Are you in search of a transformative relaxation experience? If you’re feeling tired or just need to unwind, a luxurious spa treatment can restore you. A simple massage can do wonders for you, but there are much more elaborate and pricey options that you might want to consider if you’ve got some spare change. Here are ten ways to pamper yourself:
A Spa Day in Dubai for $6,800
Cleopatra was thought to have favored gold facials, and now they are available to ordinary folk! A 24-carat gold facial is just one of the luxurious options for your full day at the Talise Ottoman spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai. The spa, which is frequented by royalty, also offers guests a bath in milk and rose oil, Arabian gold hammam (hammam is a traditional treatment of massage and exfoliation), an argan oil (an oil high in Vitamin E and fatty acids) massage and caviar for lunch.
Luxuriate in an Evian Bath, $5,000
At the Hotel Victor’s Spa V in South Beach Florida – an art deco hotel in Miami – guests can luxuriate in a bath of 1,000 bottles of Evian, the mineral water. Only guests staying in the penthouse suite (which goes for $10,000 per night) can partake in the luxurious bath experience. Flowers adorn the water, candles surround the guest, and champagne and pricey delectables like smoked salmon, foie gras, and chocolates are available after the bath.
The Ultimate Indulgence for $1,500
At The Peninsula Beverly Hills, a facial is all about the science of rejuvenating and relaxing. For two hours, each client is treated to 6 different procedures including LED light and color therapy to restore balance in the body; microdermabrasion to gently exfoliate and smooth the skin; radio-frequency therapy to send oxygen to skin and tissues; air massage for getting rid of toxins; electroporation to increase the permeability of the cell membranes of the skin to improve absorption.
The L. Raphael Royal C Treatment Facial, $1,400
Improving your skin is as much science as art. The Spa Montage Beverly Hills is one of the largest spas in LA and they have partnered with L. Raphael, the Swiss cosmetics company, to offer state of the art facials. If you opt for the treatment, for 90 minutes an oxygen machine worth a cool half a million dollars will blast L. Raphael LEC-40 Complex and oxygenated Vitamin C to smooth wrinkles and eliminate hyper pigmentation on your face.
The White Caviar Facial, $1,000
At the Beverly Hills Hotel Spa, facials are fishy. For $1,000 guests can spend 90 minutes indulging in white caviar facials. A bonus is that guests can take home the White Caviar Illuminating System, La Prairie products worth $1,500. The facial products are touted as agents for firming, cleansing, moisturizing and more. They even up the skin tone, banish age spots and delete reddening. The promise is that by continuing to use the products, guests will get the maximum benefit.
Oriental Harmony Massage, $460 weekday, $500 weekend
Spa guests Mandarin Oriental hotels at the can choose from five signature therapies for relaxation and renewal. For $400-$500 guests can pamper themselves with the Oriental Harmony Massage, featuring 4 hands. For 1 hour and 50 minutes, two masseuses provide a warm scrub they promise will soothe the skin. Next comes the massage which balances the body, harmoniously. The hotel touts this as the ultimate cure for jet lag, for weary international travelers.
The Kuxtal Sensory Garden Ritual, $540
In Mexico, guests are pampered on their own island at a spa called Sense. The 12 treatment villas can only be reached by footbridge. If you opt for the Kuxtal Sensory Garden Ritual to restore well being and energy, the treatment begins with a Mayan blessing done by a local shaman. Next comes a massage with oils blended for each guest, after the guest has picked their fresh herbs from the garden.
The Ultimate Indulgence, $510
For $510, guests at the Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park who choose the Ultimate Indulgence package get more than just a wrap and a 4 hand caviar massage. The two masseuses work on different areas of the body. One starts at the feet, the other the head. Next comes a full body exfoliation using La Prairie’s Essential Exfoliator, and then the Central Hydralift Firming Mask is brushed on and left for 30 minutes. La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Body Cream comes next, as guests are massaged for 60 more minutes.
Spirit of Heritage Foot and Body Treatment for $285
The Nidah Spa at the aptly-named El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico offers their guests a 2 hour Spirit of Heritage treatment designed to fully awaken your senses and your spirit. It begins with soaking your feet in warm water and a warm wrap of your neck and shoulders while you drink herbal tea or fruit water. The next step is a 15 minute reviving foot massage, and then a sacred stone massage that lasts for 110 minutes.
Cover Your Body in Gold for $195
The El Dorado also offers more than just massages, body wraps, and facials. The spa prides itself on healing therapies that use natural elements like local herbs, stones, and plants. The Spun Gold massage is a unique choice. Your skin is massaged with warm chamomile oil featuring flecks of real gold. This 80-minute treatment enhances your peace and calm, and at the same time your chakras are cleansed with crystals.