For a divinely chic take at spa-ing, luxe-loving serenity seekers will soon be able to kick back and relax at the Six Senses Spa at Hotel Missoni, Kuwait. Slated to open October 2010, the 16,469 sq.-ft. serene oasis is set to be adjacent to the hotel’s pool, which will be tiled in Missoni’s signature bright-and-bold patterns. The contemporary design of the spa will honor its setting by incorporating Arabic touches with a modern twist. Local inspiration will also carry over to the treatment menu, which, in true Six Senses style, will also feature traditional Asian therapies that have made this world-renown brand as reputable as it is. The spa will offer a limited amount of exclusive memberships to local residents, which will give them access to the spa and fitness facilities, as well as to promotional packages and retail offers. Look for more about this stylish spot in an upcoming issue of American Spa.
All eyes are on South Africa these days thanks to World Cup fever. If the madness gets overwhelming at the stadiums, there are plenty of places—such as the spas below—to escape the bustle and vuvuzuelas and enjoy some quiet time in the lap of luxury.
Opened in April 2009, the One&Only Cape Town resort is a chic oasis in the heart of the capital city. Certainly a sight to see, the One&Only Spa Cape Town is situated on its own private island and is surrounded by lush vegetation. It boasts 12 locally inspired, yet contemporary, treatment rooms, two vitality pools, a scenic relaxation room, sauna, and steam facilities, as well as a full-service salon, including a Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez. Spa-goers can enjoy a comprehensive menu of holistic experiences, or they can break a sweat in the state-of-the-art fitness center.
Jiva Spa at the Taj Cape Town take note from the classic Indian approach to wellness. Designated as a Leading Spa by The Leading Hotels of the World, Jiva consists of four expansive single massage suites, a double massage suite with a soaking tub, two skincare-dedicated suites, an Ayurvedic consultation and treatment suite, and a relaxation room. It also boasts a wet area, complete with a heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and hammam. Spa lovers can also tantalize the palate with healthy cuisine that blends modern gastronomy and traditional cooking techniques to create Asian-, Western-, and Indian-inspired fare.
Recognized by the Five Star Alliance as one of the World’s Best Hotels with a View, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa has a lot to be proud of, including its Sanctuary Spa. Cut into the surrounding rocks, the spa features seven treatment rooms where guests can partake in services that feature Elemis products and are inspired by the regional fynbos, Afrikaans for “fine bush.” The hot and cold plunge pools are popular with spa-goers as is the rhassoul chamber, but, for those who would like to soak in the natural beauty of Cape Town while still relaxing, they should opt for a spa appointment in one of the two outdoor gazebos.
Fans of Bliss, take note: you have something sweet to look forward to. (No worries, the signature brownies are staying put.) The beloved brand is actually set to launch its first fragrance in September. The delectable scent is a blend of bergamot, dewy greens, cucumber, lily, and ylang ylang, with a base note of violet. The eau de toilette, priced at $54, was developed in an attempt to bottle up the uplifiting, refreshed, and revitalizing feeling one gets after visiting Bliss. I was lucky enough to sample a spritz last night and they seem to have succeeded–the light scent is truly blissful!
If you’ve ever been to—or have even seen photos of—The Peninsula Spa by ESPA at the Peninsula Chicago or of the ESPA at Acqualina, you’ll realize that every extra minute you can enjoy at these spas or at any ESPA location around the world, the better. During June and July, ESPA spas are offering a complimentary Firming Eye Treatment with any Facial. That amounts to 15 extra minutes of bliss and vitamin-rich renewal at some pretty swank retreats. Not a bad way to spend your summer days!
Renewal doesn’t have to be relegated to the spring–summer is a great time to refresh and spice up routines. Spa-lovers looking to try something new this season can head to The Centre for Well-Being at The Phoenician and sample any of its new offerings to tantalize the mind, body, and spirit. Available through September 30th, these new offerings and deals will have guests relaxing in no time and making them realize that nothing compares to a summer’s day.
