Dior Spa The Lana in Dubai

Welcome to the new Dubai wellness haven: the Dior Spa The Lana. Opening its doors in spring 2024, it is the first Dior Spa in the UAE. Being a place of incomparable beauty and exceptionally soothing treatments, it is an exquisite sanctuary of holistic wellbeing infused with a visionary spirit and the Dorchester Collection’s latest gem.

Bathed with natural daylight on the hotel’s 29th floor, with floor-to-ceiling windows that artfully frame views of iconic landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa, Dior Spa The Lana provides an unprecedented wellbeing experience with five treatment rooms and one couple’s suite. Seamlessly integrating cutting-edge technology into treatments, featuring Icoone Therapy, Hydrafacial, Dior Micro-Abrasion, and the Dior Skin Light LED therapy mask, which is renowned for its ability to promote intense cell regeneration, the spa also offers a futon for Japanese-inspired treatments, and a dedicated beauty room. Each cocoon possesses distinctive characteristics, adeptly adapting to the unique desires of every guest while upholding an unwavering commitment to privacy.

Elevating the experience further, Iyashi Dôme technology introduces customisable sauna sessions, providing both relaxation and slimming effects. This is complemented by an impressive array of facial treatments thoughtfully curated for men and a personalised programme of hand and foot treatments.

Three signature treatments will be exclusive to The Lana, including Escale at The Lana, Dior Stone Therapy and D-Sculpt.

Escale is a tribute to the inaugural Dior Spa set ‘amongst the clouds’. This unique Japanese-inspired ritual defies the laws of gravity, inviting guests to unwind on a futon on the floor, where a fusion of traditional techniques and innovative relation methods embrace both body and mind. The treatment seamlessly blends kneading, friction and percussion and full body stretching. Deep, slow, and unforgettable massage strokes traverse from head to toe, releasing muscle and joint tensions to foster a sense of tranquillity. The final touch involves a precise, sensorial sequence of massage movements transporting guests to a realm of ultimate relaxation.

For a truly refined experience, guests can delve into the Dior Stone Therapy treatment. This sophisticated massage harmonises energy flow with meticulous attention, utilising semi-precious stones strategically placed on the body. The indulgence extends with facial micro-abrasion, employing sapphire crystals while the skin revels in the rejuvenating glow of the Dior Skin Light led therapy mask.

D-Sculpt, a body massage with firming and slimming properties, skillfully combines the traditional benefits of wood, dry brushing and toning techniques, with those of the manual «skin lift» method, offering anti-cellulite effects.

The Lana and the Dior Spa, which stays faithful to the vision of iconic French designer who had a special relationship with Dorchester Collection’s Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris, home of Dior Spa Plaza Athénée, will work closely together to craft personalised well-being escapes for each guest, tailored to their desires, needs and preferences. From a memorable half-day experience combining cocktails, lunch, as well as a sports session and treatment, to a full day journey where the hotel’s Rolls-Royce collects guests to ensure a seamless transition from their preferred location to and from the hotel, The Lana will take wellbeing to new heights.

Dior Spa The Lana will also present an elegant boutique showcasing Dior’s product lines including Dior Prestige, renowned for its creams, serums, and face lotions infused with Rose de Granville, L’Or de Vie, a Dior skincare ritual featuring anti-aging skincare creations, Rouge Premier, the quintessence of haute couture lipstick and La Collection Privée Christian Dior, a luxurious line of Dior’s unisex fragrances.

For more information or to make a booking, please visit the website.


Spa: 7am – 9pm
Gym: 7am – 10pm (in-house guests only)
Treatments: 9am – 9pm

The Lana,
Marasi Drive, Business Bay, Dubai UAE
+971 4 541 6688

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Pierre Mouton © DIOR
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Le Jardin des Rêves Dior at the Timeo

Belmond unveils a partnership with Dior for a new wellness experience in the legendary gardens of Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina, in celebration of the iconic property’s 150 year anniversary. From now to October 2023, the hotel’s storied gardens will welcome two Dior treehouse treatment cabins perched in the majestic cypress trees, offering guests and visitors exclusive skincare treatments in a verdant oasis, overlooking the sea.

In Timeo’s six-acre gardens, designed by English gardener and pioneering wildlife conservationist Florence Trevelyan at the end of XIX century, many artists and writers have found meditative peace and inspiration over the last 150 years. Today Grand Hotel Timeo and Dior Spa are fostering the same spirit, inviting guests to enjoy a moment of wellbeing in the hotel’s lush enclave.

