Earth Day Inspired Spa Services from Around the World

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 | Adventure, Beauty, Healing, Relaxation, Skincare, facials, massage, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness

Earth Day Inspired Spa Services from Around the World

Happy Earth Day!

Over one billion people in 192 countries are taking action today with over one thousand events around the world – from America to Zimbabwe.  From planting trees, to cleaning up the community, recycling, or offering gardening workshops; we’re united in taking action to protect our planet.  While Earth Day is celebrated once per year, it’s an everyday focus for many, including the spa industry.  Green product offerings, environmentally friendly and sustainable services can be enjoyed any day at some of the best spas in the world.

Let’s start with New York and the Guerlain Spa in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria.

Take an Earth-friendly experience further with their “Urban Island Escape,” a treatment that incorporates extra virgin organic coconut oil and the hotel’s Top of the Waldorf Rooftop Honey.  If you’re in the area, a go-to is the 20th floor garden and the local roof-to-spa concept, which also includes a “Milk, Haute Honey and Rooftop Herbs” manicure/pedicure using honey and home-grown herbs like rosemary from their garden.  They also recently unveiled skincare services featuring pure royal bee jelly.

Continuing on to the Finger Lakes is the award-winning Mirbeau Spa.  Their treatments pay homage to the region’s wineries and local products.  The Honey & Wine Wrap includes a warm blend of wine and honey providing intensive moisture to the skin, protecting against dehydration.  Another not to miss service is the Crushed Cabernet Scrub, which uses a blend of grape seed, honey and brown sugar to create a scrub that invigorates and refines, to stimulate microcirculation and drainage of excess toxins.

Also in the Finger Lakes is the elegant Park West Spa nestled on the shore of Canandaigua Lake.  Their Wine Wrap brings out the best in the Finger Lakes farm-to-table movement. The tantalizing body wrap treatment utilizes the powerful antioxidant and exfoliating properties of local grapes. The wine wrap is the perfect treatment for sun damaged, dry and aging skin.  It removes dead skin cells, deeply hydrating and fades age spots due to over exposure to the sun.

South Carolina
Recently renovated, the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, exudes a sense of casual coastal elegance and highlights the region’s characteristics. The resort’s Heavenly Spa uses Lowcountry inspirations for body treatments such as tropical (and oh so good) pineapple, coconut and melon infused exfoliations followed by a kaolin clay mask to purify the skin.  exfoliations with white tea, seaweed masks followed by kamani oil.  Continue to celebrate Earth Day and enjoy the natural island surroundings of Hilton Head where you can kayak in the marshes, paddle board in the bay along oyster marshes and more.

Italy
Rome Cavalieri’s Cavalieri Grand Spa Club is offering a Tribal Hammam Treatment by La Cremerie. The treatment uses precious Argan oil, known for thousands of years as “liquid gold,” and is inspired by ancient beauty rituals with a tribal massage performed with brushes. The treatment is particularly suitable for stimulating cell renewal and is ideal for tired, dull and dehydrated skin.

Mexico
The Ohtli Spa at CasaMagna Marriot Puerto Vallarta Resort is one of the very few resorts in the world that grows its own agave azul on property and produces its own proprietary brand of tequila. Maintaining a farm-to-spa table approach, the harvested agave is also used in spa treatments such as the Agave Syrup, Cornmeal & Sea Salt Scrub, a gentle exfoliation consists of some of nature’s most plentiful and powerful resources. Light grains of cornmeal and coarse sea salt remove dead skin cells while the agave syrup in a light coconut oil base seals in moisture and soothes the skin.

Costa Rica
Intimately located on a 30 acre coffee plantation, Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose’s Kuö Spa incorporates beans directly from the property’s plantation into their “Costa Rican Coffee Scrub,” designed with a mixture antioxidant rich coffee beans in order to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and cellulite. Kuö Spa is designed after indigenous coffee plantations and local volcanoes, providing a unique experience while staying at the elegant 16th century colonial hacienda.

Puerto Rico
Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino’s Zen Spa boasts an earthly coffee-infused treatment for travelers called “The Executive Man.”  Designed to relieve stress from head to toe, the treatment includes a “Cappuccino Buff” that uses a ground coffee exfoliating scrub, an aromatherapy deep tissue massage, a deep-cleansing facial, the signature gentleman’s manicure, a callus-reducing pedicure as well as a sauna and steam treatment.

Vieques Island
W Retreat & Spa
– Vieques Island’s signature AWAY Spa features a variety of seasonal and freshly prepared treatments for guests to indulge in local culture while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean just eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico. One noteworthy treatment is the new “Papaya Pineapple Scrub,” a freshly prepared combination of papaya sourced directly from the island along with pineapple and finely crushed grape seed in order to improve elasticity for a naturally radiant glow.

British Virgin Islands
Biras Creek is surrounded by some of the most stunning natural scenery in the Caribbean.  And serenity awaits guests at Biras Spa with treatments including organic warm algae wraps and scrubs using natural salt from Salt Island.  The spa’s rehydration treatments utilize freshly picked aloe from the gardens on property.

In addition to treatments like these, Biras Spa uses Decleor products, which harvest and formulate their natural products and essential minerals by extracting them right from Mother Nature.

Whether you’re traveling to an exotic island or close to home, seek out spas offering natural and local ingredients and celebrate nature any time of year.

To your wellness!

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