•Stress can be kissed goodbye thanks to the 50-minute Royal Rejuvenation massage. This 50-minute tweak incorporates marma-point technique to relieve sinus pressure and ends with a soothing scalp massage for some head-to-toe relaxation. And, for only $99, guests won’t be paying a king’s ransom when they opt for this new service.
•On deck for a little fun with cards? For $99, spa-goers can opt for a Tarot Reading to gain insight and direction in life.
•When booking a 50- or 80-minute facial treatment, guests receive a complimentary Nu-Face Quick Lift upgrade to their service when they mention “Summer Lift.” This add-on reduces fine lines and wrinkles, creating a youthful appearance.
Rome, Florence, and Venice are definitely scene-stealers when it comes to Italian cities that are hot spots with tourists. As if the gorgeous beaches and amazing cuisine weren’t enough reasons for visitors to head to the south of Italy, the brand-new Borgo Egnazia is slated to open a beautiful spa next month, which is sure to pique the interest of serenity seekers around the world.
The recently opened Borgo Egnazia resort in Puglia, Italy, (When looking at a map, Puglia is located in the “heel” of the boot) is set between olive groves and rolling hills on the Adriatic Coast and offers 63 rooms, in addition to private villas and townhouses. Guests can either hit the links or kick back at the 18,000-square-foot Egnathia Spa. Inspired by the baths of Ancient Rome, the spa is slated to feature a wet area with a frigidarium, caldarium, and a tepidarium; ten treatment rooms, including a couples’ room, spa suite with its own garden and steam room, and a Thai massage room; and a fitness area, featuring its own yoga room. Set to open next month, this seaside escape is sure to offer spa-goers serenity and a healthy dose of la dolce vita.
Beach bums will love the recently unveiled ocean-inspired spa treatments at The Spa at the Tides Inn. Incorporating marine-loving OSEA products, these two seaweed-rich services bring the skin-saving benefits of the Deep Blue to the spa.
•To get clients in the mood, therapists ask clients to visualize themselves floating in the ocean when kicking off the Tides of Change Signature Massage and Body Treatment ($120, 60 minutes; $160, 90 minutes). Enhanced by a soundtrack featuring the soothing sounds of the sea, the offering was designed to refresh and invigorate guests as they are polished and massaged with mineral-rich products that leave skin nourished.
•An in-depth skin analysis starts off the Tides of Change Signature Facial ($120, 60 minutes; $160, 90 minutes) to determine any causes of imbalance. High-tech marine-based serums are combined with a pure plant mineral oxygen infusion, an algae skin tightener, and mineral enzymes to help stimulate cellular metabolism and relax stress lines. Not only will this treatment help diminish hyperpigmentation, but it will also help diminish the signs of weather, travel, or stress.
The Spa Hospitality Expo, hosted by Healing Arts Guide, will be launching online on May 26th. This virtual trade show, which will be open for 90 days, will allow registered participants to enjoy free education, experience product demos, network, and check out various presentations. Eligible for discounts and prizes, they will even be able to chat live with execs from each of the suppliers—more than forty are currently slated to participate—who will be exhibiting on the virtual trade show floors. Jeffrey Hollander, founder & CEO of Seventh Generation will deliver the keynote address on May 27th. The topic of his presentation: The Responsibility Revolution, How The Next Generation Of Businesses Will Win. Registration for the event if free and open to interested professionals. To participate, click here.
Mexican beach vacations aren’t all about indulging in margaritas and suntans. Thanks to the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico, yoga-lovers can enjoy a four-day holistic program taught by a skilled team of in-house yoga instructors. Starting at $2,155 for single occupancy, the three-night Wellness Yoga Retreat package includes luxury accommodations, daily yoga classes for both beginner and experienced yoga students, daily guided meditations, three meals per day created by the spa’s culinary and wellness teams, use of the Heat and Water Therapies (including the steam, sauna, and vitality pools), and choice of one spa treatment. This healthy getaway will have guests running south of the border to say si to wellness.
Programs are scheduled for the following dates:
Also, group programs can be arranged throughout the year for four or more individuals. For more information, please call (866) 585-8575.