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World’s Best Spa Includes Diamond Facial

In London, the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards has ranked the top spa and wellness destinations from around the globe, including one in New York City with a diamond exfoliation treatment from La Mer. There are 20 categories of winners, encompassing spas from 41 different countries.

Thirty-nine travel and wellness experts have handpicked the best 388 spa destinations in the world. The final 10 winners for each category were decided through a voting process involving more than 130,000 consumers.

Categories for the awards include the best continental, regional and country spas. The judges also gathered their picks for more specific categories, such as best for couples, families, weight loss, fitness, beauty and anti-aging. There are also winners from best spa for girlfriend getaways, outdoor adventure and solo travel.  

Baccarat Hotel New York spa and pool © Baccarat Hotel New York

Baccarat Hotel New York spa and pool
© Baccarat Hotel New York

One of the highlighted winners is a diamond powder exfoliation at Baccarat Hotel New York (above), presented by luxury skincare brand La Mer. The destination won in the best beauty and anti-aging spa categories. The hotel, opened by French crystal maker Baccarat, is the first spa with dedicated La Mer products. Other treatments offered in the spa include deep tissue, Swedish and hot stone massages.

The Ananda in the Himalayas won the award for best wellness center. Visitors can choose from packages including everything from yoga and stress management to detox and renew programs led by Ayurvedic doctors, therapists, nutritionists and yogis.

Here are some of the major winners:

Best in Europe: SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain

Best in North America: Rancho La Puerta, Mexico

Best in Asia: Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa, Thailand

Best in Africa: Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, South Africa

Best in South and Central America: Lapinha SPA, Brazil

Best in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania: Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Australia

Best in the United States: Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona

Best in Canada: Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa, British Columbia

Best in France: Spa The Peninsula, Paris

For the full list visit http://www.wellnesstravelawards.com/.

Spa Metropole by Givenchy Opens Monaco

Spa Metropole by Givenchy in Monaco will offer a top-shelf experience when it opens its doors late February 2017 in a setting well suited to the fashion firm’s own boutiques. Situated at the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, the location is of course nothing less than superlative, with an amazing view of the Mediterranean Sea and the casino just a leisurely stroll away.

The Givenchy Spa philosophy relies on the selection of exclusive venues and handpicked staff promising to deliver personalized and indulgent treatments. Other Givenchy Spa venues such as Hotel Sahrai at Fez, Morocco and Le Mirador Resort & Spa at Montreux, Switzerland, are designed to match the particularities of their host hotels whilst maintaining the Givenchy DNA. For its first spa in Monaco, Givenchy Spa worked with renowned architect Didier Gomez to design an opulent environment for clients to fully immerse in an inviting Givenchy experience.

Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo is a contemporary palace built during the Belle Epoque era and opened in 1889. It was subsequently spruced up for the 21st century by French designer Jacques Garcia in 2004. Needless to say, the hotel promises to please its guests with peak refinement, a principle that aligns with the Givenchy philosophy.

When you are done with your spa experience, you can visit one of three amazing restaurants by Joël Robuchon and Christophe Cussac committed to delivering unforgettable gastronomical experiences. Choose between the two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo, traditional Japanese cuisine the Gomez-designed “Yoshi”, or “Odyssey” (with haute couture decor by Karl Lagerfeld) for light, seasonal Mediterranean treats by the poolside.

To find out more about the Spa Metropole by Givenchy, visit Hotel Metropole.

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World Spa Awards 2016: Top Wellness Destinations

If like us, you are in dire need of a little TLC, let this list of winners from the 2016 World Spa Awards tempt you with their ultra-decadent offerings of treatments and facials. The overall results of the awards hint that the best spa experiences are generally found in the Middle East (nine out of 24 category wins), where modern spas continue using centuries-old techniques in their treatments.

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The spa at Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
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Held in conjunction with the World Travel Awards last weekend, the World Spa Awards had a panel of industry leaders and travel experts converge to recognise the best spa destinations around the world. At the top of the list for world’s best signature spa treatment sits The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles for its $300 La Prairie facial. Using the Swiss line’s White Caviar Collection, the rare golden caviar extracts and liquid crystals promise even skin tone, firm and hydrated skin and glowing skin.

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Maldives unsurprisingly bagged world’s best spa destination of the year for its extensive range of luxurious spa services and restorative wellness programs (though we’re certain the unparalleled views of clear turquoise waters and pristine beaches would be restorative in itself). Like the Middle East, traditional healing techniques remain at the core of Maldivian spa treatments. Massages that use locally-extracted coconut palm tree oil and white sand have been known to reduce stress and stimulate blood circulation effectively.

