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  • Friday, February 23, 2018

From the time when Espa’s used to refer to springs where people with iron deficiency were treated by drinking chalybeate (iron-bearing) spring water (Espa, a Walloon word for “fountain”) to now, when Spa’s are the ultimate retreat for pampering oneself with indulgence, the theme has undergone a drastic change. Today, these palaces of pampering have become a multi-billion dollar industry. Hotel spas offer a wide range of services that can make customers of either gender look and feel better.

Canyon Ranch on Miami beaches perpetuates the healthful theme, nestled in the warm sands of a wide beach. The 70,000-square-foot facility provides a balance of standard and unique spa services. The popular Aquavana treatment, which utilizes the mineral-rich thermal waters of Europe, has been upgraded and designed into the first complete, therapeutic suite in the United States. Specialized touch therapies, hot stone massages, aqua-conditioning workouts, meditation classes, and body rituals are some of the treatments to choose from.

Surrounded by the crystal-clear Caribbean and resting peacefully in the pristine sands of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Parrot Cay emphasizes uninterrupted relaxation. The hotel is highly respected for its spa, the COMO Shambhala Retreat. This spa offers an array of unique massages, from the Reiki to an Indian-head massage. The Pizichili oil treatment adds a twist to the list of body treatments and the marine algae therapy is designed to speed up the metabolism and boost circulation. An outdoor garden spa, Japanese baths, and health consultations with doctors are all additional perks.

A setting in New Zealand’s Queenstown, once famous for wheat fields and elderberry groves, Millbrook is now home to an exclusive vacation resort complete with a full-service spa. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and resting on a golf course, diverse accommodations and activities are all offered on the property. A long list of body treatments highlights marine clays and minerals that nurture the skin, while the Numue facial focuses on the individual’s specific needs.  Their Vichy massage features a traditional water therapy that cascades down the back and relieves stress. Warm paraffin wax is utilized for manicures and pedicures, while the golfer’s reviver massage rejuvenates aching muscles.

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