Vacation is meant to be a time to relax and forget any stressors that may await back home. As you kick back on the beach with an adult beverage in hand, or you curl up with a good book in your cabin overlooking the mountains—it's the ultimate excuse for zen. But, there's also something magical about being able to add in a trip—or two—to a spa during your getaway. As we continue to celebrate National Wellness Month, our Lifestyle Director has curated this list of unique spa experiences to try around the world.
Some she's tried firsthand, and others that have come highly recommended by family and friends. If you're in need of a spa day, or it's simply something you often do for yourself, be sure to add these options on your next trip.
Rhythm & Motion Massage-Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Mexico
Although most massage sessions are quiet or have more tranquil sounds playing in the background, this unique spa experience does quite the opposite. Utilizing the greatest hits from yesterday to today, the treatment taps into memories to create an experiential journey, in sync with a performance of techniques, pressure and rhythm. The massage is infused with a choice of natural organic essential oils to reduce stress, ease muscle tension, and detoxify.
MIND Art of Wellness Massage-Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman
The MIND the art of wellness massage brings healing and wellness to the mind, body & soul with this unique treatment that creates a state of pure bliss. It merges guided breathing and visualization together with a deeply therapeutic salt stone and rose quartz crystal massage and releases physical tension and relaxes the mind to embrace the art of letting go.
Hydrotherapy Ritual-Garza Blanca Resort Cancun, Mexico
This customizable treatment, is literally one of the best unique spa experiences we've ever tried. A spa attendant will help you move through a series of hot and cold treatments, including: a cold plunge pool, heated massage water bed, and the grand finale—time in the resort's water pressure chamber, which will pummel the tension from your shoulders and back.
Magma Hot Shell Massage-Magma Resort Santorini, Greece
You've likely heard of a hot stone massage, but what about one with hot shells? At Santorini's Magma Resort, you can experience it in the property's Lava Spa. Massaging with the real shells, manifest natural calcium ions, which are transported directly to the skin through the action of heat. It eliminates muscle tension, calms the nervous system and enhances blood circulation and lymph.
Quartz Experience Egyptian Massage-Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun, Mexico
Inspired by Egyptian rituals, guests will find a quartz bed filled with warm sand minerals that introduce wellness benefits and healing energy to your body. When you lay on the bed, the sand minerals move to conform to your body shape and help store your body heat. You will also be treated to a relaxing bath in a private Japanese Wood soak tub and, to finalize, a warm herbal tea to complement the experience.