Spectacular Spas

13 Jul 2016
2 min read
Fancy a luxury spa in a spectacular setting? Look no further…


Just north of the Grand Canyon and close to the border of Arizona, Amangiri spa islocated within truly breath-taking surroundings. Tucked into a protected valley, the resortbenefits 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 pavilionwith 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 healingtraditions. Aman Spa treatments are designed to restore ‘Hozho’, which in Navajo meansbeauty, harmony, balance and health.

Within the walnut-lined treatment rooms, guests can be found in a state of neareuphoria, while the fl oatation room offers a sensory treatment, allowing guests to reacha depth of relaxation which, according to experts at the spa, takes years to achieve withclassical 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 tolift a finger.With Clear blue waters, private islands, deserted beaches and some of the world’s best spa resorts all adding to the relaxation factorin 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 acrossthe ocean as far as the eye can see. With overwater pavilions set on stilts, where classic therapies designed to revitalise and soothe the mindand body are performed with a never-ending view of the Maldivian seascape. Spa facilities include 10 overwater treatment rooms, a relaxationroom, manicure and pedicure room, steam room and a hydro-pool perched over the lagoon. Pure bliss.



Opened in January 2014, Aro Ha isa purpose-built, self-suffi cient, luxurywellness centre, offering guests oneincredible vantage point: panoramic
views of the stunning Lake Wakatipu.

Not to mention the array of activities andtreatments to aid the mind, body and soulthat are on offer.

Achieving a relaxed state of mind isn’tjust about being prodded and poked. It’sabout equilibrating all of the senses soas both mind and body achieve an evenstate of peace. The beauty of Aro Ha isthat it focuses on both elements -mindand body -incorporating Vinyasa yoga,sub-alpine hiking, functional strengthtraining, meditation, therapeutic massageand detoxifying vegetarian cuisine. Forthe less active, stress-not, for Aro Ha isequipped with therapists on hand to carryout a range of treatments. And once youfeel at one, it’s time to sit back, relax (somemore) and take in that stunning view ofAotearoa’s southern alps.



With birds whistling in the trees outside andthe faint echo of waves crashing below,sounds alone are enough to lull one into adeep sense of relaxation at Andaz PeninsulaPapagayo’s Onda Spa in Costa Rica.

Set amid lush tropical rainforest, thisis 11,000 sq ft of pure indulgence, withnine treatment rooms. Bag one of the twooutdoor rooms for those soothing soundsand an array of therapeutic treatments,such as the spa’s signature treatment,Onda Cambio, which is a personal wellnessexperience where Papagayo’s culture,senses, smells and touches flow throughthe treatment.

Guest are invited to choose froma special music menu selecting theirpreferred soundtrack, inspired by thenatural sounds and rhythms of thePapagayo region. Get your fitness kickin the 24-hour fitness centre or wallowaway post-treatment in one of the hotel’stwo swimming pools or private beach.


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