Photo: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Five spas that deserve a trip
Wellness comes at a price. Each year the quest for beauty moves more than 82 million dollars across the whole world. Let yourself be pampered from the Maldives to Hong Kong.
The very definition of Asian luxury
1. The Oriental Spa – Hong Kong
The Velaa Private Island spa boasts a snow room, the only one of its kind in the Maldives.
Photo: Velaa Private Island
Feeling well inside
Food affects the way we feel and at SHA Wellness Clinic (Alicante, Spain) they know this. That's why they put their clients on macrobiotic programmes that vary from 500 to 6,000 euros.
The spa experience at the Mandarin Oriental hotel begins with bathing in its oasis. Clients can arrive an hour before their treatment starts to begin relaxing in what is regarded as one of the best spas in Asia. It has holistic areas like vitality pools and amethyst crystal steam rooms. The luxurious Enrich Body Treatment rejuvenates and moisturises the skin. It begins with a salt and coffee body exfoliation to stimulate circulation. The skin is then purified with a marine algae body mask. The treatment concludes with the application of a tuberose, ylang ylang and vanilla cream and a massage to ease away tension and stress.
Diamond skin in sunny California
The exclusive Alpha Lounge loungers at the SHA offer a revitalising treatment based on chromotherapy, vibration, music and heat.
Photo: SHA Wellness Clinic
2. Sea Wellness Spa – Santa Monica, Los Angeles
Some treatments are based on Ayurveda, which means 'life knowledge' in Sanskrit, the ancient language of India.
Photo: Dhara Dhevi Hotel
The spa at Casa del Mar hotel is the ideal place to try the very latest beauty treatments. An eco-friendly spa where they help you achieve 360º calm by relaxing both body and mind. Their Diamond Magnetic Body Ritual is a treatment that aims to eliminate the effects of electromagnetic pollution and stress. It starts by rebalancing your chakras with precious stones and ends with the application of a mud with diamond dust and combined with a massage using magnetic tools. Feeling diamond dust on your skin will set you back $260.
King of the ocean
3. Velaa Private Island – Maldives
The size of 25 football pitches, Velaa Private Island has become a byword for luxury tourism. Built from scratch, the resort has just 43 private villas with their own pool, eighteen of which are built out over the water. There is also a honeymoon suite that can only be reached by boat. With its Asian-inspired therapies, the Velaa resort spa offers tailor-made treatments depending on how long each guest is staying. It’s easy to relax with a massage in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Especially when your only companion is the turquoise blue of the water.
A haven for celebrities
4. SHA Wellness Clinic – Alicante, Spain
This wellness and detox centre combines the benefits of natural therapies with healthy food plus the latest advances in western medicine. Dozens of famous faces make the pilgrimage here every year in search of eternal youth. Star clients include Naomi Campbell, Barbara Streisand and Kylie Minogue. The SHA detox oxygenates the body and releases toxins. This drainage treatment is done using glass bells that exercise mild suction and are combined with essential oils to work on the body’s energy meridians.
At the service of tradition
5. Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Located in a 19th-century palace, the Dhara Dhevi hotel spa specialises in Thai and Ayurvedic treatments. A sanctuary spread over 3,100 square metres and decorated with Buddhist sculptures and symbols. Its comprehensive treatment list focuses on the use of exotic herbs and local ingredients. It ends with the Wild Forest Honey wrap, which moisturises the skin using a hot mixture of natural honey from the surrounding area with spices and herbal oils, ideal for revitalising dry skin.