In the cocoon of the Outer Amirantes, a new home exists for natural wellness at the Circle of Connection Spa, which lies at the southerly point of the newly opened Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island – the only resort on this 6 kilometre (3.8 mile) coral island.
Through an exclusive partnership with the organic Terres d’Afrique, the Circle of Connection Spa draws on natural products to stimulate wellbeing and awaken the senses in a setting that promotes connection to relaxation, one’s inner self and the island’s serenity.
“Desroches is such an incredible destination,” says Sandie Johnnessen, Senior Spa Director. “The purity of the nature, the untouched beauty of the island and the surrounding ocean, and the tranquillity of its remoteness, all combine to create a setting that feels naturally rejuvenating. Our Circle of Connection Spa aims to capture this very essence of Desroches; the feeling that each day is in tune with our own energy cycles and beyond that, the greater circle of life.”
These connections are brought to life by a spa menu that has been designed to evoke the five senses; touch, sound, sight, scent and taste. “Next to each menu item, a coloured circle denotes which sense that treatment is most connected to, allowing guests to choose their preferred area of focus,” explains Sandie.
In the menu, a range of 60 and 90 minute Desroches Discovery Massages, Facials and Body Treatments are complemented by a selection of 15 minute Enhancers, while six signature Sensory Connection Rituals range from 90 minutes to three hours. Among the signature rituals are:
Rhythms of Desroches (sound) – From crashing waves to whispering wind, singing birds to the sublime sound of silence, bask in the aural splendour of Desroches combined with a euphonious nod to the island’s African heritage. Massage and music meet with a sea-inspired sand, salt and aloe scrub and body mask; a harmonising sound bath of chimes, rain sticks and singing bowls; and a soak in regenerating sea salts accompanied by calming ocean sounds.
Textures of Desroches (touch) – Connect to the island’s multi-layered sensations with this somatosensory four-handed experience: a harmonious recreation of the soft morning breeze, warm midday sun, cool ocean waters, and stimulating sand. Feathers, crystals, African combs, coconut beads, and the synchronised movements of two therapists combine to incredible effect in an exfoliating sand and coconut bead body mask, followed by a four-handed massage: an invigorating sensory treat featuring a constant alternation of hot and cold crystal balls. Return to blissful relaxation with a soothing head massage beneath a warm stream of coconut oil. The experience ends with a Sound of the Waves Massage, featuring a soothing rolling technique that mimics the sound and motion of waves using eggs filled with heated baobab seeds.
Complementing the choice of Terres d’Afrique treatments, a full yoga menu is available to guests in both group and private sessions, led by Yogi Ganga Sadhuka. Yoga sessions are able to take place in the Spa’s yoga pavilion or in the privacy of a guest’s own pool cabana or garden. Furthermore, to allow reflection and share in a celebration of each day, guests are able to join the Spa’s therapists in the daily Connection Ceremonies every morning and evening.
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Celebrates Father’s Day
For a limited time only from June 16 to 30, The Spa will be offering an exclusive Men’s Urban Retreat, which includes:
- 50 minute Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage
- Hungarian Moor Mud Back Treatment
- 50 minute Omorovicza Gentleman’s Facial
- Men’s Hot Stone Pedicure
- Complimentary gift from Omorovicza
- Complete with detoxifying wellness elixir
The Men’s Urban Retreat is USD 524 for three hours and is by private appointment only. Reservations are essential. Call The Spa directly for appointments on 646 880 1999.
In celebration of the discerning gentleman and just in time for Father’s Day, Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown has partnered with The Bespoke Company, a custom leather goods retailer, to design a limited-edition range of bespoke branded items. Based in Paris, The Bespoke Company offers unique tailored bags, luggage and accessories using only the finest materials sourced by teams in Italy.
Always looking for the perfect partner utilising the latest style trends in fashion and design, Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown offers the following exclusive bespoke products, discreetly embossed with the Hotel logo, just in time for Father’s Day:
- Bespoke leather duffel bag – USD 550
- Bespoke leather passport holder – USD 125
- Bespoke leather notebook – USD 142
For gentlemen who would like an extra special touch, New York based artist Corvy will be hand-painting leather goods in both The Spa and Hotel lobby throughout Father’s Day weekend. Originally from Honduras and inspired by the world around him, Corvy is a renowned New York artist with the ability to paint any individual guest requests. Full name or initials are complimentary with the purchase of a limited-edition leather piece. Hand painting on any other items or for custom pieces including portraits on leather goods can be arranged with prices starting at USD 125 per piece. Call The Spa directly on 646 880 1990 to make an appointment or for any additional information.
Sweet Summer Spa Treats at the Well & Being Spa at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas
Summer is peach season, and no one grows better peaches than the Lone Star State. From majestic to redskin and big red to June gold, these juicy and versatile summer fruits provide helpful benefits to maintaining healthy skin. The Well & Being Spa at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas has partnered with local beauty brand FarmHouse Fresh to offer farm-to-spa treatments that hydrate and revitalise the skin.
Peach Nectar Massage (50 minutes, USD 155-165) – Ready for a mouthwatering peach treat? Breathe in and out slowly and inhale the sweet notes of steeped peach nectar milk. A richly hydrating shea butter massage will leave guests refreshingly relaxed and softened from head to toe as delicious notes of ginger and peach linger sweetly on the skin.
Nectar Glow Firming Facial (60 minutes, USD 155-165) – Freshen the complexion with this sweet summertime treat. Green Tea Milk Wash purifies and pampers the skin while a steaming compress of steeped peach nectar milk softens, calms and moisturises. A shea sugar polish is next on the menu to prep the skin for a decadent facial mask that soaks up impurities with its nutrient rich yogurt, oat and honey components. Finally, Three Milk Ageless Moisturizer provides the perfect dollop on this rejuvenating delight.
