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Asia’s Emerging Spa, Vietnam

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The JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay in Vietnam has announced that the Chanterelle – Spa by JW has been named South East Asia’s top Luxury Emerging Spa in the 2017 edition of the World Luxury Spa Awards.

As a leading spa, Chanterelle – Spa by JW presents an exclusive range of holistic and locally-inspired therapies based on four pillars: Calm, Indulge, Invigorate, and Renew. The treatments are personalized, allowing guests to shape their own wellness journey. The spa spans seven couples’ treatment rooms, one exclusive suite (which includes a luxurious VIP body treatment room, dedicated bath with separate steam and sauna), two reflexology rooms, as well as a salon room providing hair styling and nail services for both ladies and gentlemen.

Chanterelle – Spa by JW has a menu of intuitive offerings such as Thai Yoga Stretching, a body and spirit exercise combining classic Thai movements and controlled breathing to refocus the mind; DIY classes teaching guests to create their own scrubs, bath salts, and facial masks; and a Private Bath Ritual. Available in all room types, the Private Bath Ritual allows guests to experience a taste of the spa in the comfort of their rooms. Choosing from four themes – Detox Bath, Phu Quoc Signature Bath, Home Sweet Home, and Touch of Romance – the Bath Butler can deliver the ingredients and set up everything needed for a pampering soak in the oversized jetted tubs. Additional touches such as take away pocket guides and a comprehensive retail counter allows guests to continue the surreal spa journey at home.

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay is the flagship of JW Marriott Hotels and Resorts in Vietnam. JW Marriott Phu Quoc offers a selection of 244 artistically unique well-appointed rooms, suites, and villas with Bill Bensely’s whimsical touches.

www.jwmarriottphuquoc.com

 

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 Palazzo Versace Dubai

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The legendary Italian fashion and lifestyle brand’s neoclassical masterpiece is reminiscent of a 16th-century palace, featuring the most opulent designs from House of Versace.

Set in the heart of Dubai’s Culture Village, the hotel is plush in aesthetics and lush in verdure. Featuring 215 rooms dressed in bespoke Versace designs, the hotel is a haven of serenity as well as luxury, with several lagoon pools and reflection ponds elevating the tranquil atmosphere of the gardens. The hotel’s eight bars and restaurants include the conceptually-unique Enigma, featuring limited-edition menus that immerse diners into diverse cuisines, as well as Q’s Bar and Lounge, which is music legend Quincy Jones’ first ever bar.

Editor’s Review

 

Versace clothing, jewellery, eyewear,  fragrances….. Welcome to Versace hospitality, to the Versace Palazzo in Dubai styling furniture, furnishings and paintings in this fashion branded hotel which stands smartly in the heart of Dubai’s developing Culture Village.

Step into the lobby and its grandeur and sense of space will stop you in your designer shoes. A panoramic view focuses on statement pieces, splashes of “Medusa Blue”, paintings of fashion models and a mosaic of 1.5 million pieces.

A quick glance will not suffice. Floating overhead is a chandelier, graceful in its simplicity, a table or two prominently placed, laden with Versace vases while high ceilings tower above.

Promenade into the lobby lounge and you will be trespassing on a masterpiece mosaic, painstakingly crafted as the key floor attraction. Guests are Versace lovers, brand followers and those craving a taste for classical elegance.

For those who want complete immersion, indulgent pampering awaits in The Spa at The Versace Palazzo with a range of tailored and exotic treatments.  If you have time on your side, The Ultimate will keep you cossetted for 7.5 hours. If not, 30 minutes will give you a custom-made exfoliation of oils and salt crystals promising you a nourished glow. Add a sprinkle of sparkle, with a two-hour 24-carat gold dust massage, aptly named 24K, or a healthy based intensive facial of green caviar listed under one of their Swiss anti-ageing treatments.

I sampled a much needed 90-minute Sleep Massage and pleased to admit that I managed to stay awake to experience it in full. From the moment I entered the treatment room, snug in a thick Versace gown and fluffy slippers, the atmosphere was one of peace and tranquillity. Specially blended oils with hints of lavender, jasmine and sweet basil enveloped the room melting away intrusive thoughts.

My therapist started with a foot cleanse and a hint of reflexology before the full massage. Rhythmic strokes of a medium pressure leading from the heel of the hand gradually drained away tension. Soft, mellow music played in the background with no other sounds interrupting the experience. As if completing a full circle, she finished with my feet, wrapping them in warmth, softness and care.  A designer touch tailored to my needs.

Calm and serene, even without the gold dust and caviar, I stepped out into the House of Versace for another intake of its opulence and neoclassical designs.

www.palazzoversace.ae

UNIQUE THERAPY: “Song of the Rainforest” Ritual Langkawi, Malaysia

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The Andaman Resort is tucked between a 10 million-year-old rainforest and the tranquil Datai Bay on Malaysia’s Langkawi Island. Styled in a Malaysian contemporary design are 178 rooms and suites which enjoy sweeping views over the Andaman Sea and ancient rainforest.