Guests are invited to climb a few steps up a wooden staircase to access two highly sophisticated treatment cabins, one double and one single, perched in the cypress trees. These vibrant green wooden treehouses are elevated with the famous Toile de Jouy curtains, in a matching shade.
The decor takes inspiration from the fragrant flora and fauna which envelopes the pop-up spa. Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of Dior, has reimagined the iconic Dior fabric decorating the cabins in a bold leaf-green to blend seamlessly with the lush surroundings. The Dior Toile de Jouy wallpaper, the bamboo seating and the modern design lamps with brushed brass finishes, create an intimate and refined atmosphere.

Each cabin, designed by Thirtyone Design + Management, has its own individual terrace with sea views complete with a parasol in matching fabric, rattan furniture and plants, offering guests the privacy to extend this moment of well-being in absolute serenity.

The menu of signature face and body treatments draws on the skills and expertise of Dior skincare, created to help the skin and the senses blossom during the summer. The signature Dolce Vita Solar Glow, a one-hour face and body treatment ensures a perfectly enhanced and extended sun tan. Depending on the time of the treatment, it concludes with either a head-to-toe application of protective sun cream, lotion or oil before sun exposure, or with a soothing after-sun balm or shimmering oil, at the end of the day.

Beauty-enhancing treatments, all characterised by iconic Dior techniques that combine the best of traditional Eastern and Western methods with powerful, targeted movements, include: Dior Prestige Haute Précision, a major holistic face treatment using the Dior Prestige product line and combining the regenerative power of the Granville Rose with enveloping massage techniques to blend pleasure with visible correction of the signs of age; and Constellation, a deeply relaxing holistic body massage, for perfect harmony between body and mind.

To see the spa menu and prices, click here please.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Pierre Mouton for Parfums Christian Dior
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Dior Prestige Firming Sheet Mask

Today’s post is dedicated to an amazing sheet mask I can only recommend. You might look a little awkward for 20 minutes so probably better do the treatment when you are alone as others might get scared that you are heavily burned. But the results are truly outstanding.

DIOR PRESTIGE Exceptional Regenerating Firming Mask delivers the equivalent of one bottle of serum in each application. Its innovative design fits the curves of the face perfectly thanks to its woven texture that is similar to a satin veil. Developed with the Rose de Granville, a robust rose iconic for preserving beauty, simply use twice a week for one month for a more youthful appearance.

Available for CHF 199.00 for 6 sheet masks.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

The Make-up Look for the Dior Shoot


My make-up look for the photo shoot was based on the “It”-colour Plaza, a wonderful pink tone. It is inspired by the glamour of the Parisian luxury hotels, such as the eponymous Plaza Athénée hotel. The colours are dramatic, deep and sophisticated.


Dior Shoot

My skin was prepped with the new Revitalizing Foundation from the Dior Prestige line which is only available in Asia (To all my Asian readers, lucky you!). It is an amazing product, you have to try it. For us Europeans, Diorskin Nude is a great alternative.



For the dramatic look, the make-up artist started to contour my eyes with a black eye pencil.



Then, she used the darkest shade of the 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette “970 Stylish Move” and applied it with a beveled brush as an eyeliner.

She made the line thicker toward the outer edge and extended the upper line out beyond the corner of the eye, to form a cat’seye-like shape. The lighter colours of the palette served as a base. Then, she applied the new Diorshow New Look Mascara in black.


On my cheeks: Diorblush in 839 Vintage Pink.

Dior Blush


On my lips: The new Dior Addict Extrême in 476 Plaza, lasting lip colour with radiant shine.


On my nails: Matching the lips, the new pink 579 Plaza nail polish was applied.
Love it so much!

Stay tuned for the official photos!

LoL, Sandra


IMG_0026Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

New Beauty Must-Haves for Winter

Beauty Must-haves

In winter, skin tends to be dry and sensitive. Low humidity, cold temperatures, and strong winds deplete skin of its natural lipid layer. Now it is time for an extra-treat! To keep skin soft and supple, your goal is not only to add moisture to skin, but to keep moisture in.
Here are some new products that I have tested during the last weeks and that have absolutely convinced me.


Let me get started with an amazing foundation that will help you through the day to enhance your complexion and to achieve an instantly smoothed and luminous skin:

Skinleÿa – The Anti-Aging Foundation by Sisley
available in 9 different shades, $190 (30ml)

Its “second skin” make-up effect also reduces signs of aging and fatigue in appearance. It is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. The application is very easy due to its very own brush and the velvety texture.

The best is that Skinleÿa protects skin against free radicals and moisturises it deeply thanks to the extract of Cherry blossom and pro-Vitamin B5 (D-Panthenol) and Alpha-Bisabolol. For all actions, please click here.


