After months of wedding planning and the stress that comes with it, what better way to reboot than with a spa day (or perhaps even a wellness weekend) with your bridesmaids? While we’re certainly not knocking a good old-fashioned rubdown, if you have the time (and the moolah) to travel the world for a bit of pampering, these are the state-of-the-art services that should be on your radar.
Some of these treatments feature cutting-edge tech, while others put the emphasis on personalization. And then there are those that rely on exotic ingredients or ancient science. Needless to say, it doesn't get more indulgent than this.
Ligurian Honey and Almond Wrap at Southern Ocean Lodge
Perched atop a cliff on Kangaroo Island, the spa at Southern Ocean Lodge is a serene sanctuary surrounded by unspoiled wilderness. Drawing on nature’s bounty, services incorporate indigenous ingredients. The Ligurian Honey and Almond Wrap is an indulgent blend of Bay of Shoals mineral salt exfoliation, a nourishing full-body mask, a refreshing rainwater shower, and an essential oil massage.
Vitality Ritual at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Customization is the name of the game at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The somatotype therapies are tailored to each individual's biochemistry (clients complete an elemental wellness questionnaire to determine their constitution). The Vitality Ritual begins with dry brushing, followed by a cleansing wash, nutrient-rich body wrap, head massage, breathing meditation, and aromatic bath soak.
AlphaSphere Deluxe at Madinat Jumeirah
High tech has a whole new meaning at Madinat Jumeirah’s Talise Spa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The first-of-its-kind AlphaSphere Deluxe immerses guests in a futuristic, spaceship-esque sensory room that uses sound, light, color, and vibration to heighten perception, while simultaneously stimulating creativity and inducing calm.
Divine Wine Facial at the Allison Inn & Spa
Looking to unwind between wine tastings? The Allison Inn & Spa, in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, goes straight to the source—an on-property vineyard—for their trademark pinot-therapies. The Divine Wine Facial harnesses the beautifying benefits of grapes in a luxurious mask, serum, and moisturizer that leaves skin youthful and radiant.
“Dermo” Lifting Face Treatment at InterContinental Hong Kong
Want to tap into the fountain of youth? Conceptualized by world-famous cosmetic surgeon Ivo Pitanguy and available exclusively at InterContinental Hong Kong’s I-Spa, this innovative facial renews and refines thanks to a combination of a concentrated Botox-like formula that smooths fine lines, plus a stimulating massage and a “dermo” face mask that instantly lifts and brightens.
Healing Waters of Maui Journey at Grand Wailea
The Healing Waters of Maui Journey at Spa Grande is a sensory delight like no other. The head-to-toe treatment takes spa-goers on an adventure through a series of soothing experiences—body scrub, steam cocoon, massage, foot wrap, and specialty baths—with hand-selected Hawaiian ingredients.
Manaka Tapping at Lake Austin Spa Resort
Tucked away in the tranquility of Texas Hill Country, the award-winning Lake Austin Spa Resort touts more than 100 luxurious services, including Manaka tapping. Developed by Dr. Yoshio Manaka, this technique utilizes a wooden hammer and pegs to rhythmically stimulate acupuncture points to relieve aches and pains, while promoting a sense of peace.
Winter Seasonal Journey at Aman Tokyo
The Winter Seasonal Journey (available from December through February) at Aman Tokyo Spa is rooted in the ancient Japanese principles of nature and balance. The regimen nurtures inner and outer harmony through a warming foot bath infused with sake koji, herbs, and sea salt; a breathing exercise with kuromoji oil; a detoxifying scrub; and a relaxing hot stone massage.
Zerobody Relax Floating Treatment at Atlantis, the Palm Dubai
The ShuiQi Spa at Atlantis, the Palm Dubai invites guests to leave their stress at the door with a 30-minute zero-body experience that eases tension, improves circulation, and quiets the mind. The secret is a zero-gravity mattress that allows water to contour to the body, offering the serene sensation of floating without getting wet.