THE CHATWAL | NEW YORK, NEW YORK
The Chatwal Hotel in New York’s historic Theatre District hides an oasis of respite amongst its bright lights and massive billboards. The Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden is 730 square metres of pure bliss. Mani-pedis, massages, and aromatherapy-guided facials are all on the menu at this 5th Avenue gem, which features three treatment rooms, a jacuzzi plunge pool and even eucalyptus steam rooms. Plus, The Red Door is tucked underneath the hotel’s lobby like a wellness bank vault. Ambient noise is surprisingly minimal, offering peace from the bustle of the city that never sleeps.
The Chatwal’s exclusive collaboration with yoga and spiritual guru Eddie Stern provides a unique wellness offering steeped in Pranayama teachings.
Your in-room IPad is your ticket to the “Pause & Take a Breath” app, which features nine 12-minute yoga lessons with music by Moby, included free during any stay.
For something more personal, the Chatwal can also coordinate one-on-one private class appointments with Eddie or one of his expert instructors.
NAPA VALLEY | CALIFORNIA
Napa Valley is known for more than just wine: California’s vineyard haven is also one of America’s top spa destinations. The valley’s abundant nature lends itself perfectly to a broad portfolio of organic wellness treatments. Crystals that enhance massage therapy and superfoods such as monk fruit and homemade probiotic granola are sourced right from Napa’s green hills, with sleep-inducing signature snacks like dried cherries cementing the region’s place on the forefront of forward-thinking health and wellness trends.
Now more accessible than ever, CBD is a trending ingredient in spa treatments, prized for its calming and mood enhancing effects.
The Solage Calistoga Resort and Spa is now offering Healthy Lotus CBD oil in its massages, facials, and body scrubs, while Mount View Hotel & Spa features a sound healing therapy paired with CBD-infused wraps.
For a CBD massage, travellers will want to visit Spa Terra at The Meritage Resort.
THE OAK BAY BEACH HOTEL | VICTORIA, B.C.
The shores of the Pacific Ocean near Victoria, British Columbia, hold the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, a luxury boutique property like no other.
Overlooking the Juan de Fuca Strait, the property offers breathtaking views of both sea and mountain. A fixture on the coastline for over 90 years, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel has transcended its origins as an English manor and established itself as a luxury landmark in the province.
The renovated property still pays homage to classical architecture but offers the best in modern comfort in all of its 100 oceanfront hotel suites.
The full-service spa offers heated mineral baths and a host of incredible treatments. For those looking to experience the healing power of water, the Ocean Elements Body Ritual is a can’t miss.
This empowering treatment utilizes the remarkable healing benefits of pacific seaweed, marine clay, and glacial water.
Fused and applied through a unique layering and massage technique, these natural ingredients help to reduce muscle tension, improve circulation and fight inflammation.
Perhaps most importantly, they’ll also leave you feeling deeply relaxed and rejuvenated.
UXUA CASA HOTEL AND SPA | TRANCOSO, BRAZIL
The remote fisherman’s village of Trancoso, Brazil has a luxurious secret: the UXUA’s collection of authentic casas that date back hundreds of years to the village’s founding.
The Almescar Spa is similarly historic, drawing upon centuries of indigenous heritage and healing knowledge. All products used at the spa are made from the techniques of the Pataxo Indians, including the endemic almescar tree-sap from which the spa takes its name.
The building itself reflects the humble respect for the region’s traditions: it is wholly constructed by native craftspeople from locally reclaimed wood.
A top-to-bottom refresh of the Almescar Spa has made it more alluring than ever before. Almescar oil facials and massages are among the many highlights and the Bahian Hot Stone Massage leaves a warm, lasting impression.
The facilities are impressively varied: three treatment rooms, a yoga studio and a fitness centre provides plenty of wellness variety on the Brazilian coast.
HOTEL CHRISTOPHER | ST. BARTS, FRENCH WEST INDIES
Located above the rocky shoreline of the popular neighbourhood of Pointe Milou, the five-star Hotel Christopher is kissed by the Caribbean sun and caressed by the gentle winds of the azure ocean.
The recently renovated Sisley Spa features five treatment rooms overlooking the waves, and offers Phyto-Aromatic treatments to provide deeply restorative care. The outdoor day beds on the large teak terrace are always in demand, but especially so during sunset hours.
The spa’s new lomi lomi massage mimics the sounds and movements of the waves, combining light stretching, kneading and acupressure to leave you feeling as free and fluid as the waters of the ocean.
GOLDENEYE | ORACABESSA, JAMAICA
Jamaica’s GoldenEye isn’t your ordinary hotel. This collection of charming cottages and beachside villas invites guests to experience the full diversity of Jamaica’s landscape, from private beaches to tropical gardens. The property’s Lagoon Cottages are in a league of their own, providing classic colonial comfort and a complimentary kayak right on the tranquil waters. The FieldSpa at GoldenEye sits at the edge of this blue lagoon, allowing guests to swim or paddle to their spa appointment at their leisure.
