Tag Archives: spas

Virtual Wellness

Medi-spas, wellness resorts, retreats, clinics and hotels may not be open at this time but they have your health at heart and tools for support.  From design tips for home spas, guiding your yoga poses, holistic therapies and green health, virtual wellness comes courtesy of the digital world from the best wellness retreats and destinations around  the globe.

Nature’s nurture from the Treetops in Turkey

With 8D Technology, Hillside Beach Club brings the sound of treetops of its Sanda Nature Spa to your home. This sensory experience is captured from above the resort’s Silent Beach. The Hillside team have recorded nature’s own sounds from the treetop spa in its new 8D technology.

Listen here for a complete sensory  experience to be transported in a deep state of relaxation.  www.hillsidebeachclub.com/en

Virtual wellness in the treetops

Treetop escape

Staying in shape from Monaco

Set along 3.83km  on the Mediterranean’s Côte D’Azur, leading Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo Wellness Spa offers a range of innovative spa, wellness and fitness facilities from its luxurious setting. Its digital therapy comes in the form of top tips for staying in shape at home. Try Cardiac Coherence – A simple, deep breathing exercise to enhance  the sense of well-being, improve sleep and reduce anxiety. Inhaling through the nose and out the mouth of five seconds, for five minutes, three times a day. Or the Stair Climb – Climbing the stairs in your home to improve cardiovascular endurance. Walking or jogging up 200 steps, either one or two steps at a time, once a day.

Yoga from Ibiza

Mojo Rising Yoga is bringing yoga to people in their own homes to help support mental health and mindfulness during these difficult times. Their virtual yoga retreat is streamed globally through Mojo Rising Yoga’s Instagram page.

The Virtual Yoga Retreat includes a series of yoga livestreams aired via Mojo Rising’s Instagram feed and led by their expert instructor. Each session aims to raise money for a different charity, with participants kindly asked to make a nominal donation if possible.The first charity it is supporting is Help Refugees. All details about the virtual yoga retreat and a sign up form for interested participants is available –  https://www.mojorisingyoga.com/yoga-livestream

 Organic Culinary Pathways from Austria

Food has that feel-good factor especially when it comes direct from its origins. Culinary Pathways is now offered on stream to virtual food havens – think chocolate and desserts, organic of course.

Plan an edible tour of Austria’s most sustainable region, where 50% of farmers adopted responsible farming techniques decades ago. You can use the easy-to-access Via Culinaria – Culinary Pathways – section of SalzburgerLand’s website to discover the tastes of the area. Visit www.salzburgerland.com and follow three easy steps to virtual foodie heaven:

Whet your appetite with this clip: https://www.salzburgerland.com/en/the-9-culinary-pathways/

Imagine the taste of tempting chocolates, markets, cakes and cafes throughout Salzburg here:  https://youtu.be/YLbwMWXqgfg

Bring the taste of the mountains to your table; prepare a feast of Freitagnidei (Pinzgau potatoes – better than chips) using easy recipes detailed on https://www.salzburgerland.com/en/pinzgau-potatoes-or-freitagnidei/

The 9 Via Culinaria pathways, a collection of 300 mouthwatering stops, are underpinned by organic produce and sustainable methods. Discover the charm of rustic mountain refuges on the Hut Lovers way.Tread the Herb Lovers path to learn about the healing and flavouring powers of indigenous plants in historic farms or monastery gardens. No meal is complete without a drink. The Beer and Schnapps Aficionados map points out where to find the finest craft beers and schnapps in Austria. SalzburgerLand’s brewing tradition dates back to 696 when Benedictine monks set up shop in St Peter’s Abbey; longevity and success is due to clear water and fresh local ingredients. Every village’s secret Schnapps recipe is passed down the generations, using local berries and herbs.

The most popular tour is the Culinary Pathway for the Sweet Tooth. Discover the greatest coffee houses and chocolatiers for seductive pastries and sweet treats including Salzburg City’s world-famous Mozartkugel (Mozart Balls).

Wellness culinary trails

Culinary experiences

Body & Mind from The Caribbean

The Body-Holiday’s mantra, “give us your body and we will give back your mind”  now comes in a digital form. Set in St Lucia, this renowned wellness resort is supporting its guests and wellness enthusiasts by sharing its renowned expertise to help those at home to enhance their wellbeing now and all-year-round with a digital series of workshops and masterclasses.

Utilising their guidance and techniques the wellness resort has carefully curated programmes for home use.  They have created their own ‘wellness weekend’ or self-care day to boost the immune system, mood and mental wellbeing:

Get your heart pumping with Mantas’ resistance workout
No need to worry if you don’t have gym equipment at home, BodyHoliday’s Mantas will show you how to utilise a suitcase to get a full body workout. You can also warm up with another fantastic video here

Boost your mood and immune system with Dr Maha’s breathing workshop

Unwind and relax your mind before bed with Tendel’s meditation

The series of videos and blog posts includes everything from cooking demonstrations and meditation sessions, to breathing workshops and exercise classes, and is available via BodyHoliday’s social media channels and website.

