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Introducing the Circle of Connection Spa at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

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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.

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Experience an Island Connection that Soothes the Soul

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The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita has introduced a new Tropical Senses massage, where every element takes inspiration from the island’s character and culture.

Set to the rhythmic music of local Sega songs, this invigorating 45-minute treatment uses the natural energy of Mauritius to restore a sense of overall wellbeing. During the full body massage, soothing organic coconut oil is energetically massaged into the skin to help detoxify the body, while placements of gentle pressure to the head help to release tension.

Following the massage with one of the Spa’s expert local therapists, guests are offered a Mauritian Creole phrasebook to allow them to continue their connection with the island throughout their stay.

Commenting on the new treatment, Regional Spa Director Constance Chapalain says: “So much of what people remember from visiting Mauritius are the warmth of the people, the tropical flavours and climate, and the passion for music and dance. Our local therapists were keen to find a way to encapsulate this boundless, positive energy of Mauritius into a truly special treatment and I hope that many of our guests will not only enjoy the new Tropical Senses massage, but that they will also remember if for a long time to come.”

Set on wooden pillars above the Indian Ocean lagoon and lush mangroves, the Spa at  Four Seasons Resort Mauritius takes inspiration from local traditions, blending the island’s rich cultures with modern techniques to create a global, holistic wellbeing experience for all guests.

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Wellness Retreat at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

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Embark on a pampering and rejuvenating journey as Mandarin Oriental, Singapore presents a Wellness Retreat package, available until 31 December 2018. Unwind in a well-appointed room, choose a workout session of choice, enjoy a soothing massage and conclude with a sumptuous lunch.

Be greeted with sweeping views of the iconic Singapore Flyer and the Benjamin Sheares Bridge in our Ocean View room. With an extravagant buffet breakfast, a feast awaits at Melt Café. Inhale in the positive benefits yoga offers at the outdoor pavilion and achieve fitness goals through a workout with an instructor. The journey continues at The Spa with an indulgent Mineral Wellness massage, designed to ease muscle tension, and re-energise the body using rich creams and mineral infused compressions. A nutritious spa lunch curated using the finest and freshest of ingredients at elegant Italian restaurant by the pool, Dolce Vita, completes the holistic experience.

The Wellness Retreat package includes:

  • Well-appointed Ocean View accommodation
  • International buffet breakfast at Melt Café
  • 60-minute yoga or personal training session
  • 90-minute Mineral Wellness spa massage for two
  • Spa lunch at Dolce Vita for two

Valid until 31 December 2018, room rates start at SGD 1,190 per night based on double occupancy and are subject to 10% service charge and prevailing government tax.

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Recover From Soccer In These Latin American Spas

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When your favorite player steps up to make the game-winning penalty kick, you can feel the adrenaline rushing through you – you are one with your team and feel that you are on the pitch with them. Whether you experienced the games in the thundering stadium or from the comfort of your home, soccer has always evoked powerful sensations.

From the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat, there are beautiful spas in the Caribbean and Latin America to help you recover from the rollercoaster of emotions brought on by the world’s most popular soccer competition.

AWAY® SPA | W BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

While not every team can lift the coveted trophy, fans around the world can experience gold at the Away® Spa at W Bogota. Inspired by the Colombian legend of El Dorado, where a chieftain would cover himself with gold and dive from a raft at the center of Lake Guatavita, the spa’s modern décor welcomes guests with a gilded mix of abstract mosaics, emerald green hues, sculptured ceilings, and floral motifs. To complement the unique experience, each service is tailored to the guest. Based on selected preferences, spa therapists blend prescribed essential oils in a silver shaker, creating a customized detox cocktail for the skin.

The legend of El Dorado is further reimagined in W Bogota’s iconic gold colored jacuzzi, where recovering soccer fans can immerse themselves in hydrotherapy while sipping craft cocktails.

After discovering the treasures of the Away® Spa, stroll through Colombia’s buzzing capital. For a taste of the city’s traditional charm, explore the Usquen District. Located within walking distance of the hotel, it remixes historical architecture and cobblestone streets with assorted restaurants, bars, and a collection of boutiques and shops.

THE SPA AT TAMBO DEL INKA | VALLE SAGRADO, PERU

Surrounded by the Andes Mountains, a remote serenity permeates the air in Peru’s Valle Sagrado. The off-grid experience makes for the ultimate escape, heightened by The Spa at Tambo Del Inka, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado nestled in lush vegetation in the city of Urubamba.

The Spa at Tambo del Inka calls upon the wisdom of the ages, offering several treatments inspired by ancient Peruvian traditions. Among these is the belief in the healing power of water, which the spa brings to life in the form of heated indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpools, Vichy and jet showers, sub-aquatic beds and hydrotherapy. For the ultimate recovery, the 120-minute Yucamani Stones Massage can help soccer fans achieve an extreme state of relaxation and incredible calmness. Other Incan elements blended into the experience, from which their healing power is harnessed, include cocoa, quinoa and coca.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, CANCUN SPA | CANCUN, MEXICO

Following a month of thrilling games and edge-of-your-seat moments, Cancun invites fans to float in turquoise waters and relax on pristine beaches. Along its shores, beach-goers will find The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun Spa – a crisp, refreshing space decorated with a calming neutral palette, sophisticated furnishings and Mayan elements. Drawing from ancient rituals and indigenous ingredients, treatments like the Warm Stone Massage and Mayan Sanctuary Ritual offer an otherworldly experience.

Performed after sunset, the Mayan Sanctuary Ritual is an exotic massage performed with seashells in the privacy of the spa’s beachfront lush terrace. The journey will start with a Mayan energetic cleaning using medicinal herbs and copal, like old Mayan travelers experienced in their journeys.

MANDARA SPA | PALM BEACH, ARUBA

Beautifully located against the Caribbean sands of Palm Beach, the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is the perfect oceanfront retreat to paradise. As Mandara Spa’s first location in the Caribbean, this gem captures an island essence reminiscent to Bali – warm weather, crystal-clear waters, and a Balinese tradition passed from generation to generation.

Immerse yourself in a quiet interlude where the serene silence entrances you into a deeper state of relaxation. Aromas such as frangipani, Caribbean coffee, and botanicals are not only intoxicatingly indulgent, but also the cornerstone to several of Mandara Spa’s treatments derived from nature’s beauty such as the Elemis Exotic Frangipani Body Nourish Wrap, the Aloe and Milk Wrap, and the Coconut Poultice Massage.

GUANACASTE SPA | GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA

Exotic specials and daily treatments, ideal for the aching soccer player and emotionally drained fans alike, await at the Guanacaste Spa, housed in the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa. On Mondays, indulge in Choco therapy, a 30-minute warm chocolate wrap followed by a 30-minute sumptuous foot massage. For a healthy and vibrant glow, experience Sunday’s honey and coconut milk ritual, where warm honey and coconut milk gently melt onto the body, revitalizing and nourishing skin cells.

The white-sand beaches of Guanacaste are often regarded as the most beautiful in Costa Rica, lending themselves to this relaxing beach getaway. To get the most out of this stunning destination, book a treatment by the sea, highlighting all the mineral elements of the ocean. The Ocean Wellness Combo starts with a yoga class, then features a sea-salt exfoliation, followed by a refreshing hydrotherapy session with aromatic salts, and ends with a custom massage.

Dreaming of 2022 already? Marriott has the right property for every soccer fan conveniently located throughout Qatar: Doha Marriott Hotel, Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, Sharq Village & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, The St. Regis Doha, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa and W Doha.

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