Spa-goers rejoice. If like us, you’ve been missing your luxury spa time and craving your favorite spa treatment, the great news is the world’s best spas are slowly reopening their doors. Here are a few of our favorite spas around the world.
Destination: The Greenwich Hotel, New York City
Vibe: This Japanese-inspired spa with its own lap pool in the basement of the hotel, is low-key and dimly lit so expect to see no one but your spa therapist, not even the A-list celebs who frequent here.
Philosophy: The Shibui spa is actually a 250-year-old Japanese barn that was dismantled and rebuilt by hand. And like the Zen-like space, the spa and wellness menu incorporates ancient and modern treatments inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, Japanese and Thai rituals, and uses natural, botanical products from Spain (Natural Bisse), Asia (In Fiore) and Italy (Pietro Simone) in treatments.
Signature Treatments: We love the Shibui x In Fiore 90-minute facial which uses the luxury botanical ‘Made in Japan’ collection. The experience starts with breathwork, followed by cleansing, exfoliation and a soothing, hydrating two-step masque sequence and facial massage.
Destination: The Carlyle, New York City
Vibe: A slice of Paris sophistication and luxury in an iconic New York hotel that evokes a chic private residence complete with Carrara marble and chandeliers.
Philosophy: The signature spa by luxe French skincare brand Sisley, honors its legacy of phyto-aromatic treatments and products that harness the restorative powers of aromatherapy.
Signature Treatment: Try the 80-minute Sisleya Facial, which combines the brand’s signature aromatherapy and plant-based products to rejuvenate the skin; smooth fine lines and wrinkles. And incorporates the French girl’s secret to glowy skin, a facial massage.
Destination: Southern California
Vibe: Once behind the legendary golden doors, guests instantly unwind. And amidst the Japanese gardens and tranquil koi pond, begin to reconnect with themselves. Explaining why this spa has such a loyal cult-like following – one guest recently marked his 133rd visit.
Philosophy: Hollywood luminaries such as Elizabeth Taylor and Zsa Zsa Gabor were among the first to discover this iconic health retreat, which today specializes in mind-body-spiritual wellness. Most guests stay an entire week and follow a completely personalized, just-for-them program – from meals to one-on-one training, intensive yoga sessions and even spa treatments.
Signature Treatments: Before-the-sun-rises hikes are part of the DNA of this 600-acre retreat and a highlight. Make sure you also book in for the spa’s traditional body wraps – they use hot linens steeped in fresh-picked herbs from the resort’s own organic farm.
Destination: St. Lucia
Vibe: A relaxed beachfront Caribbean resort and spa with an emphasis on health and fitness from hardcore workout classes like spinning or Quadrathlon, a 13K mountain bike ride, 4k run and 100ft abseil down a cliff, to soulful yoga sessions and lots of green smoothies.
Philosophy: BodyHoliday started life in the 80s as a ‘wellness holiday’ so stressed out Wall Streeters could escape to paradise to enjoy spa treatments with a glass of wine over dinner. Today BodyHoliday’s core philosophy remains the same, except these days ultimate health and wellness is achieved by top-tier medical science programs such as BodyScience, where guests complete a health assessment, participate in non-invasive tests, and are then matched to proper exercise regimens and nutrition plans
Signature Treatments: There’s complimentary daily massages, but for a next-level experience head to the Ayurveda temple for the Pada Hasta, a hand, feet and relax points massage using warm oils that incorporates lymphatic drainage of the legs.
Vibe: Located in swanky Knightsbridge on the fifth floor of London’s iconic department store, Harrods, this boutique hair and beauty salon is chic and serene with a no-cell phone mantra.
Philosophy: The salon and spa are known for being the home of top hairstylists and facialists and their signature facials and body treatments are performed with luxe skincare brands including La Mer, Guinot, Caci, Murad, Demalogica, Aromatherapy Associates and most recently, Pietro Simone Skincare.
Signature Treatment: Try the latest skincare sensation, the Aurum Radiant Facial, by top Italian facialist, Pietro Simone. The treatment features a 24-carat gold leaf masque and powder (containing powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties), peptides, and Simone’s signature Italian Bella Complex, a skin-enhancing cocktail of cold-pressed tomato seed oil from Puglia; annurca apples from Vesuvio; edelweiss from the Italian Alps and Tuscan grapeseed oil. All of which are massaged deeply into the face, working on muscles, fascia, blood circulation, oxygenation and lymphatic drainage.