Description: 1. Kaffir lime

Kaffir lime

For an invigorating yet indulgent way to prep the skin for beach, look no further than this new scrub ritual, which harnesses the power of this most bitter Asian fruit to slough away dead skin cells. Kaffir lime is traditionally used in herbal remedies to aid digestion but Ushvani uses its body benefits topically. After a full consultation, my therapist scrubs my tired skin, bringing it slowly back to life. I then use a traditional Coconut Milk Mandi (akin to a large ladle) in a rainforest shower to lather on warm moisturising coconut milk. What followed? Just the best deep tissue massage I’ve ever had, focusing on my back, stomach and feet. I emereged so relaxed I barely need the beach… Ushvani, 1 Cadogan Gardens, Knightsbridge, SW3; ushvani.com

2.    Flamenco at dance Attic

We can’t get enough of Dance Attic’s Monday evening Flamenco classes – if only as a legitimate excuse to stamp our feet after a stressful day. They also happen to be an excellent way of getting the blood pumping and thus toning up for the beach. It helps that they help us to channel our inner senorita via the throwing of seriously sultry shapes. Olé! 368 North End Road, SW3; danceattic.com

Description: 1. Flamenco at dance Attic

Flamenco at dance Attic

3.    Mani-pedi at Chelsea Day Spa

Sashaying down the King’s Road with freshly painted nails equates to one of those rare moments of polish when we can actually relate to Carrie Bradshaw (minus the vertiginous heels and laundry list of dashing men we’re apt to bump in to). Refine your look with an appositely named New York mani-pedi at Chelsea Day Spa. After having had my cuticles prepped, and dry skin banished, the colour was applied with expert precision. Ten days on, there was not a chip in sight, making it an excellent pre-holiday option. 69a King’s Road, SW3; thechelseadayspa.com

Description: Mani-pedi at Chelsea Day Spa

Mani-pedi at Chelsea Day Spa

4.    Wax at Strip

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sienna Miller and La Backham are all fans of Strip – and so are we. It’s cool, it’s painless and, best of all, it’s quick. With themed treament rooms complete with plasma TVs, Lycon wax is the weapon of choice and an excellent choice too, with hair breakages, ingrown hairs, redness and sting all thrown our the window. 102 Fulham Road, SW3; stripwaxbar.com

Description: Wax at Strip

Wax at Strip

5.    Raw fairies detox diet

This meal delivery service is only for the committed. Gourmet raw food chef Anya Ladra creates a daily menu using special processes such as soaking, sprouting and dehydrating. The taste is, admittedly, an acquired one but the meals are surprisingly filling and the results incredible. From $35.1675 a day; rawfairies.com

Raw fairies detox diet

Raw fairies detox diet

6.    Threading at Blink brow bar

As a plucking pro, threading was a natural next step. And so to the Blink spa, at the back of the Bluebird shop. Threading, it transpires, is not painless. However, using this Indian technique, the beautician shaped the cleanest lines my brows have ever seen. Enough to make us game for a little pain? Definitely.

Bluebird, King’s Road, SW3; blinkbrowbar.com

Description: As a plucking pro, threading was a natural next step

As a plucking pro, threading was a natural next step

7.    Fat Girl Slim at Bliss

When it comes to pre-holiday grooming, this super slick bolthole is nailing it. A one-stop shop for all things body beautifying, it’s cellulite’s most feared enemy. Plump for the FatGirlSlim treament – a detoxifying circulation-stimulating godsend which pummels away any wobbly bits. Beginning with dry brushing, a firming grapefruit essential oil is then applied before the body is whipped into shape by a seaweed task mask, a heated wrap, and finally a rubdown with the waist-whittling Love Handler. And the best bit? The nouth-watering chocolate brownies in the lounge – totally bad for you, but a total must.

60 Sloane Avenue, SW3; blissworld.co.uk

Fat Girl Slim at Bliss

Fat Girl Slim at Bliss

8.    Highlights at Neville

What good is a tan without golden highlights with which to set it off? To this end, I took my chlorine-infused, shamefully two-tone hair to the delicious surrounds of Neville, and submitted to the expert attentions of top hair colourist Shelley, charged with the onerous task of imparting to my head the timely Olympic five rings of colour. Cue slight panic (there had been mention of the word ‘silver’) but Shelley reassures that with my naturally darker complexion, we’d be swerving more towards warmer tones. This is the beauty of Neville; everything is tailored exactly to the needs of each client’s hair – which is why they do so roaringly successfully with repeat (and often celebrity) business. I emerge with a halo of highlights which are perfectly placed and brilliantly natural-looking. Now for the tan… 5 Pont Street, SW1X; nevillehairandbeauty.net

Highlights at Neville

Highlights at Neville

9.    Spray tan at George Vallossian

The debate ever rages on… to tan or not to tan? Rather than achieve a golden glow via exposure to harsh UVA and UVB rays, instead pop down to George Vallossian, a charming salon on Beauchamp Place for the perfect spary tan. The team of therapists are so welcoming that any qualms melt at the door. 16 Beautychamp Place, SW3; georgevallossian.com

Description: Spray tan at George Vallossian

Spray tan at George Vallossian

10. BioEffect facial at Hushh Spa

When it comes to pampering, Hushh Spa has it down to afine art, with lashings of awards to prove it. It’s a hidden gem, which quietly sings success from the rooftops, and rightly so.

Try the BioEffect Facial – exclusively designed for the spa – which uses the most advanced products in skincare science. An aqua erasure machine exfoliates the skin leaving it super smooth before a very thorough extraction, shoulder massage and gel mask follows. Excellent.

44 Pimlico Road, SW1; hushhspas.com

Description: Hushh spa

Hushh spa


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