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By Guest Editor Wendy Lewis

View from the pool at Majestic Hotel & Spa

In the heart of Barcelona, arguably the most romantic of all European cities next to Paris, lies a new spa on the tenth floor of the five star, 300-room Majestic Hotel. Situated within a stone’s throw of classical Gaudy architecture and some of the best fashion, jewelry, and stiletto shopping in all of Spain, the newly renovated Majestic is home to an extensive art collection to rival some of the finest galleries. The spa offers relaxing massages and rituals, hydrotherapy, rejuvenating facial and body treatments and relaxing hand and feet indulgences. The rooftop offers a gorgeous outdoor pool equipped with comfy couches and lounge chairs to relax in along with a solarium and a chic bar. A stunning original mural by Philip Stanton sets the scene with some of the most spectacular views of the city.

For any visitor to Espana, the Majestic is an absolute must. The hotel itself is awash in an artfully sophisticated mix of marbled neoclassicism and ultra modern Barcelona design. In the traditional of Spanish hospitality, the Catalan staff will take great care of you, and the beauty therapists at the spa are no exception. Some of the signature Majestic treatments include the sumptuous Crystal Honey Body Exfoliation that uses crystallized honey to restore soft, silky skin, and Majestic Diamonds, which is a body treatment performed with diamond powder to counteract electromagnetic pollution caused by the daily abuse we get from Wifi laptops, IPhones and Blackberries. If you are traveling with a special friend, Majestic Spa has a special offer for two called the Majestic Spa Moment, which combines a selection of total body and mind stress reducing therapies to be enjoyed with a partner.

The skincare range in residence at the Majestic is Natura Bisse, an innovative luxury beauty and spa brand created in 1979 by Ricardo Fisas. This award-winning, forward-thinking range has its roots in Barcelona and has launched some iconic treatment products including the world famous silver packaged Diamond Cream, called the Jewel of Skincare, and the Inhibit Collection, known as a topical alternative to injectable beauty treatments. Among their recent launches, Diamond Drops is a serum containing marine DNA designed to protect, hydrate and soften the skin while restoring elasticity and a lifting effect, and Tensolift Hand Cream SPF15 for firming up crepe-y, wrinkly hands. In New York, Natura Bisse can be found exclusively at Barney’s, Bergdorf’s, and Space NK.

Visit the hotel and spa online at http://www.hotelmajestic.es.

Wendy Lewis is president of Wendy Lewis & Co Ltd, Global Aesthetics Consultancy, the author of 10 books, and founder and editor in chief of beautyinthebag.com. Visit her site at http://www.wlbeauty.com.

Originally published December 2009
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