April 19th, 2013

Broome At Its Best.

What’s the best way to wrap-up the craziness that is Fashion Week? With a weekend away in Broome for the new L’Occitane Spa opening.

Broome may be a long way to travel for a weekend (during peak season there are direct flights from Sydney to Broome that take approximately five hours) but after a luxury two hour Journey to Provence facial and massage at the Chahoya Spa by L’Occitane and watching the sunset over Cable Beach, time didn’t seem to matter anymore.

By Sunday morning I was ready to move…here are some of my highlights.

Chelsea xx

The Landscape.

The view from the plane is enough to let you know you have arrived somewhere special. The water is a clear rich blue, the beaches alternate between red sand and white sand, and the flora has an untouched rugged feel.

This time of year the weather is a lovely dry heat, unlike the unbearable humid heat the locals tell me we missed by a week. Some might find the 37 degree days way too hot but when there’s an incredible pool to sit by and sip cocktails, how can you complain?

Broome At A Glance.

Most of my time in Broome was spent at the Cable Beach Resort. Trust me, it’s hard to leave. But I ventured out for a driving tour of Broome with Cable Beach Resort’s General Manager, Ron who showed me pieces of the town’s history and charm.

Broome may be a sleepy sort of town but it still offers amazing restaurants, luxury shopping (it’s THE place to buy pearls), Australia’s only permanent outdoor movie theatre and it’s own micro brewery Matso’s where I enjoyed the local Ginger Beer.

The Chahoya Spa by L’Occitane.

L’Occitane is one of those beauty brands that I associate with relaxation and aromatherapy, so I was excited to be in Broome for the opening of their first resort concept spa in Australia at the Cable Beach Resort. The Cable Beach Resort is one of Australia’s true escape havens so it is the perfect alliance.

The Chahoya Spa by L’Occitane reminds me of something you would find in Bali. It is a sensory experience from the moment you walk in the door and you instantly feel zen. Each treatment room has been given a special name to correlating with the scent it has been infused with. I was in the Shea Room.

You’re spoilt for choice at the Chahoya Spa. Their facials range from a 30 minute express treatment to the 90 minutes Immortelle Divine Secret To Everlasting Youth facial (how could you resist with a name like that?). Prices from $80-$190.

If you’re in the mood for a massage you can choose from aromatheraphy and remedial styles or something more specialised like the Almond Detoxifying Balance massage that helps with lymphatic drainage or a hot stone massage to ease muscle tension. Body wraps, scrubs and even hydrotherapy are on the menu too. Prices from $80-$190.

Then there’s the treatment sets which combine a handful of treatments together. I had the Journey To Provence facial and body massage (120mins for $250). The treatment starts with a foot bath using aromachologie effervescent sugar cubes followed by a relaxing full body massage, finished with a customised facial. My skin has been particularly congested lately so my pamper extraordinaire, Belinda opted for a facial scrub to unclog my pores and a hydrating mask to help control my excess oil production. It worked a treat – my skin was glowing immediately (and still is) and no more breakouts!

To book an appointment at the Chahoya Spa by L’Occitane call (08) 9192 0440. Click here for their complete list of spa treatments.

A Sunrise Beach Walk.

Not only is the allure of a sunrise reason to walk along Cable Beach in the morning, but it’s the best time to go before the extreme heat hits. We were dropped at Gantheaume Point and walked to the other end of Cable Beach, which takes about an hour. It’s the best way to start any morning.

Sunset drinks at the Sunset Bar & Grill is also one for the Bucket List.

My Trip On Instagram.

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My Top 3.

CLICK TO BUY: L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil, (250ml) $36L’Occitane Aromachology Relaxing Pillow, $30L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Serum, $90.

L’Occitane has an amazing range of bath & body, skincare and hand creams in their collection – it’s hard to pick a favourite. Their shea butter hand cream is a cult buy with one selling every three seconds around the world. It makes your hands feel like velvet. These three products are also top of my list.

1. The Almond Shower Oil.  There’s more to this product than meets the eye. It starts as an oil formula but when it comes in contact with water it builds into a foamy shower gel. The sweet almond oil scent is delightful, as is its moisturising powers. It actually feels like it cleans and moisturises at the same time – normally most body washes feel like they do one or the other.

2. The Pillow Mist. This pillow mist is used across almost all of the treatments in the Chahoya Spa by L’Occitane, even if you’re only having a pedicure. They mist an eye pillow with its relaxing scent of lavender, tea tree and geranium oils and place it over your eyes – it’s instantly calming. Having one of these in your home is the best way to bring the experience of a spa to you any day of the week.

3. The Ultimate Serum. The Immortelle range is the latest addition to the L’Occitane skincare range and is a must-try. It uses the Immortelle flower, which has exceptional longevity: it never fades, even after being picked (it’s the yellow flower pictured beside the frangipani – see the gallery below). It’s benefits have been used in this luxe serum to stimulate collagen production while helping to strengthen existing collagen, plump the skin and smooth the skin’s surface including the appearance of wrinkles. When applied it gives your complexion a silky hydrated feel.

 

I visited Broome courtesy of L’Occitane and Cable Beach Resort. Thank you so much for your hospitality and for helping me tick Broome off my Bucket List!

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