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From the latest new restaurant openings, Instagramable events, cult buys and limited edition ranges, Anji McGrandles shares her edit of what’s hot right now.

This Summer’s Hottest Alfresco Dining Ticket

Feast on Cloud 9 returns to The Grove this summer and is set to be as popular as it was last year. Landing within the picturesque grounds of the luxury Hertfordshire hotel from 25th May until 1st September, the immersive dining pop-up will take guests on a culinary journey from the comfort of a custom-made hot air balloon. 

Guests can choose between afternoon tea or a nine-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings.  There’s a children’s tasting menu available for those aged 12 and under, delivering a gastronomic adventure to the tiniest of tastebuds.  Book your balloon now before it sells out.

Thailand’s Top Retreat

Aleenta Resorts in Thailand renowned for wellbeing has launched a series of retreats designed to help guests discover the benefits of positive solitude. 

Guiding guests to harness the positive effects of this vital ‘me time’ Aleenta Resorts offers a selection of wellness retreats across its three locations in Chiang Mai,  Phuket-Phang Nga and Hua Hin-Pranburi that provide a safe space and the tools to help people find head space.

The experiences have been created by the brand’s Ayurah Wellness Centre and each offers their own take on positive solitude with experiences that mirror local traditions and their location. 

All retreats start from THB 17,000 per night based on single occupancy and include accommodation, daily classes, wellness cuisine or cleansing program, health diagnostics, and a complimentary daily spa treatment. Book your spot here.

The Adaptogenic Smart Skin-Care Range

Perricone MD’s Hypoallergenic Clean Correction Collection is a new revolutionary regime formulated with powerful, plant-derived adaptogens for age-defying, sensitive skincare without compromise. 

With Holy Basil, Peptides, Ceramide, and a ton of other smart ingredients the range soothes and alleviates irritated skin, and protects against environmental aggressors while firming and smoothing skin. Shop the range here.

Limited Edition Curuba Elderflower Red Bull

Red Bull Summer Edition, Curuba – Elderflower, Peach Tea Ball cocktail still life, UK on February 8, 2024

New for summer is Red Bull Curuba Elderflower, with hints of passion fruit and peaches, this is a lighter, refreshing alternative to the original. 

The carefully crafted combination is rounded off with the floral notes of fresh elderflower, resulting in a zesty explosion of flavours, available only for the summer from leading supermarkets. RRP £1.55

Travel in Style

Luxury luggage brand Antler has launched its new Icon collection. Featuring three distinct silhouettes: the Icon Stripe suitcase, the Soft Stripe suitcase, and Discovery backpack, the Icon collection is a must-have accessory for a stylish getaway.

From £245, the collection spans across large, medium and cabin suitcase styles, as well as offering luggage tags, straps and packing cubes to complete your perfect travel companion. 

The Summer’s Most coveted SPF

If you are a fan of their yummy-smelling sprays and body creams you are going to love the newly launched Sol de Janeiro suncream range. The Rio Radiance collection combines Brazilian botanicals and active ingredients such as niacinamide.  

The SPF 50 mineral body lotion is lightweight yet moisturising.  As you would imagine it smells delicious, we are big fans because it doesn’t leave a greasy film, or a white residue unlike most mineral sunscreens.  Stock up for summer as this is going to fly off the shelves.  RRP £40.

The Shroom Boom Continues

DIRTEA brought us their functional mushroom teas and we loved them.  Now the brand has created a collection of gummies that pack a punch.  Each serving contains up to ten times the amount of functional mushrooms in comparison to the industry average.

Choose from, Lion’s Mane, Chaga, Cordyceps and Tremella, and level up your energy, skin, focus and sleep.  Don’t just take our word for it, DIRTEA has amassed a legion of high-profile brand fans, including Idris Elba, Charlotte Tilbury, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Rita Ora.  RRP £29.99 for 30 servings or £99.99 as a boxset available from DIRTEA.

Whether you are looking for the latest wellness product, heading off to a retreat to reset or want to try the newest fitness studio, we’ve got you covered. Our Wellness Editor, Anji McGrandles shares the skinny on all the hottest wellbeing news.

Connect at The Yards

Connect at The Yards is the perfect event for those passionate about wellness, fitness, and enhancing their overall wellbeing.  

Taking place in the heart of Covent Garden on Sunday 7th July, attendees can enjoy unlimited access to a carefully curated program of wellness and fitness classes, talks and workshops, art exhibits, live music, and a wellness marketplace, spread across multiple venues within The Yards, from 9am until 6pm.    

Brands and partners bringing the event to life include; Lululemon, WeGLOW by Stef Williams, The Glow Space by Madeleine Shaw, Heartcore, Allbirds, Digme Fitness, JAB and Yogarise. Pineapple Dance Studios have curated a fantastic fitness program including Pilates, Yoga, Barre, HIIT, Boxing, Dance and Meditation.

Ticket holders can also enjoy exclusive discounts on lunch and dinner at select restaurants within The Yards, such as rooftop restaurant Ruccola at The Conduit, Gura Gura, Oriole, Le Bab, Fairshot Café, Lahpet and many more, and attendees will have the opportunity to take home a bumper wellbeing goodie bag. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here. House of Coco readers can get 20% off using the code HOUSEOFCOCO20 at the checkout.

