Spa Travel: The Essentials
Everyone has their personal favorites while traveling- the most picturesque locations, finding the best culinary treasure, exploring the culture like a local etc. Oftentimes when I travel it’s not the must-do hiking trails or zip line adventures that hold my attention; it’s the spa treatments; specifically the regional favorites that are on my list. Spas around the world are about as varied and unique as restaurants or their art scene. With so much variation in beauty trends and skincare goals the top treatments change from location to location and I always go for the most interesting when selecting what I want to try.
Yes, sometimes it can be downright risky the more invasive the procedure but for things like massage, facials, body treatments and hair styling…the unexpected can be exhilarating. Oftentimes people ask me about my crazy, unconventional beauty treatments and how I find them. It’s simple really…I just focus on what the area is known for and go from there. If there is a particular modality that originated there; say for example Thai Massage while in Bangkok; then that’s my go-to.
If traditional herbs or plants are native to the region and incorporated into their skincare products-for example; In Maui, I tried a pineapple enzyme facial with Macadamia nut oil massage… sooo Hawaii and so revitalizing. When mulling over the treatment menu I always consider what I could easily have done back home and try to choose something different. A full spa treatment on the beach while in Mexico or a firming, state-of-the art laser treatment exclusive to Paris…sold! So, next time you’re traveling and about to book a basic, Swedish massage while in Sedona; just STOP and reconsider, you may find a new favorite.