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Spa Fit for a Sultaness: Ananda Spa

Friday, December 9th, 2011
Ananda Spa

Ananda Spa

In Talk Spas’ “Spa Fit for a Sultaness” series, we profile the most luxurious and lavish spas in the world.

The profound allure of India is well known to many Westerners; with its exotic culture, deep spirituality, it’s yogic and Ayurvedic traditions and of course, its dynamic cuisine, it’s no surprise that so many want to experience the country. India is also notable for its spa traditions, many of which utilize the aforementioned Ayurvedic tradition as the basis for their healing treatments. Perhaps no spa in India embodies the healing properties of Ayurveda more than Ananda Spa.

Situated in close proximity to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, overlooking the flowing Ganges and surrounded by the Sal Forest, there could be no more an ideal location for Ananda Spa. The road to perfect health begins within the enchanted walls of Ananda, where lifestyle is redefined through the wellness regimes of Ayurveda; this is the ultimate place to bring about the union of the mind, body and soul. When staying at Ananda Spa, guests have a variety of choices in regards to accommodation including Deluxe rooms and suites, the Ananda Suite, the Viceregal Suite, and the Villas. The Villas are named after the great mountain ranges Himalay and Shivalik, as well as the river Ganga, which sustains the people of the Valley; all rooms at Ananda Spa offer a color scheme that echoes nature and enhances serenity. Undoubtedly, the Villas satisfy the needs of even the most discerning guests. The two bedroom villas and the one 1-bedroom villa are each elegantly appointed with a living room, a pantry for the butler, a dressing room and a huge bathroom featuring a private sauna and views of the swimming pool. Of course, it’s the “spa” in Ananda Spa that is the main draw and with 24,000 square feet of space and a spa menu that boasts over 79 body and beauty treatments, guests never want for anything here. Integrating Ayurvedic healing with a more modern Western spa approach, Ananda Spa strives to help clients achieve harmony between their physical and mental realms. For those individuals who are seeking to reduce and eliminate stress, cleanse and detoxify, lose weight, reverse aging, or simply to experience a deep state of relaxation, they could not choose more wisely than Ananda. Onsite Ayurvedic physicians and nutritionists guide each client through a thorough evaluation and treatments based on their wants and needs. The ultimate goal is to bring each client’s Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas – the three vital energies in the body – into balance. How is this achieved? A typical stay for a guest might include and Ayurvedic and Wellness Consultation to help understand their unique energy and current imbalances. Based on the physician’s findings, he will create a diet, yoga and treatment program to bring the client more balance and energy. Treatments may include: Sirodhara, where luke warm herbal oil is poured in an even stream on to the forehead to pacify and revitalize the mind and the body; Abhyanga, a traditional synchronized full body massage given by two experienced Ayurvedic therapists using sesame oil; Pizhichil, an indulgent, rejuvenating experience, during which lukewarm herbal oils anoint the entire body; and/or Choornaswedan, where therapeutic sweating is induced by the application of warmed herbal poultices. Whatever the treatment may be, it is certain to be custom designed to maximize the client’s needs.

The ancient healing traditions of India offer an alternative to modern medicine; modern medicine can at times be hard on the body and administered in an impersonal way. Ananda Spa brings an unrivaled personal touch to their guests and anyone who pays a visit will undoubtedly leave with their body, mind and soul feeling refreshed and renewed.

Spa Fit for a Sultaness: Aman New Delhi

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
Aman New Delhi

Aman New Delhi

In Talk Spas’ “Spa Fit for a Sultaness” series, we profile the most luxurious and lavish spas in the world.

To the Westerner, India is about as exotic of a locale as it gets. To the spa enthusiast, India offers a plethora of rejuvenating treatments based on ancient healing traditions like Ayurveda, which create an authentic experience unlike any other available in the world. Aman New Delhi, located in the heart of the capitol city of India, is the ultimate hotel and spa to experience the pleasures of this incredible country’s rejuvenation therapies.


Spa Fit for a Sultaness: COMO Shambhala Retreat

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
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COMO Shambhala Retreat

There are a few places in the world that are so remote, exotic and authentic, that the allure to embark on a journey and visit is simply built in without any salesmanship. The Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, 250 miles south west of India, and composed of 26 atolls, is one of those rare locales. Just getting to the Maldives is part of the adventure, as there are no direct flights from say, Denver to Malé International Airport (MIA) – the gateway to this breathtakingly beautiful destination. However, once you have arrived, paradise is there for the taking; and what could be more paradisiacal than the COMO Shambhala Retreat?