Here, some of the big winners of the awards. Start taking notes:

World’s Best Hotel Spa 2016: Emirates Palace Spa (Abu Dhabi)

World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand 2016: Talise by Jumeirah

World’s Best Male Spa 2016: All-men’s Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre

World’s Best Medical Spa 2016: Lanserhof Tegernsee

World’s Best Mineral & Hot Springs Spa 2016: Spa Thermae at Bagni di Pisa Palace & Spa, Italy

World’s Best New Hotel Spa 2016: The Spa at Intercontinental London – The O2

World’s Best Resort Spa 2016: Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray (Dubai)

World’s Best Wellness Retreat 2016: Forte Village Resort (Italy)

 

World Spa Awards 2016 Open for Voting

There are good spas, and then there are really good spas. When contemplating your next pampering retreat, you might as well settle for nothing less than the best. Fret not, you need not Google your way through heaps of list after disorganized list. Meet the World Spa Awards 2016, the aspiring definitive benchmark of spa excellence and the potential panacea to our Google search woes.

Welcoming its second run this year, the awards are – as promised – definitive. Categories range from World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand to even World’s Best Desert Spa brand, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The award shortlists spas from all over the world, where world powers such as England and the US right down to minnows such as the Cayman Islands and Anguilla (both in the Caribbean) have their own list of nominees. Color us impressed.

As expected, a few usual suspects made it into the awards shortlist. Banyan Tree Spa is a nominee for World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand, while L’Occitane and Sisley Paris features in World’s Best Spa Brand. For those curious, nominees for World’s Best Desert Spa include The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain and Amangiri, both Stateside in the Southwest, among others.

Should you have a strong opinion regarding the nominees, you can make your voice heard via that most democratic of tools, voting. While the World Spa Awards collates votes from professionals within the spa industry, the public is free to weigh in as well as well. Making a difference among senior executives, frequent travelers and the media, among others, that’s a sign of true transparency and prestige. We’re eager to learn who the winners are as it has been too long since our last list of the world’s best spas.

Votes close on July 25, 2016. To vote, visit World Spa Awards’ website here. May the best spa win.

Le Roch Hotel & Spa Now Open

France welcomes another luxury hotel and spa to its stylish capital, with the opening of Le Roch Hotel & Spa earlier this week. Located on a prime plot of real estate, the 37-room hotel is just steps away from iconic Paris locations such as the Place Vendôme, the Opéra Garnier and the world famous art gallery: the Louvre.Le-Roch-hotel-and-spa-suite

The spanking new hotel is housed in a heritage structure in the 1st arrondissement that dates back to the 19th century, which adds to its charm where sophistication meets modern design. The talented individuals behind the interior of the hotel are none other than interior designer Sarah Lavoine and architect Vincent Bastie. With amenities such as a sun-lit courtyard, a library a restaurant and an exclusive spa, Le Roch is a slice of Parisian heaven.Le-Roch-hotel-and-Spa-bathroom

The aesthetics of the hotel reflect the vibe of the neighborhood, while boasting colors such as sage, chartreuse and milky green. Furniture and fixtures are anything but boring, proving that the designer has a keen eye for detail. From pieces designed by Lavoine herself and crafted by Cassina, to the Carrera marble, solid walnut wood flooring right down to the bathtubs and basins by Kaldewei, each element blends together to create a stylish living space.Le-Roch-hotel-and-spa-hammam-shower

If a spacious en-suite wasn’t enough, Le Roch provides a private hamman steam bath in each suite — perfect for resting those tired muscles after a day of travel. Complementing the bath are cosmetics from Codage that are specially commissioned for the hotel and spa. To be truly well rested and ready for the real world once again, the hotel provides guest with a 75-minute top-to-toe facial and body massage. To ensure that guests make the most of the signature in-house treatment, they are given a one-month supply of Codage’s ready-to-wear skincare line that combats jetlag and the effects of travel (Score!)Le-Roch-hotel-and-spa-dining-rooms

France being an international culinary hub means that the hotel has a restaurant steeped in world-class gastronomy. In the capable hands of chef Arnaud Faye, the restaurant provides guests with a menu that is anything but traditional French fare. Instead, the dishes use vegetables and botany for a truly gastronomic experience. While the meals are designed to be shared, we certainly wouldn’t complain about having a plate all to ourselves.

Le Roch Hotel & Spa – 28 rue Saint Roch, 75001 Paris

Focus: Relax and Rejuvenate

Modern working life can be a black hole of physical, mental and emotional stress. Most of us follow a tedious routine that forces us out of our beds before the sun rises, only to get back to the comfort of our homes just in time for bed. We devote most of our time to work, leaving only little pockets in the day for rest and play. Perhaps, this is why Singapore can evolve from a humble fishing village to what it is today, one of the richest city-states in the world. But this success comes with the price that we all have been silently paying since our induction into the workforce.

Despite the cluttered calendars and piles of uncompleted work, one should always find time to strike a balance between work and play. It’s about time you leave your screens and papers in the office, and treat yourself to a short break to regain the vitality and zest that you need to get through the everyday grind. Here are some ways to rejuvenate your body, soul, and mind.

Take Flight

Photo courtesy of Rozanne Wee.

Photo courtesy of Rozanne Wee.

When it comes to work, the fight-or-flight decision isn’t that hard to make. There’s really no point in fighting the monotony of your work routine, so why not put aside your woes and lift the heavy weight off your shoulders by taking a short flight to a completely different environment altogether?

