Especially Sensational Spas

02 Oct 2019
4 min read
As the end of the year draws near, FOUR takes a look at five unusual yet wickedly indulgent spa treatments in and around Europe that can give our bodies a little bit of well-earned R&R.

A new month, a new mindset, a new you – start October off on a fresh and revitalized note with one of our favorite out-of-the-ordinary spa treatments at a few of Europe’s best hotels:

24k Gold Facial – Six Senses Spa at Nobu Hotel Marbella, Spain

A decadent, age-defying treatment, the 24K Gold Facial invigorates the skin by its restoring balance. Using Mogra – the Queen of Jasmines’ – unique healing properties in combination with the restorative powers of 24k gold leaf, this facial boosts collagen production and stimulates cell renewal, reviving the deep layers of the skin which, in turn, reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Uplifting both the spirit and the appearance, this treatment created a positive glow that shines from the inside out.

The Six Senses Spa at Nobu Hotel Marbella offers the best of luxury wellness. Overlooking the calm and captivating Mediterranean, the spa is a haven of health and happiness. The décor which features hand-painted tiles, natural stone and timber showcase local architecture and craftsmanship while creating a calm, chic setting. In addition to offering lavish treatments that blend the best holistic savoir-faire with the healing benefits of the surrounds, the Six Senses Spa also has state-state-of-the-art hydrotherapy facilities and experience showers as well as a sensational herbal steam room, sauna and hammam.

Anti-pollution ‘Diamond Cocoon’ Facial –  Hotel Arts Barcelona

Innovative and always striving to be ahead of the curve, Hotel Arts Barcelona‘s 43 The Spa offers an awe-inspiring list of ultimate wellness experiences created by Natura Bissé. One of these extraordinary spa delights is their new anti-pollution ‘Diamond Cocoon’ facial, designed to liberate the skin from the toxins and impurities resulting from modern lifestyles.

By boosting the lymphatic system’s natural detoxification process, this treatment aims to achieve three goals: fortify, shield & liberate the facial skin cells. This is done by first incorporating a prebiotic deep cleansing ritual into the facial treatment, followed by an intense purifying treatment to detoxify the skin, and finally, a cutting-edge oxygenating facial massage is completed using white jade massage tools to encourage microcirculation and drainage. This assists in smoothing out the skin’s texture while redefining facial contours, making skin look brighter and tighter, and glowing with new life.

With wrap-around views of Barcelona’s city center and the azure Mediterranean, 43 The Spa at Hotel Arts Barcelona provides a serene setting for self-care. Situated on the hotel’s top two floors (42 and 43), the spa has picturesque open-air terraces, eight fully equipped treatment suites, hydrotherapy pools, saunas and steam baths as well as offers an extensive menu of treatments by prestigious luxury Spanish skincare brand Natura Bissé.

Anti-Gravity Rose Quartz Massage – Kempinski Hotel Bahia, Estepona, Spain

Kempinski Hotel Bahia, an ultra-luxe property neighboring the pristine palm-tree-lined promenade of Estepona, is the only wellness destination in Spain to offer the Rose Quartz Bed Massage. The treatment draws on the ancient Greek concept of ‘psammotherapy’, which uses the healing warmth of a sand bed containing thousands of tiny, pink-tinted rose quartz particles to relax the body, alleviate pain and ease away muscular tension.  During the massage, a warmed, cotton poultice of the same sandy crystals is periodically passed along the body, targeting tight spots and acting as an extension of the therapists’ hands. As the bed is gently tilted upwards and downwards during the treatment, the crystals stay completely still, giving a feeling of ‘anti-gravity’ and total weightlessness. A true “out-of-this-world” experience.

Kempinski Hotel Bahia sits on its own sliver of Mediterranean, with private gardens of olive, lemon and avocado trees whose produce is used within the restaurants and spa treatments. Set within these perfectly manicured lawns is the Kempinski Spa. Providing a peaceful respite from the bustling clubs and busy beaches of Marbella, the Kempinski Hotel Bahia in the pretty-as-a-picture town of Estepona also offers luxurious rooms, suites and a fabulous fitness center. A new dining destination, El Paseo Del Mar, comprised of three design-led restaurants and bars is also on the menu at the hotel. The Kempinski Spa menu offers an extensive range of restorative therapies from six, luxury treatment rooms, including an ‘Aqua Suite’ with in-room jacuzzi bath and double treatment beds.

Four Hand Royalty Massage – The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Proven to transport guests into a state of pure bliss and relaxation, this two-therapist, four-hand royalty massage at The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain is as indulgent as they come. Using the finest Arabic Musk Oil, this perfectly synchronized “double” massage calms the mind and relieves anxiety and stress, while the oil’s natural healing powers treat wrinkles. Talk about a gift that keeps giving!

The pinnacle of luxury and comfort in the Middle East, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain is an exquisite city resort overlooking the glistening Arabian Gulf. Situated only three kilometers from the bustling souk and style of Manama city center, this secluded resort offers a selection of luxurious private villas, a private island, a state-of-the-art fitness center and 11 restaurants within its walls. The Ritz-Carlton Spa on the property features ten treatment rooms, including a couples treatment room, ladies’ Thalassotherapy pool, authentic hammam and four plunge pools. The spa’s luxury wellness concept focuses on paying homage to Arabic rituals inspired by the culture, local traditions and nature of ancient Arabia.

Vegan-friendly Treatments – Gennadi Grand Resort

One of Europe’s best luxury island resort spas, ThalassoSpa at Gennadi Grand Resort & Spa is an eco-friendly, health-conscious heaven that offers natural and botanical signature spa treatments. Inspired by its rural surroundings, the spa has launched an organic collection of vegan-friendly skincare in keeping with its environmentally-conscious ethos. The revolutionary collection consists of 100 products made exclusively from 100% natural ingredients that contain no animal derivatives, parabens, SLS, MI, MCS or microbeads. Leading the path for change, the spa allows gets to indulge without damaging the environment – complete guilt-free pleasure.

The Raw Cocoa, Coconut and Coffee treatment is a must-try. An invigorating Made from ground coffee, sea salt and enriched oils, the treatment begins with a body scrub designed to stimulate circulation and improve skin tone. Followed on with an anti-oxidizing chocolate body wrap and an illuminating liquid chocolate facial, the 90-minute treatment ends with a sublime raw coconut oil massage, giving guests a healthy and invigorating boost from the outside in.



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