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BEAUTY Mark them for your post-lockdown treats. Lola Cristall visits two beauty spots with French connections: the Guerlain Spa at the Plaza Hotel in NYC, and Martial Vivot’s long-running New York salon




Lola Cristall is Paris editor of Lucire.


Guerlain, the oldest French-based maison, is praised for its lavish range of skin care, fragrances and make-up. However, the brand is also applauded for its opulent spa that truly embodies the concept of magnificence. The Guerlain Spa (, located within the jasmine and white orchid-filled Plaza Hotel in New York, sustains a majestic splendour. Guerlain Spa moved from the Waldorf-Astoria and settled at the Plaza Hotel, where spa-goers can enjoy the staff’s welcoming hospitality, distinguished grace and the stylishly polished surroundings while delving into Guerlain’s array of products.

The Abeille Royale Queen Treatment is truly fit for nobility, cleansing and replenishing the skin from deep within the pores. The full treatment, which is followed by a brief facial massage and mask, is executed by highly qualified æstheticians, providing guests with a replenished, rejuvenated and revived sensation.

Another option is Guerlain’s Orchidée Imperiale that targets any visible signs of ageing while nourishing and regenerating skin cells. For a simple and basic treatment that ensures an attractive, dazzling feel, the Radiance Facial is a cleansing treatment, where the æsthetician begins with a facial massage. Before plunging into the desired treatment of interest, the æsthetician familiarizes themselves with a guest’s personal history, reviewing potential allergies, initial treatments, possible reactions and other specified questions. After an hour or more of a highly relaxing treatment in small, quaint and relaxing rooms, guests can make their way into a quiet space with fellow spa-goers. Surrounded by a beautifully furnished space, guests can sip on champagne or hot beverages as they prepare to return back to reality.

The highly recognized men’s stylist, Martial Vivot (, is known for his utmost precision and attention to detail, with an eye for sophisticated refinement. To such a gifted barber, a man’s hair is his canvas. Vivot transforms into an artist at work as his scissors leap into full action. He closely follows his instincts with confidence, providing a clean-cut look that men would be ready to flaunt whether at a wedding, for a picture-perfect close-up or simply for a night on the town.

Vivot opened his New York-based salon in 2008. Martial Vivot is known as the first ultimate salon pour hommes with two locations in the city. Vivot’s skill, technique and attention to detail has made him a man’s number-one choice to obtain a debonair and suave look. Men can look forward to treating themselves to a precise haircut by one of their nine talented hairdressers or they can enjoy a traditional shave using the high-quality touch of Acqua di Parma products. •






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