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Heiligendamm, Bad Doberan, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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Situated within the town of Bad Doberan in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Heiligendamm is an ideal wellness destination for its revitalizing weather and stunning surroundings. Sitting along the Baltic coast, this resort uses seawater for therapeutic treatments while the mild temperatures, moist air and low dust levels provide prescriptive conditions for those with respiratory illnesses and allergies.

It is the oldest seaside resort in Germany and has been hosting prominent figures, such as Duke Friedrich Franz, for over 200 years.

https://www.grandhotel-heiligendamm.de

The Thermae Bath Spa

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This natural thermal spa lies in the heart of Bath, a World Heritage Site.

The Thermae Bath Spa is an award winning facility flowing with warm, mineral-rich thermal waters.  Combining the old with the new, this historical spa building blends with the contemporary design of the New Royal Bath.

Following in the bathing traditions of the Celts and Romans, dating back 2000 years ago, here you can enjoy bathing in the Minerva Bath or the open-air rooftop pool with views over the city and countryside.

A dedicated Wellness Suite has been designed to offer a range of multi-sensory facilities.  Guests are invited to experience a thermal journey which includes an infrared sauna, an astral relaxation room, a series of aroma steam rooms and an ice chamber. Creative displays and features reflect the spa traditions of the Romans and Georgians.

For light refreshment, the Springs Cafe Restaurant serves freshly prepared meals and drinks.

www.thermaebathspa.com

 




The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel, Bath

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Originally built in the 1800s, The Gainsborough Bath Spa occupies two Grade II Listed buildings with distinguished Georgian and Victorian façades. Named after the artist, Sir Thomas Gainsborough, the luxury hotel is centred around its own Spa facility, (Spa Village), which, uniquely in the UK, has the exclusive privilege of having access to the natural thermal, mineral-rich waters.

The hotel is located in Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was built around a thermal spring bringing waters that once healed a swineherd prince as well as providing a Georgian playground for both aristocracy and commoners alike. Bath’s legendary reputation has endorsed it as a leisure and wellness destination.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel offers a range of tastefully decorated rooms and suites which fuse period furniture pieces with contemporary styling.  Each guest room has complimentary wi-fi, flat screen TVs and luxury amenities.

The Dan Moon at the Gainsborough Restaurant offers fine dining with a comfortable, sophisticated ambience. This popular venue features Georgian architecture, original artwork and an impressive wine wall.

Guests are offered a complimentary  Bath House experience at the hotel’s Spa Village, with access to the natural thermal pools from 7am to 9am and 8pm to 10pm

http://www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk

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Tuscan resort Adler Thermae extends its wellness facilities

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The Adler Thermae Spa & Wellness Resort in Bagno Vignoni has renovated its spa facilities and created two new saunas: a Finnish sauna with panoramic views over the undulating Tuscan hills and a bio-sauna, for those who prefer their sauna considerably cooler than the high Finnish temperatures.

The panoramic Finnish sauna, its plunge pool and relaxation area have 180-degree views over the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val d’Orcia.

This sauna detoxifies the body, flushing out body toxins, deep cleansing pores, strengthening the immune system and stimulating metabolism. Several times a day, a member of the spa team carries out a venting ritual, when waters laced with essential oils are sprayed onto the coals generating calming, energizing and purifying steam, dependent on the oil used.

The new bio-sauna is located in the middle of the spa’s tranquil lake which is set within a disused Travertine quarry; Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs and Adler Thermae is renowned for its thermal waters, which are piped direct from the source at Bagno Vignoni, a few minutes’ walk from the hotel). The bio-sauna helps to clear and regenerate the respiratory tract, relieves muscle tension and joint pain, and also stimulates metabolism.

These two new saunas add to the existing facilities which include Artemisia (a steam sauna with Tuscan herbs), Salino (an Etruscan sauna with salt steam), Grotta del Filosofo (a steam bath in a cave with magical relaxation area), Argillae (a Rasul clay bath) and Grotta Salina (an underground salt bath); the Grotta del Filosofo has also received a complete overhaul.

Adler Thermae has a highly qualified team of doctors and experts onsite who specialise in the fields of regenerative, preventive, complementary and gentle aesthetic medicine to supervise those guests who wish to detox, lose weight or undergo innovative non-invasive aesthetic treatments including mini-lifting with laser or Carb-O-xygen.

There are 87 rooms constructed in traditional Tuscan style, offering views overlooking the region’s hills and a bio-climatisation system that avoids the unhealthy effects of air-conditioning regulating both temperature and humidity automatically through pipe work in the walls, ceiling and floor, to ensure a total wellness experience.

Perugia (Ryanair from Stansted), is the closest airport, followed by Florence, Pisa and Rome.

Full details of all wellness packages available at Adler Thermae can be viewed on the website – www.adler-thermae.com.

 

The Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai


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Editor’s Review:

A Spa with a story to tell ….

We have read tales of nomads crossing the desert in search of an oasis to revive and rejuvenate them for their onward journey. Today, searching for such finds has become more hazardess as lands have been developed, skyscrapers blocking horizons and highways creating a spaghetti of routes.

