Boozy Spa Treatments from Around the World
The Tequila Cream Massage at Se Spa in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
As long as you're on the beach in Mexico, you may as well hit Se Spa in Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit to get rubbed down with tequila. First your "spa valet" will guide you through a "hydrotherapy calming ritual": You'll soak in hot water, relax in herbal steam, and be sprayed with hot water through jets.
Then you'll move into the therapy room for your massage. Your massage therapist will use tequila during the reflexology to "stimulate internal organs." (The spa claims that, when used in this way, tequila promotes blood circulation.) And there may be some other skin perks, too. "Tequila is derived from the blue agave plant, which has a high concentration of complex sugar molecules called polysaccharides. These sugars draw in moisture that hydrates the skin and contributes to a smoother and tighter complexion," says dermatologist Amy E. Rose, M.D. After your treatment, enjoy a tequila cream tasting for a sweet finish.
Bourbon Treatments at The Spa at Four Seasons Vail, Colorado
Hit the slopes and have a bourbon. That's the idea behind the bourbon-theme spa treatments at The Spa at Four Seasons Vail. The spa partners with local distillery 10th Mountain Whiskey to do several bourbon spa treatments, including a pedicure called "From Boots to Booze" (Kentucky whiskey foot scrub, anyone?). You'll be exhausted from a day of skiing, so lean back, relax, sip your bourbon, and enjoy your hot-stone foot massage and cooling avocado hydration foot mask.
So, why is bourbon becoming a popular ingredient in foot scrubs? "Bourbon is a powerful antiseptic, but it's too harsh to be used on its own," says Dr. Rose. "When combined with other ingredients like honey or sugar, it can be used on areas of the body that need more aggressive exfoliation, like the feet."
The Gin Spa, Glasgow, Scotland
The Scots love their gin, and you will, too. Check out Glasgow's small chain of gin bars, Gin71, and then unwind at the first-ever gin spa, aptly called The Gin Spa. The spa comes equipped with an elaborate gin bar, so you can enjoy a complimentary cocktail while you relax.
When you arrive, you will be asked how you feel, and your answer will determine which two aromatherapy blends your therapist uses (there are five to choose from: happy, active, tranquil, energized, and detox). The products are gin-inspired, meaning they don't actually contain alcohol, but they do contain botanicals you might find in popular gins. For example, if you're feeling overloaded or in need of clarity, the detox blend contains juniper and geranium, a few whiffs of which, according to The Gin Spa, will alleviate your anxiety.
Tuscany Pleasure at La Spa at Il Salviatino, Florence, Italy
A day of wine-tasting in the Tuscan Hills sounds pretty good to us. So does crashing afterward at Il Salviatino, a restored 15th-century villa with a spa that offers wine-inspired pampering, sourcing its all-natural products from local wineries.
The "Tuscany Pleasure" signature treatment for face and body buys you three straight hours of relaxation, during which you'll be spritzed with a wine mist made from local grapes, massaged with grapeseed oil, and cleansed with a wine gel. "Red wine facials harness the antioxidant powers of grapes, which can protect the skin by neutralizing harmful free radicals that result from ultraviolet light and pollution," says Dr. Rose.
Bloody Mary-Inspired Ritual at Remede Spa, Bali, Indonesia
In case you needed one more reason to go to Bali, you can now book a "Bloody Mary Ritual" at Remede Spa in the St. Regis. You'll get a tomato, pineapple, and wasabi massage, followed by a vodka-tomato clay body wrap. Soak in a warm tomato vermouth and mineral salt bath before throwing on your robe and enjoying a Bloody Mary in the gazebo.
"Tomatoes are loaded with antioxidants," says Dr. Rose. "They also contain vitamin C, which can help to lighten dark spots and contribute to a more even, brighter skin tone. And vodka is both antiseptic and astringent, meaning it can cleanse and tighten skin. Because of these properties, however, it can be overly drying for patients with sensitive skin, so make sure to incorporate a moisturizing 'chaser' as part of your vodka facial."
(Speaking of Bloody Mary's, these spicy Bloody Mary recipes to heat up your brunch game.)
Wine Therapy at Sabila Spa, Loreto, Mexico
If red wine in Italy isn't your thing, how about white wine in one of the last hidden treasure beach getaways in Mexico? Off-the-beaten-path Loreto is tucked away on the Baja Peninsula, and nothing like touristy Cabo San Lucas to the south. The remoteness makes the spa experience all the more relaxing.
Start your experience at Sabila Spa at Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto by soaking in a tub and rubbing fresh aloe vera all over your skin. When you're done, your therapist will give you a Swedish massage using homemade chardonnay oil. "Our oil is derived from Chardonnay grapes," says Sabila's spa director Claudine Riemer. "Grape seeds have antioxidants, which include collagen-preserving effects." After your treatment, sip a chardonnay by the sea, enjoying the mountain view.
Native Healing Massage With Rum at Millé Spa, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
When Cubans fled their country prior to Castro's rise, many settled in the Dominican Republic—and introduced their tradition of delicious rum. You can experience this important part of Dominican culture with a "Native Healing Massage" at Millé Spa at Excellence Punta Cana, where rum is literally rubbed onto your skin as part of the treatment.
The spa claims that creating blood flow that stimulates healing. "High-end rum is made from sugar cane which serves as a natural humectant, drawing water to the skin and maintaining hydration," says Dr. Rose. "And while eating a diet high in sugar is detrimental to the skin, sugar cane is a natural alpha hydroxy acid which promotes cell turnover and the removal of dead and damaged skin cells." After the rum massage, relax with a shot of rum, raw sugar, and basil.