Our neighbor, Indonesia, caught our attention with its scenic landscapes and off-the-beaten-track gems. We reckon that a short stroll in paddy fields or a slow ascend up a scenic volcano might be pleasing not only for the eyes but also for the soul, as you embark on a journey of self-discovery.

Among its magnificent peaks and valleys, Ijen, a stratovolcano in East Java, replete with crystal blue waters makes for an ideal, reinvigorating destination. Situated about 2,300m above sea level, the Ijen crater will reward you with a fulfilling ethereal view of the electric blue sulphur lake. Tip: start your hike up the crater early, so you also can get to view the sunrise in its full glory.

Temporal Escape

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Escaping to an exotic destination may sound tempting, but some of us do not have the luxury of time to travel. For the time-strapped urbanite, a rejuvenating massage at a spa might just be the ticket to relaxation.

Ikeda Spa

Ikeda Spa may be conveniently located at Bukit Timah, but step into its tastefully appointed interior, and you’ll be forgiven for thinking that you’ve arrived at a Ryokan in Kyoto. Designed with balance and simplicity in mind, it also houses a Japanese rock garden where you can indulge in a simple tea ceremony to awaken the Zen master in you.

Of course, the treatments offered are inspired by the multifaceted Japanese culture, and include the Ikeda massage with heated volcanic rocks, Hinokiburo bath, and the award-winning Geisha organic facial.

Nimble/Knead

Offering a tongue-in-cheek interpretation of travel, Nimble/Knead doles out its spa treatments and massages in unique and unexpected spaces: enclosed shipping containers. Located in the heart of the Tiong Bahru estate, the shipping containers that comprise the modern day spa may look tough and impenetrable on the outside, but they are warm and welcoming inside.

While some may question the use of cargo shipping containers as treatment rooms, we are all for “shipping” our woes away while being sequestered in a plush cocoon. Nimble/Knead’s spa menu is similarly travel themed, with full-body massages that range from Destination Bali to Swede and Sassy. It also offers body scrubs, body masks, facial treatments, and foot massages.

The Wolverine Diet

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It might seem ironic that we are advocating sticking to a strict eating pattern here, especially when you’re trying to break free from myriad soul-zapping routines in your life. But don’t just take our word for it, as Hugh Jackman is living proof that this diet might just change your life.

Jackman is, after all, best known for portraying Wolverine onscreen with all the superhuman animalistic characteristics that he possesses. But off-screen, he is seemingly inhumane too. Jackman grew in size at a ridiculously fast rate in order to embody the character, and when quizzed on how he can consume 5,000 calories daily without putting on any fats, he revealed that it’s all thanks to intermittent fasting.

Aptly dubbed the “Wolverine Diet”, the strict regime that Jackman follows is based on the concept of intermittent fasting, where he fasts for 16 hours, and eats only during the following eight-hour period. That’s the Leangains daily model of intermittent fasting for you. However, there are also four other common forms of intermittent fasting to suit your schedule and lifestyle. These include the alternate day fasting, weekly fasting, the Eat-Stop-Eat fasting (where you fast for 24 hours once or twice a week), and the Warrior diet (where you fast during the day and eat a huge meal at night).

Of course, Jackman’s shredded physique doesn’t just come from dieting alone; his gruelling “Wolverine Workout” is not for the faint-hearted. But, there’s no denying the other purported health benefits of following this routine such as reduced blood pressure, lowered risk of type 2 diabetes, and improved pancreatic function. Fans of this method also claim that it puts them in a better mental state, allowing them to better focus on their tasks at hand.

Wearable Technology

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By now, you should already know the various health benefits that come with ample sleep. However, if haunting thoughts of work are keeping you up late at night, there’s a new wave of wearable tech designed to optimise your slumber time.

Kokoon Sleep Sensing Headphones

Aside from functioning as conventional headphones, Kokoon has built-in EEG sensors to monitor your state of sleep, and adjusts the volume of your music automatically to lull you into a deep, peaceful sleep. Ergonomically designed for comfort, it also effectively blocks out external noise to ensure that your much-needed slumber is not disturbed.

Neuroon Intelligent Sleep Mask

Neuroon is the first intelligent sleep mask that can analyse sleep patterns by monitoring your brain waves. A godsend for frequent travellers, it also comes with in-built light therapy programmes to beat jet lag and help users fall asleep faster.

Ōura Smart Ring for Sleep

Touted as the world’s first wellness ring, Ōura monitors your sleep cycle and daily activities unobtrusively. Together with its Android or iOS app, it provides actionable insights on how you can change your habits in order to perform at your best.

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Text by Dewey Sim

This story was first published in Men’s Folio.

Resort to These: 5 Paradise Spas

Set amidst soaring mountains and azure waters, these spas are probably the closest you’ll get to experiencing paradise. They might be off the grid but we think the service and breathtaking views are worth every bit the hassle of flight transfers.

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Accessible by a traditional boat known as a dhoni, this spa has six massage cabins and two Orchidée Villas, the latter a collaboration with Guerlain. Those familiar with the resort but not the spa should take note that the spa is off on its own island, which is unsurprising for the Maldives. So even at the secluded Cheval Blanc, on Noonu Atoll, you can achieve new levels of privacy and peace of mind here.

