A small group of wives of foreign ambassadors accredited to Mexico and their friends enjoyed a day at the spa last week, indulging themselves with deep-cleansing facials and aromatherapy massages.
The morning sparty (a combination of the words spa and party, get it?) took place at the newly inaugurated Hela Spa in Santa Fe, and also included the use of the installations’ Jacuzzi, steam bath and heated relaxation facilities.
Between treatments, the ladies were offered champaign and canapés, graciously provided by the spa’s general manager Karina Sánchez.
Hela Santa Fe, which has its flagship installation inside the Presidente InterContinental Hotel in Polanco, is an urban spa which caters to a high-end male and female clientele looking for an easily accessible and affordable escape from their busy lives.
Hela, which in Swedish means “entire and complete,” offers a wide range of Scandinavian-inspired services and treatments, including hot rock, Swedish, aromatherapy and reflexology massages, as well as express massages for people on the run and special massages for expectant mothers.
It also offers slimming antioxidant agave body wraps and exfoliating body scrubs, plus revitalizing leg treatments.
The spa’s facial menu includes its signature Greta Garbo deep-cleansing and anti-aging facial with a natural enzyme mask to reduce hyper-pigmentation and brighten, a Red Carpet rehydration treatment with an oxygen mask and serum to restore skin’s elasticity and a Lift and Glow facial to tone and firm tired skin.
There are also facials for men.
Attending last week’s sparty were: Aya Idmail, wife of Egyptian Ambassador to Mexico Yasser Mohamed Ahmed Shaban; Farida Hadid, wife of Algerian Ambassador to Mexico Rabah Hadid; Amelia Amani Lee Abdullah, wife of Malaysian Ambassador to Mexico Mohammad Azhar Bin Mazlan; Maite Martínez de Reyes, wife of former Honduran Ambassador to Mexico Roberto Reyes Mazzoni; and physical psychologist Sally Margolis Schweber.
The Hela Santa Fe Spa is located inside the Siroco Tower, at Avenida Santa Fe 498, first floor (tel: 9155-6054 or 9155-8464).
It is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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