Peach Nectar Manicure and Pedicure (35-50 minutes, USD 50-70) – This treatment will have guests feeling just peachy! They’ll bask in a steaming peach nectar milk infusion to provide deep hydration to the hands and feet. A peach and ginger sugar grain exfoliant help to reveal silky soft skin. Finally, a sweetly enchanting shea butter massage reminiscent of sipping southern sweet tea.
10 Must-Visit Spas in Canada
A spa is a spa is a spa, right? Well, we would politely disagree. Across Canada, there are a number of fantastic spas that have made a name for themselves through their luxe ambiance, unique treatments, and stunning locations.
From the Canadian Rockies to the coast of Nova Scotia, here are 10 spas that take relaxation to a whole new level.
Willow Stream Spa, Alberta
It takes something pretty special to keep you indoors while you’re in picturesque Banff, Alberta. The Willow Stream Spa, located in the Fairmont Banff Springs, is one of those special exceptions. The 38,000-square-foot facility includes three waterfall treatment whirlpools, an indoor European mineral pool, an outdoor whirlpool, saunas, steam rooms, a fireplace resting lounge, and that’s just the self-service activities. There’s also 16 massage rooms, spaces for facials, and a full salon. You really can’t beat this mountain sanctuary.
Choice is a great thing. Most spas offer you a choice of two or three types of massages. Then there’s Balnea Spa. Located in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, an hour-or-so from Montreal, Balnea offers 25 different types of massages, including both traditional techniques and some exclusive to the spa. Then there’s the Thermal Experience, which includes panoramic saunas, exterior baths, a thermal waterfall, a forest basin, and more. Cycle between hot and cold, and rest in real style.
If you’re a spa veteran, and you think you’ve seen it all, let us introduce you to Ste. Anne’s Spa. This Ontario gem isn’t like most other spas. It’s located in the tiny town of Grafton, about two hours east of Toronto, and the small town feel comes through in many ways when you visit Ste. Anne’s. The building itself is much more like a rustic cottage than the modern facilities you’re likely used to — think maple, not marble. And much like the friendly residents in town, the spa actually encourages laughter and conversation instead of enforcing silence. This different approach doesn’t change the fact that you can have your pick of a full range of spa treatments, from hot stone massages to reiki treatments.
The Ancient Cedars Spa at the Wickannish Inn, British Columbia
On the west coast of British Columbia lies a small surf town called Tofino. Adventurers flock to ride the waves and hike the surrounding rainforests, but if you’re looking for a relaxing time, the Wickaninnish Inn can’t be beat. The hotel’s Ancient Cedars Spa, nestled into the rocks on the edge of the forest, has a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. That view can be enjoyed while receiving a massage, a body polish, or a local First Nations–inspired awakening treatment. You’d also be hard-pressed to find a better space in which to enjoy yoga classes.
Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa, Nova Scotia
If you’re the type of person who likes to earn their massage, Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa might be your type of place. Spend you day on the links, swinging away for 18 holes, before heading to the Dol-ás-Spa for a deep tissue massage. Overlooking the Northumberland Strait in Nova Scotia, the spa does everything from mud treatments to Swiss cellulotherapy. They’ll have you looking and feeling great in no time, ready for another day on the green.
Northern Lights Resort and SPA, Yukon
Yukon, in the Canadian North, might take a bit more time to reach, but it delivers a spa experience like no other. The Northern Lights Resort and SPA is one of the only places in the world where you can follow up your massage with the greatest light show on earth. Enjoy a Finnish or infrared sauna, spend some time in the relax room, get that well-earned massage, or just relax in the outdoor Jacuzzi. Then cuddle up in a warm blanket and look up at the swirling greens and blues of the aurora borealis.
Quebec’s Spa Eastman offers the best of both worlds, with a rural location in the Eastern Townships, and an urban location in the heart of Montreal. You can follow up a night of dining and dancing in the city with an infrared sauna and igloo shower. Or spend a few days tucked away in nature, enjoying yoga classes, massages, and the nordic baths. Either way, you’re guaranteed to end your visit feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, Ontario
With views of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the experience at the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain changes with the seasons. In the fall, you might enjoy the signature Scandinavian baths while taking in the changing colours of the leaves. In the winter, you might watch skiers enjoy the night at the Blue Mountain resort while you soak. In the spring, you might opt for a sports massage after taking on one of the area’s fantastic cycling routes. Then in the summer, you might spend a little extra time in the Nordic waterfall cooling down after a day spent on the sands of nearby Wasaga Beach. No matter when you visit, you’re sure to enjoy this one-of-a-kind Ontario spa experience.
Oak Bay Beach Hotel Spa, British Columbia
Do you like the sound of “hot, seaside mineral baths?” The Oak Bay Beach Hotel Spa is all about making the most of its environment on the coast of Victoria in British Columbia. In addition to the incredible views of those seaside baths, the spa offers massages, facials, and baths using seaweed concentrates that provide micronutrients that can help you body in more ways than this short blurb can address. Plus, the spa has specialized therapies meant to promote body healing and really make a long-term impact on your health and well-being.
Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature, Manitoba
You’ve kept busy on your trip to Manitoba, hopping from attraction to attraction, and taking advantage of all the cultural and outdoor experiences. Now, it’s time to relax, which means paying a visit to Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature. This Scandinavian spa is the perfect place to unwind and destress. Go for a long soak in the thermal pools, sweat it out in the Finnish saunas, and treat yourself to a massage. Then enjoy some fine dining, because you’ve earned a good meal after all that relaxing, right?
Relaxing is key to every successful vacation. Why not add one of these spas to your next trips to truly disconnect?
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