Urban Retreat at Harrods
The gargantuan proportions of Harrods’ Urban Retreat (covering a whopping 2,320m2/25,000ft2) and its constant bustle may not make this the ultimate beauty utopia, but what it lacks in tranquillity it makes up for in choice. The Urban Retreat houses some of Britain’s best beauty experts: there’s a Shavata brow studio, a Leighton Denny nail salon, a Roja Dove haute perfumery, and facialist John Tsagaris on hand with his acclaimed acupuncture. There’s a Medi-spa, with all the needlework and fat-melting technology, and it is also the only place in the country where you can indulge in the deluxe Cre`me de la Mer facial, administered in a suite with exotic fish tanks for windows. Perfunctory beautifiers such as waxing, laser hair removal and endermology (cellulite-busting) are not forgotten. And when you’re finished with all that, there’s beauty photographer Tony McGee’s Lights, Camera, Beauty to snap you in soft focus. So Harrods.