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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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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.

Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa, Phang Nga

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The all-suite luxury Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa in Phang Nga is set on Natai Beach, a short distance away from Phang Nga Bay and just 20 minutes north of the Phuket International Airport.

The Ayurah Spa & Wellness Centre adopts a more medical and results-oriented approach to wellness, with rejuvenating spa treatment rooms, a post-treatment relaxation chamber, a chromo-therapy room and Vichy shower room which offers horizontal water massages.

The facility offers anti-aging spa therapies, age defying spa treatments, and advanced techniques including oxygen therapy and the latest light therapy technologies.

RAAS Devigarh, Rajasthan

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Nestled in the Aravalli Hills of India’s Udaipur area lies the RAAS Devigarh, an 18th century palace which has been transformed into a five star luxury hotel in Rajasthan, offering 39 unique suites, complemented by spacious gardens and courtyards.

Its spa programme is led by British brand, ila which sources wild harvested ingredients which include local Rajasthani damascene rose otto oil, jasmine from Tamal Nadu, sandalwood from Mysore and tuberose.

Treatments embrace India’s healing arts, intuitively combining music with the likes of Marma massage techniques, subtle chakra cleansing and herbal poultices.

In additional to traditional therapies are ila’s Devi Blessings, which include nine 2 hour treatments designed to calm adrenals and recalibrate the entire central nervous system. Three, six and nine night Blessing packages are offered.

Naturally enriched with over 84 minerals, the Spa’s Himalayan Salt Cave provides healing properties said to cleanse the body, balance hormones, improve sleep and reduce muscle tension
www.raasdevigarh.com