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8 Original Treatments in Hotel Spas Around the World

Locations in this article:  Buenos Aires, Argentina

In recent years, health & wellness has been a trend in spas with a move to use all natural ingredients. But how do luxury hotel spas stand out from the rest? Luxe Lodgings contributor Angela Fairhurst found eight unique and interesting treatments in hotel spas around the world.

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa, Costa Rica – The Grand Spa

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa is located at the base of the Arenal Volcano. With the heat of the volcano, the flowing water of the hot springs, the pure air of the rainforest, and the fertile earth of the Fortuna de San Carlos region, the Grand Spa is not your typical hotel spa. Pre-treatments start in the open-air relaxation area and include fresh juice, teas, soothing cucumbers, cooling cloths, and a dip in the hot spring-fed Hot Tub. Spa treatments are given in secluded palm thatched roof outdoor bungalows surrounded by caña brava, a local wild shrub similar to bamboo. The setting offers complete privacy while listening to the sounds of the hot springs and wildlife. The honey treatment is a massage treatment using a warmed mixture of olives, honey, and orange to soften the skin. Follow the full body massage with a wash in the outdoor shower. It’s a sweet treat of pampering.

Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad, CaliforniaWellness Academy

The Park Hyatt Aviara, near the beach in Carlsbad, California, has a new standout program called the Wellness Academy. The Academy includes VeraVia, a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive, luxury fitness retreat designed to create lasting behavior and lifestyle changes. VeraVia gives guests the whole package regardless of the length of stay, removing obstacles guests didn’t even know they had by treating the body, mind, and spirit. Nothing is left out—fitness, stress, behavioral health, and weight loss are addressed, with customized treatments guided by specialists. The retreat comes with follow-up visits included to sustain change. The resort’s Golf Academy includes GEARS, a club fitting and instructional experience utilizing unique motion and technology analysis that undoes those bad habits and gets that swing on the right track. Surfing with the Chef is another great adventure which includes cooking meals with Chef Pierre after the surf lesson. Also, The Tennis Academy under the direction of tennis pro Steve Halverson focuses on an individual’s needs instead of systems, making it a game changer for all ages and levels. Both surfing and tennis come with surprises upon completion. Pick one or all of these programs, a la carte.

Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C.Mayo Clinic

The Mandarin Oriental Spas are known for keeping their Oriental heritage in zen-like environments. The standout at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C. is the recently announced partnership with Mayo Clinic— Mayo Clinic Healthy Living at MO. This is the first collaboration of its kind in the U.S. and features three distinctive wellness programs. Mayo Clinic Healthy Living at MO provides rare access to the health organization and research-based strategies with the programs focusing on achieving a healthy lifestyle both at home and on the road. Throughout the coming months, the property will host events that will comprise of physician-led lecture sessions, small group activities, and personalized wellness plan for those attendees.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel, PeruUNU Spa

The private 12-acre mountainside reserve Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is located at the foot of Machu Picchu Mountain. The UNU Spa combines classic nurturing with a mystical Andean approach using products derived from local botanical extracts such as mint, eucalyptus, and orchids. UNU Spa has recently added three unique new treatments to its menu: The Quinoa Facial combines quinoa and a milk-based cleanser to exfoliate, moisturize, and invigorate the skin, followed by a relaxing massage; The Tea Plantation Body Wrap is a purification session in the Andean sauna followed by a body wrap with tea leaves from the Inkaterra garden to absorb its antioxidant properties and a trio of massages; and the Sacred Coco Leaves treatment is a combination of exfoliation with coca product and massage to increase blood circulation and eliminate impurities.

Four Seasons Buenos Aires, ArgentinaCielo Spa

Spread across a tower and a belle epoque mansion, The Four Seasons Buenos Aires is located in the upscale Recoleta neighborhood. The Cielo Spa offers an uniquely Argentinean spa/tango treatment. The Porteño Tango is a therapeutic massage choreographed to the beat of tango music for an experience that relaxes both body and mind. The treatment starts with a gentle back exfoliation using a special product enriched with the powerful antioxidant properties of natural red wine and Vitamin E. The next step is a classic Argentinean hot stone massage, performed using natural grape oil to soothe tense muscles and alleviate stress, all to the beat of tango music.

Viceroy Snowmass, ColoradoSpa at Viceroy

The 7,000-square-foot The Spa at Viceroy at The Viceroy Snowmass offers holistic spa treatments and services to both guests of the hotel and visitors to Snowmass alike. For summer, the spa is offering Hike-in/Hike Out Spa Treatments aimed at giving hikers a quick reprieve from the workout on the trails. The treatments are only 45 minutes and come with a snack and drink from the Spa Menu. Ladies can check out the Chicks, Charcuterie, and Champagne treatment that consists of a 15-minute customized bath of Lavender or Wildflower Oil while having a glass of Champagne followed by a soothing, focused 30-minute lower body massage treatment to relieve stress, tension, and improve circulation. The treatment ends with the signature Charcuterie Plate. Men can book the Bros, Brews and Brats treatment. The differences here is that the 15-minute bath uses Eucalyptus or Arnica Oil, which they can enjoy while having a Colorado Micro Brew and finishes with a house-made bratwurst at the Nest Public House.

The Ritz-Carlton Naples Resort & Spa, Florida

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples has a $1000 Facial in its Ritz-Carlton Spa. The facial combines technology with a luxurious touch with the HydraFacial, for your face, neck, and décolleté, which deeply cleanses, exfoliates, extracts, brightens, tightens, and hydrates the skin. The 80-minute Sea Luxe Facial starts with a glass of champagne and skin consultation with the spa’s highly skilled esthetician. The treatment includes a hand and foot massage; a special monogrammed robe which guests can take home; Lymphatic Drainage therapy to initiate the detoxification process; Multi-Peptide Dermabuilder™ to address fine lines and wrinkles; LED light therapy; a Nano gold collagen mask; a Diamond eye mask to diminish puffiness and dark circles; Peptide-enriched oxygen mist; and Facial products to take home. After your treatments, you can enjoy lunch at the spa’s H2O Café.

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi Malaysia – Geo Spa

The Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is set on the north eastern cape of Tanjung Rhu on the Andaman Sea and is reached by a 45-minute flight from Kuala Lumpur. It has 91 villas and pavilions flanked by cliffs and rainforest, and four eateries ranging from Malaysian to Mediterranean cuisine. Set in the mystical setting of a UNESCO World Geopark, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi Spa has announced a new Spa initiative—A Guide to Harmony. This complimentary energy-assessment experience uses ancient balancing energies to detect individual physical imbalances and helps identify the lifestyle changes needed to achieve optimum wellness and balance. In keeping with the Island setting, the Geo Spa uses only natural treatments. The resort also has the island’s only saltwater pool and a dedicated Yoga Pavilion. The best time to go is between November and April.

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