Get up and close with nature this Earth Day, as our fertile lands and waters give you another chance to truly understand the nourishing power of our planet
By: Ahona Datta Gupta
Posted on: April 19, 2017
There are many days in a year, which have significantly become special over the past few decades. Whether it be Valentine’s Day, Women’s Day, Siblings Day, Grandparents’ Day et al; these special occasions have led to a new wave of consumerism, which lets you indulge in some luxurious pampering. And obligingly, luxury brands come up with innovative ideas to keep its patrons happy.
Earth Day, though a relatively new addition to these special days, is one of those occasions when one would be seemingly perplexed about the right way to celebrate it. Earth Day is one of those days when one consciously thinks of, and sometimes even acts to do their bit for Mother Earth. Keeping this consciousness in mind, this Day provides an opportune moment to many luxury spas and boutique hotels to provide their best nature inspired spa treatments. These invigorating sessions are not only chemical free and organic, but also use indigenous products to enhance the quality of the treatment, letting the guests soak in the best of mother Earth.
So, celebrate this Earth Day with your family tucked away in these beautiful resorts and spas and get your soul and skin pampered the natural way. April 22 is a Saturday, so spend this beautiful weekend getting close to the nature!
Here are five Earth Day Inspired Spa Treatments to indulge in:
1. Deep Forest Detox Body Treatment at Barnsley Resort
An oasis nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just 60 miles outside of Atlanta, Barnsley Resort is where history, outdoor adventure and southern comfort come together as one. A gift for his beloved bride, Godfrey Barnsley poured his heart and soul into this grand, Southern country estate two centuries ago.
The Barnsley Resort’s Spa is haven of relaxation and rejuvenation with an atmosphere of tranquility. The therapists, estheticians and technicians pair nature’s healing remedies with the latest techniques and provide you with some of the best body nourishing experience. Inspired by the Earth Day, the resort has a fabulous 60 minutes Deep Forest Detox body treatment. This includes a detoxifying scrub and mask featuring sarsaparilla (an herb), honey tobacco and clay, which exfoliate dry skin, followed by hot towel compression therapy with oils featuring an invigorating blend of pine, cypress and juniper. The spa also harvests its own loofah gourds onsite. Once picked and dried, guests can use them at the spa and take them home after their treatment!
Coordinates: 597 Barnsley Gardens Road, Adairsville, Georgia, USA
2. Tuscany Pleasure Luxury Treatment at II Salviatino
If you want to spend a magical weekend in Florence gazing at the rolling Tuscan landscape, then this 15th century villa is the ideal place to be. Known for providing renowned service and wine-inspired treatments, La Spa II Salviatino is tucked in the greenest corner of the villa’s private park. The Spa gives its guests pampering sessions incorporating natural products sourced from some of Florence’s most exclusive perfume houses as well as local wineries.
The 5-star property’s signature treatment, "Tuscany Pleasure" Luxury Treatment, is most prominently known for its use of a wine gel and mist, which is handmade using the refreshing grapes of the Tuscan countryside grown just minutes away from the property. The three-hour polysensory treatment uses this wine gel to cleanse, then peel, and uses wine mist to massage the face and body, leaving the skin feeling soft with the fresh aroma of grapes and revitalizing the mind, body and spirit. To sum up, if you want to spend an idyllic weekend in the hills, soaked in organic grapes and sip some of the best wines, then look no further.
Coordinates: Via del Salviatino, 21, Fiesole – Firenze, Italy
3. Bamboo Massage at St. Kitts Marriott Resort
Proud to be named as one of Travel + Leisure's 'World's Best Caribbean Resorts', with a remarkable location and truly extraordinary amenities, St. Kitts Marriott Resort is located on one of the most relaxing islands in the Caribbean. The resort is a breathtaking tropical oasis bursting with Kittitian hospitality, scenic mountainous landscapes and golden stretches of sand.
One of the things, which must not be missed at St. Kitts, is an invigorating treatment at the resort’s 15,000 square-foot Emerald Mist Spa. The spa ensures that the guests get a true feast of the senses while they relieve their stress and heal their body. The Spas’ signature massage, the Bamboo Massage, is said to symbolize life, energy and longevity. The 80-minute deep tissue technique, enhanced with warm bamboo stalks of various lengths and diameters, creates a soothing experience and revives poor circulation, sensory nerve and lymphatic drainage. Post pampering, guests can enjoy the resort’s other spa facilities, which include whirlpools, sauna, steam room and cool plunge pool.
Coordinates: 858 Frigate Bay Road, Frigate Bay, St. Kitts & Nevis
4. The Signature Tabacón Massage at Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
If you are an environmentally conscious person and want to do your bit for the Earth Day, then Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa is the place to be. This hotel is committed to sustainability and through their environmental practices promotes awareness and education. Keeping this spirit in mind, the resort, which is spread across 900 acres of protected primary and secondary rainforest, treats their guests to a lush green rejuvenating ambience in the middle of Costa Rica and that too near the base of the Arenal Volcano.
This volcano, in fact, is responsible for the largest steaming thermal springs around the resort, which are a sheer delight if you happen to be in the Tabacón’s exclusive spa. Memorable spa treatments are rendered in outdoors bungalows amidst the trees, gardens and natural hot springs, but the setting offers complete privacy.
Tabacón Massage, their signature treatment, begins with 15-20 minutes of stretching in order to prepare the body and promote flexibility. A medium pressure massage is applied to the entire body using volcanic mud to moisturize, detoxify the skin and improve blood circulation. Travelers can then rinse off in a thermal mineral spring water shower and relax in the spa bungalow’s private Jacuzzi filled with water from the hot springs.
Coordinates: Noreste de Centro de la Fortuna de San Carlos 13 Km, Provincia de Alajuela, Arenal, Costa Rica
5. Mayan Hot Stone Massage at Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
Located in the heart of the Mayan world, and spread across 300+ acres in the Jungle of Petén, Guatemala, Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel is considered to be one of the best hotels in the globe according to experts. Another feather in the cap was added in February 2017 when the hotel launched its brand new spa.
The nineteen-bungalow suite full-service spa offers many massages and treatments but its uniqueness lies in the not-your-average hot stone massage that specifically uses Jade stones found in the Guatemalan region. Jade stones, known for their medicinal properties, are said to improve kidneys and adrenal glands, remove toxins and heal sutures. This earth-inspired treatment helps balance body fluids, water-salt and acid-alkaline proportions which calm the nervous system, and strengthens the mental faculties. One can blissfully end this enriching massage session by spending some down time in the spa’s new pool, jacuzzi or sauna.
Coordinates: Kilómetro 1.5 carretera a San Miguel Flores, Petén, Guatemala. C.A.
This was our handpicked list of five of the best Earth Day inspired spa treatments. Do give one of them a try for an unforgettable, content and soul refreshing Earth Day weekend.