Extending their spa offerings for the 2013 season, Sani Resort in Greece is now offering a selection of new wine inspired treatments for spa dwellers. Carefully prepared by bespoke beauty brand Anne Semonin, the new Oenotherapy treatments have been created with the red grapes used in French red wine, famed for their anti-oxidant elements. The new treatments are available at all of Sani Resort’s three spas, a little piece of Grecian paradise on the Halkidiki peninsula of the Aegean Coast.
Oenotherapy (or healing with wine) has been the secret of wine producing regions for thousands of years. No anti-oxidant is stronger than the polyphenols contained in the seeds, skin and leaves of the humble red grape! Containing 20 times more anti-oxidants than Vitamin C and 50 times more than Vitamin E, these polyphenol-compounds in the red grape prevent the rapid decay of cells, energising and detoxifying the skin, ensuring a full body pampering experience.
The new Anne Semonin Oenotherapy Collection is available at My Spa (Sani Beach Hotel), The Club Spa (Sani Beach Club) and The Spa Suite (Porto Sani Village) all located in the 1000 acre eco-enclave of Sani Resort.
The treatment menu includes:
This energising grape seed body polish leaves skin delightfully soft, smooth and nourished to perfection. By releasing the full force of polyphenols found in seeds and skin of red grape, with an anti-oxidant power 20 times stronger than Vitamin C, this is the ideal way to achieve healthy glowing skin. (25 min; £55)
La Selection du Sommelier
Anti-Ageing Body Cocooning
This pampering body rejuvenation provides optimum regeneration of the skin. An invigorating body scrub is followed by a nourishing and anti-ageing body mask while guests experience a soothing scalp massage. The natural anti-oxidant benefits of this treatment will enhance body drainage, maximise hydration, plump and smooth to perfection, while nurturing the body in a cloud of well-being. (55 min; £100)
La Cuvee Speciale
Pampering Pumices Massage Ritual
An ancient massage technique based on linen pumices, filled with all the goodness of powerful grape seeds, natural grape essences and aromatic essential oils. Through a combination of heat, pressure and the effects of the red grape and essential oils, this gentle massage induces a profound state of physical and mental relaxation, banishing tension and easing muscles. (1h15min; £125)
Le Grand Cu
The Ultimate Oenotherapy Experience
This ultimate ritual starts with a soothing footbath with grape seeds and essential oils, enjoyed with a glass of refreshing vitamin packed grape juice in hand. The treatment continues with a deep revitalising body exfoliation and nurturing anti-ageing body wrap, concluding with a relaxing and soothing pumice massage. As a final touch, gusts will choose between a glass of fresh grape juice, or wine, to end the Oenotherapy wine experience. (2h25; £235) *Not available at Sani Beach Hotel’s spa.
Sani Resort’s Spa Director Spiros Gaitanidis commented: “We are thrilled to be the first Spas in Greece to introduce the new Anne Semonin Oenotherapy Rituals Collection. Nature has always generously provided us with the best anti-oxidant protection and our new treatments are designed to make these benefits available to everyone, by combining the highest concentration of anti-oxidant elements with the luxurious pampering our bodies need”.
With four five star hotels to choose from at Sani Resort, guests are welcome to enjoy any of the spas they choose. A family favourite holiday spot, whilst parents are getting some ‘me time’ in the spa, children can enjoy the new football academy, extensive children’s club or 7km of white sand beach.
Sani Resort (www.saniresort.gr; 0030 23740 99500) offers nightly rates in Sani Beach Hotel from €126 per room per night.
For further information and reservations please visit www.saniresort.gr
The Huvafen Fushi’s LIME spa, offers an underwater window on the ocean life and its new menu of spa treatments further emphasize the restorative and rejuvenating properties of water, focusing on therapies that restore, relax, detox, balance, and refresh mind and body. Treatments featured include lymphatic drain massage, traditional Thai massage, Shirodhara ayurvedic head massage, one-on-one power yoga and nutritional consultation.
In addition to the spa’s underwater and overwater treatment rooms, the spa is also home to SUBLIME, which offers pre and post-treatment relaxation with sauna, steam, onsen shower, and mist shower, ice room, and a relaxation lounge with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Guests may also rejuvenate in the Lonu Veyo, a salt-water floatation pool harnessing the abundance of minerals found in the Indian Ocean.
LIME Spa’s new signature packages are the three-day Lose It, Tone It from $350; the three-day Cellulite Therapy from $350; the three-day Stress Buster from $350; and the two-day Un-Thai Me from $295.
