In today’s climate, we need to think of spa days as essential as exercise and good nutrition. Rather than deeming the experience a treat, we (women and men alike) should be prioritising them as part of our regular self-care routines. Here in Ibiza, Open Spa at Ibiza Gran Hotel is the ultimate location for such a fundamental indulgence, going far beyond the basics of beauty treatments and deep into the essence of mind, body and soul. This season, the renowned day spa – which is open to the public in addition to hotel guests – launches an all-new facial treatment by Linda Meredith that will bring as much inner peace as it does outer beauty. Your Ibiza spa day just got even better…
From her Knightsbridge salon base, Linda Meredith has grown her chemical-free skincare brand – originally developed her skincare range to tackle the increasing exposure to toxins in our environment – into an internationally recognised leader in the field. Open Spa is the only location in Ibiza that stocks Linda Meredith’s exclusive products and treatments. If her long list of celebrity clients doesn’t convince you, the results of the Linda Meredith Oxygen Facial will. Like many innovations in the beauty industry, the oxygen facial was developed from medical technology that was used to treat severe skin conditions, wounds and cancers – and today, it reaps instant results on dull, tired skin.
Used in the treatment rooms at Open Spa, this specialised technology helps to rejuvenate the surface skin cells by delivering a direct blast of nutrient-enhanced oxygen at hyperbaric levels. Texture is smoothed, minor blemishes diminished and plumpness returned to tired skin, on the spot. But the experience doesn’t start with the facial. It starts with driving through the exclusive Marina Botafoch neighbourhood, leaving your car with the valet and floating across the art-filled lobby of the Ibiza Gran Hotel, through the courtyard and into the near silence of Open Spa.
The team are discreetly friendly and once you’ve slipped into your fluffy white bathrobe, and sipped a fruit-infused cup of water, you’re led into the incredible Open Spa aqua circuit. The room is bathed in a gauzy light and feels very much like a modern-day Roman temple. The cool stone floor underfoot weaves between a multitude of pools of varying temperatures, each with its own set of massage jets and a lap pool with a counter-current facility for those who crave exercise over relaxation. Towards the back of the room are the Finnish sauna, hammam, ice room, salt inhalation room and a series of showers. It’s easy to spend a few hours waltzing between all the different aquatic sensations but eventually, a staff member quietly directs you to the relaxation room to prepare for your treatment. Here, the subdued lighting is perfectly pitched to a calm glow and a small buffet of dried fruits and fragrant infusions (and just a little dark chocolate!) is just the thing to keep you going.
As you are escorted to the impeccable Open Spa treatment rooms, the therapist gently quizzes you about your skincare routines, concerns and expectations. Sitting along the treatment bed is a trolley containing the full range of Linda Meredith products in its distinctive silver packaging. The therapist carefully examines your skin, identifying the various zones and choosing the products best suited to your particular conditions. The oxygen machine sits in the background while your face is cleansed, exfoliated and cleansed again, before any required extractions are followed by a massage, hydration and a mask, while you naturally drift into some kind of heavenly other world.
The appropriate serum is applied – either the anti-oxidant rich Linda Meredith Amazon balm or V-Tox, a naturally occurring non-invasive alternative to Botox. With the serum in place, the Open Spa therapist brings the oxygen pen to life. It looks a little bit like an airbrush but delivers a jet blast of pure oxygen directly to the skin’s surface, effectively pushing the serum deeper into the skin. It feels very much like a cooling feather dancing across your face. The therapist continuously draws the pen over your skin, concentrating on problem areas. The oxygen infiltrates fine lines, promotes collagen production and has instant visible results. It’s one of the gentlest methods for reinvigorating and plumping, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin.
This non-invasive technique has zero side effects and no downtime – you can put make-up on directly afterwards and step out into the world ready to face your day. Celebrities use this treatment prior to special events, and it’s also an ideal ritual for brides-to-be. The results of the Linda Meredith Oxygen Facial at Open Spa are truly remarkable and even the hardiest beauty sceptic will be convinced of the benefits – the effects of the last for up to a week, with long-term benefits if used regularly.
Skin becomes luminescent, fine lines are dramatically reduced and even the deeper lines around the eyes and forehead are noticeably faded. The complexion becomes vibrant and elastic without the stiffness or side effects of more invasive treatments – more fresh, bright, clean and healthy looking than before. All the more reason to book yourself in for a treatment at Open Spa…