Just Say Spaaaaah!
Many spas offer unique treatments or unique treatments based on their location and the desire to include local plants and oils. These five spas do just that, using organic ingredients to give treatments a flair not found elsewhere. The result is a signature treatment no traveller will soon forget.
Parador Spa & Resort, Costa Rica: Parador uses only Costa Rican ingredients from the surrounding rainforest in its treatments. The signature Volcanic Mud Wrap begins with exfoliation followed by an application of mud made from jade clay, lemongrass and lavender oils. The 50-minute treatment is $99. Or, try the invigorating Cappuccino Scrub, which uses Costa Rican coffee. See hotelparador.com.
Ceiba del Mar, Mexico: This Mayan Riviera spa offers a host of Mayan-themed treatments using in-house products. Try the Ook T’on Revitalization, a sea-salt leg massage and volcanic clay mask, or the Balsamic Mayan Massage, where a blend of essential oils are applied raindrop-style along the spine to stir healing powers. Visit ceibadelmar.com.
Calistoga Ranch, Calif.: This Napa Valley spa uses organic ingredients and minerals waters from the area in its signature treatments. The Calistoga Cure offering starts with an exfoliating mineral salt scrub and followed by a mud or mineral salt bath. Visit calistogaranch.com.
Harmony Hill Spa, Tasmania: All products at Harmony Hill are made of 95% organic ingredients and 5% food grade naturals, including seaweed, honey and essential oils. The 60-minute Body Repair Wrap and Exfoliation uses organic marine mud and Tasmanian seaweed to rejuvenate the body. For more, see organicspa-retreat.com.
Elizabeth Milan Spa, Fairmont Royal York, Toronto: Taking advantage of the Royal York’s rooftop apiary, the Elizabeth Milan Spa incorporates the organic honey produced at the hotel in its massage creams. Try the Couple’s Aroma Massage for a relaxing afternoon with your sweetie. See elizabethmilanspa.com.
By Nicole Feenstra ,QMI Agency
First posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 2:00:00 EDT PM