The Omni Fort Worth Hotel has launched Wellness Breaks activities and menus for meeting groups. Among other amenities, the break feature health-oriented nosh, chair massages, yoga and nutrition classes. Guests can also walk through the nearby Water Gardens and pick up a bike at a bike sharing station, including the Omni, for a ride. The Wellness Breaks can take place before a meeting, after lunch, during a break, and whenever works best for attendees and planners.
The 6th GeoSpa AsiaSpa India Awards were held at the Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon, on April 29 to celebrate the Spa and Wellness industry. Thailand bagged the “Best Spa Destination (Asia)”, Reader’s choice Award voted by the readers of the AsiaSpa India Magazine, a spa and wellness magazine in India.
Runjuan Tongrut, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, received the award on behalf of Thailand. The AsiaSpa awards recognize contributions made to the wellness industry. Apart from being a pioneer in this industry and the only spa awards in the region, the validation process is conducted by the audit firm Grant Thornton. This is the 3rd year Thailand has won the award (Thailand was awarded as the Best Spa Destination in Asia in 2008 and 2009).
After a long day in the saddle, even the most grizzled of wranglers would enjoy a soothing massage, delicious food and wine, and a starlit soak in a hot tub. Besides offering traditional trail rides, cookouts and hikes, many of Arizona’s fabled guest ranches are pampering guests with gourmet meals, wine tastings, spa services and more. Here are a few places that serve up a side of luxe along with cowboy steaks and beans.
Rancho de los Caballeros
Northwest of Phoenix, Wickenburg’s dude ranches are iconic, including Rancho de los Caballeros, a historic resort ranch and golf club on 20,000 wide-open acres of Sonoran desert. After a long ride or a round of golf, mosey over to the spa for a “rusty” brown-sugar body scrub and a Hassayampa hot-stone massage, then enjoy an evening meal in the charming lodge, which dates to the ranch’s founding in the late 1940s.
Hidden Meadow Ranch
Hidden Meadow Ranch is all about rustic luxury. Located in Northern Arizona’s White Mountains near the town of Greer, its pine-scented setting is perfect for horseback riding, fly fishing, canoeing, mountain biking, hiking and even archery. In winter, the ranch takes care of everything to get you skiing at nearby Sunrise Park Resort. Retreat to your straight-out-of-a-Ralph-Lauren-catalog cabin, made cozy with turndown service and firewood delivery. Can’t sleep? Stroll over to the meadow for a relaxing soak in the hot tub or request an in-cabin massage.
Tanque Verde Ranch
In Southern Arizona, Tanque Verde Ranch, founded in 1868 by a wealthy Mexican estate owner, harkens back to old Tucson. It’s been a guest ranch since 1908, known for desert horseback treks, team penning, hiking, fishing, tennis and mountain biking. After you burn calories during a water aerobics class, head to the ranch’s La Sonora Spa, where you can scrub off trail dust with the Sonoran Sunrise body treatment, relax with The End of the Trail massage or just soak in the whirlpools.
Rancho de la Osa Guest Ranch Resort
Near the Mexican border in Sasabe, Rancho de la Osa has been operating as a guest ranch since 1924, and it was also part of an original Spanish land grant dating to 1812. Pancho Villa is said to have been an uninvited guest; others, such as John Wayne and President Lyndon Johnson had reservations. Hang out in the historic adobe buildings that are the main lodge and rooms, or go horseback riding in this remote piece of desert – it’s easy to imagine you’re no longer in the 21st century.
Yoga under the Tuscan sun
A new Yorkshire-based company, Completely Siena (the only UK website entirely dedicated to Siena) specialising in creating exceptional handpicked holidays in Siena and Tuscany has already taken the travel market by storm. Just few months after launching their website enquiries for weddings and holidays in Tuscany have started flooding in from across the UK and even from as far as Australia and United States.
Francesca Sanniti, founder and the entrepreneur behind Completely Siena, whose family has lived for centuries in the Siena region, said she is delighted with the response to her business so far, “There is clearly a demand out there for businesses like Completely Siena, which are specialists in what they do and offer a very personal service. I am very passionate about Tuscany. It is not just about recommending and organising great accommodation for people, but also about finding great places for my guests that are off the beaten track and only known to locals. I want to offer each of our guests real experiences in a place I know and love very much. I think that comes across to the people who are contacting us and has been a key ingredient in our success so far,” said Francesca.
