Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 40
At these hotel spas, travelers reap the benefits of indigenous ingredients and ancient healing techniques.
In the tranquil Sangre de Cristo foothills,
where the Southwest's Pueblo Indians
reside, the earthy, 65-casita Four
Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
Santa Fe offers its spa-goers regionally
inspired treatments. Based on a popular
local remedy for parched skin, the Blue
Corn and Honey Renewal treatment
includes a body wrap in blue corn and
wildflower honey, followed by a full-body
massage. Doubles from $500, including
breakfast daily and a $100 hotel credit. Blue
Corn and Honey Renewal, $245.
Not far from Mexico's Rosewood
Mayakoba, the ancient Maya used natural
ingredients to heal the body and connect
with nature. Those practices inspired the
menu at the 130-room resort's Sense
spa, hidden in an emerald jungle thicket
on its own island. The Cenote Temazcal
Journey, a detoxification ritual, begins
in the spa's temescal (an indigenous stone
sweathouse) with a rosemary-, basil-, and
rose-scented steam bath before a massage
with heated herbal poultices. Doubles from
$930, including a welcome amenity, breakfast daily, and a $100 spa credit. Cenote
Temazcal Journey, $450.
In the clouds: Cirrus9 at
The Oberoi, New Delhi.
The 22,000-square-foot Tierra Santa Healing House at the 169-room Faena Hotel
Miami Beach combines antiaging technology with the healing methods of South
American shamans through bodywork,
meditative practices, and other therapies.
Book the two-hour Tree of Life Vibrations
treatment, aimed at reviving the spiritually
weary (or just the extra sleepy) through
aromatherapy, massage, and sound
therapy. Doubles from $675, including a
welcome drink, breakfast daily, and a $100
hotel credit. Tree of Life Vibrations, $400.
A CLASSIC, REBORN
Built in 1965 at the behest of India's first prime minister, The Oberoi,
New Delhi has been hosting celebrities, Bollywood film directors, and
world leaders in the country's capital city ever since. The hotel was due
for an update, however, and earlier this year it emerged from a 21-month,
$100 million renovation with a contemporary new look from designer
Adam D. Tihany. Expanded guest rooms have lowered the count from 283
to 220, and the spaces have been upgraded with oversize windows, teak
floors, and Italian marble bathrooms. Cirrus9, The Oberoi's new rooftop
bar overlooking Emperor Humayun's Tomb, is the highlight of a new array of culinary choices, which also includes Indian and Chinese restaurants. The hotel has raised its wellness profile too, with restored indoor
and outdoor swimming pools, complimentary morning yoga classes, an
infrared sauna in the five-room spa, and a state-of-the-art indoor filtration system that promises the cleanest air in the city. Doubles from $307,
including breakfast daily and one lunch for two.
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