New spas for Russia’s St Petersburg
The historic Russian city of St Petersburg has two new spas opening up later this year. French skincare brands Decléor and Carita are launching their new day spa Spa Mosaic in April – the fourth to open under the Spa Mosaic brand. A couple of months later in June 2007, the Finnish-run Holiday Club Spa Hotel opens its doors. Situated on peaceful Vasil Island, in the heart of St Petersburg, the new property is a short distance from city sights like the Heritage Museum. Spa facilities will include treatment rooms and an extensive ‘sauna world’ with hammans, saunas and steamrooms, plus a large relaxation area and swimming pools.
Planning a trip to the Emerald Isle?
Irish tourism association Fáilte Ireland has developed a new system for categorising spa and wellness facilities in Irish spas. The aim is to inform the consumer and define clear standards for facilities and treatments. Participating spas will be divided into four main groupings: destination spa, resort spa, hotel spa and specialized retreat. Hotel spas are further categorized into full service spa, bijou spa and leisure club spa. Specialized retreats are subdivided into health farm, thalasso therapy centre and seaweed bath centre. Ireland has seen a spa boom in recent years, so this new initiative is welcome news for spa goers. Fáilte Ireland plans to launch a brochure and website listing all spas by category in due course.
The Sanctuary spreads its wings
When it opened in 1977, the Sanctuary was London’s first day spa. Now, the famous ‘women only’ spa in London’s Covent Garden, is to develop a second UK day spa. Later this year, the Sanctuary opens the first of a new series of mini spas in the capital. If the format, which will focus on skin care treatments, proves popular, it will be rolled out across the UK. The company also plans to expand into the US and Asia with its Sanctuary-branded spa and home spa products, which have become a household name in the UK. A new premium skincare range launched in March this year.
Chiva Som to expand treatment options
Chiva-Som, the luxury Thai health resort at Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand has introduced some innovative new treatments. These include LPG Keymodule Endermology, a revolutionary treatment for cellulite that mobilises connective or scar tissue and a CACI Facial, a non-surgical facelift that accelerates collagen regeneration. Guests who spend long hours at a computer or experience high levels of stress can have Computer Stress Therapy. Incorporating physiotherapy, soft tissue release and upper body massage, this new therapy aims to relieve repetitive strain injuries (RSI) in stressed musculoskeletal areas.
Chiva-Som’s ultra-modern spa boasts over 100 traditional and alternative therapies as well as luxurious beauty treatments that utilise essential oils, Thai herbs, flowers and botanicals. Fitness activities including t’ai chi, yoga, Pilates, health and beauty workshops and holistic programmes using forms of traditional Chinese medicine. Spa facilities include therapy and exercise pools, sauna, flotation room, multi-level steam room and 42 treatment rooms including outdoor massage and Thai massage pavilions. www.chivasom.com.
Detox in Cyprus
If you didn’t manage the detox thing at the beginning of the year, there’s still time to cleanse your body and kick-start your system before summer. In the comfort of the luxurious five-star Anassa Hotel in Cyprus, surrounded by natural unspoilt beauty, Margo Marrone, the creator and founder of The Organic Pharmacy and a qualified homeopath is holding a week’s detox course from 14 to 20 April. Margo will explain about toxins, your exposure to them, and teach how to make positive lifestyle changes and implement good habits for sustainable healthy living. Her expertise combined with detox treatments, organic locally sourced fresh food, yoga and meditation classes will have a long lasting positive detox effect. This Detox Escape includes workshops with Margo, spa treatments, yoga and meditation classes 3 daily detox meals, Return flights and transfers from the UK.
Even if you can’t manage Margo’s spring retreat, detox and other Organic Pharmacy treatments are available in Anassa’s lovely spa throughout the year. Further information from www.wellbeingescapes.co.uk.
Pre and in-flight treatments prove hit with travellers
Following its introduction of in-flight spa treatments back in 1990, Virgin Atlantic Airways is recruiting a further 100 in-flight beauty therapists to meet its expansion plans for 2007, which include new services from London to Chicago, Nairobi, Washington and Mauritius. The complimentary service is available to Upper Class passengers and includes a back, shoulder, neck and scalp massage based on traditional ayurvedic techniques, hydrating hand massage, hands zone therapy and a mini manicure.
Last year, the airline opened The Clubhouse, a new £11m flagship lounge at Heathrow, where the many facilities include a spa, hair salon, cinema, restaurant and cocktail bar. Passengers can enjoy a stylish haircut, relax in the spa pool or sauna and choose from a range of Soho House’s Cowshed spa treatments. Makes arriving early at the airport well worth while! www.virginatlantic.com.
New skin rejuvenating treatments
Is your skin looking tired and dull after the winter months? Why not treat yourself to one of the divine new rejuvenating treatments using the latest wonder ingredient Spelt Germ Oil available in a range of treatments offered exclusively at Monty’s Spa. This stunning new spa is the brainwave of Roger and Monty Saul (of Mulberry fame) and is situated in the Charlton House Hotel in Somerset in the UK.
Spelt Germ Oil is derived from ancient spelt grain and has been shown to having amazing skincare benefits. The oil contains higher levels of essential fatty acids along with vitamin E which help to boost skin elasticity, provide natural protection from the sun and promote cell rejuvenation. www.montyspa.com.
The Ultimate Spa Book
Aspirational and aesthetically stunning. This lovely book features many of the world’s dream destinations and day spas with over 600 incredible spa photographs by Luca Invernizzi Tettoni, Asia’s leading spa photographer. Author Judy Chapman, a health and spa writer, not only describes Asia’s finest spas in detail, but draws on the expertise of the continent’s top therapists, doctors and wellness experts. All the spas offer an unparalleled range of therapies with the emphasis on spiritual wellbeing and natural holistic cures. Chapman also delves into the ancient traditions of ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine and other health and beauty secrets that have created the modern Asian spa phenomenon. A wonderful coffee table book or addition to a spa goer’s bookshelf.
Available from www.pguk.co.uk. Price $50/£25
Catherine Beattie is a UK-based health and travel writer/publisher with a lifelong interest in spas. Her credentials include writing and publishing several consumer guides including Healthy Breaks in Britain & Ireland (the UK's first spa guide) and The Really Useful Guides. Catherine was founding editor of Spa Health & Beauty magazine and contributes to many UK national newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, The Express, Here's Health and Harpers & Queen. She is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers, Guild of Health Writers and Spa Business Association.