Francesca now has teamed up with a local Yoga teacher Christine Rumley to offer even more options to the British market: Yoga Holidays in a unique countryside yoga retreat set in Val d’Orcia (Unesco World Heritage Site) at a recently restored Tuscan farmhouse. Christine is a qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher (Junior Intermediate level 2) who lives in Yorkshire as well and she has been practising and teaching yoga since 2005.
“I am delighted to be able to offer the opportunity to British people and my students to join me in Tuscany and try a good practice of yoga for all levels twice a day, surrounded by nature and an amazing countryside!”.
Christine adds that “our classes are suitable for everyone, even if you have never tried yoga before. If you are looking for a wellbeing holiday that is relaxing healthy and potentially life-changing, this is the right place! And if your partner is not interested in yoga, there are plenty of other activities during the day that make this holiday ideal for everybody!”
Francesca and Christine are very excited about this new project, because it is so much more than just a Yoga holiday it is made of “a stunning countryside, a luxury villa with pool, cooking classes, spa days, guided walks, nights out at local restaurants, all transfers and of course Christine that will deliver extremely good yoga lessons for all levels in the morning and in the evening. And all this for £599pp!”
A luxury apartment on an exclusive development in Kalkan, Turkey has joined other bespoke properties offered by holiday home specialist, Kalkan Magic, new for 2013. The company has added the luxury Maribo Apartment to its portfolio of 8 handpicked properties in the harbour village of Kalkan.
The two bedroom Maribo Apartment boasts incredible panoramic sea views as well as being only 5 minutes from Kalkan’s quaint and picturesque Old Town and blue flag beach. The property is part of the exclusive Emir development which has a stunning feature infinity style pool and 24 hour staff on site. Wi-fi is available free of charge and air conditioning is in every room.
The apartment, which enjoys a convenient ground floor location also has its own furnished sea view patio area and is surrounded by spacious sun terraces and lush landscaping. Kalkan Magic owner Sue Flynn said: “The Maribo ticks all the boxes for couples and families alike. The stunning pool is a real asset as are the panoramic sea views. Families want to have all the comforts of home without having to compromise and go to children’s resorts. The Maribo is the perfect family friendly accommodation with all the ingredients for a totally relaxing holiday.”
See www.kalkanmagic.com for further information.
A week at Maribo Apartment in May costs only £295 per week (for the property not per person) with www.kalkanmagic.com The price includes up to 4 people and includes all cleaning and linens, pool towels, air-conditioning, wi-fi and the 24 hour services of an English speaking team.
- Flights are additional and can be booked with all major airlines including Easyjet and
Jet2.com from many regional airports.
- Nearest airport is Dalaman which is 90 minutes from Kalkan.
- Kalkanmagic books private transfers which cost £75 each way for a minibus seating 4 inc luggage.
NEWLY launched luxury spa, The Garage, at The Morritt Hotel near Barnard Castle is giving guests the chance to start 2013 off with a fresh lease of life, with help from their New Year MOT package.
Originally an ancient stopping station used as a refuelling and repairing point for the countries first motorcars, it boasts car themed treatments. Those worn out by the festive season can spend the day at the brand new country-chic spa indulging in treatments specifically chosen to rejuvenate, revitalise and give your body a full MOT for only £85 per person.
As part of the MOT package weary guests start the day off with a detoxifying Green Tea Matcha Body Polish in the spa’s Turkish Hammam bath where they can simply lie back and unwind while the precious argan and coconut oils within the polish work their magic. Argan Oil, has become a beauty buzz word over the past couple of years. It’s rich in vitamin E helping nourish and protect the skin to produce a vibrant and youthful appearance.
This is followed in the afternoon by the therapeutic Algae Laminaria Body Wrap. Full of active ingredients that help combat cellulite and fatty deposits, it is an ideal boost for any New Year cleanse programme.
If a day isn’t enough to bounce back from the Christmas and New Year period, there is the option of an overnight MOT from £145 per person which includes dinner, bed and breakfast – providing that much needed extra time to recuperate.
In between treatments, guests can explore and make full use of the state-of-the-art spa facilities at The Garage especially designed to create a luxurious yet homely environment. Guests can relax in the UK’s very first Shepherds Hut sauna set in the beautiful Secret Garden, or enjoying a Vitamin packed freshly made lunch overseen by The Morritt Hotel’s award winning Lac Artiste restaurant.
“Christmas is a notoriously excessive time of year full of parties, alcohol and eating far too much food which can leave you feeling completely drained by January” explained owner and managing director, Barbara-Anne Johnson. “That’s why we have launched a package tailored for people wanting a chance to escape from the world for a day or so in order to get back on track and feeling themselves again.”
