Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Love it: when Spa at the Pullman meet Whittaker’s



I must admit that when I attended the launch of Spa at The Pullman at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel last year it had been a seriously a long time since I had entered the hotel. Possibly back when it was in a former incarnation, and boy, things have changed. The space had a similar layout but the arrival of a simply delicious spa cuisine menu and a highly innovative treatment menu were evidence that this spa was one to be reckoned with, and the treatment I had there a few weeks later seriously blew me away.
So I was rather excited to go back, this time to experience one of the most decadent body treatments I have in a long while in the form of a beauty partnership made in heaven between Spa at the Pullman and Whittaker’s chocolate.
The new treatment, which is exclusive to the spa and only available for a limited time, uses Whittaker’s cocoa nib and the goodness of pure essential oils to create two delicious body scrubs - Peppermint Chocolate and Orange Chocolate. The antioxidant rich scrubs are created using Whittaker’s dark chocolate which helps protect the skin against nasty free radicals and promotes skin elasticity, whilst the smell is almost a sensorial overload it is so delicious! This is an added bonus as the smell of chocolate we all know and love naturally encourages our bodies to release serotonin, a hormone which promotes positive feelings and reduces stress.
Each treatment begins with a complimentary Ultimate Milk and Honey Foot Ritual treatment, during which time my therapist Talia explained what the rest of the session would involve. The next step was hitting the massage table to begin a delectable scrub - I opted for Orange Chocolate - and while the nibs rubbed away dry, dead skin, the cocoa butter worked to boost moisture and stimulate cell renewal, leaving my skin feeling soft as a baby’s proverbial.


Next up I was wrapped in a thermal blanket whilst the scrub’s active ingredients heated up and did their stuff, a divine head massage helping pass the time. After a shower I hit the bed again for a soft kneading and rub down using Japanese Camellia oil, at the end of which my ritual was complete. In-credible.
Whittaker’s chocolate scrub treatments are available exclusively at Spa at the Pullman during the month of May for an amazing $99.00 (making them a great option for Mother’s Day gifts too), and I highly recommend you book in for one ASAP. 24 hours later my skin still looks and feels amazing, which is a rarity during times of seasonal change. Valet parking and a delicious Whittaker’s chocolate take home treat also are included with the treatment, so the chocolate love just keeps on giving!
Contact Spa at the Pullman to book or for more information on +64 9 355 1242 or pullmanspa@pullmanauckland.co.nz. 

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