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Medi Spa Me ta mor pho sis By Francesca Steffen s we enter the architecturally impressive building of Cocoon Medical Spa we are greeted and welcomed by the friendly and efficient manager who says we’ll be seeing Dr Angel for a consultation. We are excited and a bit nervous, and the name Dr Angel creates a heightened sense of mystique.

dermabrasion, LED Red Light therapy, Gold Collagen Mask, 24 Carat Gold Hyaluronic Acid Serum and 24 Carat Gold Collagen Moisturiser. She tells the story about Cleopatra, who slept in a pure gold mask every night, believing it was the secret to her flawless skin. The treatment improves skin elasticity, reverses cell damage and improves blood circulation. It can’t get more luxurious than that!

The clinic is stunning and it oozes a professional air everywhere we turn. The chic, clean lines, minimalist décor and the friendly staff create the perfect atmosphere to be pampered and spoiled.

After the treatment, I feel glorious, just like Cleopatra on her Egyptian throne. My skin is smooth, plump and I have that “golden” glow.

Cocoon Medical Spa treatments stem from its powerful principle, “Beauty is not merely the absence of lines … it is youthful vitality.” The holistic philosophy behind this concept is clarified by Dr Angel. She explains that long lasting beauty doesn’t just come with botox and fillers but from the inside. “We like to work from the ground up,” she says. “So rather than starting with Botox and fillers, we focus on rejuvenating the skin.” Dr Angel begins by asking us what we would like to improve about ourselves and assessing our skin’s condition and needs. She encourages me to try the Cleopatra Treatment, which includes a medley of therapies with luxe-sounding names: Diamond Micro-

I finish off with the popular vitamin IV therapy, the perfect boost recommended by Dr Angel to help me recover from days on end of nonstop work. The vitamin booster contains vitamin C for skin brightening, a vitamin B complex for blood circulation, Neurobion for anaemia and Tationil for detoxification. This magical cocktail of vitamins and minerals is administered intravenously while I relax on a sofa for half an hour and get a relaxing foot massage. I feel a buzz immediately. We leave Cocoon Medical Spa inspired by the holistic approach and feel beautiful and rejuvenated from the inside out. Cocoon Medical Spa Sunset Road, Opposite McDonalds at Sunset Star, Legian‬‬ +62 8113882240

Authentic Balinese Luxury By Francesca Steffen Enter a realm of pure indulgence where your senses surrender to the sheer beauty of the tropics. The Shanti Residence in the hills of prestigious Nusa Dua will cocoon you from the outside world in an all embracing blanket of authentic Balinese luxury. The Shanti Residence was launched in 2007 with a design concept conceived by acclaimed Balinese architect, Popo Danes. By respecting the past and embracing the future, the property went on to be recognised as one of South East Asia’s top private villas. A transformative renovation was completed in 2016 based on an aesthetic direction from the late Indonesian designer, Jaya Ibrahim The Shanti Residence is furnished with designer amenities, a bespoke wine cellar, dedicated spa, gym and spectacular chapel. Each space is functionally brought to life to provide a sense of Indonesia’s rich heritage and cultural diversity. The Shanti Residence Jl. GunungPayung, DesaSawangan, Nusa Dua, Bali Reservation by phone:
+62 361 734 656 Reservations email:


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