely with the resort’s commitment to holistic well-being: Joali Being is dedicated to four pillars, including Mind, Microbiome, Energy, and of course, Skin. On offer are seven of Dr. Sturm's signature treatments, including the STURMGLOW Facial and the Super Anti-Aging Facial. Each is designed to address specific needs to deliver immediate benefits and also promote long-term skin health.

Dr. Sturm, a regular at the resort, emphasizes the importance of an anti-inflammatory lifestyle for overall well-being, which includes a diet and skincare routine focused on nourishing ingredients. These principles are integral to her method, ensuring that guests come away with not just pampering but a profound, health-boosting experience that is in synch with their resort stay.

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