February 18 2013
being the shortest month, February always seems to go on forever, like a drab
stretch of dullness following Christmas’s festive excesses and January holidays
in the sunshine. This year, instead of moping around and sighing every time I
looked out of the window, I decided to hibernate, to quash the February blues
and prepare for my spring awakening. Well, a hibernation of sorts – if
indulging in massages and manicures chez moi, treating myself to a night in a
luxe hotel and e-shopping counts as hibernation.
I’ve recently become addicted to the helping hands of the wonderful ladies at Perfect 10, a mobile beauty company that offers a simple but to-the-point menu of treatments. I am particularly fond of its Relaxing Massage (£60, 60 minutes). Follow it up with an Elemental Herbology facial (£75, 1 hour 15 mins) and a mani-pedi (£25 and £35 respectively) for an all-round wellbeing pick-me-up.
I was also lucky enough to be treated to the ultimate winter indulgence… a night in one of the Dorchester suites recently redecorated by Alexandra Champalimaud (pictured, from £2,665). The rooms fuse contemporary comfort and timeless glamour effortlessly. A romantic four-poster bed is swathed in creamy pinks and ivory silk, while subtle flashes of toile prints and luxe chinoiserie fabrics pepper the otherwise traditional English decor. The bathtub is deep enough for truly languorous lingering. My advice to anyone thinking of following suit would be to check in, cosy up and only venture forth (well, beyond the bedroom door) in order to enjoy a sumptuous dinner (with some close friends) at the private “Table Lumière” at Alain Ducasse; its fibre-optic light curtain envelops diners in a magical glow. And waking up to gaze at Hyde Park makes the heart soar.
My other personal recommendation to beat the winter woes is the Private Shopping Service at online style destination CoutureLab. Instead of walking up and down Bond Street in the snow and cold trying to find the perfect spring wardrobe, let the CoutureLab team put it all together for you. Lazy, maybe, but completely dreamy.
Last but not least, for those who feel brave enough to venture outside, there is nothing I advocate more than the warming Moch Distiller cocktail (£10), a concoction of Pampero Especial rum, agave nectar, pimento, orange and vanilla tea, served at the fabulously quirky Purl bar, a luxe, low-lit subterranean hideaway in Marylebone. Booking a booth and enjoying an evening of jazz and cocktails is the ultimate spirit-lifting tonic.