A gloriously relaxing day spa that offers serious results
HÜD is the brainchild of Norwegian beauty Gry Tømte – an émigré who has devoted herself to effective skincare and treatments after suffering the torment of acne in her twenties. The result of Tømte's investigations is her St Kilda Road spa – the perfect union of efficacy (in fact, there's a cosmetic doctor on site), good design and relaxation.
HÜD's interior is the height of Scandinavian cool (think blonde wood, fur rugs, lots of natural light) and the treatment rooms could feature in a lifestyle mag (replete with objét d'art and artful black and white pics taken by Tømte's dad). The mani-pedi room is equally as impressive – there's verdant plant life, comfy recliners and each chair is accompanied by its own headset – the idea being that you can tune out, rather than feel compelled to engage in idle chit chat.
As for the treatments – don't expect anything fluffy. They're super relaxing (Tømte's head massage is so soothing you're almost guaranteed to drift off), but on the day Time Out visited the treatment involved application of a face mask that induced a so-called "plasmatic effect" – a temporary phenomenon whereby plasma is encouraged towards the surface of the skin. First glance post-treatment was as alarming as it was fascinating: we're talking red streaks on face, neck and décolletage. That said, the effect lasted only about 15 minutes and skin was baby-bum smooth and looked noticeably more youthful afterwards.
HÜD also flies the flag for good brows, if you're looking a little scruffy.
|Venue name:||HÜD Skin and Body|
140 St Kilda Road
|Opening hours:||Mon 10am-8pm; Tue-Thu 10am-9pm; Fri 10am-8pm; Sat 9am-4pm|