Wellness secrets from the UK

Dormy House, on the Farncombe Estate in the English Cotswolds, has been hosting live sessions with their wellbeing and massage guru  on Instagram stories, on Wednesdays at 8pm @dormyhouse. As part of the initiative to bring its House Spa into the home, Dormy House is making it possible for us all to learn some of the trade secrets and top techniques with a series of wellbeing massage tutorials to help us unwind. www.dormyhouse.co.uk

Dormy House offers virtual wellness

Sleep therapy from Northern Island

Hastings Hotels  is  increasing its offerings for  health and wellness at home which includes  decluttering for mental health and sleep techniques for sleeping better at home. Their two spa properties The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa and The Culloden Estate and Spa in Northern Ireland are the inspiration behind the virtual wellness ideas.

Sleep easy with Hastings Hotels’ resident sleep expert,  Phil McCartan who has taught Gary Barlow, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Chris Evans. Here are eight top tips on getting a good night’s sleep.

Sunlight: Spend more time outdoors, especially at the beginning and end of the day. The less connected you are to natural cycles of darkness and light, the harder it is to adjust to the time change

Bedroom Environment: Eliminating external light and noise can help you get a better night’s sleep. Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, relaxing and clean place. Avoid working from home in your bedroom and keep it a haven for sleeping.

Avoid Caffeine: Limit your caffeine intake in the hours before bed. Caffeine is a stimulant and can affect your quality of sleep.

Take a warm bath: A relaxing bath, shower or even a warm foot bath before bed can improve the quality of sleep and help you fall asleep faster.

Nightly brain dump: Write down any stresses or worries you might have before going to bed and leave them on the piece of paper.

Switch Off: Studies have shown that using a device set at top brightness for two hours suppresses the normal night-time release of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Try to also have at least an hour before bed without TV, phones or computers.

Relax in the evening: Relaxation techniques before bed have been shown to improve sleep quality and are another common technique used to treat insomnia. Why not try listening to relaxing music, taking a hot bath or reading a book

Stay consistent: Being consistent with the time you go to sleep and wake each morning can aid-long-term sleep quality.

Stay health with virtual wellness. For more wellness tips at home, read here


Anti ageing treatments

Gold anti ageing treatments

Gold treatments

Investing in Gold Treatments

A range of new luxurious spa treatments using the precious metal gold as the key active ingredient is now offered by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas

Gold when included as an element of a skincare routine is anti-inflammatory. It can help reduce the production of melanin, treat sun damage, improve skin elasticity and stabilise collagen production. It is even suggested as an alternative to Botox.

Gold conducts ions which stimulate cellular growth of the basal layer, regenerating firm skin cells and providing a tightening effect. An infusion of gold helps to revive the brightness of skin, reduce the signs of skin fatigue and dullness and improve cutaneous elasticity and hydration.

Embodied in facials, massages and scrubs, the Anantara Spas have invested in gold plated treatments which are available in their destinations which include Maldives, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Qatar.

The new Cocoon Medical Spa at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort offers the queen of luxury facials. Entitled, Cleopatra, the 24-carat gold and collagen facial is designed to improve skin elasticity, reverse cell damage, improve blood circulation and increase the regeneration of your natural collagen.

As the ultimate pick-me-up, this facial promises excellent results and leaves skin clean and luminous. Starting with an advanced microdermabrasion treatment, dead cells are exfoliated to prepare the skin to benefit from the properties of gold. This increases blood flow to the skin and helps to produce collagen. The LED (light-emitting diode) gives deep stimulation to the skin, improving natural collagen levels.

The intense nourishment of the 24-carat gold, collagen mask, hyaluronic acid, peptide moisturiser help stimulate natural collagen production in the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Read more on anti ageing treatments here

Click here for more wellness treatments

Natural wellness sparkles in Hotel Plunhof’s stylish Spa Minera

Swimming with snowflakes, floating by flames, massaged with stones, pummelled with rollers and immersed in the smoke of burning bark.  Wellness takes on the natural elements at the sparkling new Spa Minera at Hotel Plunhof, peaking out of the Stubai Alps in Italy’s South Tryol region.

It’s lilac and silver, wood and water, glazed with silver quartzite at every viewpoint. Natural elements represent the lifeblood of the spa, its DNA.

And I took full advantage. I likened the experience to swimming in a luxury lounge, the water like a rippled carpet flowing under stairs and dappled with reflections from Swarovski crystal chandeliers glittering from above. I floated by oversized loungers shaded with bulbous table lights, book shelves on one side, a stone log fire in the centre, wood-panelled walls, mirrored pillars and squidgy seating all around. Comfortable tranquillity, understated glitz.

