Posts Tagged ‘destination spas’

International Spas

Friday, August 7th, 2015

There’s a reason you can make the word “spa” from the letters in “passport.” That’s because international spa culture is such an incredible thing to explore. Whether it’s going to Bangkok for a true Thai massage (or, as they call it there, a “massage”) or indulging in a rejuvenating Venetian hot water bath, the spa-ternational world has so much to offer. Pack light, as we embark on this journey spanning the world of spa…remember, you’ll be filling your suitcase with inspiration! (Ooh, how touchy-feely of us!)

the-palmsOur trip begins in an area already well-known for its relaxative qualities: the Caribbean. But at The Spa at Regents Palms Turks & Caicos “relaxative” takes on a whole new accent. Their 90-minute “Zareeba” (an African term meaning “protected enclosure”) is a whole-body detoxification ritual that uses therapeutic herbs in conjunction with herbal steam to Zen you out, head-to-toe. Your Zareeba ends with a cooling wrap and body massage to release the toxins unearthed in the steam session. We think you’ll be saying “Turks and OK-cos.”

wine-lodge4And while we’re in the western hemisphere, let’s hop down to Argentina, where just outside Mendoza City (right near the Chilean border) is Cavas Wine Lodge, an acclaimed hotel, restaurant, and spa most notable for its unique regional treatment: vinotherapy. Whether you opt for a “Crushed Malbec Scrub” or a “Torrontés Wine Wrap” (yes, those are spa services, not appertifs), this is an international spa ritual that we most definitely want to toast. Cavas embraces the restorative power of grapes, with their age-defying, free-radical-combatting qualities, and offers visitors four wine-inspired treatments (including a red wine bubble bath!).

four-seasonsAlright, it’s flight time. Jet with us across the Pacific as we swing into Thailand, or more specifically, Chiang Mai, the largest city in the northern half of the country. And on this (imaginary) international spaventure, we’re making the Four Seasons our home base, to try out their Chakra Blessings treatments. In Hindu tradition, a chakra (which is Sanskrit for “wheel” or “disc”) is an aspect of your spiritual self, as realized in your physical body. They are described as “energy points” along the spinal column through which our life force flows; having ones chakras in balance is said to indicate the pinnacle of emotional and physical health. At the Four Seasons Chiang Mai, the well-being of ones chakras is the primary goal of their services. Treatments include targeted chakra sessions (different techniques that focus on individual chakras, like the Heart Chakra, which combines a Himalayan salt foot wash with a poppyseed scrub and a tuberose soak) as well as chakra massages designed for specific areas of the mind/body. The concept of aligning ones chakras is by no means exclusive to eastern geography. (ThermaSol’s Solitude App, which requires no frequent flyer miles to access, bases its Chromatherapy system on chakras, assigning a color and a quality – like Courage or Perception – to each part of the body. However, an entire spa devoted to chakra health is most certainly out of this world (or, at least, out of this country).

veneziaCanals schmanals. Let’s start a new trend: going to Venice for their spa rituals! Like those found at the Venezia Spa at the Abano Grand Hotel  – a beautiful getaway featuring specialized treatments that embrace the topography and agriculture of the Venetian region. With seven rooms and saunas each named for a local area (like “Campo d’Argilla,” or “Clay Field”), Venezia Spa couples basic techniques, like dry heat rooms and steam baths, with natural elements, such as muds, salts, and black soaps, to provide guests with an organic spa experience that has a pure connection to the surrounding geography. Thermal water treatments, wooden saunas brimming with eucalyptus (a throwback reference to Venice’s maritime history), and mint-based aromatherapy rooms are just a few ways Venezia Spa gives international spas a great name.

While there still is no place like home (which is where, of course, you have your ThermaSol Steam Shower ready and waiting for you every morning/afternoon/night, ready to relax and rejuvenate you at a moment’s notice), the international spa scene certainly proves that there’s no place like, well, the world. Adventuring through international spa life can take you on an amazing journey that goes beyond clear skin, scrubbed toes, or aligned chakras; it is truly a window into the world, one that allows us to explore other cultures through an organic and wonderfully unique lens. Wine bath, anyone?

Auriga at the Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Occasionally we will be sent stories of spa experiences from our readers that are particularly memorable. We read about an experience at the Auriga spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico that reached that level of relaxation and revitalization that all spas seek to achieve and thought we should share it.

By: A fellow spa goer

There are spas…and then, there are spas. And the Capella Pedregal’s Auriga Spa in Cabo San Lucas certainly falls into the latter. Promising to not only transform but to transcend the spirits, this is one destination that delivers relaxation on a whole new level.

