Oct 12, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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With wellness continuing to be one of the fastest growing global sectors, luxury hotels and resorts are investing heavily in this area. New spa retreats are putting the focus on beauty, health, fitness and wellbeing for a holistic approach that sees treatments designed to soothe the mind and body. Lisa Brown, founder of the elite spa and wellness website The Luxury Spa Edit shares her pick of 5 luxury spas launched or launching this year.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York
With expansive views of the East River and Manhattan Skyline and designed by local artists using native greenery and reclaimed materials, this eco-friendly hotel is being hailed as New York’s ‘coolest new hotel’. The hotels’ Bamford Haybarn Spa hails from the Cotswolds, England, and opens its doors this autumn. Therapies on offer use natural restorative ingredients to nurture the mind, body and spirit and are based on a heartfelt connection with nature. For fitness fans The Field House is fully equipped with stationary bicycles, resistance treadmills, kettlebells, and yoga mats and the rooftop pools boasts lap-pleasing views.
The Ritz Carlton, Langkawi, Malaysia
Tucked between a 10 million years-old rainforest and a private cove, the Ritz-Carlton has embraced its natural surroundings with traditional Malay architecture and indigenous art. Housing a steam room, sauna, state-of-the-art experience showers and male and female vitality pools, the spa building boasts stunning views overlooking the rainforest. The resort’s five cocoon-shaped spa pavilions float above the sea and holistic spa rituals on offer are inspired by the indigenous healing and beauty ceremonies practiced for thousands of years by local shamans and midwives to restore equilibrium within the mind, body and soul.
Banyan Tree, Tamouda Bay, Morocco
This elite Asian wellness brand launched its first resort in Africa earlier this year, landing on the northern coast of Morocco. Moorish architecture and style glide seamlessly throughout the resort – from the pool villas, to the holistic spa – all designed to merge with the natural beauty of the environment. The extensive spa boasts six treatment suites, two Royal Treatment Rooms and Banyan Tree’s signature Rainforest Experience – an impressive hydrothermal circuit including a Vitality Pool and Hamman.
Rosewood Phuket, Thailand
Sacred Banyan Trees are a focal point of the indigenous flora and fauna at Rosewood’s newest Asian resort, creating an idyllic retreat. Merged in a verdant hillside overlooking Emerald Bay, uber-luxe villas and pavilions scatter the forest and 600m of white sand coastline. Rosewood Phuket sees the launch of the brands inaugural Asaya spa. The new holistic wellness concept by Rosewood is set to be a 360 experience that encompasses not just tailor-made treatments but also mindfulness, nutrition and exercise – a true mind and body approach.
Mondrian, Doha, UAE
At 1,950m2 Mondrian Doha’s spa will be the largest in the region and the first ESPA facility in Qatar. Guests will enter the spa through a pure white reception area, representing a freeing of the mind and encouraging a sense of relaxation, before male and female guests part ways. The female spa will create an illusion of a secret garden, with flower petal mosaics and a ‘tree of life’. Contrastingly, the male spa design is inspired by the vibrant urban souks of the region. The spa features Swarovski crystal rain showers, Finnish saunas and a Bisazza steam room. Treatments on offer include pedicures from celebrity London-based podiatrist Margaret Dabbs.
So book a ticket, sit back and enjoy!
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