Indigenous treatments are all the rage these days as more spas harness the power of the local plants, minerals and resources at their disposal. As much as we would like to travel to the Mediterranean or the South Pacific each time we wanted to experience the healing properties of those places, it simply isn’t possible or practical. Not to worry, we’ve found the next best thing. Certain spas are offering globally inspired packages that will transport you to exotic places—at least in spirit. Spa Atlantic at The Atlantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale offers a Mediterranean Journey of the Spirit that incorporates various treatments, ingredients and massage techniques designed to evoke the turquoise coast. For example, it includes a lemon bergamot-scented bath with an olive seed exfoliation treatment and an Italian mud wrap. Plus, the massage for this package is said to mimic the motions of ocean waves to reduce stress and improve circulation. Each of the Spa Experiences at Aman Spa at The Connaught hotel in London start with a foot treatment—a foot bath that incorporates herbs and aromatics from each place of inspiration (China, Thailand, India, Americas). We like the Thailand experience, which uses hot herbal compresses, steam and traditional Thai massage to help the body detox and relieve deep muscle aches. Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s Aspira Spa offers special SpaSuite Experiences for guests reserving their most spacious treatment rooms, complete with master showers, whirlpool tubs and stone fireplaces (shown). We like the Suite Serenity package, which is clearly inspired by the Pacific islands. It includes a jasmine-scented bath ritual and a traditional Hawaiian lomi lomi massage.
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