Around the World in 8 AMAZING Spa Treatments

By Janene Mascarella

Calling all jet-setters: We’ve got a spa-hopping (and rather indulgent) itinerary fit for an adventurous queen. When planning your 2013 journeys, you might want to consider these spa treatments totally worth traveling for.

 

1. Regent Palms Turks & Caicos, Regent Spa

Mother of Pearl: This true indigenous island experience is a blend of precious hand-crushed local queen conch shells mixed with your choice of aromatherapy oil to polish your skin. Following this full-body exfoliation is a rich moisturizing application leaving your skin silky soft and revitalized. Extend this experience to 60 minutes with the addition of a massage to further put you in a state of harmony. 60 minutes – $155, Regenthotels.com/EN/Palms

2. Paresa Resort, Phuket, Thailand

Heavenly Bliss: This is best described as pure tranquility – a combination of herbal steam, lime body scrub, and a honey body mask, followed by a massage and facial. Completing this beautifying experience is an aromatic milk bath. 210 minutes – $375, ParesaResorts.com/spa

3. The Wellness Center at The Body Holiday, Saint Lucia

Shirodhara: This ancient therapy begins with a continuous flow of “Shanti Oil” a warm herbal infusion onto the third eye (between the brows) for a specific duration to stimulate the nervous and hormonal systems. The oil is then massaged into the hair, scalp, neck and shoulders. This treatment brings tranquility, profound relaxation and clarity of mind, and has been traditionally shown to help with fatigue, mental exhaustion and anxiety. 60 Minutes, $125, TheBodyHoliday.com

4. Guerlain Spa, Waldorf Astoria, New York

Orchidee Imperiale-Prestige: The remarkable power and longevity of the orchid has inspire

d Guerlain’s exceptional facial treatment, the most complete of all. The exclusive Orchidee Imperiale firming massage, repeated three times by alternating deep massage sequences with softer relaxing ones, will act on the muscles of the face, neck, décolleté and the upper part of the back. All the signs of aging are corrected more quickly and more intensely. 140 minutes – $475., WaldorfNewYork.com

5.  The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana

Rock Creek Ritual: Performed in the Ranch’s Granite Spa, this ritual includes a layering of rich, pure textures and holistic flower extracts that stimulate circulation, ease the body and soothe the skin after a full day outdoors. Begin with a stimulating, organic sea salt exfoliation and then submerge yourself in a hydro-therapeutic soak, infused with an essential oil blend. Next, enjoy a therapeutic massage, followed by a hydrating and nutrient-rich wrap of wild-crafted extracts and organic flowers enriched with bio-dynamic honey – while also experiencing a relaxing scalp massage. 120 minutes –  $275, TheRanchAtRockCreek.com

6. Halele’a Spa at The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai Taro Clay Wrap: Wild-crafted Kauai clay is infused with taro, organic aloe, kava, noni and blue green algae and is luxuriously applied as a full body masque. This treatment includes an application of Maile Massage Cream as well as a hand and foot massage. The Kauai Taro Clay Wrap leaves your skin deeply cleansed and detoxified and promotes relaxation. 60 minutes – $175, StRegisPrinceville.com

7. Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Cha Chac Rain Ritual: Enter the mystical Cha Chac Rain Room and leave the outer world behind. Chac, the Rain god, was one of the most important gods in Mayan history. Fittingly, the word “cha” means to “let go” or “letting loose.” It begins with a traditional blessing and burning of copal incense. Then, relax on the rain table for an application of a healing body mask of cornmeal, clay and oats. The mask is then exfoliated with an Ayate cloth, followed by a warm overhead rainwater rinse. A massage of sage oil is the final ingredient to letting go. 90 minutes – $239, Fairmont.com/Mayakoba-Riviera-Maya

8. The Hilton Bora Bora Nui’s Hina Spa, French Polynesia

Million Dollar View Experience: This couple’s treatment is performed in an open-air treatment room situated on top of a black lava rock cliff above a sacred cove with a breathtakingly beautiful view of five South Pacific islands. It includes an exotic foot bath, body polish and couple’s massage, all using natural, locally-sourced ingredients such as vanilla, manoi, tiare flowers and coconut. The experience ends with a light meal consisting of a tropical fruit smoothie and “Polynesian Reflect,” a plate of sashimi, fish tartar and “Poisson Cru,” the national dish made of raw tuna and coconut milk. 120 minutes – $590 per couple, Hilton.com

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