Slice of nirvana
Each of them has its own unique way of making you feel good about your body. A round-up of the better-known spas around the world…
Places of healing: Nothing but the best...
The word “spa” comes from the Latin phrase salus per aqua, meaning “health through water”. A connotation that testifies itself through the healing properties of natural water found in spa towns internationally. Roman soldiers ravaged by war were known to take to spas to cure their wounds. The British during the Victorian era also travelled into spa towns to soak in the delights of their therapy. Mineral rich silt formed the gift of the Nile in Egypt. Down the years, the Finnish sauna slowly gained popularity, wherein you could sit in a space heated by stones and soak in the benefits of the steam laden air.
Probably nothing on earth comes close to the healing properties of ylang ylang oil fused with special mineral salts. The Oberoi in Mauritius serenades your limbs through an exfoliating scrub of chubby salt crystals and wraps you up elegantly in crushed volcanic rock to ease out the wicked toxins from your body.
The Oberoi Mauritius, Turtle Bay, Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius. Tel: +230 204 3600
Florals like hibiscus, elements like lemongrass and jasmine rice, the goodness of freshly grown aloe and pristine organic honey from the Thai rainforest breathe life into each and every pore of your being at Chiva Som. Their signature Siam Ritual special comes complete with herbal scrub, sea salts and enervating tangerine and geranium oils.
Chiva Som, 73/4 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin, Prachuab Khirikhan, 77110, Thailand. Tel: +66 (0) 3253-6536
Amidst the sand dunes of Rajasthan is ensconced the Devi Garh Fort Palace. Come here to experience the unusual Adam and Eve Serenity Massage on their exotic menu. Classical strains float into the Devi Garh Suite Complex, configured along the synthesis of the energies of Shiv and Shakti, and experience the soothing properties of ancient Indian therapies.
Devi Garh Resort, Udaipur, Delwara, Near Eklingji, NH - 8, Nathdwara, District Rajsamand, Udaipur, Rajasthan – 313202 Tel: 0091 2953 289211
The Heavenly Spa by Westin at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa in South Carolina celebrates the benefits of herbs and minerals to innovate on a self-renewal menu that covers Holistic Spa Services like Indigo massage, Indigo wrap and Indigo facial. The Sweetgrass Surrender therapy makes for an invigorating salt glow exfoliation for the body, incorporating the essence of white tea and seaweed. Wrap up with an application of sweetgrass body lotion to leave your skin feeling healthy and hydrated.
The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Heavenly Spa by Westin, Two Grasslawn Avenue, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 29928, USA Tel:(843) 681-1019
Ensconced in the lap of nature, the Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah, Ubud, Bali, through its green fringed expanse, offers a sheer health adventure. The spa resort sprawls across 20 self-contained suites and villas. Here, each of the private spa villas houses a private massage suite, sauna, cold plunge, semi outdoor rainforest shower and bathtub.
The Legian, Bali Jl. Laksmana, Seminyak Beach, Bali 80361, Indonesia. Tel: (62 361) 730 622 Fax: (62-361) 730 623. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Experience Abhyanaga, the intensive full-body Ayurvedic massage performed by two therapists using exotic herbal oils at the Anandas spa nestling in the foothills of the Himalayas and you will realise what draws in personalities like Richard Gere and Melinda Gates. Luxuriate in nature’s lap, soak in the bounty of India’s Ayurvedic repository and tune in with your soul.
Anandas, Tel: 91 11 2689 9999
You can recreate the serene spell in your personal space by bringing home these spa essentials...
Fragrant sticks in alluring scents like Moroccan rose, Indian Jasmine, Thai honeysuckle and French lavendar to create the mood.
Bath bombs that diffuse into the warm water to create an effervescent soak, laced with lavendar and chamomile extracts.
A luscious body lotion to lend your skin the satin smooth texture and leave you feeling simply divine.
The hot sugar scrub to elbow out the dead skin and make your skin glow.
An anti-bacterial foot souffle to soothe those tired heels.
Relaxing shower oil to seep into the pores of your skin and linger till the morning after.
Seaweed gel body wrap to power your metabolism through the algae antics.
Moor mud treatment mask packed with the goodness of flora, trace elements and minerals.
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