Monday, July 22 2019


Indulgence, No Apologies!

Explore the world of vinotherapy or indulge in a chocolate fondue facial. Revel in the richness of Amazonian ingredients, treatments inspired by the fi ve elements or experience pampering at the very ‘edge of the world’. ATELIER lists top, off-beat global destination spas that take you forward onto a journey of pure, unadulterated indulgence.
By Maleeka Kashyap
Caudalie Vinotherapie @ Les Ottomans, Istanbul, Turkey
Located in the ultra-lavish environs of Hotel Les Ottomans, an 18th-century pasha-mansion-turned-boutique-hotel, the spa Caudalie Vinotherapie indulges clients in a journey of pure, delightful pleasure. Revered treatments here include the barrel bath, crushed cabernet scrub and the ever popular grape-seed exfoliation massage and therapy. Include a Vitamin Bar that serves carefully prepared healthy delights, and this is your open window to a world of tranquillity.
Spa and Health Club @ Gstaad Palace, Switzerland
Dating back to 1913, the legendary Gstaad Palace sums up the spectacular Swiss Alpine charm in a very period, yet modern setting. A hotspot for discerning international clientele, the spa and health club here has exclusive facilities spread over 1,800 square meters. Numerous facilities, incredibly trained therapists and products from the lines of Cinq Mondes, Sisley, Niance and L.Raphael ensure your experience here is of another level. Most unique of the treatments offered here is the Hammam ritual, a harmonious sequence through seven special rooms that target your mind, body and soul that lasts over two hours.
Art Wellness @ Monte Mulini, Rovinj, Croatia
Be prepared for the ultimate in pampering. The Art Wellness facility at the Hotel Monte Mulini brings together a Mediterranean ambience set against natural elements and holistic treatments that shall elevate your mind and body to a literal state of nirvana. From international favourites such as caviar and chocolate to their signature special therapies that include algae, secret recipes and experiences such as fl oating rooms, they combine the art of well-being and happiness like no other spa.
By Riddhima Nagpal
Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa, Queensland, Australia
The Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa located within the tropical rainforest of Daintree allows one to succumb to the pleasures of Aboriginal-inspired massages and spa therapies. This boutique ecolodge reinforces the impression of being at one with nature, while still providing all necessary comforts you would expect from a luxury resort. Their signature treatment is Walbul- Walbul – Butterfl y, which allows one to connect with the vibration of the land. Here, potent natural forces are harnessed to create a healing environment that is not found anywhere else in the world.
Alpine Aqua Spa @ Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
Alpine Aqua spa, located within Hanmer Springs, New Zealand’s premier spa destination encapsulates the true spirit of Hanmer Springs and contains some of Hanmer’s mineral-fi lled thermal waters rich in sulphur – the therapeutic qualities of which have been famed for years. The spa offers a world-class experience for ultimate relaxation specialising in luxurious skin, body and massage therapies. Treatments vary from massages and facials to specialty full-body wraps and rich body therapies. For real decadence try their speciality – the Cocoa Relaxing body wrap in warm cocoa, or perhaps a chocolate fondue facial – known as Chocolate Regenerative Care.
Pepper Springs Retreat, Daylesford & Hepburn Springs, Victoria, Australia
The Mineral Spa at Pepper Springs Retreat uses natural nutrient-rich mineral water in the spa’s water-therapy areas. The spa features a historic Art Deco hotel surrounded by gardens and bushes and three open-air mineral pools. Their unique and signature treatment is the highly acclaimed Mineral Water Retreat and Detox Box. They also offer body signature cocoons on the only operating soft-pack treatment beds in the Southern Hemisphere – which fully relax and destress the entire body.
By Priyanka Chakrabarti
Laja Spa @ Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Honouring the splendid Laja River that fl ows through the mountains in the north and makes headway into the San Miguel Lake, the Laja Spa is a retreat of cleansing, revival and indulgence. The Spa offers a variety of treatments – from traditional healing therapies based on the natural hydration of Laja River to modern spa treatments. And alongside the regular treatments, they also have a wide range of luxurious therapies that can be personalised to target one’s skin’s special needs.
