Five unforgettable destination spa treatments
Written by Ayesha Khan
Offered at some of the world’s most sought-after spas, these treatments are just as unique as their idyllic locations.
Abano Grand Hotel, Veneto, Italy
Fango clay wrap
The Anti-Ageing Thermal Spa at this Veneto hotel is one of the first spas to capitalise on the prized fango thermal clay that abounds in the Euganean Hills of Italy’s countryside. The clay has countless benefits, including anti-ageing, detoxification, immune support, and regeneration. It is applied in a warm, soothing wrap, followed by a thermal water bath and refreshing aromatherapy massage. A series of three to four treatments over a week-long stay at the comprehensive wellness resort is recommended for maximum (and very visible!) results.
Song Saa, Krong Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia
Khmer leaf poultice massage
If being nestled in the lush virgin rainforest of Cambodia’s first private island resort of Song Saa is not relaxing enough, experience the muscle-soothing Khmer leaf poultice massage. The pampering begins with a Khmer body massage of herbal oils. Next, heated traditional poultices packed with medicinal leaves, herbal powders, and spices are applied to the skin to achieve instant relaxation and wellbeing.
Ananda in the Himalayas, Rishikesh Valley, India
A restored viceroy’s palace, Ananda in the Himalayas has garnered accolades from the likes of the Telegraph and Travel + Leisure. Its Ayurvedic Udwarthana massage is a deep, dry massage that utilises special herbal powders that break down the body’s excess subcutaneous fat. These powders are massaged through the skin with unique strokes towards the heart, affecting the kapha nature of the body and giving a toning and firming effect.
Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
Fluidity underwater treatment
Offering guests the world’s first ever underwater treatment rooms, this idyllic Maldives spa features a water-based treatment that utilises hydrotherm cushions of warm water which lift and embrace the body, soothing achy muscles. The instant calming effect of water combined with gentle, fluid massage strokes also eases the mind.
Cal-A-Vie, California, USA
Voted one of the top destination spas in the world by Condé Nast Traveller, Cal-A-Vie, located in Vista, California, harnesses the power of Cali grapes and the potent antioxidant resveratrol in the anti-ageing Vinothérapie wrap. It begins with a grape-seed gommage to gently exfoliate and invigorate skin, followed by a masque that removes all toxins. Finally the signature Crème de Vin is slathered on to hydrate a clean and glowing skin.