Four Seasons Age-Old Wisdom for a Modern World

Four Seasons is dialling up its wellbeing offer with the launch of lots of fabulous retreats and programmes across 2024.  Here at House of Coco, we love the sound of their Mexican offer where you can learn the secrets of the traditional Temazcal or “house of heat” – at Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, and Naviva, A Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita

Led by a shaman, guests are guided through this ancient ritual that has been used for centuries since pre-Hispanic times in Mexico to cleanse the body of impurities and toxins and enhance one’s spiritual being through transformation.

Additional information on booking and the cost of the Temazcal experience can be found here.

Smart supplements

Get your essential vitamins and supplements in a quick, convenient way with Diso strips.  Simply pop a dissolvable strip on your tongue and all the essential nutrients go directly into the bloodstream rather than through the gut for faster more efficient absorption.

Packed into compact tins, Diso dissolvable range includes Collagen, Probiotics and Multi-vitamins.   can be popped out on the go whether you’re in the office or on a morning walk.

Delicious and nutritious, the full range can be purchased here.

Harness the Essence of Nordic Wellbeing

Those looking for some Scandi wellness will love BÄR, a haven for organic luxury skincare, body products, and home fragrances inspired by the breathtaking Nordic landscapes.

BÄR brings the magic of Scandinavia directly to your home through its online store. Carefully selecting and curating a range of like-minded female-founded brands, including MANASI7, RAAW ALCHEMY, DJUSIE, SEES COMPANY, AIVA, BODYOLOGIST and L:A BRUKET – BÄR takes you on a journey of wellness, as you discover the Nordic touch, and reconnect with the simple beauty of nature.

Shop the range here.  

Reset and Reconnect with your Soul in Santorini

Designed in partnership with mindful movement community, Sanctum and renowned wellbeing experts such as the world-leading acupuncturist Ross J. Barr, this retreat is a 3-day holistic transformative experience to push physical, mental and spiritual boundaries to release, heal and self-celebrate.   

Located in the stunning Andronis Concept Wellness Resort, expect activities that supercharge Western modern fitness methods with Eastern wellbeing practices such as breath work, Pilates, fire ceremonies, Kundalini yoga, primal fitness, acupuncture, astrology-themed somatic groundings and soundscapes.

From £4,765 (this includes 4 nights in a Finesse Suite, all activities, complimentary acupuncture, a Kosmos Box & all F&B meals). Full schedule is here. Book Here.

Unwind and Relax with Da Lapa

Da Lapa candles not only smell amazing, but they are made using only organic, vegan ingredients, ensuring that they not only exquisitely scented but are also kind to the planet.

From the natural coconut wax to the glass packaging, every component is carefully selected to minimise environmental impact while maximising the sensory delivery.  Our favourite is the Lemongrass range.

Shop the range here, prices start at £8.

House of Coco’s wellness editor Anji McGrandles uncovers the hidden gems of S’Agaró, Catalonia’s best-kept secret nestled between Barcelona and Girona on the stunning Costa Brava coast

Situated on the Costa Brava coast, sandwiched between Barcelona and Girona is S’Agaró, Catalonia’s best kept secret that promises an unforgettable escape. This exclusive garden village is home to some of Spain’s most sought-after villas.  Built in the 1920’s it hugs the renowned Cami de Ronda coastal trail and boasts breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and golden sands of Sant Pol beach.  At the heart of S’Agaró is the elegant Hostal de La Gavina, the region’s most glamorous, exclusive hotel which I checked into for the weekend.

The region offers an abundance of pristine beaches, Michelin Star restaurants and natural beauty without the crowds.   Its easily accessible, just one hour drive from Barcelona and 30 minutes from Girona and what makes this a fabulous getaway is you can easily explore both vibrant cities while making this tranquil retreat your base, its perfect for those seeking a blend of relaxation, culture, and stunning scenery.

While Barcelona is a popular Spanish city break, I recommend you spend time getting to know glorious Girona.  This stunning, quieter and more compact city packs a punch when it comes to architecture, history, food and drink. 

I arrived in Girona at the end of Temps de Flors, Girona’s flower festival that sees the streets come alive with colour each May. The city is a carpet of colourful, delicate flowers with beautiful blooms decorating gates and doorways.

Girona has a new and an old town, divided by the Onyar River. Several small bridges connect the two districts, the most famous is the bright red bridge built by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (who also built the Eiffel Tower in Paris). Grab a coffee and one of the city’s most famous breakfast pastries, Xuixo de Crema (pronounced choo choo), a traditional Catalan pastry, that’s crisp on the outside and stuffed with an irresistible creamy filling.  Sit on one of the cute bridges, enjoy your Xuixo de Crema and take in the charming colourful town houses that are dotted along the river.

There’s so much history in this pretty city and the best way to explore it is a walking tour.  Discover filming locations from Game of Thrones, boutique shops and the city’s striking cathedral.   It’s also a gastronomic destination, and if you want to uncover all the hidden gems while trying some of the tastiest local delicacies then book an evening walking tour with Girona Food Tours.  Enjoy the freshest seafood at L’Arros or indulge in something sweet at Jordi Roca’s Willy Wonka style gelato, Rocambolesc.  Afterwards make a pit stop at Sol Gastrobar in the ‘Wine Square’ for a cold glass or Albariño.   If you are looking for fancy dining there’s 12 Michelin star restaurants in and around the area, the most famous of these is the three-starred El Celler de Can Roca, run by the Roca brothers. 

During a visit to S’Agaró it is impossible not to be swept up in the silent glamour and history of Hostal de La Gavina, built in 1932, it still has some of the original features, artwork and furniture.  There are so many stories seeped into the walls of the hotel, guests like Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Jack Nickolson and more recently Lady Gaga have all stayed here. 

