Welcome to the Directory - Mandy | Champs-Elyseés Day Spa
When your work place is this beautiful, I'd jump out of bed everyday! For Mandy Pickering, Marketing Manager of Champs Elyseés Day Spa, walking into this gorgeously restored Christchurch building is an every day reality, and we sat down for a spot of tea to talk all about it.
Tell us about the history of the Champs-Elyseés building?
With extensive restoration and renovations completed in November 2016, the 1891 classic Victorian-era building is an immaculate and stunning heritage home for Champs-Elyseés Day Spa. Exuding luxury and elegance, it transports you to a timeless era with high ceilings, grand staircase, plush furnishings and tiled fireplaces. Our building is one of the few heritage residences still left in Christchurch and serves as a rich reminder of our illustrious past. Painstakingly renovated while retaining the best of the 1891 residence’s original classic charm, to step through the doors is to experience both past and present at its finest.
Champs-Elyseés is such an established name around town, how did the business come about?
Named after The Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris, well known for its beauty, cafes, luxury boutiques and annual Bastille Day parade, Champs-Elyseés Day Spa holds true to the high standards of its origins. Established in 2000, we have always aspired to be Christchurch’s premier day spa and a true haven and sanctuary from the hectic pace of everyday life, a place where people can relax, unwind and be pampered in luxurious surroundings.
How can Champs-Elyseés cater to the Bride, and the ladies of a wedding party?
We offer brides the ideal location to prepare for their wedding day in style. Champs-Elysées Day Spa knows exactly how to pamper and prepare brides for their special day in exclusive, decadent style. We have custom designed packages and luxurious beauty treatments designed to make brides look and feel truly beautiful as they walk down the aisle into the arms of their one true love.
A luxurious Spa Party is a memorable way for the bride and bridesmaid’s to come together prior to the special day to celebrate joys past and present over some luxurious pampering and a glass of French bubbly.
Your favourite treatment on offer?
I personally love the Hauté Couture Facial because it is tailored specifically for the individual skin of a client rather than being a generic facial treatment. It is also very luxurious and includes a foot scrub and massage and glorious hot towels.
What would your number one piece of advice be for a bride to-be in terms of her beauty routine and wedding prep?
Regular facials, including some medispa facials such as DermaFrac or Microdermabrasion, in the six months leading up to the wedding date is a great idea and will ensure your skin is radiant for the big day. I also believe it is important to create some precious time just for you, or perhaps include your bridesmaids, to enjoy some relaxation therapies to ensure you are enjoying the journey of preparing for the big day.
Tell us about your own beauty routine?
I am strict about wearing sunblock every day and removing makeup every night. I use the Asap skin care range, in particular Super B Serum, DNA Renewal and Ultimate Hydration moisturiser morning and night. I take Bestow Beauty Oil as a part of my diet, which consists mainly of lean proteins, vegetables and whole foods. I also exercise regularly so hopefully all bases are covered!
Favourite Canterbury hotspot? What do you like to do in your spare time?
My favourite Canterbury hotspot is OGB Bar & Café in the Old Government Building on Cathedral Square. It is such a beautiful heritage building (interestingly the location of Champs-Elysees Day Spa pre-earthquake) and OGB Bar & Café has a very cool vibe, great service and live music. I am a singer/pianist and perform there with my guitarist hubby, Jason from time to time. We also perform at events and weddings all around New Zealand.
What do weddings mean to you?
Your wedding day is your day to shine, to celebrate the love of your life and to share that celebration with family and close friends. It is day that is forever captured in our memory (not to mention in photos) so we want to look and feel confident, radiant and beautiful.
Christchurch Weddings is so proud to have a business of such iconic status on board the directory, welcome Champs-Elyseés!