Think organic is overrated? These spas take the natural trend one step further, offering farm-to-table spa treatments that go straight from the garden to the spa-goer. Flip through for spas around the world using indigenous ingredients for truly fresh treatments.
The newest addition to Aman’s portfolio, Amanzo’e in Greece, has a spa that features seven double treatment rooms, two hammams and a Watsu pool, all looking onto an open-air, stonewall courtyard. Treatments include what you’d expect from Aman—long-lasting massages, results-driven facials, detail-oriented scrubs and wraps—combining the best Asian techniques with ancient Greek beauty rituals, and using Aman Spa’s own range of chemical-free skin-care products. But this latest opening offers a variety of local ingredients including olive oil, clay and olive, all of which were specifically chosen by the spa for their restorative properties.
In season, guests are encouraged to go out and explore the property’s olive groves, pick their own and be involved in the process of making a bottle of olive oil to take home with them (or enjoy at the restaurant at dinner during their stay), which the spa says works double-duty as a skin softener when applied to the body.
Named for the Native American word for eternal flower, Spa Aiyana is nestled in the Californian treetops overlooking Carmel Valley Ranch’s rolling hills, fields of lavender and flowers, vineyard and abundant wildlife. The spa features a serene atmosphere that embraces The Ranch’s beautiful natural setting—a theme spa manager Clint Wall also employs in the treatment menu. Inspired by four gardens (lavender, herb, Aiyana and alchemist), the treatment menu incorporates fresh herbs, botanical extracts and floral, aromatic and herbal oils.
The spa uses lavender ground on the property in its treatments and also incorporates honey harvested from the resort’s apiary of more than 60,000 Italian honeybees (beekeeping is a popular guest activity at Carmel Valley Ranch and the resort features three beehives), which the spa boasts as its most unique quality.
Tuscany’s Castello di Casole’s newly oppened Essere Spa (it opened this summer) is set in what was originally the estate’s wine cellar. The 5,400-square-foot space has been converted to contain an impressive seven treatment rooms with barrel-vaulted ceilings and restored stone walls. Treatments are inspired by natural ingredients native to Tuscany, including olive oil, rosemary and grape seeds, and the farm-to-table element carries over into the health-oriented Ristorante Tosca, which serves local Tuscan cuisine using fresh produce from the hotel’s gardens.
Standard Italian delicacies reign supreme in the spa treatments, inspired by natural products indigenous to Tuscany. But it’s the vineyards, olive groves and lemon trees, spread out over 100 acres that’s the pinnacle of both the property’s cuisine and wellness offerings.
The eforea: spa at Hilton at Hilton Queenstown takes pride in its unique “journeys,” all of which focus on natural products mixed with scientific skin care, at the core of its concept. Intensive treatments with products that have results-driven actives and local ingredients make this spa one-of-a-kind. The opulent spa flows seamlessly over three levels; the stunning view of the nearby mountains, lakes and fields sets the stage for serious total-body balance.
Like all eforea spas, the spa menu at the Hilton Queenstown dedicates 10 percent to local treatments using ingredients like wildflowers (chances are your salad for lunch came from the chef’s garden). Even the spa itself is incredibly indigenous, as it is made from local wood and showcases native elements designed by a local artist.
Fresh From the Garden
Maroma Resort & Spa’s managing director Federico Echaiz speculates that the majority of guests are initially attracted to Kinan Spa for the innovative skin care and rejuvenating facial offerings, but that hasn’t stopped the straight-from-the-garden (and sea) standouts from taking off with relaxation-seekers once they get there. The herbs, flowers and plants from the hotel’s garden pop up in almost all of the treatments (especially those that have an aromatherapy element), and locallysourced honey, salts and fruits and vegetables are key elements in many of the facials and body treatments. There’s even a tie-in in the dining room, as the chef currently prepares a locally-sourced Elemental Dinner to combine with the specialty spa treatments that are in-sync with the end of the Mayan calendar.
Guests (like celeb fans Sharon Stone and Minnie Driver) clamor for the spa’s Tezmecal, a small pyramid structure that is the Mayan version of a sweat lodge. The ritualistic treatment merges ancient traditions, chants and meditation; the local shaman handpicks a variety of herbs, including Bugambilia petals and rosemary, fresh from the property before each “ceremony.”
The Power of Plants
Winding pathways, panoramic views of the Caribbean and warm breezes connect Sense, a Rosewood Spa, to the natural splendor of Virgin Gorda. Its bountiful plant life is also present in indigenous treatments such as the Spice & Coconut Scrub, made with the husks of dry brown coconuts harvested on the property. “It’s the least abrasive scrub we use, and because of the natural oil in coconuts it helps to moisturize as well,” says spa manager Christine Parillon. Also picked off-property are fresh neem leaves, which are then blended into a mask for the Natural Neem Leaf Facial. “It’s really good for detoxifying and cleansing the skin,” Parillon says.
If you’ve had too much sun during your visit, ask the spa for one of their containers of aloe serum, made on-site from fresh aloe plants. It’s complimentary and the staff will even deliver it to your room. The spa also uses native ingredients such as coconut husks, salt and neem leaf in some of the treatments and fuses them with skin-care lines such as Epicuren, Éminence Organic Skin Care and Tara.
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