Hide yourself away for a few hours at the Mira Spa and enjoy 70 minutes of pure and shellfish – erm, selfish – indulgence with their winter special: The Lava Shells Massage. The treatment begins with a brief massage to prepare the body, before warm and soothing polished shells are applied in sweeping motions to release muscle tension . The treatment promises to improve lymphatic activity, enhance blood circulation and generally give you healthier and younger-looking skin. You can buy this treatment at a special price of $1,080 (weekdays) or $1,180 (weekends) throughout December (regular price $1,380), but you can opt to use it in the new year for some post-party pampering.
118-130 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2315-5500, themirahotel.com.
WIth the understanding that no two people are the same, organic salon and spa emmanuel f has developed six types of facials, which are then tailored to the individual’s needs. From teen skincare right through to anti-aging, the therapists use the finest 100 percent natural active ingredients for real results. The certified organic facials are $1,050 for 75 glorious minutes. We’d recommend it for a skin-friendly “first grownup facial” treat for teens.
UG/F, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, 2167-8280, emmanuelf.com.
Want your pearly whites a few shades lighter for the party season? Smile Center in Lan Kwai Fong is offering Liv readers a 30 percent discount on a Premium whitening treatment (making it $945), which can be done in your lunch break. Even better, the product is peroxide-free, meaning that there’s no increased sensitivity after the treatment.
17/F, 1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, 2110-9757, www.smile-center.com.
Here’s a fantastic deal you won’t want to miss: Cordis Hotel’s Chuan Spa has a special deal from now until December 31, in which you can book any 90-minute Chuan signature massage treatment, and redeem a free half-hour body scrub or Kerstin Florian Refresher Facial, all for $1,275! What’s more, you’re entitled to three hours of valet parking, plus access to the gym, changing room and pool facilities. How’s that for a great-value spa day?
41/F, Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai St., Mong Kok, 3552-3510, chuanspa.com.hk.
O2 Hair Studio
So, your Christmas party is just a few hours away and it looks like a crow has nested in your hair? Fear not: pop into O2 Hair Studio for a quick lunchtime blow-dry or updo. From silky straight to voluminous waves and trendy updos, the salon’s stylists have a range of looks up their sleeve that can be created in a jiffy, ideal when you have less than an hour to spare. And if your afternoon doesn’t look too busy, the appointment also comes with a complimentary glass of champagne!
38 Wyndham St., Central, 2529-6289, www.o2hairstudio.com.
Take the stress out of getting ready for that Christmas party with the Amazing Grace package by Flawless ($1,450). Let the skilled therapist perfect your hands and feet as you sit back and enjoy a glass of bubbles, before having your evening makeup done by one of their talented makeup artists. But if you’ve got a bit more time to enjoy a top to toe pamper session ahead of the silly season, the spa is again running its “Flawless Experience” which includes a 60-minute bespoke facial, a 30-minute knot releaser back massage and a deluxe mani and pedi ($2,350).
4/F, Sea Bird House, 22-28 Wyndham St., Central, 2869-5868, www.flawless.hk.com.