The Spa @ Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Copacabana Palace houses one of Rio’s fi nest spas. The interesting and long treatment menu features the exclusive AYASPA range of organic products, made from the purest and most refi ned home-grown Brazilian ingredients based on açaí and guaraná fruits, white clay from the Amazon and essential oils, which are used to elevate one’s sense of comfort and wellness. The range of treatments offered here are wide and luxurious, and include their famous signature therapies and rituals such as the Aroma Quente, Beauté Cachée, Amazônia and Bossa Nova.
The Spa @ Four Seasons Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel, Buenos Aires offers an array of massages and treatments based on the Germain de Capuccini natural product line – to unwind, detoxify and synchronise the body. Their signature therapy Porteno Tango has a unique touch to it; the 80-minute massage is choreographed to the beat of tango music. It starts with exfoliation followed by the classic Argentinean hot-stone massage, performed using natural grape oil to soothe tense muscles and alleviate stress.
By Medha Shri
Six Senses Spa @ Zighy Bay, Oman
True to its name, every treatment at this spa indulges all the senses, which is also represented by their pyramid-shaped logo. The experience starts with addressing the primary senses: sight, sound and touch. This is followed by the second stage that appeals to the more acute senses of taste and smell. And at the climax is the unique sensory experience. Choose from lavish therapies including Aphrodite Bath, or enjoy an Arabian Body Rasul with slimming properties, or a Thai Silk Facial Silk Cocoon with sericin essential protein that tones and firms.
ShuiQi Spa and Fitness @ Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
The ShuiQi spa at Atlantis is the ultimate destination for the hedonist. Step into a world of Arabic royal pampering and step out absolutely fresh and fi t. Get spoilt to the core with their treatments which can be customised for you – you can ask for an all Clarins or Shiseido treatment or demand a Ionithermie Body Treatment to lose weight and inches. Their cheek lift and derriere treatment assures a tighter tummy, fi rmer bottom, and gives your cheeks a lift. While you relax and lie down, others work hard to ensure you look like a million bucks. No wonder it’s a favourite with celebrities. To make the most of it, go along with friends and have a rejuvenation party!
The Spa @ The Twelve Apostles, Cape Town
This luxury boutique hotel has won awards for being one of the world’s best spa resorts. Situated on ‘the edge of the world’ bordering the Atlantic, you could watch dolphins whistle and sharks swim. But what you must experience are the truly blissful spa treatments that promise to work on your body, mind and soul. The spa is cut into the surrounding rocks and one can also opt for a spa in the open under a gazebo. It offers a host of therapies that use ocean mud, milk, herbs, Elemis and Mama Mio products and their famous Lonithermie Super Detox Slimming package.
By Vandana Rana
I-Spa @ The Intercontinental, Hong Kong
The Feng Shui-inspired spa at the Intercontinental features a variety of luxurious therapies that work on the inner and outer harmony of your body. The huge palette of relaxing services like face care, body care and exotic rituals melt away your stress. The famous Pearl of the Orient therapy indulges you in a blissful journey that starts with a full-body pearl scrub, followed by pearl emulsion and a cocoon of warm aromatic wax for destressing and that pearl-like glow.
The Spa @ The Lalu, Taiwan
The Lalu is one of the most exotic locations in the orient and has numerous avant-grade options for you to indulge in. The spa of the resort is famous for its unique massage techniques, which fl ow in dance-like movements. The Lalu spa emphasises on offering an unforgettable experience to pamper all your fi ve senses in an indulgent journey. The Imperial treatment, one of the most elaborate treatments offered here, which includes a traditional scrub, an essence bath, a special jade massage followed by a natural facial, expert foot massage and fi nally a rose petal bath, would surely leave you feeling pampered like royalty.
The Spa by Mspa @ The Four Seasons, Bangkok, Thailand
The treatments at this spa are sure to exhilarate your mind, body and soul. One must indulge in the Ultimate Spa Pampering ritual, which includes a steam aromatic fl oral bath, fl oral foot bath, your choice of scrub or wrap, aromatic massage, rejuvenating facial, your choice of manicure or pedicure, spa cuisine and refreshments. The fi ve-and-half-hour therapy revitalises you completely. You can also choose to have your treatments in the spa suites, in-room or by the poolside.

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