Social distancing may have dramatically altered our ability to perform facial and body therapy, but with increasing numbers of people being vaccinated in major cities around the world, it’s no wonder spas are reappearing and a visit be at the top of the list. . From everlasting favorites to new additions to the scene, here’s an edition of wonderful places designed for a new era of beauty worth heading for now, or at least for the near future.
Spa Surya, Los Angeles
Los Angeles may be known as the mecca of wellness, but even by its standards, the new outpost of the famed Surya Spa, now open at the Proper Santa Monica hotel, is charting new territory.
Spanning 3,000 square feet and designed in collaboration with Kelly Wearstler, the Ayurvedic spa features six treatment rooms, a private meditation room, a custom oil-making station and fountain patios. dream – to better discover its menu of traditional therapies, such as its four-hand massage therapy which ends with oil infusions on the forehead to calm the nervous system and de-stress.
Each of the spa’s mood-boosting spaces is done in a color reminiscent of the pillars of Ayurvedic doshas, while nods to Indian design and culture are present throughout. From the hand-blocked sarees that line the meditation room, where clients relax after their treatments, to the kitchen in the heart of the spa, where nourishing meals are prepared to complement the physical experience, this wellness center is truly an oasis.
Public bath, Brooklyn
Tucked away in a converted soda factory in a corner of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Bathhouse combines functional, high-performance treatments with a disarming social setting. Claiming to be an ‘anti-spa’, given its emphasis on rejuvenation rather than relaxation, the invigorating space includes communal saunas (one dry and one tropical), a steam room, three thermal pools (one hot, one thermoneutral). and a cold one) and heated marble hammams, which inevitably create a social bond with other bathers.
Designed by Jennifer Carpenter of Verona Carpenter Architects, Bathhouse’s sultry interiors reflect how it draws inspiration from traditional bathing cultures, whether Turkish, Korean, Finnish or Roman. Whether it’s a stretch-focused body treatment, a detox black salt scrub, or a 30-minute bath infused with minerals and herbs to promote calm, the comprehensive treatment offers from Bathhouse will make you leave on a cloud.
Susanne Kaufmann, Bezau
The Susanne Kaufmann Spa in Bezau, Austria is a cult place for a reason. Always at the forefront, Kaufmann, whose eponymous skin and body care line draws on traditional Alpine remedies and ingredients from the Austrian Bregenzerwald region, is constantly refining its approach to beauty and skin. well-being, which has made his care sought after for two decades. Known for blending Eastern and Western practices, Kaufmann takes a holistic view of beauty and body care.
Whether it is a traditional Chinese medicine detox therapy that aims to restore harmony and balance through tui na massage; a full body bath; practice qi gong; or natural anti-aging skincare to help stimulate collagen production and stimulate tissue purification, the spa’s full menu enhances what is both above and below the surface.
Spa House of the Kingdom of Souls, Hangzhou
Discreetly located on the 13th floor of a commercial building in downtown Hangzhou is Soul Realm Spa House, a serene retreat that brings together massage, meditation and learning under its elegant roof. Designed by local architectural firm Right Hub, the spa is made up of a series of circular spaces – a concept inspired by traditional singing bowl sets (used in meditation). Sensitive to the demands and expectations of distancing of the present day, Right Hub has used curved ceilings and walls to bring a subtle rhythm to the uncluttered, predominantly white space.
A clay-like texture on the floor provides basic tactility, while arched windows that make the most of the river view and a semi-circular sunken lounge for drinking tea enhance again the introspective experience. In such an environment, guests can enjoy a variety of treatments, ranging from aromatherapy and sound therapy to massages that incorporate heated bamboo and lava shells.
Biân, a membership-based health and wellness club located in Chicago, brings together everything one could need to optimize life under one eye-catching roof. Armed with an approach that integrates physical health and medicine with holistic well-being, Biân offers its members personalized wellness plans with a multitude of facilities at their disposal.
The 25,000 square foot giant, elegantly designed by Karen Herold of Studio K Creative, offers everything from weight training and fitness facilities to cryotherapy, acupuncture, energy healing, reflexology, IV treatments, microneedling, as well as a nap room equipped with Hästens – all aimed at combating ailments or deficiencies that its customers would like to correct. Supported by an advisory group of healthcare professionals and specialists at all levels, this ultra-targeted approach is body optimization in the highest form.
Dior Prestige La Suite at Harrods, London
If you fancy a limitless luxury experience, then Harrods Dior Prestige La Suite treatment rooms should tick a few boxes. Champagne-colored interiors, which include a ceiling dipped in Swarovski crystals, set the stage for a decadent, personalized experience that makes the most of Dior Prestige’s full line of high-tech floral-backed products, which feature cultivated flowers. in the Dior gardens and selected for their regenerating powers.
The signature Dior Prestige Grand Soin Visage combines the products with a facial massage that promises to transform the skin for 90 minutes. The spa also offers the Dior Micro-Peeling, which uses a sapphire crystal microabrasion specially developed for the Dior Institute to exfoliate and rejuvenate the face in just half an hour.
While the mission of each of Aman’s spas is to help individuals achieve a sense of integrated and holistic well-being, the dreamy backdrop of its Kyoto outpost feels uniquely placed for the task. . Due to its integrated access to natural hot springs, the spa’s ryokan concept houses indoor and outdoor onsen baths that make the most of the mineral-rich waters. The exclusive treatments at Aman Kyoto Spa also rely on locally grown medicinal plants to soothe the mind as well as the body.
From full body massages using Kyoto Kitayama cedar, citrus yuzu and Hinoki cypress oils, to a gold leaf facial, inspired by the local Kinkaku-ji temple, each treatment opens with a ritual of sake and azuki rice bran foot bath and ends with a taste of seasonal tea, masterfully mixed by the famous Koyama tea room.