The hotel beautifully marries an eclectic mix of opulence and hacienda finca.  As soon as you enter the sweeping reception area you are greeted with polished marble floors, high ceilings, rich dark wood furnishings and showstopping floral arrangements.  Each of the 75 rooms and suites are uniquely designed all in line with rest of the hotel’s chic style.

Hostal de La Gavina is also home to four restaurants, Candlelight, which is overseen by Michelin-starred Chef Romain Fornell and spearheaded by Sous Chef Oriol Fernandez, is renowned for its innovative dishes.  Fernandez, a protege of Alain Ducasse, brings his passion and creativity to the table serving exquisite haute cuisine.   Garbi, which offers healthy Mediterranean dishes is perfect for lunch, here you can retreat from the sun and sample a spectacular Paella and a glass of the local wine.   El Barco, is home to a beautiful outdoor terrace and serves an a la carte menu of seasonal tapas.  Just a two-minute walk, perched on the beach is La Taverna del Mar, famed for its locally caught seafood served on the water’s edge.  Expect plump pink langoustines, delicate sea bass in salt and juicy mussels served in a rich marinera sauce.  El Barco bar is a cute snug, where Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra had a showdown after he flew out to Spain amid rumours swirling of her affair with a bull fighter.  It’s great for a late-night tipple or signature cocktail.

For those who love water sports you can head to Sant Pol beach just below the hotel and try out paddleboarding, water skiing and kayaking.  The hotel can also arrange for you to try some local excursions.  I’d recommend booking the boat trip with husband and wife duo Clara and Jaume at La Gastronomica.  This three-hour journey along the Costa Brava coast is a great way to learn more about the region’s food and wine.  Clara, a sommelier has an infectious passion for everything local and along with chef, Jaume they showcase the simplest, freshest ingredients onboard the boat dishing up one of the most delicious brunches I have ever had. Local cheeses, octopus and chickpea stew are served alongside a delicate white Grenache from Empordà.   The boat stops off at a wonderful cove where you can swim, sunbathe, snorkel or paddle surf. 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of S’Agaró and to celebrate there are a series of events being held from May 2024 – February 2025.  There will be exhibitions, a regatta, concerts and a firework display amongst other celebrations, so its worth checking out what’s happening if you plan to visit.

S’Agaró is a standout Spanish destination that delivers the perfect blend of natural splendour, cultural richness and laid back charm. So, pack your bags and discover this enchanting corner of the Costa Brava – where the Mediterranean meets a sense of timeless tranquility.

Book Hostal de la Gavina here.  Rates start from €280 (approx. £239) per night for a Classic Room, including breakfast.

Whether you are looking for the latest wellness product, heading off to a retreat to reset or want to try the newest fitness studio, we’ve got you covered. Our Wellness Editor, Anji McGrandles shares the skinny on all the hottest wellbeing news.

Nourish your Skin

This fast-absorbing dry body oil immediately conditions elbows, knees and ankles with essential moisture and intense nourishment. With skin-smoothing lipids and a vitamin F blend, including omega-rich chia seed oil, this non-greasy, nutrient-packed oil replenishes thin, fragile skin for a more supple, tighter appearance.

Available from Perricone MD, RRP £58

All Bases Covered

Heights has all your wellbeing bases covered.  Their Vitals+ supplement is a comprehensive supplement to boost your immunity and support mind health.  This smart supplement is a unique blend of 20 high impact vitamins and minerals that helps with focus, memory, sleep and energy.

Vitals+, single bottle purchase £50 or £40 per month via subscription.

Unlock Mindful Moments

The Alexandra Kay Time to Smile Aroma Bracelet Gift Set pairs their gorgeous essential oil blend with a stylish aroma bead bracelet made from scent-diffusing white lava stones.  Stylish and elegant, this expandable lava stone bracelet is a great way to get your self-care on the go.  Add a couple of drops of the essential oil to the natural lava stone bracelet to unlock the mind boosting scent.   

Alexandra Kay Time to Smile Aroma Bracelet Gift Set, RRP £20.00

Get your Greens

Free Soul Greens is unlike any other greens supplement it actually tastes good making it easy to take and is jam packed with 21 natural and nutrient-dense greens.  It’s uniquely formulated for women to support energy, support digestion and is vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free and soy-free.

FS-Greens, £30 RRP

A Pocket-Sized Guide to Overcoming Life’s Challenges

How to Cope When Everything’s Gone to Sh*t by Sam Cooper is packed with helpful tips and kind words, and your very own go-to guide to finding calm in a chaotic world. Offering coping strategies for a range of anxieties, from work-related stress to concerns about the future of the planet. Follow the advice inside and you’ll start to feel more confident and ready to take on any challenges.

Available from Amazon, RRP £8.99

Sound Sleep

For a deeper, more restful sleep, try Novomins Night-Time formula. Formulated by a team of doctors and nutritionists they contain magnesium, amino acids L-Theanine and L-Taurine, to help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. As well as preparing you for sleep, they also support your nervous system, manage stress and bolster your energy levels during the day with a powerful blend of Vitamins B12, B5 and B7 (Biotin) that work in synergy to reduce fatigue.  

 Available at Novomins , RRP £19.99

Get Red Carpet Radiant

Restore youthful, glowing skin with a prescription facial at HUM2N.  Designed with your skin in mind, their team of world-class aestheticians will perform a thorough skin analysis and develop a custom skin care plan that will address any number of skin conditions from signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, acne, to skin sensitivity.