Spa Fit for a Sultaness: The Blue Spa

Friday, May 27th, 2011

In Talkspas’ “Spa Fit for a Sultaness” series, we profile the most luxurious and lavish spas in the world.


The Blue Spa at Carlisle Bay Resort, Antigua

Nestled between three stunning volcanoes in the picturesque West Indies, and what amounts to nothing short of an adventure traveler’s fantasy island, Antigua is a paradise on earth that is not to be missed. The island’s The Blue Spa at Carlisle Bay Resort, located on the stunning and bountiful south coast, is the ultimate spa retreat to kick back, relax and allow all of your stresses and tensions to melt away.

Set against the backdrop of rolling hills, tropical gardens, lush rainforest and the islands most ravishing beaches, The Blue Spa is an oasis of health and well being that makes a powerful and long lasting impact on all who partake in its healing pleasures. Need proof? Just ask Prince William and his new wife, Kate Middleton; or Paul McCartney and fiancée Nancy Shevell; or even Italian soccer goalie Gigi Buffon and his lover, Alena Seredova. All have partaken in the pleasures offered by this smart, conscientious and design-forward resort, which boasts spacious and contemporary suites decked out in white colonial style furniture, luxurious silk curtains by Jim Thompson and linen bedding by Frette. Of course, it’s The Blue Spa itself that is the true stand out here with six luxurious treatment rooms including a wet treatment and couple’s treatment rooms, a leading edge gymnasium with certified personal trainers, and a sauna, plunge pool, hair salon, and yoga and pilates classes. A plethora of spa treatments that address a number of areas of the body are on offer including the Luminous C+C antioxidant facial that nourishes the skin with vitamin C and fights the effects of aging; the Citrus Drench body treatment that hydrates with honey, shea butter and a generous dollop of orange extract; the Lomi Juma massage ritual that offers a dynamic fusion of healing traditions from the Pacific and Mediterranean; and the classic manicure that is, well, simply classic. All beauty products utilized by The Blue Spa are natural and locally sourced for maximum nutrient composition and sustainability. Additionally, the Carlisle Resort features two restaurants with healthy, deliciously prepared cuisine that goes hand in hand with the spa lifestyle.


In a world where the fast pace of life often leaves little room for considerations as basic and necessary as personal health and well being, The Blue Spa is an inviting oasis in the sea that promises to change the way you look and feel about yourself, and in turn, the way you view the world around you.


Spa Fit for a Sultaness: Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

In Talkspas’ “Spa Fit for a Sultaness” series, we profile the most luxurious and lavish spas in the world.


Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, South Africa

South Africa’s “Garden Route” – a verdant and ecologically diverse stretch off the southeastern coast of the country – is an incredible paradise that is not to be missed. Perhaps there is nothing that exemplifies the natural beauty of the region more than the Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa.

Situated in the bustling, cosmopolitan town of Knysna, yet hidden away in a vast garden setting occupying nearly 2500 acres, Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa strikes a perfect balance and harmony with nature. Here it’s possible to transport yourself to another world and deeply feel the heart and soul that Africa is known for. The colors, textures and warmth of the continent all converge at Pezula, providing guests an experience that is impossible to replicate anywhere else in the world. Pezula’s spa boasts intricate reeded ceilings, fantastic stone walls, rich dark woods, plush fabrics and subtle earthy tones that all converge to create an environment of total aesthetic harmony. The spa focuses on treatments that utilize natural elements from the bounty of the region; the results are body scrubs, wraps, massages, steam baths and a variety of other sensory experiences that detoxify your body, relax your muscles, dissolve stress and leave you in a state of total relaxation. Pezula’s spa also offers a state-of-the-art gym, heated indoor pool, steam shower, rainforest shower, sun bed, hair studio, nail bar and a cutting-edge media room. The resort features 83 exquisitely appointed luxury suites and a restaurant, Zachary’s, which offers world class gourmet dining with an international menu. Zachary’s has a superbly intimate environment that is perfect for sampling some of the region’s most palette pleasing, award-winning wines with a loved one.



For a quick spa fix or an extended getaway, Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa is a unique luxury offering that is sure to leave you feeling radiant and blissful.