The realization that this is an environment like no other begins when you walk through the enormous center-hinged pivoting solid wood door. Flanked by a long hallway glowing with candles in amber votives, you weave your way into warmly lit rooms, styled from both Mexican and Mid Eastern influences. Here, your comfort is their only concern. Relaxation rooms, stocked with premium teas and healthy refreshments, are designed for ultimate luxury and rest. And what’s standard fare for most spas – pool, steam and sauna rooms, cold room – is simply the beginning at Auriga, as evidenced by the stunning entrance to their saltwater pool, adorned with stepping stones gushing with running water.

But the amenities are just the beginning. The true healing starts with one of the many treatments from Auriga’s extensive menu of spa services. Designed to “restore and rejuvenate the skin while relaxing the body and mind,” my Cocoon treatment was simply a taste of heaven. The two-hour package begins with an herb-infused foot bath, followed by two types of invigorating body scrubs, a rinse-off, and finally, a warm seashell massage. At the end of this treatment, I kid you not – not only was my skin glowing but my senses were transported into a state of relaxation so rarely achieved by a spa experience. It was then, in the warm after-glow of my experience at Auriga, that I knew what a magical place this was, and how this could be one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had with a spa.

Find more information about Auriga at www.auriga-spa.com

If you’ve had a similar transcendent spa experience please tell us about it in the comments.

Auriga Spa Entrance

Auriga Spa Entrance

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Enjoy a Spa on your Winter Vacation

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Now is the time of the year that people are taking, or planning their winter vacations. We thought that we would remind you that a great way to ensure that you get some rest and relaxation is by visiting a spa while you are on your travels. We all know that vacations (especially family vacations) can often be less relaxing than we would prefer, no matter where the location. But if you take some time out of your day to hit the hotel spa or a nearby day spa you will at the very least reduce your stress so you will not need a vacation from your vacation.

Alps Thermal Spa

Alps Thermal Spa

For those of you that are visiting the Alps during your vacation you’ll no doubt take part in skiing, snowshoeing and wine tasting activities. When your muscles get sore, or even just to break up all the winter activities make sure to visit the spas and the natural hot springs in your area. With the right balance of spa time you can have an active vacation that is also extremely relaxing and memorable for all the right reasons.

In any United States city you can pair your daily activities and sightseeing with amazing spa treatments (for when your feet get sore).  As one of the locations of SpaWeek, New York City is one of the best cities to enjoy a spa day.  When you’re in the Big Apple you have got to go to one of the amazing luxury spas in Manhattan if your wallet can handle it. If you’re in Los Angeles there are plenty of places that you can enjoy when you have some down time for a lot or even a little money (Chinese foot massages are amazing and very affordable in LA). If you are vacationing outside of a city take a look at the local spas, you might just find a beautiful, rustic spa that will become your favorite part of the vacation. For more posts about spas in California or Arizona click the links: California Spas & Arizona Spas.

If you are visiting a country in the Eastern part of the world, you will be vacationing in a land that may have invented the ancient holistic and spiritual healing treatments offered at the spas. Asian spa treatments are designed to restore inner calm, improve memory, balance emotions, refresh the body, enhance skin complexion and more. Some of the treatments you can expect to see at these types of spas include traditional Chinese medicine, gem therapy, crystal therapy, aromatherapy, chromatherapy, sound therapy and other Asian spa treatments.

For those of you that visit the Tropics during your winter vacation, if you take some time away from the beaches and the scuba diving to try a spa you may be pleasantly surprised. Often spas in tropical locations are right on the beach at the water’s edge and offer everything from body scrubs and wraps to manicures, pedicures and facials, allowing you to enjoy being pampered in a beautiful, calm environment.

Many of us just can’t get away this year for a winter vacation. If you are part of this “vacationless” club that might be taking a staycation this year instead of a real vacation, don’t fret, for you too can take a spa day for yourself! Many people are staying home this year, and this means that you may find your favorite spa busier than usual so be prepared and book ahead. Also, this year we are seeing more people taking their vacation money and putting it into remodeling their master bathrooms to transform them into their own, personal home spa. This is a great alternative to a vacation, because with your own home spa you will be able to escape to your own personal retreat any time you’d like while increasing the value of your home.

Whether you are planning an elaborate vacation in the French Alps, or if you are planning on taking a day off from work for a spa day, we hope you find everything you’re looking for and enjoy the rest and relaxation you deserve.