Their best-selling Red Carpet Facial uses 24 karat gold plated micro-needles to administer a cocktail of hyaluronic acid and vitamins to rejuvenate the skin for a tighter and brighter complexion. This game changing treatment improves the overall health of the skin, while the purity of the gold acts as a conductor so that you enjoy enhanced absorption of the ingredients.  Expect to look red carpet ready with radiant skin and virtually no downtime.

Book a consultation at HUM2N.

As we wrap up this month’s wellness column, remember that self-care is not just a trend, it’s a lifestyle. From nourishing your skin to unlocking mindful moments, and even finding solace in a pocket-sized guide, there are endless ways to prioritise your wellbeing. But our journey doesn’t end here.

If you’re craving more inspiration, insights and innovative wellness tips, don’t forget to explore House of Coco. Whether you’re seeking the latest trends or timeless wisdom, we’ve has you covered.

The global wellness market is currently estimated to be worth a whopping $6.6 trillion and one of the biggest trends emerging is the rise of wellbeing workspaces.  Soho Farmhouse, The Ned and Soppers House are the new wellness offices where members can find a trendy backdrop to hop on a Zoom, impress a new client with drinks and catch up on emails before hitting the gym to decompress or indulge in a massage after a tense week.

New on the working wellness scene is Champneys.  Renowned as a spa destination, it has launched its new luxury lifestyle membership, Cloud 9, designed to redefine the way you work and your wellbeing.

Wellbeing Workspace

More than just a spa day, Cloud 9 is a passport to work from exceptional surroundings while experiencing indulgence, relaxation, and enhance your overall wellbeing. The Cloud 9 membership gives you access to every Champneys location (Tring, Forest Mere, Henlow Grange, Springs, Eastwell Manor and Mottram Hall), with no pre-booking required.  I spent the day at their Tring outpost to check out this exclusive membership.

Set amongst lush green grounds and gardens you instantly feel calm and relaxed which sets the tone for a productive day.  Inside there’s lots of spaces to pitch up and work.   You can enjoy unlimited access to world-class spa facilities, cafes, and lounge areas across all their locations, allowing you to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  Members can invite up to 24 guests throughout the year so it’s perfect for holding meetings or catching up with clients.

Need a break from your screen? Take a refreshing dip in the pool or unwind with a yoga session in the dedicated wellness area. Trust me, a quick stretch or a few laps can work wonders for boosting creativity and reducing stress.  The fitness facilities here are first class.  Choose from over 20 classes a day or hit the fully equipped ground floor gym for a workout.  There’s a newly refurbed ‘Uban Gym’ great for a free weight session and a stretch.  There are dedicated Reformer Pilates and spin studios. If you need a bit of fitness inspo book as PT with one of the fitness team.  I spent one hour with lead PT Tom, who is full of tips and tweaks to get the most out of your training.

Say goodbye to sad desk lunches and hello to tasty meals crafted with your health in mind. Whether you’re craving a nutrient-packed salad or a delicious smoothie to fuel your day, Cloud 9 Champneys has got you covered. Plus, their on-site cafe serves up a variety of snacks and beverages to keep you energised throughout the day.

The spa is a serene space, ideal for unwinding after a long day.  There’s an extensive treatment menu that includes everything from facials to body wraps – all using Champneys products.  I had a signature massage and floated out the door.  If you need to squeeze in a blow out for the weekend you can book into their on-site hair salon and leave feeling a million dollars.  Members receive four complimentary treatments each year, curated to individual preferences.

But perhaps the best part of working at Cloud 9 Champneys is the sense of community you’ll find here. Gone are the days of feeling isolated behind a computer screen. At Cloud 9 Champneys, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for wellness and productivity. As a member you get exclusive access to wellness events.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, all of this sounds amazing, but is it affordable? Cloud 9 Champneys offers flexible membership options to suit your needs and budget.

I loved working out of Champneys, while I made full use of the facilities I also got lots of work done and met some interesting people.  I left feeling energised and I think that came from being in a new work environment.   It’s easy to see why wellbeing workspaces are on the rise, they are the perfect antidote to busy work days.    So grab your laptop, pack your yoga mat, and get ready to take your productivity to new heights in the most zen workspace around!

The Cloud 9 Membership can be requested online via the Champneys website and is available on an annual basis, with prices starting from £1,777, depending on location.

For more information visit Cloud 9

Just a 20-minute boat ride from Male airport and surrounded by crystal clear waters is Gili Lankanfushi. With a Robinson Crusoe barefoot luxury philosophy, this award-winning eco-resort is a destination within a destination.  

The whole Gili experience is seamless and from the moment you arrive, you feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of life.   It’s intimate and luxurious with a castaway vibe.   As you set foot on the jetty you are greeted by your Mr or Ms Friday, a dedicated butler whose job is to ensure your stay is second to none. 

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
www.sandrobruecklmeier.com

With just 45 sumptuous overwater villas, including seven Crusoe Residences and The Private Reserve, it feels like a private paradise.    The overwater villas are nothing short of fabulous, with split-level decking that opens out directly onto the ocean.  Inside the generous space comprises of an open-air lounge, bedroom and an impressive bathroom with an outdoor shower, free-standing bath and double sink facing floor-to-ceiling windows.  The private roof terrace is the ideal spot to soak up a spectacular sunset.

