Spring is the time when the Earth shrugs off her winter coat and starts to revive with cleansing rains, warming sunshine and beautifying foliage. We decided to follow suit, by heading to a luxurious spa for a spring revival of our own.
To welcome the warm weather, we searched out some distinctive spa treatments that feature scents inspired by the garden and moisture-rich potions. If you’re looking to get some spring back into your step, we suggest you book a treatment or two at any of these spas:
While grapefruit — and all citrus, really — are winter produce, the scent of this breakfast favorite has the power to energize and stimulate positive thoughts at any time of year. Through May 31, the tantalizing fragrance of grapefruit-infused treatments fills the air at L.A.’s The Ritz-Carlton Spa. The facility promises that the Grapefruit Glow Body Treatment — a 50- or 80-minute scrub with natural sugar, grapefruit oil and zest — will refresh your skin and leave you shining and ready for your close-up in no time.
This spa is an oasis of calm tucked away on the hotel’s sixth floor. Pale celadon tiles and orchids throughout set a soothing tone, while the ambient music includes sounds of chirping birds. You will feel like you’re laying in the middle of a garden during your custom facial, as the esthetician smoothes Naturopathica and Jan Marini products scented with ylang-ylang, lavender and rose onto your skin. For spring, they’re featuring the Sole Retreat, a treatment that’s focused below your knees to revive tired legs and feet. Exfoliation, a paraffin dip and a massage will help to energize pressure points in the tootsies and will have you all ready to hike up and down San Francisco’s hills in no time.
To celebrate a property-wide renovation, the menu of offerings at this Four-Star treasure was recently refreshed. Rehydrate your winter-beaten skin with the 50-minute Hydrating Ehukai Facial, a sea mist treatment that drenches the face with moisture, followed by a head, neck, and shoulder massage. The newest ritual is Kala’au Pa’i, a gentle foot exfoliation and stimulation of key reflexology points using guava sticks grown in the upcountry of Lana’i to tap the soles of the feet, leaving you relaxed and energized at the same time.
For an immersive wine country experience, book a room at Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Auberge du Soleil and make an appointment at this Four-Star retreat reserved for hotel guests only. Each season, the luxurious spa adds a handful of new treatments. Through May, you can indulge in revitalizing services such as the Spring Skin remedy wrap, which incorporates a salt exfoliation and a nourishing body mask. Or, if you need a bit of serenity in your life, book the three-and-a-half-hour Spring Renewal package. You’ll kick off your day with a private one-hour yoga session before heading to the spa for a Spring Skin remedy wrap and LifeStage facial.
This 13,000-square-foot palace at The St. Regis Bora Bora is the only Clarins spa in the entire luxury hotel chain — and it’s likely the only one on a private little island fronted by its own spa beach. The spa is bathed in natural light, with creamy white décor accented by shades of red and coral. But the real visual treat is the view of Mount Otemanu, part of a dormant volcano that’s the highest point on the island. Treatments such as The Polisher and the Tahitian hot stone massage bring together local ingredients such as pearl powder and fragrant Mono’i oil with the unique Clarins touch style of massage that encourages lymphatic drainage.
Photos Courtesy of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc, InterContinental San Francisco Hotel and Auberge du Soleil Resort