By Inge Morrill
Twinkling in the afternoon sun just off Edinburgh’s busy Royal Mile stands the impossibly chic sandstone and glass entrance of Hotel Missoni.
This five-star design heaven is a fitting venue for today’s equally innovative beauty experience as I’m about to enjoy my hour-long Natura Bissé O2 Awakening Facial (perfect for city dwellers) in a specially constructed Pure Air Bubble.
Making it’s debut at the 2009 Oscar’s, the Bubble was originally designed by students from the University of Barcelona to treat athletes’ injuries. This pure air environment helps the products work more effectively and allows you to breathe in 99.9% pure air offering the ultimate in tranquil experiences.
Music played as I settled back under the soft as air Missoni blankets, after being zipped inside the cocoon-like Bubble. Tracy, my specialist today, who is also Natura Bissé’s National trainer, listened carefully to my views on my skin, as she rightly pointed out, I’m the one who knows it best after all, and tailored her product choice after having a really good look at my skin’s needs close up.
At no point did I feel that I was a ‘one-skin-fits-all’ proposition, which was reassuring as a recent facial in my home town resulted in me feeling like I’d been sand-blasted like a national monument.
This was my first experience of Spain’s exclusive Natura Bissé range, which is perhaps most famous as the go to brand for Cheryl Cole, who insists on a Diamond collection facial prior to her X Factor appearances.
I’m with Cheryl here, these products felt amazing on the skin and their fusion of essential oils, aromatherapy and scientific cutting-edge science is what luxury skincare is all about.
Their best known Oxygen range, supplies energy and vitality to the skin, plus adds an algae based ‘Living Water’ rich in amino acids, which helps provide the skin with firmness and elasticity.
The whole experience at Spa Missoni was profoundly pampering and nothing short of blissful, and I left with my head held high and a glowing skin to feel proud of.
Facts: Opened in 2009 as the fashion house’s flagship hotel and designed by Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, who brought their signature warmth, personality and boldly unique style to the project as evidenced by the two 12 feet high Italian mosaic urns which adorn the foyer and the catwalk model doormen dressed in monochrome Missoni fabric kilts! This is certainly a Scottish hotel but one with a statement Missoni twist.
Natura Bissé products are available at their counter in Harrods or online at www.net-a-porter.com and uk.spacenk.com Prices range from £38 to £565. More information on www.naturabisse.es
Spa Missoni, is open to guests and public alike and feature in-spa luxury brands Natura Bissé, Eve Lom and Aromatherapy Associates. The treatment menu includes over 40 facial and body treatments. Contact Spa Missoni for spa days and packages on 0131 220 6666. www.hotelmissoni.com