5 Amazing Destination Spas in the U.S.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Planning a trip this fall or winter? If so, you might want to look at the below list of destination spas and resorts to add to your vacationing plans. Here are just a few of our favorite luxury spas in the United States:

Spa Chakra

Spa Chakra

Formerly known as Cornelia Day Resort, the Spa Chakra on Fifth is located on the prestigious Fifth Avenue in New York City. This spa features 60 therapeutic treatments for the face and body at one of Manhattan’s finest hair salons. The spa’s design, decor and surroundings are magnificent and the treatments are amazing. They use products from the June Jacobs Collection which are all natural, while being paraben and preservative free. If you are looking for the best of the best when it comes to Age Defying Enhanced Facials, this is the place to get the best treatment that will leave you looking flawless and just ecstatic about the results from your treatment.

Eleven Spa

Eleven Spa

If you’re looking for more of a glitzy and glamorous spa then you HAVE to take a trip to the Eleven Spa in Las Vegas. As one of the top spas in Vegas, the unique design of the spa alone is worth going for. Like everything in Vegas, this luxury spa is big, boasting 20,000 square feet and located on the Vegas strip in the 1.5 million square foot lifestyle center known as the Town Square. The spa has amazing features such as a fantasy pool area with crystal chandeliers that drip into the water, twenty-eight treatment rooms, six makeup stations, a signature brow bar and more. This is definitely a spa experience you will never forget.

Element Spa

Element Spa

The Elements Spa in Vernon, New Jersey was rated the #1 spa in New Jersey and was among the top 30 spas in the US. This luxury spa is a very special Shangri la, where the healing powers of the earth have been incorporated into breathtaking design and rejuvenating services. The interior of Elements Spa brings the beauty of the outdoors in, with hand-painted earthscape walls sparkling with bits of mica, textured stone surfaces, illuminated rice paper artwork, hammered copper fixtures, natural fabrics and truly unique rainwalls, dripping with thousands of silver beads.  The spa offers special golfer-friendly massages and pedicures. The signature treatment is the “Elemental Journey,” a salt scrub followed by a lounge in a soaking tub with its own little waterfall which is big enough for two. The spa has all the amenities of a large resort, including a nearby fitness center and seven heated indoor and outdoor regular pools. The spa also offers consultations with plastic surgeons upon request.

Canyon Ranch Spa

Canyon Ranch Spa

The Canyon Ranch Spa in Las Vegas is another must visit spa. We love this spa and wrote about it earlier this year (Canyon Ranch Spa). There are two Canyon Ranch spas in Vegas, one at the Venetian and one at The Palazzo. The luxury of this calming retreat incorporates the philosophy of a premier health vacation resort with their rejuvenating facials, soothing body treatments, relaxing massages, energizing fitness classes and expert salon finishing touches.

Mayflower Spa

Mayflower Spa

The Mayflower Inn & Spa is located in Washington, Connecticut, only two hours from New York, and is perfect for those who prefer a cozy, traditional, New Englander feel to their spa.  Here you can choose several ways to access an experience that provides the finest in nourishing, energizing, purifying and restorative treatments as well as soul-enhancing rituals and a vast array of classes. Outside the hotel and spa the gardens and surrounding areas provide a beautiful setting, the perfect environment to enjoy a relaxing stroll or just some peace and quiet. Their large list of treatments includes facials, eye and lip treatments, Soul-Enhancing Rituals such as a Thermal Sanctuary Experience, Scrubs – Rubs and Soaks, Massages, Activities, Mind and Spirit treatments and more.

Top 5 New Getaway Spas

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

This summer many vacationers are treating themselves to nothing but the best rest and relaxation they can afford. Here are some new spas that will allow you to forget your troubles and escape to  more comfortable and magical surroundings. Below are the top 5 new getaway spas with locations all over the world.

1 . Chi, the Spa at Shangri-La – Vancouver, Canada – This is the first spa at a Shangri-La Hotel that exists outside of the Asia Pacific region. It is located in the beautiful Canadian city of Vancouver. The spa’s décor features ornate wooden doors, plenty of votive candles, luxurious wood paneling and its design and treatments incorporate the five elements of Chinese philosophy: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Chi offers a two hour Element Vitality treatment with sound therapy, a Swedish massage and acupressure. The salon also offers “Chi Journeys,” which is a mix of treatments in one package. There are also saunas, a ginger bar and outdoor pool at the Shangri-La. Shangri-La Spa Vancouver

Shangri-La Vancouver

Shangri-La Vancouver

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