The Resort’s V Botanical Spa is set within the natural surroundings of the rainforest hillside, offering a number of unique treatments and rituals.

The “Chi Nei Tsang” treatment is rooted in the ancient Taoist tradition. It aspires to heal the body from within by removing unprocessed emotions that manifest themselves in the form of energy blockages. Blockages impair the body’s vital functions and constrict the flow of the life-force Chi. Upon reading the navel, the therapist works on the knots (carefully) and tangles in the abdomen, stimulates the intestines, abolishing toxins, improving digestion and metabolism and revitalising the entire body.

Its signature “Song of the Malay Rainforest “Ritual is designed to evoke the rainforest spirits with a unique ritual that focuses on a sensory journey. It aims to revive the body mind and spirit into a deep meditative state. It uses villages remedies, blended with traditional home-made treatments and herbal remedies potent for purification, balancing and regeneration. It draws inspiration from the Malay healing practices and uses ingredients from the rainforest to capture the healing powers of plants and medicinal herbs.

“The Holistic Gemstone Facial” uses selected gems for specific purposes. Jade drains toxins from the facial tissues, Jasper improves microcirculation, Aventurine calms the skin, Obsidian balances uneven skin tone and Unakite regenerates skin affected by free radicals. When heated these precious stones relax the jaw area, open the pores to allow antioxidants and organic essential oils to penetrate and nourish the underlying tissue.

 

SHA Wellness Clinic Medical Spa Resort

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The award-winning SHA Wellness Clinic is an international pioneering wellness clinic dedicated to significantly improving and prolonging health and wellbeing. Regarded as one of the best medical spas in Europe, SHA combines natural therapies originating from ancient Eastern wisdom with the most advanced Western techniques. The Clinic is renown for cutting-edge programmes which include everything from weight loss and detox to cognitive brain training, de-addiction, sleep recovery.

The established SHA method was created and supervised by world renowned experts, including the famous Michio Kushi, who was appointed president of the World Federation of Natural Alternative Medicine in 1995 and has been advisor to many international organizations like the UN and the World Health Organization. Today he is regarded as the father of modern macrobiotics.

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.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

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The Sanctuary is an architectural statement embedded within 53 acres of private terrain set within the landscapes of Camelback Mountain. Stunning panoramic views provide the ideal location for reconnecting with mind and body.

Innovative dining is created by Food Network celebrity and Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, escape to the Asian-inspired treatments at the world-class Sanctuary Spa, and explore the breathtaking scenery that unveils a magnificent perspective on the world and one another.

Unique Asian-inspired treatments and services include signature experiences such as the Sanctuary Luxury Facial, Sumatra Coconut Body Ritual, and In Harmony Massage, or an extensive list of offerings tailored to fit personal well-being. There are 12 indoor & outdoor treatment rooms surrounding the Spa’s Zen meditation garden and reflecting pond.

Specialised treatments include a guided imagery meditation, a labyrinth walking meditation through the pathways of the seven path classical labyrinth and Numerology. Body treatments range from a golden lotus balancing ritual and a signature wakai renewal.

The Gaia Spa at Boringdon Hall Hotel, Devon

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The Gaia Spa at Boringdon Hall Hotel in Devon opened in August 2016 offering a range of treatments focusing on health and wellbeing, using its s own-brand natural products as well as some of the UK’s top names in spa and wellness.

The Gaia Spa concept seamlessly combines ancient wellness traditions from around the world with the refinement and skills of modern spa.

Amanbagh, Rajasthan

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Mughal-inspired Amanbagh is a Rajasthani retreat set among the Aravalli mountain range, 90 minutes from Jaipur with the Bengal tiger sanctuary of Sariska National Park is a short drive away. Each of the 40 suites and pavilions has a private courtyard or terrace.

Amanbagh’s holistic spa provides a range of therapies and treatments including massages, facials and scrubs using exclusively prepared skincare products. Retreat programmes, revolving around anti-aging and preventive medicine drawn from the ancient practice of Ayurveda. A resident Ayurvedic physician identifies each guest’s dosha (Ayurvedic type) and creates a personalized program based including purifying body treatments and a meal plan.

Reflecting the local culture, activities include yoga and meditation sessions which may take place in a 17th century temple in an abandoned city and hikes are through narrow gorges.

Six Senses Douro Valley, Lamego, Portugal

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The Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal’s Lamego is a renovated 19th-century manor house opening doors to 41 guest bedrooms, 9 suites and 7 villas enjoying sweeping views from its panoramic location overlooking the vine covered hills of the Douro Valley and the River Douro.

Senses Integrated Wellness brings together the latest technology and in-house expertise with personalized wellness programs and nutritional advice.

The facility offers Six Senses speciality treatments and multi-day programs with locally inspired therapies, some of which are grape and citrus fruit based. Programmes range from Wellness Screening and Movement Efficiency, treatments such as Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facial and Schist Stone and Almond Body Soother which is synonymous with local port wine production and stress retreats at designated times throughout the year.