Review: The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans – Ko Bi Do Lifting & Plumping Facial



“Miss Victoria” – there’s something so beautifully delicate about being addressed this way. This spa visit had no shortage of sweet southern touches.



Tucked away in The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, this stunning spa is the city’s prime location to escape the bustle of Bourbon Street. From the moment I arrived I was immediately immersed in a world of southern hospitality, charm and elegance. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as feeling that you’ve been transported into a specific place and time.

Spa Entrance

This lovably energetic city can leave you spinning, so a morning at the spa was the perfect mental pause in the middle of a hectic itinerary. I opted for a facial, hoping it was just the trick to get me ready and refreshed for my weekend ahead.


The “Ko Bi Do” facial promises to deliver the ultimate luxurious visible lift, while filling-in and smoothing lines. Appealing in its own right, I was drawn to the holistic rituals of this treatment. In other words, a genuinely natural facelift. Too good to be true? I had to find out.

This was my experience:

I was greeted with a glass of champagne on my arrival to the spa, and shortly after escorted to the luxurious women’s lounge. Champagne glass in hand, Maria, one of the delightful spa attendants, gave me a tour of the immaculate space that included a steam room, dry sauna, jet rainfall shower and relaxation room where you can help yourself to a variety of refreshing treats. Just outside the treatment rooms is an inviting heated resistance saltwater pool + Jacuzzi.



Apothecary Bar_03

I’m glad I gave myself plenty of time to unwind in the relaxation area before my facial – a must to take advantage of the space.

Ko Bi Do Facial

The Ko Bi Do facial was a 60-minute treatment performed by a sweet southern esthetician, Monique. We discussed my skin issues and history before she explained that this facial was part of the the Cinq Mondes line, which is based on beauty rituals from around the world. The Ko Bi Do facial naturally plumps and rejuvenates by using ancestral Japanese ritual massage techniques.

Unlike most Western facials that work on the surface, this felt like the equivalent of a “full body” face massage. The theory is that the ancient finger pressure technique provides deep extensive therapeutic benefits. The experience started with a warm face cleanse that calmed me, followed by an extremely relaxing facial massage and extractions. The massage technique didn’t feel invasive and seemed to awaken my skin, even with the T-Zone extractions. The products are very light and redolence.

The facial included a head, shoulder, neck, and scalp massage, resulting in a state of relaxation that had me fighting to stay awake. It was one of the most tranquil facials I’ve had in my life, which proved to show in the form of a plump, radiant glow. The best part (aside from the post-facial champagne)? No blotches or red marks – that’s a first for me.

I have never been much of a facial enthusiast… until I experienced the luxurious “Ko Bi Do” facial. You are going to absolutely LOVE it.

Makeup Application

I don’t know if it was The Ritz full moon cocktail party downstairs that conjured up benevolent voodoo spirits to enhance my pampering privileges, or just a lucky coincidence, but my visit to The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans happen to be on the same day as complimentary makeup applications. The spa, partnering with Jane Iredale had a makeup artist on-site who invited me to experience the products. I felt like a million bucks after the facial, so I wasn’t sure how it could get any better. It did.

Sipping on more champagne the artist went to work, explaining more about this line.


The product went on smooth and my face looked silky without looking caked on. My favourite part is the foundation line is non-comedogenic, which means they don’t clog pores. Win! They also have the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation, which as we know many brands don’t. One less thing to do in the morning routine – yes, please!

A combination of a talented hand and quality products left me feeling fresh and fabulous! Jillian Ramsay has the ability to make you feel like you’re experiencing a celebrity makeover – I went through withdrawals when I had to apply my own makeup the next day. She transformed my look, all while staying in line with my natural appearance – a true artist.

I also left the spa with a take home Cinq Mondes Intense Comfort Cream. I’m enjoying the benefits of this rich face cream at home. It’s a bit thick but intensely nourishing and sets with a silky finish. Highly recommend.


What did you think about our facial? Have you visited a Ritz spa? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts!

Enjoyed visiting The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans with me? Read about our trip to New Orleans here.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. 06/27/2016 / 9:38 pm

    Can you tell us more about this? I’d care to find out more details.

  2. 06/27/2016 / 9:12 pm

    Your means of telling everything in this pst is truly fastidious,
    every one can effortlessly know it, Thankls a lot.

  3. 06/27/2016 / 4:13 pm

    I have been exploring for a little for any high quality articles or blog posts
    in this sort of area . Explorin in Yahoo I fiinally stumbled
    upon this web site. Reading this info So i’m glad to convry that I have an incredibly excellent uncanny feeling I
    found out just what I needed. I so much certyainly will make sure to do nnot fail to
    remember his web site andd providers it a glance on a
    constant basis.

  4. 06/27/2016 / 11:51 am

    I always used to read paragraph in news papers but now as I am a user of net
    therefore from now I am using net for posts, thanks to web.

  5. 06/27/2016 / 9:57 am

    Fill in the details below for access to resources
    curated from the coolest business owners around the

  6. 06/27/2016 / 7:47 am

    What’s up colleagues, how is thhe whole thing, and
    what you want to saay concerning tis article, in my view its in fact remarkable designed foor me.

  7. 06/27/2016 / 3:21 am

    I have read so many posts on the topic of the blogger lovers but this piece of writing is actually
    a nice paragraph, keep it up.

  8. 06/26/2016 / 7:56 pm

    Best Wishes!! Love this site, thus much info that’s really intriguing and instructional!! Really pleased I discovered it!!

  9. 06/26/2016 / 6:29 pm

    herve leger dresses uk

  10. 06/26/2016 / 5:53 pm

    sedangkan dalam masa yang sama abang takut abang keliru yang isteri abang dah tak ada鈥︹€濃€淭api abang kan tahu nama Sarah鈥︹€滺embusan nafas dia menampar lagi pipi aku. membuatkan wanita itu tersedar. Jahat sangat ke aku ni? 鈥淎staghfirullah鈥︹€?Dia menyapu muka dengan kedua-dua tapak tangannya.鈥漜elah Masyitah. Adilla mengambil tempat duduknya. dia bgitu sedih, Izmirul akan ke rumahnya,鈥?Hati gadis itu benar-benar remuk. Asalkan selesa dan murah sudah memadai.
    Custom Photo Puzzles

Free Email Updates
Get the latest content first.
We respect your privacy.