5 amazing ways to treat yourself on your next trip.
Hammam Group Treatment: Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Originating in North Africa and parts of the Middle East, a Hammam is a communal bath of sorts. But when offered at spas in the U.S., including the spa at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, it’s nothing short of completely and utterly luxurious.
Perfect for groups up to eight, this spa’s mosaic-tiled chambers echo complete serenity. A therapist circles the chamber to give each guest exfoliating body scrubs. After everyone's massages, steam fills the entire room while guests lounge on the benches that surround the chamber. This spa’s version of the hammam is as close to the real thing as you can get on this side of the big blue.
Hot Bamboo Massage: Mandarin Oriental Washington DC, Washington, D.C.
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Think…hot stone massage meets deep tissue massage, but better. Using warm sticks of bamboo to deliver tender, rhythmical strokes, guests at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington D.C. are gently massaged and stretched to ease joint tension and stress. The heat from the bamboo soothes and penetrates muscles, and the strokes massage the deepest muscle fibers.
Benefits? How about tension relief, stress reduction, increased cardiovascular circulation, and refreshed skin?
Shiffa Precious Gem Treatments: The Peninsula Beverly Hills, California
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Maybe this is where celebs get that gorgeous, glowing skin. The Peninsula Beverly Hills offers guests a variety of Shiffa precious gem treatments, which contain oils that are saturated with gems such as emeralds, diamonds, or sapphires.
The spa claims that these gems have healing powers that not only benefit your skin, but also your soul. For instance, the deep blues in sapphire symbolize “our deepest emotions, inspiration, and inner thought.” Ruby red represents passion, love, and the heart. Meanwhile, emeralds carry the energy of the earth. The spa incorporates the gems into various massages and facials.
Shio Salt Room: Aria Resort and Casino, Las Vegas
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Health experts may be hounding us for our ridiculously high daily salt intake, but the Aria Resort and Casino Las Vegas believes salt can do the body lots of good. The hotel’s spa offers guests a “salt-infused” meditation room, complete with an entire wall of illuminated salt bricks. The air is said to support healing, especially of skin irritation and upper respiratory issues. The room’s salt lamps and lounge chairs vibrate in correlation to relaxing music. Guests are encouraged to unwind and meditate to the musical vibration therapy, while the salty, humid air works its magic.
Infrared Spa: Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa, Hawaii
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We know, it sounds scary. Infrared saunas use infrared heaters to emit a radiant heat that the human body directly absorbs, whereas traditional saunas heat the body indirectly via air or steam. But don't be scared of this innovative technique—some studies have found that patients with arthritis showed less pain, stiffness, and fatigue during infrared sauna therapy.
The spa at Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa says that this treatment will release toxins, and we’re all about that, aren’t we? Best yet, it’s complimentary with any massage or facial.