Spa Travel Guide: Relax, Renew, Rejuvinate

In Activities, Spa by LA Travel Magazine

Total relaxation and better health await you at these top spa destinations. From high-end treatments to cutting-edge rituals these spas are taking rejuvenation to a whole new level.

The-Spa-at-Paradise-Point-765583Paradise Point, San Diego

Nestled in the lush, tropical foliage that surrounds Paradise Point’s island resort is a secret portal to a place where exotic rituals from islands around the world and local San Diego influences collide. The result is The Spa at Paradise Point – an intimate and inviting San Diego day spa sanctuary. Guests can choose from different sensory destinations such as Hawaii, Bali, Fiji, Thailand, or the classic Mainland and experience signature treatments using techniques and ingredients indigenous to each island. With the backdrop of a lush oasis, exotic treatment rooms, and cooling sea breezes, the professionally trained spa therapists lull you into a sense of well-being and relaxation. From their coconut and sugar cane Island Fresh Scrub to their unique Sticks & Stones Massage, all of their services are designed to send both your body and mind on an island journey around the world.

Here are a few services you just can’t miss when visiting this travel themed oasis:

Island Bliss Ritual

Escape and replenish the body, mind and soul with this unique journey for the senses. The island bliss ritual begins with a full-body exfoliation of the skin using Fijian cane sugar infused with aromatic oils. Next, the body is drenched with exotic health-promoting oils and wrapped with warmed beach stones. While wrapped, you receive a calming Fijian scalp treatment. The ritual concludes with a 50-minute massage, allowing you to drift away peacefully like an island breeze.

Island Origins Ritual

This unique San Diego spa experience goes beyond the treatment room and back to the roots of herbal healing. It all begins with a guided botanical tour of Paradise Point’s tropical 44-acre grounds, home to over 600 types of exotic foliage from more than 20 countries around the world. Navigate along lush gardens, winding lagoons and sandy beaches as you hunt and gather some of the island’s most remedial and rare specimens. Discover the natural therapeutic properties of your collected ingredients and how they evolve into commonly used products like oils and exfoliants. Once you arrive back at the spa, your therapist will apply the fruits of your labor into a quartet of hair and body services that utilize four of the island’s most powerful plants in their end form. The treatment includes a 50-minute ginger oil massage, softening hibiscus foot scrub, eucalyptus aromatherapy, and ends with an invigorating tea tree scalp treatment.

Cupcake Pedicure

You know how we feel about cupcakes! With this treatment spa patrons can choose their favorite aroma from the spas custom blend bar and enjoy a sweet treat for the feet with scrumptiously scented products. A take-home cupcake bath bomb is the icing on top of this treatment.

Sanctuary Spa - MassageSanctuary Spa, Scottsdale

Experience the intimate retreat of Sanctuary’s resort spa, one of the top destination spas in the country. The luxury spa offers a menu of Asian–inspired services in twelve indoor & outdoor treatment rooms. Enhanced by distinctive architecture and a breathtaking setting, the relaxing Zen meditation garden, tranquil reflecting pond, and Watsu® pool provide the ultimate relaxation. Luxury spa services and classes in Sanctuary’s state-of-the-art fitness center and movement studio include Pilates, meditation, Yoga, fitness & nutrition consultations, and more.

Don’t miss out on these top treatments during your next trip to Scottsdale!

Tao of Golf 

This treatment is designed to address areas specific to the golf swing.  The treatment uses a variety of techniques to stretch, warm and release tight muscles.  This massage is beneficial before and after your round and includes a sleeve of Sanctuary golf balls to take home.

Bodhi Body Contouring Treatment

This traditional contouring body ritual helps to achieve a firmer, more refined body tone.  A gentle scrub is applied to prepare the body for the spicy warming mask which will stimulate blood vessels for better circulation and help with the removal of toxins.  While you are wrapped in this exotic mask, a facial and eye contouring massage is applied with a warm herbal poultice to help tone the skin.  Afterwards, an invigorating massage with black pepper and clove buds is performed to help break down fatty deposits, eliminate toxins, and increase lymphatic drainage.

The Kenwood Inn and Spa, Sonoma

Located in Sonoma Valley amidst vineyards, oak groves, walnut orchards and fruit trees, the award-winning Kenwood Inn and Spa comes with an amazing landscape and wine inspired spa treatments. People from all over the world travel here to get their health back on track and revitalize their spirits. This is more than just a vacation – it’s a life-centering experience, a total stress reduction overhaul and a premiere wellness destination. The property doesn’t even allow television, making it a sure bet for the ultimate relaxing getaway.masthead-spa-exterior

Crushed Cabernet Scrub & Massage

Beloved by Caudalíe’s clientele internationally, this refining and invigorating scrub is ideal for all skin types seeking renewal. Treatment concludes with a luxurious massage and cream application.

Vinotherapy

Vinotherapy baths that can be added to any spa treatment to extend your relaxation. Includes bath, one glass of bubbly per person, and a gift bag of vinotherapy bath products so you can recreate the experience at home. The Pinot Noir Bath stimulates and exfoliates with Red Vine extract for a concentrated antioxidant soak. A deeply therapeutic soak that’s both detoxifying and rejuvenating.

The Sparkling Bath enhances your soak with sparkling salts as well as enriched grape elixirs and relaxing essential oils. Scented with lemon and mimosa this bath is ideal for sensitive skin as it provides a gently stimulating experience.

Courtyard_4Lumeria Crystal Spa, Maui

This upcountry yoga and wellness retreat is recognized internationally for its barefoot luxury, professional staff and programming. They recently opened a new boutique plantation style spa, Lumeria Crystal Spa, designed to offer therapies and treatments incorporating healing crystals and pure indigenous products.  The spa enhances Lumeria’s overall experience and mission to help people achieve personal transformation through education and adventure.  Conceived by spa industry veteran Cecilia Hercik with Lumeria Founder and Owner, Xorin Balbes, the spa experience integrates a kaleidoscope of ancient international therapies for the body, mind and spirit.    Therapies include acupuncture, Ayurveda, kinesiology, Shaman, mystic readings, psychic healing and medicine songs.  The therapies are conducted by Hawaii’s top professionals who are passionate and experienced in their healing, therapeutic work.  The spa consists of more than 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space.  The entrance to the spa is a large lushly landscaped coconut grove where guests can meditate, relax and enjoy organic cuisine, cold pressed juices or a glass of wine from the property’s restaurant Mūbu.