Black Rose Cream Mask by Sisley
$158 (60ml)

The Black Rose Cream Mask by Sisley is a soothing skin care mask rich in trace elements, vitamins and plant extracts which acts instantly on the signs of aging and fatigue to rejuvenate skin and restore vitality.
I love roses. Therefore I adore its very gentle rose scent blended with flower oils that are reminiscent of a beautiful summer garden. Exactly what you need during winter!

I apply two times a week a generous layer of the mask to the face and neck and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping the excess off. Its is unbelievable how soft and full my skin feels after, almost like a rose petal.



Dior Prestige
Crème Satin Regard Revitalisante – Satin revitalizing cream, CHF 383

Another great product that uses the strength of rose ingredients, the Rose Satin™. This sensuous creme intensely nourishes the skin and envelops it in absolute comfort. The skin regains its strength, suppleness and softness. I use it each morning for the entire face and neck. (Perfect for sensitive skin.)

The story behind the discovery of Rose Satin™  is just lovely:

In the house of Christian Dior in Granville was a magnificent garden that stretched over the cliff. One night, there was a violent storm. The day after, Christian Dior strode along the devastated garden. He was amazed to discover a rosebush that had remained miraculously intact, flowering with sumptuous rose blossoms trimmed with petals as tender and luminous as satin. Christian Dior’s garden had just revealed its treasure: the Rose Satine™. A unique flower endowed with extraordinary resistance whose beauty becomes each year even more stronger, overturning the laws of time.

Today the Rose Satine™ is grown in the best French region for rose cultivation. A Dior Garden, exclusively reserved for this flower, features cultivation methods that are totally organic. Highly qualified craftsmen work by hand to preserve the Rose Satine™ exceptional properties. After eight years of trailblazing research, Dior unveils the secret of the Rose Satine™ extraordinary resistance. One thousand Rose Satine™ flowers and a unique craftsmanship know-how are necessary to make a powerful anti-aging elixir: Rose Satine™ Nectar. Ultimate quintessence of the Rose Satine™ powers, this precious nectar is delicately infused in each Dior Prestige skincare.

More products from this line: 
Crème Satin Regard Revitalisante Yeux – Satin revitalizing creme,  CHF 199
Nectar Satin Revitalisant – Satin revitalizing nectar, CHF 397


Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator – CHF 57

Clinique has updated its Moisture Surge franchise, introduced in 1988, with a new product, Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator. A double hit of moisture for parched skin, this rich cream-gel instantly recharges and locks moisture in.
In one week, I have already seen dramatic skin improvements. It contains Olive Squalane and red algae extract to maintain skin water balance, intensively recharge moisture to make skin healthy, supple and moisturized up to 24 hours. I like to use at night.



Visionnaire by Lancôme
Advanced Skin Corrector – CHF 110 (30ml) and CHF 159 (50ml)

The Lancôme ad promises:
“Our new vision of skin perfection. One out of two women tempted by a cosmetic procedure decided to postpone it.”

So, I was pretty curious to try this product. And there is just one word for it, amazing! I have used it now for over two months and it works its magic. Much more than a wrinkle-corrector, it is a skincare capable of fundamentally re-creating more beautiful skin. The first skincare with LR 2412 (12 years of research. 20 international patents), a molecule designed to propel through skin layers. On its path, it triggers a cascading series of micro-transformations: On the surface wrinkles and pores are visibly corrected, imperfections like signs of UV damage and acne marks appear diminished. It is very light and easy to use. Apply it morning and evening as your first skincare step!


Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Serum, $105 (30ml)

I adore this rich treatment serum for very dry skin that instantly hydrates with a concentrated blend of natural ingredients. Olive Oil and Meadowfoam Seed Oil intensively moisturize for an immediately softer, smoother complexion. I apply it morning and night before my moisturizer and after Visionnaire.



Anti-Aging Neck Cream by La Prairie
CHF 254 (50ml)

My mum has been telling me about the importance of neck skincare ever since I can remember. It is true, your neck can hint at your age as it ages differently from the skin of the face. With time, the chin may lose its youthful streamlined look and show easily signs of aging that once they are there, are hard to fight.

Therefore I was delighted to receive the new Anti-Aging Neck Cream by La Prairie. The scientist at La Prarie have developed a formula containing a complex to help re-contour the targeted area while hydrating, smoothing and promoting an even skin tone.



Le Petit Marseillais Beurre Réparateur
CHF 4.95 (125ml)
(This is not a typing error, this phenomenal product has an outstanding price!)

Le Petit Marseillais Beurre Réparateur is a special care cream for very dry skin. With its shea butter enriched formula, it also contains soothing aloe extracts and protective beeswax so your skin gets the perfect care mix.

This authentic French product is intended to be used for the body but it works amazingly for the face. Be a risktaker and try it! You will thank me forever.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht