As luxury hotels reopen to vaccinated travellers, these spas are ready to tempt lockdown-weary sybarites with truly indulgent treatments

Malay Wellness Journey at The Datai Langkawi

The Datai Spa boasts thoughtful treatments designed to immerse guests in the majestic beauty of the surrounding rainforest. Case in point: The traditionally-inspired Malay Wellness Journey offers a deep pressure Urut Melayu massage using a signature blend of oils along with a series of light breathing and stretching exercises in a cool jungle stream, a practice traditionally known as the 'Mandi Maul Hayat' ritual, or bathing in the water of life that is believed to help regulate the body's circadian rhythm and promote better sleep. The high point of the wellness journey is arguably its very first step, which is an invigorating walk through the rainforest at dawn to witness the ancient beauty of Langkawi’s Machincang mountain formation.

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The Guerlain Randheli Sun Ritual at Cheval Blanc Spa, Maldives

Ever tried a spa experience on an island devoted exclusively to wellness? The Cheval Blanc Spa is a blissful oasis of relaxation like no other, the only spa in the Maldives to offer Guerlain wellness treatments, developed exclusively for the resort. In addition to treatment rooms with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, the 'spa island' also boasts overwater pavilions for yoga classes, a Spa Bar, a hair salon by Parisian hair stylist Leonor Greyl, a Hammam, an infinity pool by the water's edge and diving opportunities aplenty to explore the captivating marine life. The Spa even offers an After-Diving Experience to sooth tired muscles and aches from a long day of underwater exploration. 

The Randheli Sun Ritual is another winner: a 90-minute face and body treatment that exfoliates the skin with a gentle scrub, prepping it for tanning with a scented oil that leaves skin with a ravishing, sun-kissed glow. 

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The Royal Saffron at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Heard of the Royal Saffron treatment at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai? The treatment spans two and a half hours, involving a truly luxurious, hand-mixed blend of 24k gold, saffron and the 'Queen of Jasmines', the mogra, sourced from artisan growers and distillers. Designed to enhance cellular regeneration, pigmentation and rejuvenation, this royal-inspired treatment is one of the most expensive offerings on the spa menu at AED 2,250 (RM2,540) per session. 

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Siam Ritual Cocoon Treatment at Chiva-Som Hua Hin, Thailand

Named the Top Destination Spa Resort in the World’ at the Condé Nast Traveler 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards, Chiva-Som is synonymous with wellbeing and relaxation; so expect only the best standards of pampering at this beachfront wellness resort. The Siam Ritual Cocoon treatment here invokes the regenerative powers of a herbal sea salt scrub and massage oils to sooth stress and frazzled nerves, followed by an Aloe Vera and Body Butter wrap.

Chiva-Som resort has also just launched four new wellness retreats, targeting gut health, immunity resilience, senior health and a riveting Nature's Embrace experience, which involves a walk through a rehabilitated mangrove forest, hilltop meditation sessions, organic cuisine and herbal wellness treatments. 

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Hijama at Zulal Wellness Resort, Qatar

The newest wellness concept by Chiva-Som in the Middle East, Zulal Wellness Resort draws on traditional Arabic and Islamic medicine and expertise in holistic healing, ancient therapies and and the latest in wellbeing and health tech. Rife with a variety of awe-inspiring treatment pavilions and spaces, Zulal Wellness Resort ushers guests into five-star royal relaxation.

Treatments here include the Hijama, an ancient healing therapy that uses suction cups to draw out toxins and stagnant heat from the body. The signature camel milk body mask with seaweed extract is another locally-inspired treatment designed to enhance the body's metabolism while detoxifying the skin.

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The World Beauty Spa Break at Cinq Mondes Spa, Switzerland

Known for its exceptional interiors – including an artistic 'tree of life' patio and a fitness centre overlooking a peaceful lake – the Cinq Mondes Spa at The Beau-Rivage Palace offers exceptional treatments inspired by ancient wellness traditions from around the world. The World Beauty Spa Break package here is a five-day treatment that draws from the best beauty and wellness rituals rooted in ancient culture. The package includes two hammam experiences, a Rassoul Cream detox wrap, a revitalising Taoist Massage, Japanese aroma and flower baths, an Indian Ayurvedic massage, a Bali wrap massage, a Siam-inspired Papaya Purée radiance scrub and an 80-minute 'Ko Bi Do' Youth Facial Treatment-Massage, incorporating Dermapuncture techniques of skin rolling, face reflexology, acupressure and a ridoki jade roller to enhance the skin's plumpness. 

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The La Prairie Pure Gold Radiance at Spa Saint-Martin, France

Imagine yourself getting a soothing massage in a beautiful garden setting, inside a flower-filled gazebo overlooking the distant rolling hills. Guests at the Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa actually have the option of enjoying their luxurious La Prairie spa treatments in the garden, with aptly designed botanical-inspired Swiss beauty and wellness treatments that have put Spa Saint-Martin on the map as the Best luxury Spa destination in Europe at The World Luxury Spa Awards.

The Spa Saint-Martin also now offers treatments that feature La Prairie's Radiance Cream, Radiance Eye Cream and Radiance Concentrate serum from La Prairie's Pure Gold Collection, formulated with actual gold. The 90-minute Pure Gold Radiance Facial tackles dullness in the skin, restoring its natural lustre and youthful glow. 


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