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The resort known as Amangiri is legendary; it is rated 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor and earns a 9 out of 10 score at Mrandmrssmith. The spa offers something truly exotic for Asian travelers: Navajo and Hopi treatments and the splendour of the American Southwest. Spanning 25,000 sq ft, the spa offers massages, scrubs, wraps and flotation therapy in its many pavilions, rooms and terraces.Amangiri-Paradise-Found-LO

This Canyon Point Utah resort is set in the midst of stunning desert topography, as you can see here.

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This thermal resort in Austria has more than five themed sauna rooms. Shown here is the aptly named The Barn Sauna, designed to look like an old-fashioned stable with its wooden beams and lamps. No horsey smells here though, just essential oils (infused in the hay!) and a comfortingly warm environment.Aqua-Dome-paradise-found-LO-2

The Aqua Dome boasts 12 pools, including river basins, basin pools and even activity pools, which give you an Instagramable view of the Ötztal Alps.Aqua-Dome-paradise-found-LO

With a view like that, what else can you do but lounge around the whole day? The resort is in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for 2015, if such accolades matter to you.

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They call this an island refuge. We’re not refuting that claim. The Seychelles are already one of the most isolated places on earth and have only been occupied by humans since 1770, with no indigenous peoples. As such, it is one of the rare places that you can easily visit that is also relatively untouched by human activity. Four-Season-Paradise-Found-LO-2

One of the highlights on the menu at the Four Seasons spa here is the Starlight Massage. It is administered on the rooftop after sunset and, while the tight knots in your muscles are skilfully kneaded away, you soak in the sounds of the Indian Ocean and the night breeze.

Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles

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This resort, located in Brescia (northwest Italy), scores full marks from TripAdvisor and a quick Google search reveals under 150,000 results. In short, it is amazing and not that many people know about it. Besides pools and sauna rooms, the spa has two relaxation rooms, including the Sunset Relaxation Area, shown here (above).Lefay-paradise-found-Lo

You’ll find this resort on Lake Garda (that’s Lago di Garda in english) in an 11-hectare natural park surrounded by hills and olive trees.

Lefay Resort & Spa

A version of this story, written by Pearlyn Tham, was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

5 Rustic Bohemian-Inspired Retreats

It is not only the hard-core bohemians who crave boho-chic style environments. Those who have an eye for the unconventional and the authentic are willing to travel far to enjoy them. Our friends at Form magazine scoured the globe to bring you these five living spaces that will surely satisfy the inner hippie in you.

SAN GIORGIO MYKONOS

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A short distance from world-famous Paradise Club in the Mykonos and the beaches of Paranga, San Giorgio occupies one of the most scenic spots on the island. Mykonos is famed for its nightlife, picturesque white houses set along quiet alleys and blue seas, and San Giorgio is the place to enjoy the simple pleasures of waking up to sea-views, sharing good food, and soaking up the energy of a crowd dancing under a starry sky.

Architecture & Interior Design: Michael Schickinger, Annabell Kutucu

www.sangiorgio-mykonos.com

HOTEL LA SEMILLA

Mexico

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Having lived in many different countries, Alexis Schärer and Angie Rodriguez have infused their nine-room property with global chic, and a dollop of Mexican flavor with vintage Mexican furniture and fine flea market finds from haciendas in the Yucatan region and elsewhere in Mexico. The establishment’s dominant white palette is also reminiscent of seaside retreats across the globe. Mismatched furniture in many lounging spaces gives the place a relaxed atmosphere. The owners even make or serve breakfast themselves at the Cocina Loft restaurant so that guests feel they’re staying at friends’ home.

Architecture: Angie Rodriguez, Alexis Schärer, and Jaime Ingelmo

Interior Design: Angie Rodriguez, Alexis Schärer, and Andres Ocejo

www.hotellasemilla.com

MAÇAKIZI

Turkey

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Home to a host of designer boutiques, trendy bars and beach clubs, Türkbükü has earned a reputation as the St. Tropez of Turkey. The opening of Maçakizi, which has become a jet-set mecca, has put the coastal town on the international map. Located on a hill with dense olive groves, the 74-room Maçakizi charms with panoramic sea views and understated luxury. Think travertine floors, open plan bathrooms, and rain showers. Facilities include an open-air restaurant, a private beach, swimming pool, fitness centre and spa with a traditional Turkish hammam. On cooler months, guests can dine at the Mediterraneo pavilion—a glass-enclosed area with a fireplace and a view of the bay.

Architecture: Ahmet Alatas

Interior Design: Ayla Emiroglu, Sahir Erozan

www.maçakizi.com

EL OTRO LADO

Panama

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From steamy rainforests to kaleidoscopic coral reefs, the rare is within reach at this remote 8-room, 110-hectare retreat. Relaxation is on generous offer, but exploration of the vicinity is a tantalizing alternative fishing, rainforest tours, and snorkeling are at their best, and highly accessible with one of the hotel’s four motor launches. Social activity centers on the hotel’s restaurant, bar and lounge, Gazebo, with its heady décor of carnival masks, and white couches littered with colorful cushions. The cuisine blends Caribbean ingredients and colonial flavors.