Spa Fit for a Sultaness: Brenners Park Hotel & Spa

Monday, May 16th, 2011

In Talkspas’ “Spa Fit for a Sultaness” series, we profile the most luxurious and lavish spas in the world.

Brenners Park Hotel and Spa

Brenners Park Hotel & Spa

For centuries, Baden-Baden (literally translating to “Bath-Bath”), Germany has been the premier destination in Europe for spa enthusiasts. The ancient Romans knew of the wondrous, healing springs present within the town and the famed emperor, Caracalla, somewhat of a bath addict, made the journey there to soothe his arthritis. So it comes as no surprise that one of the premier modern spas in the entire world, Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, calls Baden-Baden home.

Brenners Park Hotel & Spa makes a strong point of letting its customers know that the words “problem” and “no” are not in their vocabulary. From the moment you arrive, the staff will go to the ends of the earth to make sure you are comfortable and have everything you want; this translates to a hotel and spa atmosphere that makes even the hotel’s most discerning international guest feel special. The spa at Brenners Park Hotel & Spa offers an array of luxury treatments including: The Phyto-aromatic Sisley facial, with Vapozone steaming and deep cleansing, which blends high-tech active ingredients based on natural plant extracts and essential essences combined with an intensive relaxation ritual; and the Niance® powder, including premium glacier eye deluxe, which calms stressed skin for a healthy glow and gives the eyes a sparkling, wide-awake look. Perhaps even more than such lavish treatments, it’s the amenities at Brenners Park Hotel & Spa that keep guests coming back. The Spa Suite is a private sanctuary with an Asian ambiance that includes a Japanese blossom bath, a Finnish sauna, a media room and a private balcony. The Saunarium Spa is a spa enthusiast’s dream, complete with steam shower, aromatic bath, whirlpool, plunge pool and hot foot bath.

Brenners Park Spa

Brenners Park Hotel & Spa

Situated in close proximity to the famous Baden-Baden Casino, the northern foothills of the Black Forest, and a plethora of castles, museums and other points of interest, Brenners Park Hotel & Spa is the ultimate weekend getaway, or extended vacation from the rigors of life.

Banyan Tree Spa

Monday, May 9th, 2011

In Talkspas’ “Spa Fit for a Sultaness” series, we profile the most luxurious and lavish spas in the world.

banyan tree spa

Banyan Tree Spa

There are opulent spas located throughout the world in the most exotic locales; and then there is Banyan Tree Spa. Situated in the Republic of Seychelles – an island country in the Indian Ocean about 1,000 miles east of Africa and spanning an archipelago of 115 islands – Banyan Tree Spa’s pristine tropical setting is unlike any other in the world.

Boasting a backdrop of majestic granite mountains and offering several luxury hillside pavilions nestled within a virgin jungle, Banyan Tree Spa affords its guests the luxury of experiencing nature at its best. The spa’s world-class therapists receive their training at the prestigious Banyan Tree Spa Academies in Indonesia, and are particularly known for their grace, attentiveness and devotion to client needs. The spa’s focus on the garden-setting concept is directly in line with its focus on Eastern therapies, holistic medicine and promotion of spiritual, mental and physical harmony. One treatment in particular at Banyan Tree Spa – the Royal Banyan – is popular with guests who seek the gentlest of touch and the deepest of relaxation. The Royal Banyan treatment utilizes an East-meets-West technique in which a therapist uses an herbal pouch dipped in warm sesame oil to iron out muscular tension and improve blood circulation. Another treatment known as the Rainmist is a steam bath experience where clients indulge in aromatherapy oil-scented mist; the Rainmist makes for an excellent prelude to additional tropical treatments.

Much like the sacred tree from which it derives its name, Banyan Tree Spa is a sacred place; a “low-tech, high-touch” sanctuary from the bustling, over-stimulated world. With an extraordinarily successful track record, Banyan Tree Spa has opened franchises in the Maldives, Bangkok, Shanghai and several other world-class locales. For the spa-enthusiast, a visit to one is mandatory.

Spa Fit for a Sultaness: Maru Spa

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

In Talkspas’ “Spa Fit for a Sultaness” series, we profile the most luxurious and lavish spas in the world.


Maru Spa at Bora Bora Lagoon Resort

In this day and age of discount Internet travel packages and the fast & loose advertising schemes that go along with them, the terms “luxurious” and “paradise” have been thrown around and overused to the point they are virtually meaningless. But Talkspas would never abuse those words and with that said, we’d like to share with you a truly luxurious paradise that is tantamount to heaven on earth: Maru Spa at Bora Bora Lagoon Resort.

