AMANGIRI AMAN SPA, UTAH, USA
Just north of the Grand Canyon and close to the border of Arizona, Amangiri spa is located within truly breath-taking surroundings. Tucked into a protected valley, the resort benefits from sweeping views of the Grand Staircase—Escalante National Monument.
At 2,322 sqm, Amangiri’s Aman Spa features a fl oatation therapy pavilion, water pavilion with sauna, steam room, cold plunge and step pool, fitness centre and yoga pavilion.
A sky-lit reflection pool and central fi replace set the tone in the spa’s reception area, which leads to a private courtyard, individual dressing rooms and the series of pavilions.
The spa menu has been designed to reflect elements of Navajo culture and healing traditions. Aman Spa treatments are designed to restore ‘Hozho’, which in Navajo means beauty, harmony, balance and health.
Within the walnut-lined treatment rooms, guests can be found in a state of near euphoria, while the fl oatation room offers a sensory treatment, allowing guests to reach a depth of relaxation which, according to experts at the spa, takes years to achieve with classical meditation techniques.
The Spa at Velassaru, Maldives
Sit back, relax and take in the coral masterpiece that lies in wait in this Indian Ocean archipelago, as for just a few days, guests don’t have to lift a finger. With Clear blue waters, private islands, deserted beaches and some of the world’s best spa resorts all adding to the relaxation factor in the Maldives.
There is one spa in particular that stands out more than most: the Spa at Velassaru—a private coral island, with views stretching across the ocean as far as the eye can see. With overwater pavilions set on stilts, where classic therapies designed to revitalise and soothe the mind and body are performed with a never-ending view of the Maldivian seascape. Spa facilities include 10 overwater treatment rooms, a relaxation room, manicure and pedicure room, steam room and a hydro-pool perched over the lagoon. Pure bliss.
ARO HA, QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND
Opened in January 2014, Aro Ha is a purpose-built, self-suffi cient, luxury wellness centre, offering guests one incredible vantage point: panoramic
views of the stunning Lake Wakatipu.
Not to mention the array of activities and treatments to aid the mind, body and soul that are on offer.
Achieving a relaxed state of mind isn’t just about being prodded and poked. It’s about equilibrating all of the senses so as both mind and body achieve an even state of peace. The beauty of Aro Ha is that it focuses on both elements - mind and body - incorporating Vinyasa yoga, sub-alpine hiking, functional strength training, meditation, therapeutic massage and detoxifying vegetarian cuisine. For the less active, stress-not, for Aro Ha is equipped with therapists on hand to carry out a range of treatments. And once you feel at one, it’s time to sit back, relax (some more) and take in that stunning view of Aotearoa’s southern alps.
ONDA SPA, ANDAZ PENINSULA PAPAGAYO, COSTA RICA
With birds whistling in the trees outside and the faint echo of waves crashing below, sounds alone are enough to lull one into a deep sense of relaxation at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo’s Onda Spa in Costa Rica.
Set amid lush tropical rainforest, this is 11,000 sq ft of pure indulgence, with nine treatment rooms. Bag one of the two outdoor rooms for those soothing sounds and an array of therapeutic treatments, such as the spa’s signature treatment, Onda Cambio, which is a personal wellness experience where Papagayo’s culture, senses, smells and touches flow through the treatment.
Guest are invited to choose from a special music menu selecting their preferred soundtrack, inspired by the natural sounds and rhythms of the Papagayo region. Get your fitness kick in the 24-hour fitness centre or wallow away post-treatment in one of the hotel’s two swimming pools or private beach.
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