Architecture & Interior Design: Ecléctico

http://www.elotrolado.com.pa

PAPAYA PLAYA PROJECT

Mexico

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With new casitas recently added at Papaya Playa guests have more options for accommodation. This destination 85-room resort hotel on the Caribbean coast of Tulum, Mexico offers access to both the inland jungle and the beach. Guests can dine on locally sourced specialities, and beachside refreshments are served until late. Spa treatments are offered along with yoga, tai chi and meditation sessions, but music is also a strong component of the Papaya experience. The world’s best DJs hold sessions here.

Communal areas—including an amphitheatre on the beach—are created for creative collaboration among guests, and have figured in performances and presentations of music, readings, lectures and more.

Architecture & Interior Design: Design Hotels™ Design Team

www.papayaplayaproject.com

4 Trending Detox and Wellness Destinations

It is fashion season and awards season so you will likely want/have to put up with looking at all of the beautiful people a lot. Here are some curated wellness options to help you stay the happy and healthy course, especially if you have already crashed your New Year’s diet.

From yoga retreats, personalized health plans, anti-smoking, sleep and even foot therapy programs, there’s a wellness clinic for everyone.

Check out the following destinations renowned for their world-class health and wellness treatments: places where guests leave a healthier and happier version of themselves when they check out.

Lanserhof Tegernsee

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Located on the edge of Lake Tegernsee south of Munich, the Lanserhof Tegernsee was named the Destination Spa of the Year at the 2015 World Spa and Wellness Awards in London just a year after opening its doors in 2014. Unlike recreational and leisure resorts, guests of Lanserhof Tegernsee receive personalized health plans with the help of an on-site physician, including two medical examinations, abdominal check-ups, detox drainage procedures, detox body wrap and bath, and a urine analysis. One of the pillars of the Lans Med Concept is the belief that a person’s energy comes from the digestive tract. Viewed as the ‘root system of the human being,’ doctors and therapists treat intestines as the key to healing the immune system.

Canyon Ranch Tucson, Arizona

Named after its past as a working cattle ranch between 1930 and 1970, Canyon Ranch Tucson is spread across 150 acres of Sonoran desert in Southern Arizona and features a health and wellness menu that includes everything from fitness, skin care, maternity, weight loss, Chinese medicine, nutrition, and even healthy feet. Year-round sun and warm weather also make Tucson an ideal setting for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and swimming. The health retreat also took the Crystal Award for best resort in North America at the 2015 Wellness Travel Awards.

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SHA Wellness Clinic, Alicante, Spain

Well known for being one of the world’s best medical spas, the SHA clinic is staffed by physicians, osteopaths, psychiatrists, psychologists and experts in ‘bioenergy,’ nutrition and ozone therapy to offer guests a treatment that combines natural therapies, eastern and western medicines. Located about 45 minutes outside Alicante near Albir Beach, the clinic offers specialized programs that include everything from weight loss, smoking, detox, stress, and sleep problems. The resort features Zen, Mediterranean and tropical gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, waterfalls and relaxation areas spread across 4,000 square meters. The SHA clinic is no stranger to accolades, having been named the best international spa resort 2015 by Spa Diamond, and won numerous awards from Condé Nast.

COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali

For those looking less for a medical spa and more of a holistic retreat for both body and mind, this idyllic resort in Bali comes highly recommended by readers of “Condé Nast Traveller UK,” who voted the retreat the best destination spa of 2015. Against the backdrop of lush, tropical rainforests and the River Ayung, luxurious suites and villas are designed to integrate the natural surroundings into the decor, with terraces that open out into the forest canopy and floor to ceiling openings. Programs include Ayurvedic, cleansing, yoga, stress management, rejuvenation, and Eastern Medicine treatments.

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Hilton unveils global spa membership program

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 hopes its new global membership initiative will turn a visit to the spa into an affordable monthly treat rather than an annual indulgence.

The idea is simple, join the club and get a monthly appointment at the Hilton spa closest to your home — be it in a Hilton resort, the Waldorf Astoria or a Double Tree, there are over 400 Hilton properties around the world with the facilities.

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“We look forward to welcoming new members to Spa Club locations around the world,” said Ryan Crabbe, senior director of global wellness, Hilton Worldwide. “We’re proud to be the first in the industry to offer a flexible, affordable program in response to profound recent cultural interest towards healthier, more balanced living.”

With a six- or 12-month membership, consumers will be able to get a massage or facial once a month at highly reduced rates as well as discounted access to the hotel’s other amenities.

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World Spa Awards winners celebrate in Danang, Vietnam

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Thailand, with its centuries’ old history of wellness and massage treatments, has been named the world’s best spa destination by travelers and industry leaders at the inaugural World Spa Awards.

Along with Thailand, the Emirates Palace Spa in Abu Dhabi also emerged a big winner, taking the title of World’s Best Hotel Spa and World’s Best Spa Signature Treatment for its decadent 24-carat gold facial.

Held at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam this week, the gala event was created to serve as a benchmark for world spas.

