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LHW Announces Top Spas to Get the New Year Off to a Healthy Start

January 23, 2014



Even though the new year is already underway, it is never too late to make plans to add some serenity to your life. A spa escape is always in order to help rebalance, rejuvenate and restart, and here are just a few Leading Hotels whose Leading Spas can offer entrée to your Zen zone.

Barbados was under British rule for more than 300 years, and today the Anglo imprint can still be seen in such popular activities as cricket and polo, but it has blended with Bajan flair. The best of both worlds is showcased at the fashionable Sandy Lane, where guests feel coddled from the moment they check in – in the comfort of their spacious rooms with blue-drenched vistas. Everything is over-the-top luxurious: there are three golf courses and the island's largest spa, but the warm service and a relaxing beach scene keep the fine Barbados balance of barefoot-chic. The spa offers an impressive range of massages, facials, scrubs, and wraps. Among them is relaxation-inducing Luxury Anti-Age Facial. Using the nourishing properties of rose and frankincense, this treatment is specially formulated for mature, dry, tired and devitalized skin. It includes a mud mask and overnight repair mask interspersed with the most relaxing facial massage. A specialized eye massage is performed to address fine lines and wrinkles in this delicate area and at the conclusion of this treatment, skin looks radiant and toned.

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach is located on 4.5 beachfront acres and features 400 feet of stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline in tranquil Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. An intimate resort with impeccably appointed guest rooms and suites, it offers guests expansive services and amenities including the acclaimed Il Mulino New York restaurant, three oceanfront pools, the innovative AcquaMarine children's program, and the first ESPA branded spa in the United States. A key component is The Private Spa, with its own steam Shower for Two, creating the ultimate personal Spa experience for couples, friends, or family wishing to retreat in total privacy. The Private Spa experiences may be extended to include additional hours of therapy or relaxation time. For example, the journey could incorporate a body exfoliation, followed by a soothing massage and a 50-minute facial customized for the client’s particular skin’s needs. Freshly prepared spa teas and fruits are offered in the suite, and a healthy spa lunch is served on the private spa pool deck.

Nestled in lush gardens fronting Honolulu’s Gray’s Beach, Halekulani has long been synonymous with gracious Hawaiian hospitality. From humble beginnings a century ago, the hotel grew into a sophisticated destination for discerning guests like Clark Gable and Doris Duke and has remained the standard for polished service. Guests can lounge by the freshwater pool, which shimmers with a mosaic of 1.2 million pieces of blue South African glass, and dine at La Mer, the hotel’s acclaimed French restaurant. Intertwining authentic Polynesian therapeutic rituals with today's purest products, award-winning SpaHalekulani professionals usher guests into an enveloping experience like no other. The spa infuses the concept of well-being throughout the entire experience, evolving healthy practices to inspire an elevated lifestyle. Among the most sought-after treatments are locally inspired ones, including the traditional Lomi Lomi - using oil of the kukui nut; the Samoan Nonu massage, incorporating hot stones to release muscular tension, using oil of noni; and the Ho‘Olele Signature Massage, an extraordinary deep barefoot massage, characterized by intense yet soothing strokes.

Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa is situated on an expanse of pristine white beach and is convenient to both South Beach and Bal Harbour. An oasis of warmth, this luxury all-suite hotel features the largest and most beautifully appointed spa and wellness facility in South Florida. And it is here where guests will find a host of Ayurveda-nuanced treatments to enhance relaxation. They can lose themselves in the Aquavana® thermal suite, a lavish array of healing waters, thermal cabins and soaking tubs where they can wander from one rejuvenating experience to the next, feeling renewed and soothed by the cool and warm waters. Holistic wellness researchers in Europe have found that the contrast of temperatures moves blood and lymph from one part of the body to another, facilitating the drainage of toxins from the body. For this reason, aqua-thermal circuits should always be followed with a cooling shower or the use of the Igloo.

The Grove, Queen Victoria’s 300-acre country retreat in Hertfordshire, England, is still at the forefront of luxury after all these years. In fact, it even served as home base for the cast during the filming of the Harry Potter movies. The real sorcery, however, lies in transporting guests to the peace and quiet of this sprawling country estate, just eighteen miles from London. An ideal escape for families, the property offers a sophisticated kids club with an indoor swimming pool and a large playground. Adults, meanwhile, can play the championship golf course or relax at the award-winning spa Sequoia. And to help weary grown-ups regain a sense of equilibrium, the spa offers a soothing Chakra Balancing with Hot Stones. Lasting an 110 minutes, this calming therapy session provides an indulgent body treatment designed to melt away tension, and to align the body and mind. It begins with a gentle exfoliation, continues with a comforting massage with hot stones, and concludes with a head massage.

Open year-round Chatham Bars Inn on scenic Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was originally built in 1914 and makes the most of its brilliant setting overlooking a private quarter-mile beach. Everything, from the elegant interiors and 25-acre gardens to the gracious staff and acclaimed restaurant and spa, is topnotch. But the main reason this resort has been a favorite of generations is the relaxed ambience that facilitates a blissful return to life's simple pleasures: beach walks, clam bakes, and quality time with family and friends. The hotel also offers a well-appointed spa, with amenities including oversized treatment rooms with private showers, a Vichy Shower, and a hydrotherapy tub. Guests can also take the spa experience to the next level by staying in one of the hotel’s luxurious Spa Suites, all of which have oversized hydrotherapy tubs, saunas, steam showers, and massage tables. Where better to enjoy a couple’s treatment - a synchronized massage with a signature blend of aromatherapy oils to warm, entice and delight the senses - by the glow of a warm fire?

The ocean-front The Setai, Miami Beach is integral part of Miami Beach’s social, cultural and architectural heritage that combines the destination’s sleek Art Deco style with a serene Far Eastern aesthetic. The façade of the 1938 Dempsey-Vanderbilt hotel was meticulously restored, its interiors enhanced with Burmese teak, Indonesian bronze and dark gray bricks salvaged from historic Shanghai buildings. Counterpoint to the original building is the new adjacent 40-story glass residential tower, which houses some of the hotel’s suites. A haven of serenity and natural beauty, The Spa is dedicated to restoration of the body, mind and soul. And for the ultimate in pampering, the deluxe double spa suites feature oversized terrazzo baths and private steam showers, making them the perfect settings for soothing classic massages or The Setai Love Bath Ceremony – complete with love potion, champagne and canapés.

For reservations, visit www.LHW.com.In the USA & Canada please call 1-800-223-6800 or contact a travel professional.


About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (LHW)
When extraordinary and one-of-a-kind intersect, you have likely found a Leading Hotel. As the largest luxury hotel collection, with more than 430 of the world’s greatest properties in over 80 countries, we seek out the exceptional. From grand palaces to intimate city hideaways, from ancient castles to sumptuous safari tent villages, from tropical aeries to mystical paradises, all are utterly unique and boldly independent. Each celebrates the culture of its destination, rather than trying to mask it with corporate-mandated sameness. Established in 1928 by several influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers, it started with 36 initial members. With our eight-decade-long commitment to providing unforgettable, authentic travel experiences, LHW selects only hotels that meet our high standards for quality and distinctiveness. To us, hospitality is not an industry; it’s an art…and our passion.
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