Glass visits Spa de La Mer at Baccarat Hotel, New York

WHEN famed luxe skincare brand La Mer decided to partner with Baccarat, the legendary French crystal maker, a match was made in heaven. La Mer’s first full service spa – the first of its kind in the US – is situated at the opulent Baccarat Hotel in New York. The property is also the first of its kind for the crystal brand, which has included some 15,000 of its jewels throughout the hotel’s 50 stories.

The reception at Spa De La MerThe reception at Spa De La Mer

The opulence doesn’t stop there: Spa de La Mer is a glamorous little spot, featuring four serene treatment rooms, situated next to the hotel’s divine 55-foot-long swimming pool, replete with stunning canopied day beds, which is across from the impressive high-tech gym. Guests are offered tea upon arrival by the spa’s wonderful front of house staff, who are genuinely helpful and accomodating.

It’s a discreet space, designed with the sea in mind given the importance of the sea to La Mer’s award-winning formula. Its Miracle Broth, a trademark of the line, is made from hand-harvested sea kelp, as well as related minerals and nutrients that are garnered through special fermentation processes. La Mer’s broth is at the heart of the healing action that its creams and serums promote, which in turn smoothes, moisterises and regenerates the skin.

The stunning pool at Spa De La MerThe stunning pool at Spa De La Mer

Glass was visiting to experience the spa’s grand signature treatment, the La Mer Baccarat Facial. It is a true collaborative effort, highlighting both prestige brands. Most novel is the incorporation of two of Baccarat’s Victory Stones which are used to provide a warming and extended facial massage. A good range of La Mer products are also turned to, including a gorgeous sugar crystal exfoliator, but The Concentrate forms the foundation of the treatment – the serum contains the largest dose of the cell-renewing Broth, and even in a relatively short amount of time it helped to create a significantly healthier looking complexion.

Of course, a nice amount of massage by my talented therapist Kelli helped, as did the application of the Intensive Revitalizing Mask – a plumping cream that felt truly nourishing. The treatment is complemented by some therapeutic deep breathing, as well as a calming arm massage.

A treatment room at Spa De La MerA treatment room at Spa De La Mer

La Mer products are provided to guests of the hotel staying in suite-level accommodations. For all of us other folk who aren’t so lucky, the whole range can thankfully be browsed (and purchased) at the spa. Given the results of the La Mer Baccarat Facial, people should be flocking there.

The special ambience at Spa De La MerThe special ambience at Spa De La Mer

by Derby Jones

Spa de La Mer at Baccarat Hotel, New York
28 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
Tel: +1 212 790 8910

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