Thailand was named the best destination in the world for the breadth of its spa and wellness treatments, which range from world-class retreats in luxurious settings, to US$3 an hour foot and Thai massages on the streets of Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the beaches of Phuket, Samui and Pattaya.

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Treatments at the Emirates Palace Spa, on the other hand, are reserved for the moneyed client, where sheets of gold leaf are massaged onto cheeks to impart a ‘glow’ to the skin.

After 90 minutes, the 24-Carat Gold Radiance Facial promises to deliver “an illuminating radiant glow to all skin types.”

Skin is first prepped with a deep cleansing sequence before micronized 24-carat gold sheets are massaged via an “Ultra Sonic Nano” mist.

To finish the treatment, the skin gets a hydrating serum, moisturizer, eye cream, scalp and hand massages.

The spa itself, meanwhile, spans 1,500 square meters and features a traditional Moroccan Hammam, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, heated marble, an ice cave, and treatment rooms that offer gold, pearl, and caviar beauty treatments.

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Here are some of the other winners from the World Spa Awards:

World’s Best Countryside Hotel Spa 2015
The Spa at Fonteverde Tuscan Resort & Spa, Italy

World’s Best Cruise Spa 2015
Mandara Spa at Norwegian Cruise Line

World’s Best Hotel Spa 2015
Emirates Palace Spa (Abu Dhabi)

World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand 2015
Talise by Jumeirah

World’s Best Male Spa 2015
All-men’s Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre

World’s Best Mineral & Hot Springs Spa 2015
Six Senses Spa at Evason Ma’in Hot Springs

World’s Best New Hotel Spa 2015
HARNN Heritage Spa at InterContinental® Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

World’s Best Spa Brand 2015
QMS MediCosmetics

World’s Best Wellness Spa 2015
Forte Village Resort (Italy)

REGIONAL WINNERS

Africa’s Best Hotel Spa 2015
The Saxon Spa and Studio at Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa (South Africa)

Africa’s Best Spa Destination 2015
Morocco

Asia’s Best Hotel Spa 2015
Aman Spa at Aman Tokyo (Japan)

Europe’s Best Hotel Spa 2015
Bagni di Levante at Bagni di Pisa Palace & Spa (Italy)

Europe’s Best Spa Destination 2015
Turkey

North America’s Best Hotel Spa 2015
The Spa at Viceroy Miami (Florida)

North America’s Best Spa Destination 2015
California

Middle East’s Best Hotel Spa 2015
Emirates Palace Spa (Abu Dhabi)

Middle East’s Best Spa Destination 2015
Dubai

For the full list visit worldspaawards.com.

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Chanel confirms it will open a spa at Paris’s Ritz

Facade Ritz Hotel Place Vendome

The iconic haute couture line confirmed Wednesday the rumor that its first-ever spa is to open at the Ritz hotel in Paris.

The ‘Chanel au Ritz Paris’ spa would be dedicated to their line of skincare products and is to open at the end of the year at the Ritz Club, according to Buro 247.

The hotel is home to the Coco Chanel Suite, which honors the late fashion designer, who once lived at the Place Vendôme landmark.

The Ritz in Paris has been closed since 2012 for a renovation.

J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Isola delle Rose

JW Marriott Venice to boast largest spa in the city

J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Isola delle Rose

 is set to open the doors to a new private island JW Marriott resort that will boast the largest spa in the city.

Nestled within a picturesque lagoon on Isola delle Rose (Italian for ‘Rose Island’), the 266-room JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa offers views of iconic Venice landmarks including St Mark’s Square and La Serenissima.

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Isola delle Rose

Rooms at the JW Marriott Venice will be contemporary in design, a departure from many of the luxurious hotels that play up old Venetian glamour with baroque Italian furnishings and elaborate frescoes.

The opening will mark the brand’s first resort and spa in Europe.

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J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

Set across 16 acres, the property will feature fruit arbors, olive groves, restaurants and bars, as well as a cooking school and wine academy.

When complete, the 1,750-meter spa will become the largest in Venice and feature indoor and outdoor aqua-tonic pools, health club, treatment rooms, hammam and luxury spa suite.

J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Room

Facilities and activities will include canoeing and sailing, while guests will also be able to make their own Murano glass and Venetian masks in workshops led by local artisans.

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J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa bathroom

Room rates at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa start at €395.

spa Mandarin Oriental Singapore

The best spa and wellness centers in the world

Brands like the Mandarin Oriental and Clinique La Prairie were among the big winners at an awards night honoring the best in luxury spa and wellness destinations around the world.

spa Mandarin Oriental Singapore

If you’re planning a spa vacation abroad, take cues from the results of the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2014 presented in London this week, where the industry handed out 11 awards that singled out the best regional hotel and spa destinations around the world.

Of the 11 winners, the Mandarin Oriental brand took two awards, with the spa at Mandarin Oriental Singapore named the hotel spa of the year for Asia and Australasia, and the spa at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas likewise taking the same title for North and South America.

Some of the more unique spa treatments offered on the Singapore menu include orchid body scrubs, green tea and ginger body treatments and a warm bamboo stick massage.

