LOCATION: The northern tip of the Spanish island of Ibiza, overlooking the bay of Xarraca. The spa is part of the Six Senses Ibiza resort, which features 116 rooms and suites, 17 townhouses, three restaurants, shops and an ever-changing array of entertainment and adventure trips.
VIBE: A healthy yet indulgent break with breathtaking views.
THE CONCEPT: In addition to traditional services such as manicures and massages, the spa offers innovative, aging-resistant programs in the wellness-oriented Rose Bar, as well as an entire floor dedicated to water and heat therapy, complete with a double hammam, infrared sauna, steam bath and Caldarium ( hot dip bath).
UNIQUE FUNCTION: The Rose Bar combines modern science with ancient rituals to create treatments that will leave you looking and feeling more youthful. Guests undergo diagnostic tests to assess their current health, then receive a physician-prepared plan that may include IV infusions, cryotherapy, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF), altitude training, dietary advice, and a range of spa treatments.
TREATMENT TO TRY: Mind Your Brain, a one-day program, helps improve brain function and clarity through yoga, meditation, exercise, nutritional counseling, brain games, massage, and more.
WINTER HIGHLIGHTS: During what’s considered “cool season” (November to April), the spa hosts a series of immersive multi-day specials run by industry experts, such as the Sleep Retreat for those struggling to get regular, restorative to get rest.Mountain view at Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection.
Thanks to Auberge Resorts Collection
LOCATION: Southern Costa Rica, at the foot of the Talamanca Mountains. The Well spa is located within the Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection, a 50 one- and two-bedroom casitas property with 180 acres of rainforest, coffee farms, vegetable gardens, and horse stables.
VIBE: East meets West – in the jungle.
THE 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). Offering restorative spa treatments and expert-led experiences, the Costa Rican outpost celebrates its verdant setting with an emphasis on Pachamama (Mother Earth), incorporating local botanicals into its therapies.
UNIQUE FEATURE: Each spa service begins at the Casa de Agua (House of Water), where guests can participate in a purifying ritual that includes an herbal exfoliation and clay treatment made with coffee butter from local Costa Rican beans.
TREATMENT TO TRY: Sign up for a massage – in the Calientillo River. During the Well River Bath, guests receive a massage on a massage bed built into the water.
WINTER HIGHLIGHTS: The cooler season ushers in multi-day retreats led by thought leaders and healers, including February’s six-day “Find Your Energy Flow With John Amaral,” featuring daily exercises with the Los Angeles-based energy practitioner, which appeared in Netflix’s It Goop lab with Gwyneth Paltrow.Dior Spa Cheval Blanc’s Sauvage Suite, designed with natural materials.
Matthieu Salvaing/Perfumes Christian Dior
LOCATION: Along the Seine in Paris, a stone’s throw from the Louvre and the Marais. The Dior spa is located in the new Cheval Blanc, an Art Deco-inspired boutique hotel with 72 rooms and suites.
VIBE: A serene, luxurious oasis amid the bustle of the city.
THE CONCEPT: The spa, designed by Peter Marino, immerses guests in the world of Dior with specialized services and beauty products, including a skin care line (Professional Solutions) and a boutique with an exclusive Dior x Cheval Blanc fragrance and color collection. Marino’s intent was to create a space that felt like a cozy Parisian apartment.
UNIQUE FEATURE: Each of the six treatment suites pays tribute to an aspect of Christian Dior’s life, such as the feather-themed decor in the Mitzah Suite (a nod to Mitzah Bricard, Dior’s ancient muse) and the English garden inspired setting in the Granville Suite (designed to evoke Dior’s childhood home at the Villa Les Rhumbs in Granville, France).
TREATMENT TO TRY: Remove dead skin cells and give them a boost with the Dior Sapphire Crystal Micro-Abrasion, which uses exfoliating pearls coated with fine sapphire particles. The intensity of the treatment can be adjusted, so it is safe for all skin types, including sensitive ones.
WINTER HIGHLIGHTS: The Precious Energy Face and Body Treatment is a 90- to 120-minute service that includes body massage, an energizing ritual with semi-precious hot stones (such as yellow quartz and agate), and a skin-renewing face mask.Surya Spa’s wall of herbs and botanicals.
Thanks to Surya Spa
LOCATION: The Southern California Coast. The spa is part of designer Kelly Wearstler’s laid-back luxury Santa Monica Proper Hotel, which offers 271 guest rooms and outdoor dining.
VIBE: Indian Ayurvedic medicine married to California cool.
THE CONCEPT: The 3,000-square-foot spa, also designed by Wearstler, is a collaboration between the Proper Hotel and Martha Soffer, one of Hollywood’s most sought-after Ayurvedic healers. The opulent space includes six treatment rooms, a meditation room, and a kitchen. Surya is designed to radiate warmth and make guests feel like they are at someone’s home, complete with nutritious snacks offered in between treatments.
UNIQUE FEATURE: Guests can have a personalized therapeutic body oil made at the spa’s mixing bar.
TREATMENT TO TRY: Enjoy an Ayurvedic massage called the Udvartana, in which two therapists knead aching muscles using warm, custom oils. The rubdown is followed by a full body scrub with herbs, green organic coffee, sugar and oils.
WINTER HIGHLIGHTS: The Elevated Vitality/Nasya is a 90-minute massage treatment that uses herbal oils, aromatic steam, and Ayurvedic wood and bone tools to ease congestion and relieve tension in the head, neck and shoulders.
This article appears in the December 2021/January 2022 issue of ELLE.
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