The Palm in Dubai has been created from reclaimed land accommodating an increasing number of stylish and glitzy hotels.  One of the most recent to open its doors is the Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai claiming fame to the world’s largest cube structure as its entrance statement and the doorway to an oasis in the form of The Spa.

Away from the cosmopolitan fast-lane, this contemporary space is filled with architectural styles from different eras. High ceilings yield into elegant archways channelling energy for the wealth of holistic treatments on offer. A gently lit curved stairway immediately sets the scene of tranquillity and calm, leading your mind towards light, openness and the benefits to be bestowed by a skilled therapist.

My treatment took me on a 90-minute Arabian multi-sensory journey, transporting me to a desert complete with sights smells and sounds. It told a story and drew me in to a faraway place, away from the hustle and bustle outside, from the tall buildings, expansive malls and car fumes.

It started with a visual meditation as I lay on a heated sand-filled quartz bed which gave a wave –like motion and the feeling of being on a beach, close to the waves of the sea, transporting me to a personal place of relaxation. Warm, calm and peaceful.

Once there, all senses came into play from the touch of an ostrich feather replicating a breeze, ostrich shells, strategically placed to focus on opening the chakras, the reassuring scents of frankincense and oud, reminiscent of the Arabian culture and the vibration of Tibetan bowls to further my meditative state.

The therapist performed the massage using rhythmic, gliding strokes which seemed to reflect the architectural lines of my surroundings; the gentle circular strokes brought images of the curved staircase bathed in subtle light while her strong pressure work around my shoulders brought images of the arched doorways, signalling an exit for stress and tension.

This was The Spa’s signature Desert Sensory Experience, one of many on the menu, making it difficult to choose. Treatments include the Desert Crystal Massage, The Casanova, exclusively for men or a Diamond Rose Experience which includes a smoothing, nourishing exfoliation with diamond dust, followed by an Absolute Damask Rose Body Oil massage.  For something very special and available only at The Viceroy, there is The Oscars Hollywood Treatment which promises to transform, unblock and reset your mind.

The philosophy behind the treatments originate from the beaches and palm trees of Santa Monica, where Viceroy was first founded, to the desert and beaches of the Arabian Peninsula. The Spa at The Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai demonstrated its promise of escapism with consciousness.

So, armed with opened chakras and vivid images of a relaxing sandy oasis, I felt ready to make my return to the hectic pace that is Dubai.

www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

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MEZZATORRE RESORT & SPA, ITALY

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Located on the Island of Ischia, this medical spa offers guests a wide variety of thermal treatments for circulation, arthritis, and sinus complications. A private thermal spring, flowing at 45°C, allows the resort to offer an extensive menu of balneotherapy treatments. Dr. Giulio Flavio Uggiano, and his team of dedicated staff can assist guests in choosing a treatment that is right for them. Mezzatorre Resort & Spa has on site accommodation and multi-day medical and wellness packages.

Mas Salagros Eco-resort & Aire Ancient Baths, Barcelona

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Located just outside of Barcelona, this destination is the first Eco-resort in Spain to become a member of Bio Hotels, the principal association of ecological hotels in Europe. This resort is 100% organic and offers guests a wide range of amenities including use of Roman thermal baths dating back to 1497, views of the countryside, and meals made with ingredients from their onsite farm.

Keemala, Phuket

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Clay cottages, luxury tents, and treehouses give this spa facility its distinctive charm that complements its wide array of unique therapies. Services offered include rebalancing massages and hammer treatments for inducing health-giving vibrations. There are also workshops for creating traditional Thai herbal poultices.

Gaya Island Resort, Borneo, Malaysia

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Gaya Island Resort is the natural choice for those seeking harmony with nature, a hideaway amid flora and fauna and a setting amongst mangroves.

A section of the resort is dedicated to its Spa Village which takes advantage of its location to the rich lowland forests to high altitudes blossoms of Mount Kinabalu and to the clear waters around the island. Here healing stems from the old traditional practices of Sabah’s indigenous people, from rice scrubs, masques of the Kadazandsun to old fashioned beliefs from the Bajau sea nomads. The Spa Village offers its guests ancient traditional therapies to heal modern day ailments.

The Adler Thermae Spa & Wellness Resort

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The Adler Thermae Spa & Wellness Resort in Bagno Vignoni was opened in 2004. It is situated in the picturesque area of southern Tuscany known as Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a wide range of wellness treatments, from modern western medicine to complementary and alternative healing methods.

The ADLER MED medical competence centre has its own interdisciplinary team of doctors from a variety of disciplines, such as general medicine, laboratory medicine, aesthetic medicine, modern Mayr medicine, homeopathy, phytotherapy and dietology.

Adler Thermae has introduced Ultherapy, a treatment which uses safe, time-tested ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin naturally. It is the only non-invasive procedure cleared by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) in the United States to lift skin on the neck, under the chin and on the eyebrow, and will also work to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.

Another non-surgical innovative treatment is Cryolipolysis, which helps to contour the body’s line, an alternative to liposuction.