In a way that befits its glitzy setting, the Las Vegas hotel offers a “Diamond Magnetic Lift Body Treatment” that involves a luminous mud speckled with diamond dust followed by a massage that’s supposed to amplify the body’s energy, unload tension, and fight the signs of aging.

Meanwhile, a spa that claims to be the first medical spa in Brazil also emerged a big winner, taking the award for destination spa of the year for North and South America.

Founded in 1972, the Lapinha Spa is set across 550 acres of farmland in the municipality of Lapa and bases its therapies on the ‘healing power’ of the natural environment. Wellness treatments include anti-smoking, detox, weight loss and relaxation.

spa at the Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Here are the winners of the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2014:

Hotel Spa of the Year – Asia & Australasia
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Destination Spa of the Year – Asia & Australasia
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand

Hotel Spa of the Year – Eastern Europe
Mandara Spa at Lotte Hotel Moscow, Russia

Destination Spa of the Year – Eastern Europe
Spa Vilnius, Druskininkai, Lithuania

Hotel Spa of the Year – Middle East
ShuiQi Spa & Fitness, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, UAE

Destination Spa of the Year – Middle East & Africa
Banyan Tree Spa Al Wadi, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

Hotel Spa of the Year – North & South America
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, USA

Destination Spa of the Year – North & South America
Lapinha Spa, Lapa, Brazil

Hotel Spa of the Year – Western Europe & Scandinavia
Espa at The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney, Ireland

Destination Spa of the Year – Western Europe & Scandinavia
Clinique La Prairie, Montreux, Switzerland

Hotel Spa of the Year – Africa
One&Only Spa Cape Town, South Africa

Floating sauna resort

Floating sauna to be launched in Seattle

Architecture firm goCstudio is planning to launch a floating sauna on Lake Washington, Seattle, later this year.

Floating sauna resort

The WA Sauna, a self-styled ‘urban escape’, will be constructed from 55 gallon floatation barrels held in place by an aluminum frame and most likely anchored during the day. The sauna will be accessed by kayak.

The miniature resort will offer an 8 x 8 foot sauna in addition to a platform area where visitors can relax. The structure will float in Union Bay, positioned to capture the sun and maximize views of the city and the mountains.

“We thought it would be interesting to propose a floating sauna for Seattle, a city surrounded by water,” explained architect and co-founder of goCstudios Aimée O’Carroll. “The purpose of the sauna is to create a place of refuge for locals, to give them a new perspective on their city and provide a space to relax, reflect and reinvigorate out on the water.”

Floating sauna

In order to undertake the project, goCstudio needs to raise US$15,000 via a Kickstarter campaign, which is due to launch within a few weeks.

chocolate spa

Japanese take chocolate spa for Valentine’s Day

A hot spring resort in Hakone, Japan, is offering customers a chance to relax in chocolate baths for Valentine’s Day.

Yunessun spa resort customers paid 27 USD for the twice daily bathing session which some women believe will lead to good skin and smell. In Japan, it’s traditional for women to buy gifts for men on February 14.

chocolate spa

So for those wondering what to give their Valentine, perhaps, in 2015, instead of a box filled with chocolate, it will be a tub filled with chocolate instead!

Ayurvedic spa

5 Ayurvedic spas around the globe

Ayurvedic spa

The ancient Indian healing art of Ayurveda is one of the hottest wellness trends this year, and here are some of the most luxurious places in the world to sample the practice’s benefits.

Keraleeyam Lake Side Ayurveda Resort Alappuzha, Kerala, India

This gorgeous resort is located in the breaktaking Alleppy district of Kerala, perched near famed backwaters. In business for more than 70 years, the resort offers various Ayurvedic treatments, from rejuvenation massages to stress management and slimming packages, as well as yoga.

Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort Wadduwa, Sri Lanka

Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort

This luxury resort is situated alongside the Indian Ocean and offers top-of-the-line treatments for body, spirit, and mind. Treatments include massages; piccichil, which involves applying medicated oils to the forehead; and netra basti, an eyewash treatment designed to relieve tension.

Pratima Spa New York City, USA

Ayurvedic skin-care pioneer and best-selling writer Dr. Pratima Raichur brings her three decades’ worth of experience to the Big Apple, where she consults with patients and offers holistic treatments for “skin wellness” and Ayurvedic therapies designed to detox and energize urban dwellers.

Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Four Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru

When you’re not surfing in the aqua waters or lounging in your beachside bungalow at this gorgeous resort, you can consult with one of the two Ayurvedic physicians on staff.

A team of therapists, chefs, and yogis create your all-inclusive health package, and treatment options include “Tantric traditions” and “chakra blessings.”

COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali

COMO Shambhala Estate Bali

Sting and Donna Karan are regulars at this famed spa, which advocates proactive holistic wellness, combining modern science with ancient healing, and in turn hired some of the world’s best practitioners in Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Western medicines. For Ayurvedic treatments, your all-natural plan will be chock full of detox treatments, massages and bodywork, healthful meals, yoga, and meditation.

