Forget your ‘same ol’ spa routine! Step up to next-level relaxation with one of these luxurious spa treatments. From exotic seaweed masques to candle massages, the world’s spas are offering unique indulgences that will make you feel like a royal – no extensive ancestry required! It may seem overwhelming trying to decide which therapy is best for you so let us guide the way and explore 11 outrageous remedies from around the globe. Ready? Let’s go on an adventurous journey towards cloud nine in heavenly style…
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11 Outlandish and Opulent Spa Treatments
Caviar Lime & Passionfruit Facial
Where: Royal Uno’s Alea Spa, Cancun
Why: Tap into the ancient healing wisdom of the Maya and Nahua (Aztec) cultures.
What to expect: By using plants with medicinal properties to complete its treatment, vacationers seeking to unwind and relax into a state of meditation will find their solace.
Aloe and Milk Bath Wrap
Why: This treatment pays homage to the island’s rich history with this refreshing treatment that hydrates and replenishes the skin.
What to expect: The largest spa on the island, the spa’s treatments use aloe harvested at the island’s very own Aruba Aloe Factory, founded by Cornelius Eman.
Hunab Ku Mayan Massage
Where: Sens Yah Spa JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa – Cancun, Mexico
Why: Still performed in the local communities, this treatment is a refreshing mixture of rituals, unconventional healing movements and a unique abdominal massage technique performed according to traditional beliefs of energy flow – one step back in time, bringing you closer to simple and uncomplicated truths.
What to expect: This world-class spa features a stunning, Mayan-inspired design and the expansive facility includes a huge, indoor lap pool overlooking the ocean. While you wait for your treatment, enjoy the gorgeous views of the Caribbean Sea and the Nichupte lagoon, the perfect setting to whisk you away from the worries of your day-to-day. The space also includes state-of-the-art fitness equipment, Spa salon, Jacuzzi, and a health bar to round out your wellness experience.
Where: Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti
Why: Quenching parched skin, repairing sun-damage
What to expect: The 90-minute treatment uses oil from the seeds of fruit from locally grown Baobab trees (commonly called the “tree of life” for its healing properties) and includes a full-body massage using a Tanzanian rungu — a wooden baton that signifies warrior status for the Masai tribe in East Africa.
“Rebirth” Therapy session
Why: To experience healing through water.
What to expect: Performed in a pool of warm water, and focused on meditation and relaxation. Your therapist will guide you through a series of rhythmic water movements (swaying you from side to side) in the water) that relax your mind, muscle tissue, and joints, allowing you to gradually drift into a meditative state.
Four-Hand Beerinese Massage
Where: Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri
Why: Skin exfoliation, rejuvenating and hydrating skin, pH balancing
What to expect: For this dreamy, Balinese-inspired treatment two therapists simultaneously massage you with long, flowing strokes. Then they apply warm stones to your back and oil infused with hops from local brewery 4 Hands Brewing to your whole body. As if you won’t be relaxed enough after the 50-minute treatment, there’s a 4 Hands Brewing pint waiting on you afterward.
Tequila + Agave Facial
Why: A locally inspired facial, that uses local agave and ends with a signature shot of Don Julio – salt and lime included, of course.
What to expect: The property is situated on one of Mexico’s best surf breaks, surrounded by lush rainforest that unfolds along winding, tree-lined paths. Nestled in the heart of this jungle paradise, guests can visit the resort’s 4,500 square foot AWAY SPA and zen out to the sounds of local wildlife. Be sure to take advantage of the Relaxation Deck which features flowing waterfalls and hot and cold plunge pools nestled in the jungle.
Sultan’s With Ice Massage
Why: Improved circulation, renewed energy, relief from sore muscles
What to expect: You begin in a hammam (a Turkish-inspired bathhouse) for the 60-minute treatment, which starts with a full-body polish performed with a Turkish exfoliating mitt and a body mask and facial. The ritual finishes with an invigorating ice massage for hands, feet, and scalp.
Nopal Detox Desert Wrap
Why: Diminished cellulite, fluid release, age spot reduction
What to expect: Using ingredients from the locally grown Nopal cactus (packed with magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, and amino acids), the 120-minute desert-inspired journey begins with a full-body dry brushing. You are then covered in a freshly blended Nopal mask and wrapped up to detox. Once that part is done, you get a massage using a purifying essential oil blend.
Shawangunk Grit Mineral Body Treatment
Why: Skin hydration, stress relief, exfoliation, and mindful rejuvenation
What to expect: The 80-minute ritual begins with a relaxing hydro-tub soak to ease tension, followed by a gentle exfoliation using fine quartz grains quarried from cliffs on the property blended with hydrating botanicals. The massage therapist uses oil with hints of atlas cedar, orange, Italian bergamot, clementine, and pink grapefruit for your massage.
CELLU M6 REVOLUTION FACIAL
Where: Four Seasons, Hong Kong
Why: The production of new collagen and natural hyaluronic acid gives the dermis back volume and lifts wrinkles.
What to expect: Endermologie® is a 100% natural, non-invasive, gentle mechanical skin stimulation technique that reactivates your cellular metabolism. Expect results after the first session such as firmed skin, smoothed wrinkles, clarified complexion, and reduction of double chins.