4 New luxury spas globally
POSITION: The northern tip of the Spanish island of Ibiza, overlooking the Gulf of Xarraca. The spa is part of the Six Senses Ibiza resort, which offers 116 guest rooms and suites, 17 townhouses, three restaurants, shopping and an ever-changing array of entertainment and adventure outings.
VIBE: A healthy yet relaxing respite with breathtaking views.
CONCEPT: In addition to traditional offerings like manicures and massages, the spa offers innovative, age-defying programming in its wellness-focused Rose Bar — as well as an entire floor devoted to water and heat therapy. , complete with double hammam, infrared sauna, steam room, and Caldarium (hot tub).
UNIQUE FEATURES: Rose Bar combines modern science with ancient rituals to create therapies to help you look younger. Guests receive a diagnostic test to assess their current health, then receive a doctor-generated plan that may include IV infusions, cryotherapy, pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy, training, and more. elevation creation, dietary advice and a range of spa treatments.
TREATMENT NEED TO TRY: Pay attention to your braina one-day program that improves brain function and clarity through yoga, meditation, exercise, nutrition counseling, brain games, massage, etc.
WINTER HIGHLIGHTS: During what is considered the “cool season” (November to April), the spa hosts a series of multi-day specials run by industry experts, such as Rest in sleep for those who struggle to get regular health rehab.
POSITION: Southern Costa Rica, at the foot of the Talamanca Mountains. Spa Well is located within the Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection, a property that includes 50 one or two bedroom casitas and 180 acres of rainforest, coffee farm, vegetable garden and stables.
VIBE: East meets West — in the jungle.
CONCEPT: The Well at Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection is The Well’s third location and its first international location (the others are in Manhattan and Connecticut). Outpost in Costa Rica that offers restorative spa treatments and expert-led experiences — and celebrates its verdant setting with a focus on Pachamama (Mother Earth), incorporating local botanical ingredients into its therapies.
UNIQUE FEATURES: All spa treatments begin at Casa de Agua (House of Water), where guests can participate in a purification ritual that includes herbal exfoliation and clay treatments made with coffee butter from the local county of Costa Rica.
TREATMENT NEED TO TRY: Sign up for a massage — at the Calientillo River. While the well River bathingGuests will be massaged on a massage bed built into the water.
WINTER HIGHLIGHTS: Cool season ushers in multi-day retreats led by thought leaders and healers, including six days of February “Find Your Energy Flow With John Amaral,” introduces daily workouts to a Los Angeles-based energy practitioner, who appeared in Netflix’s Goop Lab With Gwyneth Paltrow.
POSITION: Along the Seine in Paris, steps from the Louvre and the Marais. Spa Dior is located inside the new Cheval Blanc, an Art Deco-inspired boutique hotel with 72 rooms and suites.
VIBE: A peaceful, luxurious oasis amidst the bustle of the city.
CONCEPT: The Peter Marino-designed spa immerses guests in the world of Dior with specialized beauty products and services, including a skincare line (Professional Solutions) as well as a collection store exclusive Dior x Cheval Blanc perfume and color. Marino’s aim was to create a space that resembles a cozy Parisian apartment.
UNIQUE FEATURES: Each of the six treatment rooms pays homage to an aspect of Christian Dior’s life – such as the feather-themed decor in the Mitzah Suite (a nod to Mitzah Bricard, the muse) perennial Dior house) and the English garden-inspired environment of the Granville Suite (designed to evoke Dior’s childhood home in Villa Les Rhumbs in Granville, France).
TREATMENT NEED TO TRY: Remove dead skin cells and increase radiance with Dior Sapphire crystal micro-abrasive, using exfoliating beads coated in fine sapphire particles. The intensity of the treatment is customizable, so it’s safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
WINTER HIGHLIGHTS: Treat your body and face with precious energy is a 90- to 120-minute service that includes a full-body massage, an invigorating ritual with semi-precious hot stones (such as amethyst and onyx) and a skin-restoring mask.
POSITION: Southern California Coast. The spa is part of the Santa Monica Hotel adapted to designer Kelly Wearstler’s laid-back style, offering 271 rooms and al fresco dining.
VIBE: Ayurvedic medicine of India marries cool California.
CONCEPT: The 3,000-square-foot spa, also designed by Wearstler, is a collaboration between The Right Hotel and Martha Soffer, one of Hollywood’s most sought-after Ayurvedic healers. The luxurious space includes six treatment rooms, a meditation area and a kitchen. Surya is designed to exude warmth and make guests feel at home, complete with nutritious snacks offered between treatments.
UNIQUE FEATURES: Guests can enjoy personalized therapeutic body oils created at the spa’s dispensary.
TREATMENT NEED TO TRY: Immerse yourself in an Ayurvedic massage known as Udvartana, in which two therapists massage sore muscles using warm, custom-blended oils. Followed by a body scrub with herbs, organic green coffee, sugar and oils.
WINTER HIGHLIGHTS: Enhanced Vitality / Nasya is a 90-minute massage that uses herbal oils, aromatic steam, and Ayurvedic wood and bone tools to help clear congestion and relieve tension in the head, neck and shoulders.
This article appears in the December 2021/January 2022 ELLE issue.
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