TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE
– PHUKET, THAILAND
Not one for the faint hearted! If you travel to Thailand for a traditional massage and don’t squeal in pain when on the massage table, you have gone to the wrong place! The Thai massage is a unique and memorable experience. The masseuse twists, turns, pulls and kneads you like a pretzel and while most of the ‘massage’ is uncomfortable, you’re left feeling invigorated! One minute they are walking on your back, the next they are twisting your arm above your head – it’s brilliant!
ACRYLIC FLOWER MANICURE
– DA NANG, VIETNAM
Photograph: Sabrina Chakici
When travelling to Vietnam, a manicure is a must! Walking past the glitzy salons, the OTT nail art really catches your attention and while most would opt out for such a flamboyant design – you just need to say to yourself, ‘When in Vietnam’! The technician layers in acrylic petals which create these pretty 3D flowers, the final result lasts 10 days and it’s pretty special!
– CAPRI, ITALY
At The Capri Palace, the innovative and specialised ‘Leg School’ treatment consists of multiple stages of massage and detoxifying wraps. You then have to walk through an ice pool and a heated pool 10 times each, which means you are going from extreme cold to extreme heat back and forth for 40 minutes. It can be uncomfortable, so to soothe the burn you will be treated to a full body massage to finish; say goodbye to all those toxins!
ZEN MOMENTS & 6AM YOGA
– THE GRAND CANYON, USA
There are few places in the world that take your breath away, but The Grand Canyon is definitely one of them. Miles of colourful heights, valleys and sunrises that are unmatched by any location in the world. Whether you take a leisurely stroll, walk a challenging hike or dabble in a spot of therapeutic yoga, this location is nature’s biggest spa retreat! At a 6am Yoga session, morning light dances off the red rocks while you stretch into the day, it guarantees for a memorable experience!
– HONG KONG, CHINA
Arguably one of the most surprising and relaxing experiences. High up in the hills of Victoria Peak you can enjoy a Tai Chi lesson with one of the locals. The slow precise movements are invigorating and awakening, and it’s an amazing way to fully immerse yourself in the culture.
– REETHI BEACH, MALDIVES
Photograph: Sabrina Chakici
This rare treatment involves warm sesame oil slowly pouring out onto one very precise point of the forehead. With the soft sound of the waves creeping through the Maldivian sea hut and the soothing flow of warmth on your face, you will never feel more at peace. The hot oil flows for 40 minutes whisking your mind away to complete serenity; it’s then massaged through your hair to nourish your luscious locks whilst you enjoy a luxury head massage.
INTRACEUTICALS RADIANCE OXYGEN FACIAL
– CHAMPNEY’S SPA HERTFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND
Photograph: Champneys Spa Hertfordshire https://www.champneys.com
The Treatment: Pure oxygen, under light pressure, targets premature ageing, lines and wrinkles, dryness and dark circles. The Reward: Instant hydration, increased firmness, improved facial contours and overall radiance. Its brighteners also help to balance skin tone. This treatment offers the perfect way to disconnect and reenergize. What are you waiting for?
MERLOT WRAP, CAUDALIE SPA
– BORDEAUX, FRANCE
Photograph: Caudalie Spa https://uk.caudalie.com/spas-boutiques.html
The French have long championed the antioxidant benefits of red wine found in grape skins and seeds. At the Caudalie Spa in Bordeaux, you can enjoy a glass of wine and discover its uses through their water-based treatments combining naturally warm spring water and grape extracts. Wine barrel baths, use bubbling water from the Sources de Caudalie with very finely crushed grape extracts from the seed, skin and pulp of the grapes providing a mild exfoliating effect. If you like your reds more full bodied you can go for a Merlot Wrap, this purifying and relaxing treatment helps to improve your skin's texture. Cheers!
LAVENDER MASSAGE AT THE HOP SHOP
– KENT, ENGLAND
Photograph: Aromatherapy Lavender Massage at The Hop Shop, Kent www.hopshop.uk
In the summer you can escape to the country to enjoy a visit to the stunning lavender fields in Kent for a massage with their essential oils sourced from the farm. Lavender oil is well known for its relaxing and calming properties and there is no better place to try this out. These treatments are going to send you to sleep, so make sure you travel with a designated driver to get you home! This is such an amazing experience you won’t have seen anything like it.
BEER BATH AT PRAGUE’S PIVNÍSPA
– PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Apparently the benefits of hops and yeast for your skin were discovered in the Middle Ages. Beer shampoos may be better known, but we now know it’s good for you inside and out. At this spa, you can treat yourself to a warm beer bath full of herbal extracts, brewer’s yeast, hops and malt. The essential oil-filled hops have anti-inflammatory properties that remove fatigue, brewer’s yeast is full of Vitamin B that is absorbed into skin to promote hydration, and malt provides healthy vitamins and acids. The treatment includes a 20-minute bath with a frosty Czech beer, light or dark, plus the chance to relax fireside afterwards.
• Experiences by Sabrina Chakici. A global travel and style blogger interested in health, fitness and spirituality combined.