BRAIN FOOD: Room service - Where Nicky Clarke stays

BRAIN FOOD: Room service - Where Nicky Clarke stays - FOR BUSINESS: Essex House is a great New York hotel. I've been staying there for a fair few years and the staff are unfailingly helpful. The managers greet me by name, and often upgrade me - a big bonus, as their suites are fabulous. It's an Art Deco palace, with a perfect location overlooking Central Park, close to Fifth Avenue shops (dangerous!) and a great little beauty supply store that I've been visiting since my days jetting around the globe as a magazine stylist. I have my little sources for the essential tools of my trade in every town. I usually zip in and out of New York on short trips, so it's great to have somewhere so luxurious and friendly as a home-from-home.

by Nicky Clarke, co-founder of the Nicky Clarke Company
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

FOR BUSINESS: Essex House is a great New York hotel. I've been staying there for a fair few years and the staff are unfailingly helpful. The managers greet me by name, and often upgrade me - a big bonus, as their suites are fabulous. It's an Art Deco palace, with a perfect location overlooking Central Park, close to Fifth Avenue shops (dangerous!) and a great little beauty supply store that I've been visiting since my days jetting around the globe as a magazine stylist. I have my little sources for the essential tools of my trade in every town. I usually zip in and out of New York on short trips, so it's great to have somewhere so luxurious and friendly as a home-from-home.

FOR PLEASURE: I recently spent a week at LeSport in St Lucia, an unbelievably gorgeous spa. I can see why it was voted the world's number one destination spa. It seems an extraordinary claim to make that after one week you'll leave feeling like a totally new person, but I can vouch for the effect. Every possible effort has been made to make your experience as pampering and body/life changing as possible. You can dive, sail, water-ski, swim or just relax on the beach if that's your thing, then immerse yourself in a luxurious programme of massage, ayurvedic therapies and other holistic treatments. Naturally, the culinary experiences are amazing. They claim that if you give them your body for a week, they'll give you back your mind. It's true.

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