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World of SPAs


World of Spas editor Jo Foley casts an eye over the latest news and views on offer for perfect pampering


EDITOR’S LETTER


It’s interesting to see what effect this recession is having, or not having, on spas. In most cases they are doing well. Hotel spas seem to be bringing in


more guests than the hotel itself, as most are now open to outsiders and locals, while resort spas are making a huge effort to offer special deals, like half-day packages and couples treatments. I suppose when the chips are down, we all need a little treat, whether it’s an away day with the girls or a weekend break with a loved one. And new predictions show the spa business will continue to flourish. One of the first urban spas in Britain,


ONE SPA in Edinburgh has just commis- sioned a report on the future of spas. And, according to them, in the next 10 years or so we can look forward to increased research into anti-ageing, sports clothes (using electro-responsive fabrics to help repair minor injuries such as cuts and bruises) and special glasses. Forget 3-D, these latter will allow


“reality overlays,” which means instead of running on a treadmill you could be running the New York marathon or experiencing a spa ritual in Bali (instead of the cold, windy UK!). Spooky or what?


SPA DREAMS CULTURE AS THERAPY


The Temazcal is an ancient Mayan treatment that has been re- introduced at the spa at the Maroma Resort and Spa on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. It takes place at dusk on the beach and begins with chants and prayers before guests enter a pyramid-style edifice where the detoxification process takes place. It’s an ancient version of a steam


room. Mud applications come next, with more chanting and meditation, and the treatment ends with a dip in the warm sea while the sun sets. More info: www.maromahotel.com


A FITNESS FEST 


Champneys, one of the UK’s best known and best loved spa companies, continues to offer new treatments and programmes to entice us to a fit and healthy life as they believe 2012 will be a year when sport will take over our interest with the Olympics in the summer. Worried about the state of your body or fitness levels? Then sign up for one of Champneys’ weeklong Fit Camps at Tring, Forest Mere, Henlow or Springs (from £995 per person). More info: www.champneys.com or 0843 316 2222.


WELLNESS


Health and wellness are becoming an increasingly important element of spas, with special treatments, programmes and retreats being offered on everything from sleep deprivation to stress management and infertility problems to dealing with the menopause. The latter is now the subject of a special retreat headed by women’s health expert, Maryon Stewart. Her Natural Menopause Plan shows how food, exercise, supplements and herbal remedies can offer the best alternative choice to managing the menopause.


More info: www.grayshottspa.com or 01428 602020. Winter 2011-12 I WORLD OF CRUISING 45


If you simply want to while away the time dreaming of all the wonderful spas and resorts available, then treat yourself to a copy of Wellbeing Escapes new book. Not only does it highlight some of the best spas in the world but it also explains simply what some of the main elements are, from detox to meditation and ayurvedic, with interviews with some of the top specialists in the spa world. But, most of all, it tells you practically everything you might want to know about spas. I may sound biased, but that’s because I helped edit it. It’s a snip at £16.99 (or order online for a £7 discount). More info: www.wellbeingescapes.co.uk or 0845 602 6202.











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