Gili Lankanfushi
www.sandrobruecklmeier.com

One of the standout features of Gili is its world-class spa and wellness facilities.  Tucked away on a secluded bay and perched across the ocean is Meera Spa, a tranquil haven designed to bring the outdoors in with glass-panelled floors, endless views of turquoise waters and open-air walkways.  Here you can experience a customised wellness programme that incorporates a range of global therapies, drawing on age-old cultures and knowledge.  

To celebrate the launch of their new spa and wellness menu, House of Coco caught up with spa manager, Ni Wayan Eka Rianti to find out more.

Rianti tells me that unlike other spas, Meera is focussed on creating a bespoke wellness experience that is tailormade to suit guests’ needs.  “In addition to our diverse range of treatments, spanning relaxation, Ayurveda, body and face care, journeys and therapeutic treatments, our skilled therapists curate personalised experiences modified to each individual’s needs.”    There are immersive one-to-five-day wellness journeys, that include a range of curated restorative experiences with long-lasting benefits. Journeys range from a lavish five-day detox retreat, aimed to purify body and mind with a host of treatments and healing experiences, to a one-day Ayurvedic remedy journey, which revives weary travellers through therapeutic massage. New active programmes combine surfing or scuba diving with tailored spa treatments to allow guests to reach their full potential whether under the sea or riding the waves.  Rianti concludes, “Our team goes beyond traditional therapy, they become your wellness buddy treating you with genuine smiles, love and care.”

Away from the classic massage, the spa team has designed a collection of distinctive treatments.  Rianti explains, “Our Deep Muscle Fusion is a massage created for athletic, sporty guests who require complex techniques including stretching, myofascial release and trigger points to address stiffness and detox lactic acid.”  In addition to this, launching in April is a Pairing Journey.  “This is a synergy of Eastern and Western traditions that enhances the overall benefit of the treatment. This approach is adapted from the Five Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Wind). For example, Earth Journey will help the guest feel grounded and calm with Shirodara and foot reflexology massage.” She says. 

For anyone feeling jetlagged or struggling to sleep the spa team are on hand to help.  Their Mindful Sleep Journey is designed to enhance the quality of sleep incorporating breathing exercises, sound healing, relaxing massage and aromatherapy.

Throughout the year, visiting practitioners specialising in healing and wellbeing take residency at Gili hosting curated programmes.  Rianti explains, “Previous practitioners have included energy healers, reiki specialists, Watsu therapists, acupuncturists, and crystal sound healers. Our ever-changing roster of visiting practitioners represents Gili’s commitment to offering world-class service and amenities amid the tropical splendour of our island.”

The eco-conscious ethos of Gili Lankanfushi extends to the spa, Rianti tells me that sustainability is at the heart of their operations.  “We have aligned with VOYA, Sodashi and Ocean R, a product line committed to sustainability and eco-friendly practices. Furthermore, we foster partnership with several local brands to contribute and support the local business community.”  She concludes, “Some ingredients used in our treatments are sourced internally from the resort’s organic garden.”

What sets Meera apart from other resort spas is not only the amazing treatments but the way the natural beauty and surroundings are showcased.  “Each of the treatment rooms has strategically placed glass panels, positioned directly below massage beds so guests can enjoy the beauty of the ocean while experiencing a relaxing touch at the same time,” says Rianti.   The Ayurveda champa is an outdoor treatment room covered by lush green bushes by the beach.  Here guests can indulge in a treatment with natural sounds of birds, wind and the sea.   Rianti tells me that one of the guest’s favourite spots is the relaxation area.  “You can relish in unobstructed views, watching the waves breaking on the reef while sipping our signature ginger tea post treatment.”

Gili Lankafushi is a luxe oasis for discerning travellers looking for a relaxing, rejuvenating retreat.

Nightly rates at Gili Lankanfushi start from £1,397/$1,722 based on two adults sharing a Villa Suite with breakfast included. For more information or to book please visit Gili Lankanfushi

House of Coco travelled to the Maldives via Dubai with Emirates.  London Heathrow to Male return is £1,749. This is based on Premium Economy from London Heathrow to Dubai and then Economy from Dubai to Male. Prices subject to change. 

Welcome to Stanwell House Hotel, where sophistication meets sustainability in the heart of Lymington, Hampshire. Just 90 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of London, this boutique gem has undergone a stunning transformation, now boasting elegant and stylish interiors that are the perfect backdrop to a luxury staycation.

Located on the high street, its surrounded by designer boutiques, one off gift shops and a range of fabulous independent coffee shops and bakeries. Discover the pretty narrow streets close to the marina or enjoy a coastal walk.  It is the ideal base for exploring the south coast and New Forest National Park.

Stanwell House Hotel

The vibe here is effortlessly welcoming, with a touch of laid-back charm.  Every corner of the hotel tells a story of meticulous attention to detail, from the snug reading nooks adorned with locally sourced artwork to the sleek yet inviting guest rooms designed for ultimate comfort. All of the 27 bedrooms have been recently reimagined by interior designer JoJo McNamara who has successfully amalgamated vintage charm and cool, clean lines.  Spacious and stylish, expect plush furnishings and muted palettes, coupled with tasteful accents that exude understated luxury.  Sumptuous four-poster beds, comfy sofas and Nespresso machines transform your room into a relaxing haven to unwind during your stay.  The bathrooms boast a free-standing bathtub, powerful rainfall showers and soft fluffy bath robes.

The hotel is also child and dog friendly, offering garden suites with their own private terrace that open onto a small lawn.

