Who doesn’t like to be pampered? Stepping into a beautiful spa decorated with glittering tiles, flickering candles, soft music, and comfortable treatment rooms is often part of the perfect travel experience. A massage revitalizes our muscles sore by the trip; a facial soothes our dry skin, and we could even treat ourselves to a longer signature package that includes various treatments for real pleasure.
I have to admit that I can rarely resist a massage when staying at a beautiful resort with a spa, and I tend to try local specialties, some of which cannot necessarily be called luxurious, but certainly interesting, and reflecting the local terroir. culture. I found myself massaged – or was it tortured? – by an Indian lady from Delhi, who took my elbows; bathed in what can only be described as a giant cup of tea, a tub full of leaves in Sri Lanka; whereas in Oman, an incense treatment left me so relaxed that I could barely stand up afterwards.
Here are some of the most extravagant, luxurious, and decadent spa treatments in the world that you can indulge in, and you may just have to make arrangements within your travel budget.
1. Spa Al Messila, Doha, Qatar
In one of the richest countries in the world, Qatar, one would expect a bit of bling. And you won’t be disappointed. At Spa Al Messila, in the capital Doha, you can spend 3 hours pampering and rejuvenating yourself with 24 karat gold. The Golden Opulence package available at Doha’s most luxurious day spa allows you to start with a full body exfoliation with crushed gold to prepare for the massage. Then your body will be sprinkled with pure 24k gold body oil and massaged with hot 24k gold stones. Once you are so bright and relaxed that you don’t want to move at all, the therapist will complete the treatment with an AMRA gold facial treatment and use 24k gold face stones to define, sculpt and shape. To leave you all golden and glowing, at the end your body will be sparkling with precious drops of gold.
Pro tip: Once you shine from head to toe in real gold, you might as well show off in front of the superbly indulgent IDAM by Alain Ducasse restaurant at the Museum of Islamic Art, which is also full of unmissable treasures.
2. Anantara Spa, Jebel Akhdar Resort, Oman
Oman is famous for its fragrant incense, which is exported all over the world, with rich Silk Road-like trails leading from the south of the Arab country to Rome and beyond. Frankincense was not only valued for its intoxicating scent, but also for the many health benefits that flow from it, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-asthma and anti-stress benefits, and qualities moisturizers, among others. So, what could be better than indulging in the signature ritual of incense in the spa of one of Oman’s best hotels?
For 90 minutes, you will make the most of the benefits of incense as well as the skills of therapists through hot compresses, deep tissue massage, inhalation of smoke, and you will find yourself relaxed with very stress levels. reduced and, at least that harms, much improved sleep.
Pro tip: Jebel Akhdar, the Green Mountain, is famous for the roses grown in the steep fields, so add a rose rescue ritual to your list as well. They use the same roses that are grown outside of the hotel.
3. The Ritz Club, The Ritz Paris
There are many stunning spas in Paris, but the Ritz Paris offers one of the finest spas, with a simply divine Art Deco indoor pool, tiled in beautiful turquoise. The Ritz Paris was the former home of Coco Chanel, and is still The Address in Paris, so if you’re a spa lover and a bit of a fashionista, a visit here is a must. The Ritz-Club offers you various treatments that do you good, such as La Renaissance which combines a full body scrub followed by a polishing treatment, leaving your skin soft and luminous. But to make the most of the location, book an hour of massage with access to the facilities, and simply enjoy the surroundings.
Pro tip: When at the Ritz, a afternoon champagne tea is a must. At the Salon Proust, you will feast on a good tea, a flute of champagne, and so many sweets, from madeleines to cakes and cookies, that you will leave with the most beautiful of box-shaped doggy bags. cake box stamped The Logo of the Ritz Paris.
4. Silky Oaks Lodge, Daintree, Australia
The Silky Oaks Lodge is one of the most magical places I have ever visited. In North Queensland, deep in the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world, this luxury lodge blends seamlessly into the surroundings and is barely visible. The Mossman River offers a lot of fun in terms of activities, as does the rainforest itself, and this magical place feels so far removed from civilization that, really, you don’t even need a spa to yourself. loosen. That said, the Silky Oaks Relaxation Ritual, a full 2 hours of a rebalancing massage followed by a facial treatment, leaves you so relaxed that you will be perfectly flabby and relaxed.
Pro tip: Is there anything better than someone massaging your scalp and playing with your hair? Whether it’s after the facial or on another day, you have to try Rainforest Renewal. It’s only 15 minutes, but those 15 minutes are bliss: a head massage followed by a hair mask, leaving your hair smooth and your scalp tingling.
5. Ananda in the Himalayas, India
Ananda in the Himalayas is called a Spa destination, and that is exactly what it is. Your stay here is secondary, while the spa and other wellness options, such as yoga and meditation, physical therapy, and emotional healing, are the main reasons people come here. Oprah Winfrey and Uma Thurman are said to be fans. One of the most famous treatments is Abhyanga, a traditional Ayurvedic therapy, which includes a four-hand massage and, most importantly, an ancient treatment that involves pouring oil on your forehead to help open the “third.” eye ”for better mental clarity. . And while one therapist opens your third eye, the other massages your feet to balance your chakra. This treatment is supposed to be anti-aging, so it can’t be all bad, can it?
Pro tip: You can get to Ananda by car, a 5 hour drive from Delhi; in 4.5 hours by train plus 1.5 hours by road; by plane (a 45 minute flight to Dehradun) plus 40 minutes by car; or, seriously, why not? – by helicopter from Delhi. Two hours and you land at the spa’s private helipad.
6. L. Raphael Room, Four Seasons Hotel, New York
One of the most expensive treatments in the history of the spa, a “simple” facial, is the L. Raphael Oxy Star Anti-pigmentation treatment, at over $ 1,000 a piece. Using ice cold oxygen and white truffles to disperse and fade sun spots and age spots, the treatment is said to work wonders and leave your skin super soft and smooth for another 3 weeks or so after treatment. The expensive Swiss treatment takes about 50 minutes, or $ 20 per minute. Spread it out over three weeks, and it might be worth it for a special occasion ahead. Otherwise, the money will take you to Switzerland for a restful weekend.
Pro tip: The hotel designed by IM Pei, currently closed because it is undergoing major renovations (check its website for updates on the reopening), is right in the heart of Manhattan, a short walk from Saks and Bloomingdales, so you might want to start budgeting now as you could easily be tempted to spend $ 1,000 nearby as well.
7. Sense Spa, Rosewood Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico
A spa on its own island is quite luxurious, right? The Rosewood Mayakoba, located between Playa del Philosophies on the island, is set in a green jungle environment.
The Kuxtal Sensory Garden Ritual is a three-hour extravaganza that begins in the Sensory Garden, with guests finding a connection with one of the plants in the garden and then embarking on a personalized treatment embracing all four levels of well-being: physical , emotional, spiritual, or mindfulness. The spa emphasizes that, depending on the intuitive choice of the client, the treatment journey can be focused on physical healing work, meditation experiences or energy balancing sessions. Using not only ancient Mayan traditional herbs and plants, but also Mayan learning and philosophy, the treatment is unique and you are the best place to try it, connecting with the culture of your region.
Pro tip: the resort’s spa also has a resident shaman, with whom you can book private sessions, discover your inner and outer energies, your dream patterns, the transmission of energy and possibly take some recommendations with you. individual to integrate into your day. today’s life at home. Carmen and Cancun on the Riviera Maya tempt you with a very special spa Indeed. Accessible by a walkway, there are 12 Treatment Villas and a Kuxtal Sensory Garden reflecting Mayan healing practices.
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