The culmination of months of development, the new FieldSpa brings traditional Jamaican recipes to a floating spa hut right on the water.
A new hammam and yoga deck are just the tip of the wellness iceberg here: coffee wraps, rum scrubs and sea salt reflexology round out an impressively deep service.
The spa also provides elixirs, juices, and healthy bites made from fresh ingredients sourced at Pantrepant, the hotel’s farm.
For true peace and quiet, head over to the adjacent spa cove: a quiet crescent of sand perfectly placed between the lagoon and jungle.
BELMOND MAROMA RESORT & SPA | MEXICO
Set between 200 acres of lush jungle and idyllic Caribbean beachfront on the Riviera Maya, the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is a tropical fairy tale of breezy hammocks and oceanside suites.
The property offers a wide variety of spa treatments and wellness programming inspired by Mayan tradition and ancient botanicals, purifying body and soul with Temazcal ceremonies.
Guests of the Kinan Spa can indulge in honey-based spa treatments courtesy of the on-site apiary or embrace lavish romanticism with a couple’s massage in warm chocolate.
Sporty and active travellers should seek out Franco Livi, resident tennis instructor at the Belmond Maroma. A former trainer to the greats including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, Livi has the pedigree to take your game to the next level. The “Perfect Match” package is custom-built by Livi and incorporates cardio conditioning, game strategy and racket technique. Racket wizards can participate in fast-paced “beat the pro” matches, but even beginners will find the 30-minute cardio sessions intensely rewarding. Starting at $650 per night for two people, the package includes daily 60-minute private tennis lessons followed by 50-minute muscle-release treatments at the Kinan Spa.
LA RÉSERVE RAMATUELLE | RAMATUELLE, FRANCE
Nestled within a Mediterranean jardin only six miles from St. Tropez, La Réserve Ramatuelle is the ideal escape for travellers looking for R&R with a French flair. In partnership with Professor Jacques Proust’s Nescens brand, this stunning seaside retreat offers a suite of spa services that draw upon the latest developments in anti-aging science.
Each one of the Nescens programs includes an initial evaluation with the spa’s team of medical professionals during which time the guest’s physical fitness, medical history, and diet are evaluated. The resulting treatment itinerary is then handcrafted for your individualized needs and care, drawing upon diverse disciplines like Osteopathy and Hydrotherapy, among others.
The hotel’s “Dream Day” package is an indulgent journey to true relaxation. Over nearly two hours, you’ll soak in the hotel’s hammam, enjoy a personalized balneotherapy session and body scrub, and say goodbye to the signs of stress with a “Betteraging” body massage. The included lunch at the hotel’s La Voile restaurant is a mouthwatering bonus.
ROYAL MANSOUR MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
Ornate, opulent and distinctive, the Royal Mansour hotel is a Morrocan palatial fantasy made hyper-luxury reality. Its three-storey spa, crafted in the image of an elaborate white birdcage, is every bit as magnificent as the rest of the property.
The spa’s design evokes the visual profile of the Moucharabieh: the quintessentially Arabic architectural element best described as a window enclosed in carved wood latticework.
The Spa at Royal Mansour deserves special recognition for its indoor pool, which utilizes vaulted glass ceilings to set the light of the desert sun dancing across the water. A hammam (a traditional public bath) waits in stoic splendour, ready to soothe and delight you at a nexus of welcoming ivory passageways and softly glowing lanterns.
Royal Mansour’s famous Hammam Treatments are worth trekking through the desert for. Traditional technique meets personalized care in a wondrous regimen of ceremonial massage, steam exfoliation and floral water immersion.
Each ingredient and element in the Hammam treatment is locally sourced from Morocco’s rich environment, with purifying clay collected from the
Atlas Mountains and roses gathered from the Kalaat Megouana valley. In concert with fragrant saffron, the “gourmet glow” wrap is guaranteed to leave your skin with a rejuvenated glow.
VICEROY RIVIERA MAYA | MEXICO
Tradition and Mayan mysticism have a home at the Viceroy Riviera Maya. The hotel’s resident shaman oversees the Jardin Pak’al: a garden in which he grows herbs used to treat guests at the Wayak Spa.
The K’óben (Mayan herb kitchen) is the venue for one-on-one consultations, from which the shaman will divine and determine individual preferences and needs to create a personalized experience. The signature treatment is undoubtedly the Hunan-Kab, an aromatic massage incorporating honey harvested on-property. The honey of the Melipona Bee has long been prized by the locals for its medicinal applications. The honey is traditionally applied using herb compresses soaked in a special tea as a primer for a massage next to a waterfall.
Each Monday, guests are invited to participate in a compelling Mayan walk. Guided meditation and a shamanistic blessing in the garden are the prelude to an immersive walk through the pool and across the beach, instilling a reverence for the crystal waters of the Riviera.