Sunday, 15 July 2012

The ultimate SW6 home

Beauty, pampering and general grooming are high on my priority list post pay-day and I am often asked to recommend the best places in the area to epilate, rejuvenate and titillate. Considering myself a girlie-girl who is partial to a mani/pedi, blowdry and occasional oxygen mask I was intrigued to discover what Urban Retreat at home was all about. 


It was with slight trepidation that I opened my front door to the intimidatingly attractive Caroline, beauty therapist and product guru extraordinaire. Having left the world of beauty therapy for an in-house beauty role behind a desk it wasn’t long before Caroline missed and craved the customer relations she loved and quit the 9-5 for Urban Retreat at home


Having established its name at Harrods in London, Urban Retreat is a well-known and respected luxury spa brand which made me question whether this experience would be transferable to one’s living room. It was with delight that I realised how well they have adapted the product for the stay-at-home market, brining one of the best spa experiences I have ever had to my bedroom!


Urban Retreat at home is a mobile spa which offers an enormous array of sophisticated treatments, made to deliver at a time that suits you whilst allowing you to stay in your pj’s and fall asleep straight afterwards. I opted for a Keraskin facial and left Caroline to set up my bedroom a là Harrods with a treatment bed, candles and soothing music whilst I changed into my fluffy robe and slippers provided. Worried that I wouldn’t be able to relax in my own room, Caroline soon dispelled this concern and was the ultimate professional. The level of service is equal, if not better to that in a spa and you are instantly made to feel like a VIP customer, despite my teddies looking on enviously.  

The quality of the facial was one of the best I've ever had and Caroline did everything in her power to make the experience as relaxing as possible, from a deep tissue neck and shoulder massage to a soothing eye mask to complement the hydrating face mask. When I came-to I was embarrassed to realise I had nodded off in my own room and sadly it was time for Caroline to leave. Unlike other treatments in local beauty salons Caroline makes sure she arrives early to set up and leaves plenty of time to clear away, ensuring you get the full 60 minutes and never feel rushed. 


The flexibility is fantastic with customers being able to mix-and-match the treatments, paying a set £70 per hour (excluding Kensington and Chelsea which is £95) and then choosing how to fill the time. Caroline often has girls who book in for a mini mani, wax and eyebrow tint and squeeze it in to the hour which is amazing value for the quality of products used and service provided. Ideal for groups of friends it takes all the stress out of rushing to a salon and then having to get onto a sweaty bus afterwards, next time I will definitely invite some friends round, crack open the wine and make a night of it.


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