While there are plenty of places to eat locally, you won’t want to leave the hotel.  Stanwell House offers three distinct dining experiences, that all showcase locally, fresh produce.  The Orangery brings the outdoors in, with its cobbled floor, glass roof and foliage making it a lovely location to indulge in one of their delicious afternoon teas.  The Salt Bar is an informal space with a well-stocked corner bar, dotted with low level seating and cosy corners.  They serve light bites and have a fantastic range of cocktails.   Samphire restaurant is the jewel in the culinary crown, with a menu that delivers a range of appetising dishes, share plates and a carefully curated selection of wine.  Prime cuts of meat, locally sourced seafood and sweet treats provide a celebration of Hampshire’s rich foodie heritage.   Breakfast is a colourful continental buffet of fruits, yoghurts, and pastries.  There’s a great selection of cooked to order options, including a full breakfast, choice of eggs and pancake stacks.

The staff are a credit to the manager, Lisa Bartlett, who has sourced a team of young, diligent, friendly workers.  From the moment you arrive you are greeted by the warm reception staff who swiftly check you in while making sure you have the full low down on the hotel and local area.  The same level of service is extended across the restaurants and bar.

Stanwell House has teamed up with Land & Water, a renowned wellbeing brand founded by the visionary Pix Ashworth of Watergate Bay fame, the hotel is not only a restful retreat but also a champion for environmental consciousness. From eco-friendly amenities to innovative green initiatives, every aspect of your stay is thoughtfully curated to minimise the footprint on our planet.

At Stanwell House, you’ll find the combined harmony of style, sustainability, and serenity. Whether you’re lounging in the elegant courtyard surrounded by blooming flowers or exploring the charming streets of Lymington, it’s a wonderful escape.

The Spring Wellness package is offered as a one or two night stay and includes: overnight accommodation including breakfast, £100 towards food to be used throughout your stay, Land & Water Wellness kit (worth £70) to enjoy during and after your stay, plus a guide to local nature, with recommendations of nearby coastal walks and sea swims.

From £295 for one night, and £445 for two nights . Visit Stanwell House Hotel. 

The ‘skinification’ of hair care is going to be one of the biggest wellness trends in 2024. Scalp health is having a moment and as a result scalp clinics are popping up to meet the demand.  Just like facials, scalp treatments need to be carried out by knowledgeable professionals, using efficacious products and techniques. Unlike some trends, this one is here to stay as a healthy scalp is instrumental in hair growth and condition.  House of Coco caught up with Anabel Kingsley, Consultant Trichologist, and Brand President of the Philip Kingsley Clinics to find why we should be getting onboard when it comes to scalp health.

Why is it important to treat the scalp as diligently as we do our skin?

Your scalp is skin – it’s simply an extension of the skin on your forehead. As such, it’s exposed to similar environmental aggressors as the skin on your face, and also sweats, produces oils and sheds skin cells, so it should be given similar care. In terms of hair growth, your scalp is your hair’s support system and is the bedrock of your hair follicles. A flaky scalp can increase daily hair fall and can also weaken hairs as they emerge from their follicle.

How does a scalp consultation differ from a traditional visit to the hairdressers?

Trichology and hairdressing are two different specialisms. Trichologists are scientists of the hair and scalp and we are trained to recognise and treat various disorders and problems that can impact the hair and scalp. A hairdresser has expertise in styling, cutting, colouring and chemical processing. 

What are the biggest scalp issues you are seeing in clinic?

The most common scalp condition is dandruff, followed by seborrhoeic dermatitis (an oilier, inflamed version of dandruff) and then psoriasis. Dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis usually occur when you have an overgrowth of certain yeasts, called the Malassezia yeasts, on your scalp – this causes skin cells to turnover too rapidly leading to tell-tale, loose and often greasy flakes. Malassezia yeasts thrive in an oily environment, so having an oily scalp can cause and exacerbate dandruff and seb derm. In fact, dandruff is sometimes solely caused by not cleansing your scalp often enough and/or not shampooing correctly. Psoriasis is completely different – it’s an auto-immune skin condition which causes skin cells to divide much too fast (within days rather than weeks) and results in thick, tight, white plaques with bleeding points underneath. Psoriasis and seborrhoeic dermatitis can also occur together.

We treat each of these conditions on a daily basis at our clinics in London and New York. We use bespoke scalp masks, shampoo and toner (which vary depending on the condition), as well as massage, steam and red light to help clear scalp conditions. We also look into dietary and lifestyle factors that may be aggravating the scalp.

What benefits can individuals expect from incorporating scalp treatments into their skincare routines?

If you have a scalp condition, clearing it will make you much more comfortable physically, but it will also benefit your self-esteem and how your hair looks and behaves. Longer term, caring for your scalp will help with hair growth. We take a very holistic approach to scalp health, looking into general health, diet and lifestyle factors.

What are the innovative techniques or technologies your clinic uses to improve scalp health?

What is currently seen as innovative and ‘trendy’ is old news to us! We’ve been shouting about scalp health and treating scalp like skin for decades – my father, Philip Kingsley, was the first person to link scalp health to hair growth and came out with his first scalp mask, tonic and shampoo in the 1940s. In terms of what we are doing differently from what we used to do, our formulas have changed and been updated. However, we don’t jump on new fads or technologies for the sake of it – we only adopt new methods if there is real clinical data, studies and evidence that proves it can benefit. We use ingredients and techniques that we know work.

What are the top misconceptions about scalp health that you often encounter?

Shampooing frequency. Many people believe that shampooing daily will increase the scalp’s oil production. This simply isn’t true. Just like washing your face every day doesn’t make it greasier, washing your scalp won’t make it oilier.

