Spa treatments to get you ready for the party season

PUBLISHED: 16:22 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 16:32 12 November 2015

La Vie Spa - a place to relax

La Vie Spa - a place to relax


International spa consultant, Verna Herry shares some seasonal beauty advice from her new venture La Vie Spa at the Ocean Hotel in Portland

What stress-busting treatment would you suggest leading up to Christmas?

We have a revolutionary new treatment which uses Lava Shells and it is a fabulous stress-buster. We use LavaGel, which contains a blend of natural minerals including sea kelp and algae, together with a salt water activator which heats up the shells naturally providing an intense, comforting massage. The sustained heat allows a deep muscle massage to take away tension and alleviate soreness. Treatments start from £20 for the Lava Relax Shot up to £75 for the Lava Relax Full Massage lasting 90 minutes.

How do I get my feet ready for the social stampede and those party sandals?

I would recommend a Callus Peel which targets the unsightly hard skin and calluses on your feet with skin softening patches followed by scraping away the hard skin, leaving your feet soft and revitalised and ready to party. It only takes 30 minutes and you will see an improvement after the first session, though for optimal results we recommend a treatment every 2 -3 weeks to keep your feet sandal ready. We also provide an aftercare plan for you to do at home. Treatments start at £30 for heels, £35 for heels and soles or £40 which includes a deluxe file and polish.

Cold weather and central heating can play havoc with your skin. What facial would you recommend to combat this and rebalance?

Elemis offer a range of facials customised for different skin types: the treatment includes cleanse, skin analysis, exfoliation, facial massage, a prescribed mask, scalp massage, hand and arm massage, tone and moisturise. Skin is left deeply cleansed with renewed radiance, nourished and balance. Choose Herbal Lavender Repair for oily skin, as it draws out impurities, reduces shine, treats breakouts and restores balance; Fruit Active Glow is great for brightening dry lifeless skin; Exotic Moisture Dew is a thirst-quenching facial to replenished dry dehydrated skins . If you are short on time and need a little pep up then the Skin Booster Facial is perfect for a lunchtime or early evening ‘quick fix’.

Have you any Christmas or New Year spa packages I can pop onto my gift list?

Our seasonal spa packages include the Winter Warmer, Winter Blitz and Festive Glitz! Each package includes a glass of mulled wine and mince pie on arrival, plus the use of our sleep retreat suite to relax and unwind before or after your spa experience. 

About La Vie Spa

La Vie Spa at the Ocean Hotel, Portland, was recently launched by independent spa consultant and spa therapist Verna Herry, and is the first of a chain of hotel spas working to bring high end spa treatments and facilities to independently run small and medium sized hotels across the southwest.

For the full La Vie Spa menu including the treatments and offers mentioned visit or you can call 01305 470049.


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