Start the holiday season in balance with these top five spa treatments
Yearning for some R&R? The fall season finds many of us wanting to elevate our wellness practices. Travel to one of these favorite exclusive spa resorts, and both your body and mind will thank you before tackling the busy weeks of Halloween through New Year’s Eve.
Timbers Kaua’i Spa
Inspired by Hawaii’s unique Polynesian culture, the Timbers Kaua’i Spa celebrates balance in nature, with treatments anchored in ancient healing traditions and indigenous island botanicals. Here, lokahi — or harmony of body and spirit — is supported by locally sourced ingredients and thoughtfully designed spa treatments. Opt for the signature Hawaiian Lomilomi massage, which calls upon the aforementioned lokahi concept to restore sore muscles and lymphatic drainage.
Laguna Beach, California
When visiting Laguna Montage, you’ll be hard pressed to leave the resort, in large part due to the lauded Spa Montage. Created to celebrate the resort’s Southern California roots, the restorative California Wildflower Ritual is a full-body experience utilizing vibrational technology, heated healing flower poultices, and aromatic essences. The experience begins with full body vibrational work, intended to encourage muscles to release. Next up is a customized massage with heated herbal poultices comprised of rice, calendula flower, lavender, and chamomile. Lastly, an orange blossom soufflé is applied during a relaxing foot scrub and massage. The journey ends with gentle vibrations on your feet to leave you fully refreshed.
Miraval Tucson: Life in Balance Spa
You might as well plan several days at the famous Miraval Tucson, where a robust treatment activity, and fitness menus feature everything from equine therapy to ropes courses and innovative yoga classes. When unwinding at the stylish and Zen Life in Balance Spa, make time for the Ultimate Ayurvedic Treatment. It begins with Abhyanga, or a warm herbal oil massage, which releases toxins and increases circulation, and precludes a calming and energy-balancing, marma-point therapy. A soothing stream of herbal oil (Shirodhara) is applied to the forehead to melt away tension, and this immersive experience concludes with an aromatic, cocoon wrap and scalp massage — yes, please!
This wine-country inspired spa features sound healing, decadent facials, and plenty of body treatments. Try something unique during an educational, fun, and therapeutic session where you blend your own massage oil with an expert guide. Your oil will be based on a specific outcome you most wish to experience, be it relaxation, invigorating, or favorite scents. Prior to your service, you’ll visit the aroma blending bar, learn about the oils, and create your own formula that your treatment therapist will then employ during the relaxing service.
1 Hotel South Beach
Miami is famous for the glitz and glam of South Beach, so after all that shopping, wining, and dining, recharge at the first U.S. Bamford Wellness Spa. Indulge in holistic treatments, services, and classes meant to balance mind, body, and spirit (and all based on an authentic connection with nature). Book the B Silent Treatment, which utilizes high-end products from the B Silent range and developed to improve sleep quality. The treatment begins with a stress-reducing footbath to open the body’s meridians and induce deep relaxation. Next, enjoy a full back massage and a series of assisted stretches and Japanese Shiatsu to release stress, loosen hips, unlock the lower back, and gently rotate the spine. Lastly, B Silent Temple Balm is applied to the forehead and temples to prepare the body and mind for the ultimate reset.