Massage brushes. I don’t recommend these. They can be abrasive and damage both the scalp and hair. Your fingertips are your best tool when it comes to massage.

Rubbing oils into the scalp. As most scalp conditions are due to have an excess of oil, rubbing oils into your scalp is likely to make the flakes worse.

Does health and lifestyle factors impact scalp health?

Stress can worsen existing scalp conditions and trigger new ones. Stress causes inflammation and it can also increase your scalp’s oil production, disrupting its delicate balance of microbes. Eating certain foods, like too many full fat dairy products, can also aggravate the scalp. Hormonal fluctuations, like menstruation, pregnancy and menopause can also impact the condition of the scalp.

What advice would you give to individuals looking to maintain optimal scalp health between clinic visits?

Like your skin, you should cleanse your scalp frequently. Try to shampoo daily if you have fine hair or a scalp condition. However, if your hair is very coiled or long, try not to leave more than three days between shampoos as it will negatively impact the condition of your scalp. You should also use a daily toner to combat flakes or itchiness and mask weekly to exfoliate dead skin cells. Everyone, even if you don’t have a problem with your scalp, should use an overnight scalp serum to help keep it in optimal condition – just like you use products to help keep your face healthy, even if you don’t have problematic skin.

To book into the clinic for an appointment please follow the link here, and if you would like to browse the products on offer, visit the Philip Kingsley website here.

I love the gym, I go at least four to five times a week but just recently I found I was bored of my routine and not seeing the results I was expecting.   I decided to shake things up and swap my gym visits for Reformer Pilates classes three times a week. And let me tell you, it was a game-changer.

I booked into Chilli Pilates for a four-week course of classes.  Based in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire their contemporary studios offer dynamic reformer classes with their team of skilled, knowledgeable and friendly instructors.

If you’ve never tried reformer Pilates, let me give you the low-down. Picture a long, sleek contraption with a sliding carriage, springs, and various straps and handles – that’s the reformer bed. It might look a bit intimidating at first, but trust me, its easy to use and at Chilli studios the instructors take the time to show you how to set up the bed for each exercise.

I’ll admit, I was sceptical at first, I like to leave the gym feeling like I’ve been put through my paces so was expecting some stretching and breathing.   Boy, was I wrong.  Reformer Pilates isn’t just about stretching, it’s a full-body workout that strengthens your core, improves flexibility, and enhances your overall muscle tone. Unlike traditional mat Pilates, which relies solely on body weight for resistance, the Reformer adds an extra challenge by incorporating spring resistance. This means you can adjust the intensity of your workout by simply swapping your spring, making it suitable for everyone from beginners to seasoned athletes.  Plus, it’s low-impact, which means it’s gentle on your joints.

After my first class I felt like I had done a full body workout.  Reformer Pilates may look easy, but don’t be fooled, it’s anything but. Each class was a challenging mix of strength training, cardio, and flexibility exercises, all rolled into one. From ‘the hundred’ to ‘the elephant’ to ‘the plank,’ every move engaged muscles I never even knew I had.   After two weeks I was able to adjust the springs and challenge myself.   To mix things up a little, I booked into Chilli Pilates 1-2-1 cardio class.  My instructor, Beth created a bespoke workout for me that combined the reformer and cardio based exercises.  Again, it left me feeling like I had physically pushed myself.

I found that the classes gave me a sense of calm.  Unlike the hustle and bustle of the gym, from the moment I stepped into the studio I felt relaxed.  Low level music and lighting set the tone, and I spent the whole 50 minutes focussing on each movement, checking my form and listening to the instructor.  It’s a fantastic way to switch off and be present.

After just a few weeks of reformer Pilates sessions, I noticed a significant improvement in my strength, flexibility, and overall muscle tone. My posture had never been better, my clothes fit more comfortably, and I had more energy and stamina than ever before. Plus, the low-impact nature of reformer Pilates means I could push myself without worrying about sustaining an injury.

One of the biggest changes I noticed was improved core strength and definition. Because the carriage is unstable, your core muscles have to work overtime to stabilise your body and maintain form. This not only strengthens your core but also improves your balance and stability, essential for preventing injuries both in and out of the gym.

But perhaps the best thing about reformer Pilates is the diverse classes. Unlike mindlessly running on a treadmill or lifting weights in a crowded gym, reformer Pilates keeps things interesting with a constant variety of exercises and movements. Plus, the small class sizes mean you’ll get plenty of personalised attention from your instructor, ensuring your posture is correct and you get the most out of your workout.

To find out more about reformer Pilates, visit Chilli Pilates where you can book your first class for just £10 and invite a friend for free.  

If you’re dreaming of a tropical getaway that transcends the ordinary, look no further than Six Senses Laamu. Ensconced within the pristine beauty of the Maldives, this luxurious resort offers an experience that goes beyond your typical fly-and-flop vacation. From the stunning decor of the villas to the diverse culinary delights, and a plethora of activities to indulge in, Six Senses Laamu is a haven for those seeking relaxation, adventure, and rejuvenation.

Getting there

Your journey to relaxation begins long before you arrive at Six Senses Laamu. If every good holiday starts at the airport, then flying Emirates Premium Economy sets the perfect tone for your getaway.  You get a generous baggage allowance, and a seamless travel experience, with priority check-in and boarding making the journey as stress-free as possible. Say goodbye to long queues and hectic terminals, here, the journey is just as enjoyable as the destination.