Located in the South Pacific’s French Polynesia and a member of Orient Express – a collection of the finest hotels, trains, resorts, restaurants and travel experiences in the world – Maru Spa is located on an idyllic islet with the exotic name of Toopua, and situated along a cobalt blue lagoon. If that doesn’t sound paradisiacal enough, consider that Maru Spa is located on a treetop surrounded by lush vegetation, waterfalls, pristine beaches and sacred Banyan trees. Oh, and one more thing: this tropical heaven is only accessible from the resort by boat. Maru Spa’s offerings, not surprisingly, are like no other; incorporating a distinctly Polynesian twist, the spa’s therapists utilize locally harvested coconuts and macerated tiare – the Tahitian Gardenia flower – to create beauty-enhancing concoctions that exude the most divine aromas. Spa treatments include: The Signature Experience, involving a tropical rain massage, body modelage using a fruit-based body mousse, and gentle exfoliation; the Sacred Tamanu, a wrap, massage and facial incorporating oil from the ancient Tamanu tree; and the Royal Maru Spa Experience, which lavishes couples with a full body treatment including a coconut milk wash and an exotic flower bath.

If paying a visit to Maru Spa, it is well worth staying at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort. A tropical hideaway unlike any other, its elaborate waterways and gardens, and lavish dining – delivered to the room by canoe if desired – offer even the most demanding spa-enthusiast a highly original experience.

Spa Fit for a Sultaness: Spa Radiance

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

In Talkspas’ “Spa Fit for a Sultaness” series, we profile the most luxurious and lavish spas in the world.


Spa Radiance in San Francisco, CA

Imagine a facial unlike any other, where micro-diamonds are used to exfoliate your face, your eye lids are treated with the finest caviar and Microcurrent Disencrustation (don’t ask, we’re not getting into it here) are utilized to remove blackheads and sebum deposits.

With a duration of three hours and a cost of $750 US, the only place in the world where you’ll find such a treatment is at Spa Radiance in downtown San Francisco, California. What sets Spa Radiance apart from many of the other high-end spas throughout the world is its results-oriented philosophy – rather than simply lavishing guests with scented oils and a gentle touch, the expertly trained staff aims to focus on the immediate turnaround effect they experience. This family business has its roots in Moscow in the early 1940’s, when Grandmother Rose developed many of the spa’s world-class treatments. Today her daughter and granddaughter carry on the legacy that so many devoted clients appreciate.

For an especially indulgent treatment that doesn’t require diamonds, try Spa Radiance’s Super Duper Body Massage featuring an aromatherapy steam tent for clearing sinuses, a massage for releasing toxins, an eye mask treatment and a paraffin dip for ever-soft hands.

Spa Fit for a Sultaness: Terme di Saturnia Spa & Resort

Monday, April 18th, 2011

In Talkspas’ “Spa Fit for a Sultaness” series, we profile the most luxurious and lavish spas in the world.


Gold Facial at Termi di Saturnia Spa & Resort

While most spas can offer you a relaxing massage, a rejuvenating facial or a revitalizing body wrap, only a select few truly focus on one’s well-being by means of their psycho-physical balance. The world-renowned Terme di Saturnia Spa Resort offers clients just that – and so much more.

Treat yourself to a mind, body and soul vacation in Saturnia, Italy and indulge in a spa experience like no other. This secluded resort is tucked away nearly 100 miles from the nearest airport in the Tuscan hillside. Guests stay at the resort in hopes of restoring their previously mentioned psycho-physical balance through the spa’s essential elements which include hydrotherapy, beauty, stress management, diet and fitness – ensuring a well-rounded and unique approach to the spa experience. Guests also come to experience the thermal well water of Terme di Saturnia , which lends its healing waters to several hydrotherapy treatments including Balneotherapy and hydro massage.


Piscine Termali - Thermal Pool at Terme di Saturnia Spa & Resort

Situated in the romantic Tuscan region, guests of the resort are immersed in the hillside’s rich culture, exquisite cuisine and breath-taking landscape. Whether you’re looking to pamper yourself with a weeklong retreat or simply treat yourself to a day at the spa, Terme di Saturnia promises world-renowned services hidden in a Tuscan paradise.

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