COMO Shambhala Estate

Chabichou Courchevel 1850

Top 5 spas for après-ski luxury

Chabichou Courchevel 1850

After a hard day on the slopes, nothing beats an après-ski spa treatment. Here are a few of the world’s best luxury hotels and spas that will surely hit the spot.

Bagni di Bormio Spa Resort, Bormio – Italy

Bagni di Bormio Spa Resort

A spa town since Roman times, Bormio is home to the five-star Grand Bagni Nuovi, which first opened as a spa resort in 1836. Along with Murano glass chandeliers and art nouveau flourishes, the hotel features a gorgeous 5,500-square-meter spa, where a hydro-massage bath is fed with thermal water.

Facilities include open-air baths, Jacuzzis, saunas, and a Turkish bath, and a full menu of treatments from detox facials to enzymatic gommage.

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Victoria-Jungrau Grand Hotel & Spa Interlaken – Switzerland

Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel

This five-star alpine hotel, featuring two spas, opened in 1856 and is in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, gateway to the Wengen (birthplace of downhill skiing), Grindelwald, and Mürren.

Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa

One spa features more than 30 Espa treatments, involving Eastern-inspired techniques, while the Sensai Select spa offers treatments designed by the Japanese company Kaneba. The spas are connected by a huge pool with hot tubs and a spa café for juices and teas.

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Le Chabichou Courchevel 1850 – France

Chabichou Courchevel 1850

This 42-room alpine retreat in Courchevel 1850 is nestled right on the piste and easily connects visitors to the entire Trois Vallées ski area. The spa, Cha’Banya, a subterranean wellness center built under the ski slope features a huge pool, a hammam, Polar bath, ice fountain, and salt grotto.

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The Green Leaf Niseko – Village Hirafu – Japan

The Green Leaf Niseko

Nestled at the base of Mount An’nupuri in Japan, the 200-room Green Leaf Niseko Village features ski-in/ ski-out access to powder slopes as well as a gorgeous spa. Included is an open-air bath fed by a clear mineral spring that is cooled to about 104F (40C). Spa treatments include everything from acupressure to Ayurveda and specialty treatments such as the Rubber Neck bamboo tapping massage.

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Fairmont Mont Tremblant Resort in Mont Tremblant – Quebec, Canada

fairmont tremblant

This ski-in/ski-out resort features 314 rooms and a lush spa features two outdoor Jacuzzis and a therapeutic hot tub, a dry sauna, steam bath, and a heated indoor pool. The spa menu includes an 80-minute remineralizing clay massage and a glass of champagne.

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Como Shambhala Estate Bali

Top 10 Destination Spas of 2013

A medically supervised spa in Austria where guests learn everything from proper chewing to sound eating habits, nutrition and therapeutic “self-discovery” was named the best destination spa among readers of Condé Nast Traveller UK.

COMO Shambhala Estate Bali

The Parkhotel Igls in Austria (pictured below) was given top marks for its health-oriented spa treatments based on Modern Mayr Medicine, a six-pronged approach that focuses on cleansing and detoxing the body via fasts or customized diets, tutorials on vitamin and mineral intake, indoor and outdoor activities, and psychological counseling.

Parkhotel Igls

CN Traveller readers also gave The BodyHoliday, Le Sport in St. Lucia top marks for its exercise programs, and singled out Ananda in the Himalayas for the quality of its spa treatments.

baden baden brenners park hotel spa

Here are the top 10 destination spas according to CN Traveller’s Readers’ Travel Awards 2013:

1. Parkhotel Igls, Austria 93.54
2. COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali 93.50
3. Brenner’s Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden, Germany 92.31
4. Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand 91.5
5. Banyan Tree Phuket,Thailand 91.10
6. Ananda in the Himalayas, India 90.67
7. Espace Henri Chenot, Palace Merano, Merano, Italy 89.66
8. The Body Holiday, Le Sport, St Lucia 88.58
9. Grayshott, Surrey 87.34
10. Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts, USA 86.26

Banyan Tree Phuket

Banya may be next big spa trend

Russian banyas

According to trendspotters at Condé Nast Traveller, after Ayurvedic and Turkish baths, Russian banyas are poised to be the next big, mainstream spa trend currently gaining steady popularity across Europe.

Not unlike hamams, the Russian banya treatment is also based on wet steam, which is supposed to help detoxify the body. And the practice of what may appear to be self-flagellation with birch, oak or eucalyptus twigs and leaves is said to help improve blood circulation.

Russian banyas were also singled out by Spafinder.com as one of the top global spa and wellness trends for 2013, driven by an overall desire for ethnic, authentic treatments that extend beyond traditional Western spa experiences.

Expats abroad and spas around the world, meanwhile, are exporting the Russian tradition to different parts of the world:

At Banya No.1 in east London, for instance, steam sessions are followed by a honey and sea salt body scrub, the traditional ‘birch thwack’ and a plunge into an ice bath to boost circulation.

Bear and Birch recreates the Russian experience in New Jersey, while an immigrant family has set up a Russian tea room and bath house just outside Toronto at the South-Western Bathhouse.

For a more upscale version, iconic Parisian hotel Le Bristol also includes a Russian-style spa treatment called the “Russie Blanche,” which focuses on energizing and destressing.