by Veronica Shine
One of the great wonders of travel is that a journey far from your everyday surroundings can help eliminate the cobweb maze that daily stress creates. What better way to travel than to create a vacation that becomes much more than just “time off” by including some spa treatments?
The Romans believed that their practice of “Salus Per Aquae” (health by waters) provided a therapeutic treatment that helped them reach the pinnacle of success as a civilization.
The variety and types of spas are immense, but one thing is assured: the sense of seclusion and privacy they provide will revive you. Never have there been more tempting options avail- able throughout the world—a feast for all the senses with a personal connection to the secrets of beauty, health and wellness.
“Begin the Beguine”
You can renew your spirit with a full range of spa and salon treatments while waiting to catch your international flight. Treatments ranging from massage, skincare and hydrotherapy are avail- able in a peaceful environment in several major United States airports. Airports such as Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, JFK, Newark, Orlando and San Francisco cater to the spa desires of travelers on the go. Some international carriers are even offering spa services before departure for their first and business class passengers.
What better way to begin your trip than with a massage or a facial that fully hydrates your skin, leaving you refreshed for your overnight flight overseas?
In Southern Europe the smell of jasmine is in the air. The Capri Palace adds to your well being with the magic of seawater known for its purifying properties, with a pinch of Shiatsu thrown in. The area is filled with thousands of years of history beginning with the Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans—experts in the benefits of spas.
Located on a flowering island overlooking the Blue Grotto, the Capri Palace spa epitomizes the Mediterranean approach to beauty and health in an atmosphere that reflects the beauty of the area.
The theme at this whitewashed villa high above the sea is “Equilibrium, Energy and Wellbeing.” Renowned Professor Francesco Canonaco, Medical Director of the Capri Beauty Farm, has created a program for all-around well being.
Escaping to the Capri Place may be just what the doctor ordered. The health benefits of sea air will last a lifetime and redefine you with good health, anti-aging and personal bliss. A detailed medical history analysis, blood work and caloric evaluation lead to a personalized program that can include a fitness regimen, medicated mud baths enriched with seaweed and Thalasso therapy to invigorate and soothe. The cuisine in the program is delightfully Mediterranean: totally fresh and free from artificial substances.
The resort can be reached by plane or train from Milan, Rome and Florence with a short ferry ride to the island from Port of Naples, Italy.
The Mysteries of India
Set among the foothills in the shadow of the Hi- malayan Mountains is a stylish resort with a twist. Besides being treated with a host of thousand-year-old remedies to treat health problems, prevent disease and rebalance the body, you can trek into the Himalayas and perhaps find Shangri-La. If not, you are as close as you can get at Ananda.
Ananda is frequently included as “The Best Spa” or “World’s Number One” on awards and honors lists.
This novel wellness spa specializes in authentic Ayurveda therapy, an ancient and scientific Indian system based on holistic medicine. According to the philosophy of Ayurveda, fulfillment requires a delicate balance of the three doshas: vata, pitta and kapha— good health, serene spirits and preservation of life. As part of an extensive consultation, you will learn which of these elements needs attention in your life. Following the prescribed regime of dietary and lifestyle changes, nutrition, exercise, stress management, detoxification, deep relaxation and anti-aging will improve your total being, both inside and out. An aftercare program is developed solely for you designed to maintain the full benefits of the Ayurveda treatments.
Ananda is a 45-minute flight from New Delhi.
Thailand´s diverse history and its vast abundance of natural resources have culminated in some of the oldest and most unique healing rituals in the world. Fully explore the healing cultures of Thailand in a breathtaking private, personal and peaceful location filled with herbs and flowers.
Some of the treatments you will experience at Six Senses Hideaway Hua Hin will change your outlook forever. Located in an isolated spot at Pranburi, Six Senses is dedicated to the nourishment of total tranquility, deriving its magic from the natural environment that surrounds it. The spa offers a wide array of special services, including massages, treatments, bath menus, seminars and physical and beauty treatments, but the real highlight is the Earth Spa.
The Earth Spa is a one-of-a-kind spa in Thailand constructed to have a minimal environmental impact. It received the 2008 Green Globe Bronze Award for using a mixture of clay, rice husks and straw, a technique that has been used in villages in Northern Thailand for thousands of years.
Six Senses Hideaway Hua Hin provides a uniquely secluded environment. Treatments incorporate the highest quality botanical extracts and essential oils, which are grown organically within the region.
Six Senses Hideaway Hua Hin can be reached within three hours by auto from Bangkok. A 45-minute shuttle flight from Bangkok International Airport can also take you there.
The Wonders of the East
Spa Village Pangkor Laut in Malaysia is located on a private island surrounded by warm azure waters. The natural beauty of the surrounding area only adds to the tranquility of the Pangkor Laut experience. Lush flora balances against the backdrop of white sand beaches, allowing you to experience the healing cultures and rituals known to this region.
Following a private conference to customize a program entirely for you, your treatment will consist of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Japanese and Balinese therapies.
Relaxation and anti-aging is taken seriously in the spa’s unique wellness and healing huts, an experience enhanced by the sound of the surf.
The traditional Chinese healing regime of Gu Fang Xun Shen is an extraordinary treatment involving ancient body smoking, using herbs to cleanse all negative energies from your body.
Practiced from generation to generation, Sesegar Bayu is a Malay body massage that reaches the deep inner nerve endings, promising well being and absolute progressive relaxation. You will fall into a dream-like state and be released from tension.
Many of these treatments are available exclusively at Pangkor Laut. Be prepared to dedicate many hours to benefit from all of them.
The resort can make arrangements by air or road via Kuala Lumpur or Suban to the nearest village, then ferry you to the private island.
Welcome Buenos Aires
Head to South America’s cosmopolitan city and discover a retreat among the bustling activity of Buenos Aires’s elegant boulevards, cobblestone streets, antique markets and museums. Argentina’s capital is known as one of the world’s great cultural playgrounds where you can experience the tango and one of the best spas in South America.
Be pampered with star-quality spa treatments at the celebrated Argentinean 2008 5-Diamond Hotel Faena + Universe La Prairie Spa. Built into El Porteño, an old grain silo, the once-dilapidated historic building now sits at the heart of a charming bohemian art district. It offers plenty to entice you in its opulent Philippe Starck-designed surroundings, and you will depart Buenos Aires with renewed vitality, improved elasticity and an overall sense of well being.
This spa is designed to promote vitality, relaxation, harmony and spiritual serenity. The spa is spacious and unusual in design, using the round shapes of the silos to great effect. There are Turkish-style baths and a special Incan-style stone sauna.
If you are looking for utopia within a large urban environment along with help to hold back the sands of time, world-renowned La Prairie products can help. La Prairie is known to deliver nutrients essential to managing the problems of stress that contemporary life can cause. The treatment will enhance the health, vitality, and overall appearance of your skin.
Premature aging can be fought with a premier Caviar Deluxe treatment. A four-hand massage will free you from the outside world and offer complete relaxation.
With its astonishing design and impeccable spa service, the Faena Hotel + Universe may be the best reason to visit Buenos Aires.
Faena Hotel + Universe is located approximately 15 miles from the Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires.