Following in the footsteps of legendary beauty Cleopatra, London’s Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre has an indulgent Hammam treatment centred around the rejuvenating qualities of gold. Created exclusively for London’s Hotel Cafe Royal, by cosmetic artisan spa brand La Sultane de Saba, the 23 Carat Gold Signature Hammam prevents the signs of ageing and leaves skin glowing.
Playing a part in ancient beauty rituals, with the ancient Egyptians as its most famous fan, gold was used in Ayurvedic medicine for its healing qualities and ability to bring elasticity to the skin. The four-step ritual, which lasts either 75 or 90 minutes, will use a combination of 23 carat gold, mother of pearl and caviar extract which adorn the face and body throughout.
The 23 Carat Gold Signature Hammam ritual commences on the hammam plinth surrounded by copper bowls filled with rose petals and flickering candles, which fill the air with an opulent fragrance. The sound of softly played Moroccan music and aromatic steam creates a fitting ambience for the welcome ceremony, which uses a mist of orange blossom, rose and rose geranium on the body alongside gemstones – to promote harmony throughout.
Opt for the Gold Infused Body and Face Exfoliation, which starts with a full body cleanse using black soap blended with gold minerals. A traditional kessa glove is then used with a technique that massages the body whilst providing the most invigorating exfoliation with immediate and visible results. The face is then cleansed with a 23 carat gold jelly and exfoliated with 23 carat gold anti-ageing scrub combining micronised pearls and corundum extract to soften and smooth the complexion. The experience is complete by a Pure Lava Clay & Gold hair treatment to remove impurities, smooth and condition the hair and scalp.
You can also try the Gold Back Massage which uses 100% pure shea butter that is melted and combined with an oil of the guests’s choice which is steeped with gold minerals. The massage is an exceptional anti-ageing and nourishing skin treat whilst the deeply relaxing and muscle melting techniques provide the ultimate back massage.
Finally, the Mini Gold Facial is an anti-ageing massage using a luscious honey and gold balm. The silky textured balm is placed on the face, neck and décolleté using hypnotic moves that gently lift, smooth and plump the skin. Hot towels, infused with a facial tonic, remove the balm before a 23 carat gold liquid mask is applied during which the therapists starts the head and scalp massage. The final part of the facial is a gold elixir serum, enriched with caviar and argan oil, which is applied to the face alongside a 23 carat gold anti-ageing cream infused with mother of peal and hyaluronic acid.
For reservations contact the team directly on +44 (0)207 406 3360 or via email [email protected]