5 unique spa experiences

5 unique spa experiences

Relax and unwind together with these five unique spa experiences for body and soul, from spiritual journeys to spa-faris...

1. Indulge in hedonistic cacao treatments at CocoaJuvenate

The Hotel Chocolat, St Lucia

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.

2. Connect with your spiritual sides at Mii amo

Mii 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.

3. Bask in the healing energy of the Mayan sun at Kinan Spa

Maroma Hotel, Mexico

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 the stars.

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.

4. Take a sensory journey from East to West at Six Senses

Six Senses Spa, Zighy Bay, Oman

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.

5. Combine spa and safari at Tswalu Kalahari

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa

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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