How luxurious to wallow in such exquisite surroundings. Warm, intimate and decadent. And then, just like magic, glass doors opened to an outside poolscape where the snow taps you on the shoulder and a mist disguises the surface. It’s eerie and atmospheric. Towering mountains greet you, nothing in-between, except the water warm, the air refreshingly cool.

Relaxation areas seem to appear around every corner to surprise you, each dressed in a different style, another ambience to enjoy. But finding them a second time is an art in itself. They all offer those please-lie-on-me loungers of every shape and style, rugs in the right place, contemporary fireplaces and enviable panoramic scenery with a focal point towards the Santa Maddalena Church sitting alone enclaved into the side of the mountain.

The hotel is located about an hour from Innsbruck in the Ridanna Valley. It’s a family affair – run by the Volgger family whose personal attention is in evidence from the moment you arrive.  I met Thomas who proudly showed me the spa facilities, just three months old, all sparkly and new. Excitedly he told me of further plans although I was quite content with the stylish spaces they have painstakingly produced. Five saunas, two whirlpools, relaxation areas – too many to count, a fitness room, pools indoor and out and a dedicated room for classes.

With 67 rooms which overlook Alpine scenery, this dedicated wellness space has been designed to incorporate Spa Minera & Acqua Minera, all 4,000 sqm of it.  Here it never seems busy although you may spot a few guests strewn over sofas, strolling in robes or hanging out in the saunas, relaxed and chilled. Guests come here to ski in the winter months – there’s a daily bus to the slopes, – or for bracing hikes in the fresh crisp air. They all enjoy overdoses of pure relaxation, rejuvenation and therapeutic therapies.

The treatment menu reflects the Spa’s focus on natural elements with its creative use of local resources blended with traditional healing principles. My 80-minute massage was performed with pine wood rollers of various sizes delivering pressure and heat as it toured the body. Strong at times, the pressure and warmth re-routed the flow of energy unblocking areas to leave a sense of renewed calm. Billed as Pine Vitality, this relaxing ceremony aims to channel the inner spirit to activate self-healing powers.

From wood to stone, the Silver Quartzite Stone Massage experience was gentle, directional, purposeful and somewhat spiritual. In the background, haunting chants, as if resonating from a monastery chamber, kept my focus in the moment while long rhythmic strokes would halt periodically to grind energy in chakra areas and then swiftly sweep away negative residue. Enhanced by the burning of bark shavings, this meridian massage, combined  precious natural minerals with medicinal herbs, warm oils and raw materials to leave me released of negative feeling, grounded and strong.

Heat, water and steam, ancient bathing rituals, Kneipp pools, infra-red cabinets, a shower temple, a thermal grotto and saunas of every kind are plentiful here. Temperatures range from ice cold, mild, hot and only just bearably hot.  The revived ancient ritual “Thrown into the Knappensauna” is featured on the daily programme and not to be missed, It involves very hot temperatures in a large sauna cabin, au natural, save for a few towels. A staff member, acting like a central courtier parades around the central burning coals sporting a large fan to direct hotter air over each person. Red in the face, sizzling by the second, we brave souls lasted the 15 minute experience to be rewarded with a barefoot stroll in the outside snow followed by salt peeling in the steam room. All this to cleanse the skin, stimulate circulation, loosen joints, exfoliate the skin surface and improve the immune system…..

From tried and tested organic resources to the latest technology, The Spa Minera has moved with the times to offer a wide range of advanced cosmetic treatments.  The Dr Spiller Celltresor Facial followed an in-depth regime which included a machine-controlled cleanse and a serum massage followed by a collagen mask which felt and looked like an Egyptian mummy covering. The result, a thorough treatment and a plumper look! This facial is designed to maximize the skin’s rejuvenation by targeting muscles to relax facial features.

Qi Gong  and Yoga, exercise and wellness all have to be nourished and the Hotel’s restaurant does it well. Inventive menus, organic ingredients and a balanced fusion of tastes are a match to any high class establishment. Think venison steak with cranberry pear served with red sauerkraut with apples and polenta cream, roasted suckling pig cup with beer jus or guinea fowl with figs – exotic descriptions, plated artistically and served to your reserved table. In addition, a choice of irresistible desserts and a buffet area ever laden with homemade artisan breads, fresh produce and, homemade oils and dressings.  So much choice, an occasion in itself, a restaurant to be rewarded.

Spa Minera has borrowed wellness from Mother Nature. “Back to the origins… the force of the earth and the might of the stone” are the words inscribed on the glass window – wellness instilled in its structure, soul and spirit.

Hotel Plunhof is a member of Niche Destinations  www.niche-destinations.com

Prices for a double room Minera – from €118 pp sharing including half board and use of Spa Minera

Hotel Plunhof, Family Volgger, Obere Gasse 7, 39040 Ridnaun – Ratschings, Italy. Tel.:+ 39 0472 656247. info@plunhof.it