Once onboard settle into one of the buttery soft cream leather seats that are 19.5 inches wide, with a pitch of up to 40 inches and additional legroom, allowing you to stretch out and catch up on your sleep. 

Use your flight time to enjoy a movie or your favourite box-set from over 5,000 channels. The expansive, high-resolution 13.3” screen and noise-cancelling headphones provide a cinematic experience, turning your seat into a private entertainment haven.

And let’s not forget about the food because every good journey should be accompanied by delicious cuisine. There’s an extensive globally inspired menu and complimentary drinks including premium wines and champagne.   All meals are served on chinaware, accompanied by stainless steel cutlery wrapped in a linen napkin.

Sit back, relax, and by the time you reach the Maldives you will be refreshed and ready to start your holiday.

The Resort

Touch down on the jetty at Six Senses Laamu via the Sea Turtle, their private sea plane transfer from Male where you’ll be greeted with warm smiles and genuine hospitality. Here you’ll meet your Guest Experience Manager or GEM who will give you the low-down on all the essential information you need for smooth stay.  Your GEM is on speed dial and can help with everything from restaurant reservations to making sure you have the pillows of choice to ensure a good night sleep.

The island is a sprawling haven of luxury that epitomises the essence of understated opulence.  The style is rustic chic, with a harmonious fusion of contemporary design elements and traditional Maldivian architecture. It has been designed to blend seamlessly with its natural surroundings, with spacious villas scattered along the pristine beaches and perched over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean.

The Accommodation

Picture yourself waking up to the gentle sound of waves lapping against the shore, with the soft hues of the ocean merging effortlessly with the earthy tones of your private overwater villa.   The internal décor uses lots of dark wood and natural fabrics juxtaposed with fresh white linen and accents of lime.   Space is in abundance, split level decking with an infinity pool and lounge area wraps across the back of the villa with direct access to the ocean.  The deck leads up to an outdoor shower and bathroom, complete with a glass bottom bath. Whether you opt for an overwater villa or a beachfront hideaway, you’ll find yourself surrounded by unparalleled comfort and luxury.

Food and Drink

At Six Senses, dining is an experience to savour.  Unlike some of its Maldivian neighbours, Laamu has a range of restaurants offering everything from international cuisine to local delicacies, there’s something to tantalise every palate.

Start your day with a sumptuous breakfast overlooking the turquoise waters at Longitude, it’s a great spot to see dolphins, turtles and marine life.   Indulge in a leisurely lunch by the main pool at Sip Sip, with a laid-back beach bar vibe you can soak up the sun with a cocktail and a selection of light bites and main plates.  They serve a mean woodfired pizza and homemade burger.  When it comes to dinner you are spoiled for choice, each of the fabulous four restaurants delivers a unique experience.  Leaf is particularly standout and a firm favourite of mine.  This treehouse style, adult only restaurant serves Mediterranean inspired gourmet cuisine.  The chefs here are culinary wizards, weaving magic with the freshest ingredients sourced locally and from the resort’s own organic garden.  The menu changes daily and features tender cuts of beef to seafood delicacies, every dish is a masterpiece.

Those with a sweet tooth will love the Ice and Chocolate studio.  Take a trip post lunch, to the complimentary al fresco ice cream and sorbet parlour that serves a whopping 48 unique flavours.  They’re all homemade using natural ingredients and are the ultimate treat to help you stay cool.

Things to do in Six Senses Laamu

There’s a whole array of activities to keep you entertained and engaged throughout your stay. Explore the vibrant marine life with a snorkelling or diving excursion, the house reef is spectacular, corals are rich in colour and brimming with marine life.  Discover secrets of the sea at The Maldives Underwater Initiative, SHELL, a stunning visual and interactive experience that showcases the marine environment.  Here a cool team of marine biologists conduct innovative research in the lab facilities and take guests on an extraordinary journey into the ocean. 

We can’t talk about Six Senses and not mention wellbeing.  The brand is synonymous with health and wellness and as you would imagine is part of the resort’s DNA, for those looking to indulge in some self-care you can head to the spa where you can book in for an integrated wellness screening, enjoy a treatment and consult with the spa team to create a bespoke wellbeing programme. The spa makes full use of the outdoor space with uniquely designed treatment ‘nests’ dotted along the beach or among the lush landscape.   

Hop onboard the luxury yacht, Sense of Escape and enjoy a private dolphin cruise against the backdrop of a pink Maldivian sunset.  Sip champagne and appreciate the views while your guide shares stories and local knowledge as the crew lookout for dolphins.  For a more romantic cruise you can sail the Indian ocean on a Dhoni.  This traditional Maldivian boat glides out just before sunset, drinks and canapes are served while you lay back relax and take in the ever-changing colours of the sky.

For the more adventurous souls, there are opportunities for surfing, kayaking, and water-skiing.   The Ocean Wings Watersports Centre offers a variety of options for aqua lovers. The experienced instructors will help you get familiar with the equipment and give you inside tips to improve your technique.

Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or simply a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this idyllic retreat offers a slice of luxury and an opportunity to reconnect with yourself and nature. So go ahead, pack your bags, and embark on the ultimate getaway where every experience is designed to delight the senses.

For more information on bookings at Six Senses, Laamu please contact reservations-maldives@sixsenses.com or visit the website

House of Coco travelled to the Maldives via Dubai with Emirates.  London Heathrow to Male return is £1,749. This is based on Premium Economy from London Heathrow to Dubai and then Economy from Dubai to Male. Prices subject to change.