To check availability and for more information visit www.thegaragespa.co.uk, email The Garage on firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 01833 863100.
New Year MOT Day Spa From £85 per person includes:
- Adetoxifying Green Tea Matcha Body Polish in their Hammam lasting 30 minutes
- An Algae Laminaria Body Wrap lasting 30 minutes
- Vitamin packed delicious lunch
- Full use of The Garage Spa facilities
- Use of a cosy robe and slippers
Overnight New Year MOT spa break from £145 per person includes:
- A detoxifying Green Tea Matcha Body Polish in their Hammam lasting 30 minutes
- An Algae Laminaria Body Wrap lasting 30 minutes
- Vitamin packed delicious lunch
- Full use of The Garage Spa facilities
- Use of a cosy robe and slippers
- Dinner at The Morritt Hotel’s 4 star Lac Artiste restaurant
- One night’s accommodation at The Morritt Hotel
- Full English Breakfast
All rates Include VAT.
The MOT package is available from January 3rd to 31st March 2013.
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Addressing the growing issue of sleep disorders, Lefay Resort & Spa on Lake Garda (www.lefayresorts.com) is introducing a new five-day sleep programme, which will be specifically tailored to individual guests. The resort has developed its own spa method, which combines the preventative principles of Classical Chinese medicine with modern Western techniques.
In Classical Chinese Medicine, insomnia is identified as an imbalance of energy concentrated in the head, which is caused by factors such as hormonal changes, digestive disorders, physical and intellectual hyperactivity, as well as anxiety. This knowledge inspired the Lefay Spa Scientific Committee to develop some new sleep treatments, which stimulate the energy lines and specific acupuncture points.
At the start of the programme, guests will be assessed by a doctor, who will establish the energy status of the person and tailor make the various treatments to the guest’s requirements.
The programme includes two new energy massages. The Embrace of Morpheus is a massage aimed at stimulating the energy flow to four of the six mechanisms, which cause sleep disorders and insomnia according to Classical Chinese Medicine. During the massage the energy accumulated in the head area is massaged down through the body and towards the feet. This energy will spread to the internal organs, which will improve sleep and alleviate various correlated disorders such as neck tension or waking up hungry.
The new Colour of Man massage restores the balance between Yin and Yang, determining the overall wellbeing of the body. The massage will be tailored to suit the person’s energy constitution, ranging from an intense and vigorous massage to regulate the strength and levels of stress in the body, to a dynamic and toning massage to fight fatigue to a deep and enveloping massage to regulate the energy in the blood.
The programme also features two aroma-hydrotherapy sessions, which use essential oils to stimulate specific meridians to rebalance the energy flows and one treatment in the salt-water lake. The temperature of the water is around 36-38 degrees Centigrade, which helps muscles to relax and the energy to circulate better. Other treatments include two acupuncture sessions, two foot reflexology sessions and on facial massage.
There are also three moxa treatments, which involve heat over the acupuncture points which cause insomnia and stress, a consultation with a personal trainer, a nutritional consultation and four physical and rebalancing activities – Qi Gong, stretching of the Meridians, Tai Qi and Yoga and also phyto-aromatherapy, where you are prescribed special herbal teas.
The price of a five night sleep therapy programme at Lefay Resort & Spa costs £1,873 (Euros 2,190). The price includes all treatments, meals and use of of Lefay’s pools and saunas. For reservations and more information visit: www.lefayresorts.com.
Lefay Resort & Spa is set in 27 acres of woodland and olive groves in the Alto Garda National Park overlooking Lake Garda. There are five different types of sauna; a salt water lake for flotation therapies; a state-of-the-art gym; and outdoor and indoor swimming pools. It offers a new type of holiday that combines environmental sustainability, luxury accommodation and innovative wellness experiences with all the style of Italy.
Leading Asian spa operator and pioneer of the tropical garden spa experience, Banyan Tree Spa is launching Banyan Tree Spa Lang Cô, located in the brand’s first Vietnam all-pool villa resort. Located along the coast of Central Vietnam overlooking the East Sea, Banyan Tree Spa brings Asian therapies to Vietnam for the first time. The professional spa therapists of Banyan Tree Spa are trained with the art of touch, based on stringent curriculum of the accredited Banyan Tree Spa Academies. The spa features six pavilions with double massage beds set in an expansive area of 2,553 square meters. The architecture and design of the spa pays contemporary tribute to the cultural richness of the region. The spa pavilions feature modern interpretations of design elements seen in the traditional garden houses of Hue with interiors that are replete with traditional Vietnamese aesthetic themes.
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