If – like the Haute Time team – you’re suffering from dry, dull and lifeless skin (hardly surprising given the combination of scorching summer and Arctic office air conditioning levels), it’s time to treat your skin to some TLC. London is hardly short of sumptuous spas and salons where you can get your glow on but if you really want to sparkle like a star, we recommend The Ritz Salon. Perched atop the iconic hotel – whose high profile past guests include Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward and Lady Thatcher - The Ritz Salon provides a perfect sanctuary seven stories above the bustling streets below.
There’s a treatment list a mile long and it’s tempting to sit and read it like a teenager absorbed in a Twilight novel but if you can’t decide whether to indulge in a massage or a facial, then our advice is to sign up for the Ritz Signature Jade stones (£145 for 90 mins) as it incorporates both.
Climb onto the massage table in the treatment room - whose calming beige tones created a harmonious environment in which to enjoy some me time - and prepare to recharge something far more valuable than your iPad.
Firstly your friendly therapist (we can vouch for Charlotte) will use slow, sensuous strokes to knead your body from head to toe using warm jade stones. Rocks might be the “in thing” in relaxation right now, but it’s actually a treatment that dates back to ancient civilisation where it was believed hot stones had healing properties for cleansing the body, relaxing the heart, grounding the soul and soothing the mind.
Initially the idea of having rocks rubbed into our bodyheld little appeal but having tried the treatment, Haute Time can testify that it is pure magic for the muscles.
As the therapist strategically places some small, deliciously warmed pebbles on the body’s charkas – that’s key energy points to you and me – aided by a hydrating Comfort Zone tranquillity oil, relaxation takes hold.
The warmth and the herbal scents work like a dream to soothe you as you drift away. With every new stone that’s rubbed in a circular motion, another wave of warmth flows from the fingertips to the toes.
The therapist’s movements are never abrupt and the whole process is heavenly hitting all the right spots to soothe away the stresses and strains of modern life.
Next it’s time for the cleansing facial which involves a massage (aimed at improving blood flow) followed by the application of a mask guaranteed to leave your visage looking fresher than a summer fruit bowl.
No matter how time poor you may be, we highly recommend booking in for this stellar treatment which offers the kind of complete relaxation you might think impossible. Forced to turn your iPhone off and close your eyes, you'll find yourself uninhibited by all the familiar baggage and free to unwind. Haute Time emerged radiant and totally relaxed having found the serenity we had been seeking on arrival.