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L'Apothiquaire Spa to open at Sofitel Dalat

02/02/07 (GMT+7)

L'Apothiquaire Spa is set to open at the five-star hotel Sofitel Dalat Palace on February 15, two days ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations, or Tet.

The spa on Sofitel Dalat Palace's upper-most storey will look harmonious with the old world charm of the hotel. The spa will be fashioned as a 17th century French apothecary shop, with Swiss lodge style exposed beams and pitched roofs, wooden counters and drawers displaying different organic herbs and flowers for tea blends.

"We do not follow today's trend of modern chic or Balinese style spas. We re-create old French charms," L'Apothiquaire owner Emily Lam said, adding that the concentration was to create "a tranquil atmosphere" at the spa.

Sofitel Dalat Palace General Manager Antoine Sirot said L'Apothiquaire Spa was to minister guests in a French style and in a very private way to offer them a wellness experience.

L'Apothiquaire specializes in skin and body care using high quality, natural products imported from France. L'Apothiquaire cosmetics are herbal medicines for the skin and aim to transform the skin after just one treatment, as they are special blends of plant extracts and essential oils.

L'Apothiquaire has built its reputation on the ability to personalise all of its services. "Our beauty consultants will perform skin analysis on each client to ascertain the suitable skincare treatment for the client," Lam said.

"Our ultimate aim is to heal people's skin with natural plants and their body and mind with relaxation and ancient practices of yoga and meditation."

The treatments can complement, or be an alternative to, such hotel activities as golfing, tennis, sightseeing and horseback riding. Sirot said the spa's emphasis on beauty treatments added to the experience of luxury at the Sofitel Dalat Palace.

L'Apothiquaire has chosen Andrew Walsh, a traditional medical practitioner, as the spa director. Walsh has practiced acupuncture, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, nutrition, physical therapy, meditation and traditional massage for more than 10 years.

Walsh has also taught Western style massage and meditation for 12 years to hospitals, private clinics, universities and resorts in Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

The spa is the first grand opening in a deal with Danao International Holdings, which will see L'Apothiquaire Spas installed at Danao hotels over the course of this year.

The Sofitel Dalat Palace was built in 1922 as the anchor to the colonial resort of Dalat. In 1991, Danao invested in the hotel, initiating a US$100mil resuscitation of several properties, including the neighbouring colonial-era hotel Novotel Dalat, and the Novotel Ocean Dunes on the coast at Phan Thiet City.

For more information, contact the Danao sales and marketing office at (08) 822 0673 or the Dalat Sofitel Hotel (063) 825 444.

(Source: SGT)

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