Story by Barbara Angelakis
Photos courtesy of Plaza Athénée New York
Hotel Plaza Athénée New York
37 East 64th Street at Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Tel: 212-734-9100 Fax: 212-772-0958
Located in the ultra-elegant upper east side of Manhattan is the Plaza Athénée, an exquisite boutique hotel known for its European grandeur and service. I was thrilled to be invited to visit their spa to experience the introduction of their exclusive partnership with VALMONT, the Swiss cosmetic company dedicated to health and beauty with their aggressive anti-aging products and treatments, and to celebrate the spas entry into the prestigious V35 Club, making the Spa at the Plaza Athénée the only certified V35 Spa in the United States.
The V35 Club was created by Valmont to recognize a select group of spas worldwide that offer a level of excellence of service befitting their cosmetic line. V35 is aptly named in honor of the 35 highest Swiss summits which peak above 4,000 meters. The company is located near Lake Geneva in Switzerland and the name Valmont is a factual and visual reference to the company being located between the valley and the mountains.
Valmont has long been known for its superb scientifically designed anti-aging cosmetic creams, and has recently introduced its line of body products that work to reduce the signs of aging on the body as their creams do on the face.
The Spa at the Plaza Athénée is not a full service spa with pool, steam rooms, sauna and whirlpools, but is as elegant and intimate as the hotel itself, with each treatment room a luxury suite including full bathroom, dressing area and treatment room affording total privacy and comfort. Every treatment begins with a foot and leg bath performed by the therapist in a large basin in which citrus slices are floating. An exfoliate is massaged on legs and feet and the lemon slices are used to remove the gel. After drying I was led to the treatment area and snuggled in between silken sheets on a gently warmed massage table.
My therapist Miranda began the Valmont process of sliming and firming the body, which she described to me as she worked. She first rubbed D. Solution Booster on my arms, stomach and legs to activate lypolysis and treat cellulite buildup. Next she added C. Curve Shaper, with its anti-aging firming properties, working in a specific butterfly motion scientifically created to break down fatty cells. Valmont suggests 10 sessions for maximum slimming and firming or using the products at home twice a day for a month to reshape the body and get rid of unwanted signs of aging. Just the one treatment left my body feeling silky smooth and if I dare say, on the way to losing some of the unwanted globs that have attached themselves to me in the past few years.
Letting the body products soak in, Miranda next approached my face and again using the anti-aging Valmont products and the butterfly massage technique, she left my face looking brighter and firmer.
The extensive line of Valmont products can be purchased for home use at the Spa at the Plaza Athénée which is located on the second floor of the hotel and is now open not only exclusively to guests of the hotel but to anyone wanting to experience these regenerating and renewing products and treatments. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of products and treatments.
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