Is it just us, or are spa treatments getting downright tasty? A recent review of treatment menus at popular destination spas around the world reveal a veritable farmers market of scrubs and wraps featuring ingredients like chocolate, Kona coffee, sugar cane, mango and even rum. It’s enough to get even the most jaded spa veterano salivating. As weak as anyone when it comes to things delicious, we thought we would list a few global favorites just in case you’re hungry for something different the next time you’re at the spa…
AUSTRALIA: Ligurian Honey & Almond Polish
Southern Ocean Lodge Spa Retreat, Kangaroo Island
Down Under has gone downright decadent. Located on one of Australia’s most evocative natural havens, Kangaroo Island, the spa at the Southern Ocean Lodge utilizes the land’s abundance combined with traditional Aboriginal wellness practices to pamper and renew. The Ligurian Honey and Almond Polish is a multi-step treatment that begins with a Bay of Shoals mineral salt exfoliation, then nourishes skin with vitamin E and minerals found in the signature ingredients, before finishing with indulgent touches including a purified rainwater shower, massage utilizing indigenous botanicals, and spritz of Island Rose mist.
GREECE: Antioxidant Lifting Treatment with Red Wine
Sensia Spa, St. George Lycabettus, Athens
Pour on the polyphenols. St. George’s red wine treatment is said to effectively lift the skin, smooth fine lines and protect from damaging free radicals that cause aging. The treatment relies on the unique anti-ageing properties of red wine polyphenols, combined with a blend of olive and grape seed oil to provide the nourishment and elasticity skin craves. It also incorporates Apivita’s signature “acupressure diffusion” technique, paired with a head and neck massage.
HAWAII: Polynesian Niu Coconut Scrub
Hualalai Sports Club & Spa, Four Seasons Hualalai, Kailua-Kona
This scrub utilizes a special blend of organic pineapple and coconut products to induce island euphoria. In addition to the requisite body polish, this therapy also includes a neck and face massage. For a final indulgence, generous amounts of coconut milk and coconut moisturizing lotion are applied.
MEXICO: Pakal Chocolate Delight
Vida Real Spa, Playa del Carmen
Get in touch with your inner Hershey Bar and experience the Chocolate Delight. Yes, cacao has endorphins and anti-oxidants, but for the love of God, it’s chocolate, what else matters? The treatment starts with a cacao plant powder exfoliation, which prepares the skin for the next step, a decadent chocolate moisturizer wrap. Life is sweet.
BAHAMAS: Caribbean Mocha Rum Wrap
Natural Mystic Spa, Marley Resort & Spa, Nassau
Saving the best for last…hemp and rum? What’s not to love! Stir it up Caribbean style at the Marley family’s island retreat with the Caribbean Mocha Rum Wrap. This potent mix includes shea, mango, hemp and cocoa butters complimented with golden honey, Caribbean rum, and essential oils of sweet orange, vanilla, cinnamon and patchouli. Positive vibrations for sure.