Relax and unwind together with these five unique spa experiences for body and soul, from spiritual journeys to spa-faris...
The Hotel Chocolat, St
Why go? Catch cooling tropical breezes and spectacular views as you indulge in the hedonistic cacao treatments on offer on this Caribbean island, from manicures and facials to a full body wrap.
For chocoholic newly-weds looking for something unique, The Hotel Chocolat on St Lucia's Rabot Estate has found a whole new way to indulge your passions. The hotel spa, CocoaJuvenate, offers a series of wellness treatments using products made from cacao grown on the estate.
Cacao is packed with antioxidants and minerals, so you can feel
just as good about being pampered with chocolate as eating it!
Indulge in your own treatment, then feed each other the chocolates
that you've hand made and toast each other with sundowners as dusk
settles over the Piton Mountains.
We'd love a... Cacao Detox Body Wrap: after a light exfoliation using ground cacao, you'll be smothered in a clay, cacao and fresh banana paste then wrapped in softened banana leaves. The potion goes to work drawing impurities from the skin and giving back anti-oxidants and cocoa butter moisturiser. This is complemented by a light hydrating massage with silky whipped cacao mousse. Sounds good enough to eat.
amo, Sedona, Arizona
Why go? Among the sacred red rocks of Arizona, connect with yourself on a spiritual journey or be pampered with luxurious natural treatments.
If the stresses of wedding preparation have left you drained, head to Mii amo in Sedona, Arizona, to rejuvenate your bodies and restore your inner balance.
Situated in Boynton Canyon, a region sacred to Native American
people, Mii amo's wellness treatments are inspired by this
heritage. As well as their range of body treatments, guests are
encouraged to connect with their spiritual sides thanks to a range
of 'Mindfulness' sessions and speciality services.
Get pampered as a couple before exploring the canyon's hikes and trails together.
We'd love a... Rites of Passage: a range of treatments and activities designed to help you get the best possible start (physically and emotionally) on your new life - with emphasis on communication, balancing and nutrition. Perfect for couples embarking on a new life together.
Why go? Focus on new beginnings and rejuvenation with Mayan-inspired treatments.
'Kinan' is the Mayan word for 'healing energy of the sun' and is the inspiration behind the spa at the Maroma Hotel, Mexico.
From cleansing herbs and healing mud baths, to 'Moon and Stars'
massages by the ocean, Kinan has developed a series of unique
Mayan-inspired rituals and treatments. There are also more
traditional wellness treatments, which you can do individually or
as a couple. The buildings and treatment rooms are even aligned
with the heavens to ensure your honeymoon pleasure is written in
We'd love a... Temazcal of Sacred Love: heated volcanic rocks are doused with herb infused water to create aromatic and healing steam in a Mayan Temazcal, which is similar to a western steam room and weaves together ancient Mayan traditions and symbolism in reverence to love. The couples' experience is designed to leave you with an overall feeling of cleanliness, calm, inner peace and energy.
Six Senses Spa, Zighy Bay,
Why go? Fill up on sensory Arabian delights at this award-winning private beach resort.
From traditional hammams to a body scrub made of local Arabian coffee, the Six Senses spa at Zighy Bay, in the Sultanate of Oman, offers signature wellness and sensory therapies combining eastern and western traditions, using indigenous plants and herbs.
Stay in indigenous-style Omani villas providing all the
luxurious touches you'd wish on your honeymoon. Enjoy your
one-on-one treatment before exploring the romantic setting of the
Musandam pensinsula: take a traditional Dhow together around the
bays and villages in the fjords, and organise private dinners under
the stars. For an adventurous and unique touch, you can even
paraglide in to the resort.
We'd love a....Queen of Sheba treatment: a chance to bathe like Cleopatra in a blend of goat's milk and rosewater. This is followed by a scrub made of jasmine, honey and dates and a firming body Rasul (traditional Arabian cleansing ritual). Gentle and moisturising rose body oil is then applied.
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South
Why go? Take relaxation in the great outdoors to a whole new level by enjoying an unusual spa experience.
Against the backdrop of South Africa's Korannaberg Mountains, the Tswalu Kalahari Spa Reserve's outdoor 'tsala' structure gives you a wonderful view of the sweeping grasslands of the game reserve. As you're pampered to the natural music of African birdsong, you may even find the odd antelope grazing alongside you.
You can also head inside for the tranquillity and rustic
elegance of the indoor spa area. The reserve's philosophy is
'nature above man'; using natural ingredients in their treatments.
While you're there, sleep out under the stars in the Kalahari and
enjoy a horseback safari.
We'd love a...Tswalu Touch Experience: this begins with a unique exfoliation from your choice of natural red dune sand, desert crystals from Kalahari salt pans or sundried botanical fibres from succulent local Aloe plants. This is followed by a signature Kalahari fusion stone massage. Bliss.
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