As travel slowly opens up around the world and more people get vaccinated, the spa industry seeks to create unique luxury experiences to attract customers. New resorts are slowly launching after pandemic delays, and while spas are usually the last thing to open, soon there will be a lot more creative options for spa enthusiasts like me. According to Rona Berg, editorial director of Organic Spa Media, the industry is radically changing its mindset by offering luxury experiences while remaining safe.
“There are some highly anticipated new spa openings in 2021 after many hit the pause button over the past year. Spas are multiplying programs with an inherent social distancing such as reflexology, treatments outside in tents. More and more people are traveling with extended family and friends, and spas are moving to accommodate these groups, with wellness programs for the whole family, even children.
“Some spas are launching mental wellness programs, aimed at helping relieve the mental stress that has built up over the past year,” she continues. “Nature immersions are more and more popular, and now even more so. Getting away from it all, immersing yourself in nature, historical and cultural sites, and visiting exciting cities with rich itineraries can certainly be exhilarating. Testing your physical limits – hiking, biking, diving, surfing, and other sporting activities – makes you feel alive. Others focus on transformative experiences that lead to inward journeys or programs that help clients reset. “
And now the World Spa Awards, created to recognize excellence in the spa and wellness industry, has unveiled its nominees for 2021. The nominees cover the entire spa industry, hotel spas, wellness retreats , from spa destinations and detox programs to aromatherapy brands and wellness apps. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in October in Dubai.
Last year’s winners included two Italian properties; Como lake Mandarin Oriental Spa, Dolomite Lefay Resort & Spa, and the Royal Heritage Ritual treatment at Intercontinental Bali.
Among my favorite categories are the often outrageous spa treatments, including many nominations for the world’s best signature spa treatments for 2021.
A golden day ($ 1,150)
Emirates Palace Spa, Mandarin Oriental
Enjoy the spa’s luxurious golden hammam and treat yourself to a Palace Signature massage. Then, savor a light lunch before your decadent 24k Gold Radiance Facial. The finishing touch to the experience includes a Bastien pedicure.
Sculptural massage for young face (110 $)
Spa young face
Using a unique natural version of botox developed by Yakov Gershkovich. Massage is an alternative to invasive lifting surgical procedures. The treatment strengthens and relaxes the basic facial muscles.
Royal saffron ($ 612.00)
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai
An extravagant ritual reserved for royalty using blends of 24k gold, saffron and mogra, the queen of jasmine sourced directly from artisan cultivators and distillers to aid in cell regeneration, pigmentation and rejuvenation.
Trips of the Signature Spa Suite ($ 260)
The Spa at Address Downtown
The Signature Spa Suite offers views of Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai and offers a massage tub and horizontal shower cascade massage to accompany specialty treatments.
Black Pearl 24k Golden Splendor ($ 700)
The spa at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane
After full body exfoliation, your body is wrapped in 24k gold, massaged with gold body oil, body butter and pectin mask. The 24 karat gold treatment is used to minimize the signs of aging on the face and body.
Royal heritage ritual
InterContinental Bali Resort
Recreating the traditional royal wedding, this 3-hour experience includes a Bali Ocean Serenity or Muscle Tension Release Massage, Lulur Body Scrub, Regenerating Facial, and Foot Massage. Ending with a bath of royal heirloom milk infused with fresh flowers.
Yin transformation ritual ($ 170)
Luxury resort Quellenhof
A custom-made massage sofa filled with water with anti-gravity is used for this specialized wavebalance® massage, performed with hot oil.
Caviar Journey ($ 750)
St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
This 3-hour ritual leverages the anti-aging properties of caviar extract to revitalize the skin. The treatment begins with an exfoliation, followed by a magnesium massage and ends with a lavender bath with champagne and caviar.
Starlight Ocean Massage ($ 280)
Waldorf Astoria Spa Ithaafushi
The perfect escape from civilization under the Maldivian stars, the resort’s exclusive outdoor spa pavilion offers a 90-minute rhythmic massage and luxurious collagen eye mask.
Golden quartz treatment ($ 200)
VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa
This hot sand therapy treatment on Gharieni’s MLX Quartz bed is combined with the sound of singing bowls. The treatment includes various massage techniques alternated with small heated crystal bags to take guests to a deeper level of relaxation as the warm quartz cradles the body.
La Source au Spa by ESPA ($ 300)
The Gleneagles Hotel
This exclusive service includes a local honey foot ritual, body exfoliation, full body and face massage using hot herbal infusions containing Scottish lavender and ending with a scalp massage.
Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa
Saxon Spa’s exclusive sound therapy includes sound vibrations of gongs, cymbals, Tibetan singing bowls and bells to balance and restore the body’s natural energy. Performed on a heated water bed, this treatment is combined to help rebalance your energy flow.
The Maasai ritual ($ 350)
Essque Zalu Zanzibar
This traditional Maasai experience includes a 2-hour ceremony with a ritual foot massage, Singo body scrub, and African facial, all taking place in traditional outdoor tents.
Ritual of Lanna
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
This 90 minute treatment begins with a herbal foot bath, followed by a full body massage with stretches and gold plates on the chakra points to improve energy flow and ends with a treatment of the body. face at pressure points.
After the long delays due to the pandemic, many new resorts have been launched, and here are the nominations for the 21 best new hotels and spas in the world for 2021:
Ruby Spa at JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
The Spa at the Address Beach Resort
Sofitel Spa with L’Occitane at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk
Spa Valmont at Château de La Messardière
Yonaguni Spa at Le Parc hotel
The Spa at Palazzo Doglio
Chasi La Sothys Spa at Higashiyami Niseko village, Ritz-Carlton reserve
The Ritz-Carlton Nikko Spa
The HARNN Spa at Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora
Spa by JW Marriot Hotel Nara
The Mitsui Kyoto hotel spa
Chenot Spa at One & Only Desaru Coast
Spa Ojo de Agua at Paradero Toros Santos
The Park Hyatt Auckland spa
Spa Alila at Alila Hinu Bay
Eden Holistic Spa at L’Escale Resort Marina & Spa
Unico Spa at Finca Serena Mallorca
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Ritz Madrid
Jungle Spa at Haritha Villas & Spa
Spa Diane Barrière at the Hotel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf
Banyan Tree Spa / Krabi