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.
Kobido, An Ancestral Japanese Facial Massage
Kobido in Japanese, translates as “the ancient way of beauty.” This ancestral massage technique focuses on the muscles of the face, restoring radiance and tonicity.
The art of kobido dates back to 1472. At the time in Asia, only one form of massage existed, named anma. The Empress was looking for a whole new way to preserve her beauty and the two great masters of anma rivalled each other to obtain the honour of satisfying her wish.
Beyond this fierce competition, the two masters developed deep mutual respect and admiration for each other and decided to unite their talents to found kobido, exclusively reserved for centuries for empresses and members of the nobility. They created no fewer than 48 techniques, passed on from master to disciple throughout the generations.
Le Spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V revives this Japanese tradition at the very heart of Paris with Dr Shogo Mochizuki, master of the 26th generation and lineage of kobido, who came in person all the way from Tokyo to Paris to share his expertise and savoir-faire of this ancient art with our Spa team.
Achieve a Blissful Night’s Sleep with New Sleep Ritual Massage
In Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, the action-packed, on-the-go mentality and thousands of steps logged while enjoying the exhilarating attractions can be tiring. With so much to see and do, rest time and actual quality sleep is often not made a priority. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort intends to help travellers with its new signature Sleep Ritual Massage offered at The Spa. The treatment aims to induce a complete state of relaxation and sleep readiness, and is accompanied by a home care kit to assist with achieving the ideal sleep at home, night after night.
The Sleep Ritual Massage was developed in partnership with Robert Michael deStefano, sleep wellness expert and co-founder of wellness company Longeva. The custom treatment incorporates breathing techniques that focus on seven specific somatic zones, plus a combination of sleep-inducing botanical scents and touch therapies that are designed to be ultra-relaxing, eliminating stress and tension and creating the perfect state of sleep readiness. The 80-minute massage treatment, USD 360, is ideal to reserve at The Spa in the evening, after a light dinner.
“The Sleep Ritual Massage is equal parts sleep wellness education and motivation, stress detox and luxury escape,” says deStefano. “Combined with the take-home DreamKit, the treatment is a potential game-changer for parents, grandparents and anyone else who is not satisfied with their sleep.”
Guided by dreamy relaxation music and sleep-inducing aromas, the Sleep Ritual Massage is a multifaceted treatment that will take the guest through an incredibly relaxing journey that will sooth, stretch and expand the entire body, mind and spirit, creating a state of total sleep readiness.
The DreamKit includes the market-first SleepCeuticals products used in the Ritual Massage. Along with its all-natural skin nourishers and moisturisers, SleepCeuticals features a custom, blend of 15 sleep-inducing, non-synthetic botanical extracts and essential oils. The SleepCeuticals found in the DreamKit include Sanctify Dream Cream, Anoint Sleep Serum and the Dream Mist spray. Added into the kit is The Sleep Ritual Music, a downloadable sixty-minute recording of clinically studied sleep-inducing music (also used in the massage) and a simple, step-by-step guidebook written by deStefano.
Derek Hofmann, Senior Director of Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, hopes that this new treatment will help guests better understand the importance of creating an environment for quality sleep.
“We know that jet lag and insomnia can sometimes have an effect on some travellers, and combined with Orlando’s action-packed environment, sleep is often put on the backburner,” notes Hofmann. “I had this treatment a year ago and was blown away. I can’t wait for people to experience this revolutionary treatment at The Spa.”
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando is a true haven, featuring 18 treatment rooms including four couples’ suites and two couples’ spa bungalows, plus a full-service hair and nail salon. The Spa offers two co-ed relaxation lounges, plus a post-treatment Solarium room, and women’s and men’s locker rooms complete with whirlpool, steam room and Experience Shower. Ensconced within the luxurious Golden Oak neighbourhood, surrounded by lakes and lush landscaping, spa-goers will find they’ve discovered a true sanctuary.
An Urban Sanctuary Dedicated to Health and Wellness
Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur announces the debut of The Spa, a comprehensive health and wellness centre ideally located in the heart of the city. Designed to honour the mind, body, and soul, The Spa specialises in transformational experiences to cultivate one’s best self through ancient healing rituals combined with innovative technologies and natural sciences. The result – your best self.
“The Spa is a peaceful urban oasis – an escape from the bustling city, and customised to our guests’ individual needs to achieve a purposeful journey. Whether for relaxation, anti-ageing treatments or fitness, it’s a wellness haven like no other,” says Tom Roelens, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur. “The highly specialised menu combines ancient healing practices reflective of the region with state-of-the-art and results-driven practices to offer the very best in rejuvenation, health and wellness.”
The 681 square metre (7,330 square foot) Spa includes eight individual treatment rooms, including two couple’s treatment rooms and an ultra-luxurious Spa Suite, an expansive state-of-the-art fitness centre, and a modern hair and nail salon. In addition to the treatment facilities, The Spa offers a stylish boutique with a selection of signature products ranging from skincare and makeup to the latest high-tech beauty tools, allowing for a continued spa journey at home.
Guided by an extensive team of experts – from holistic healers and physiotherapists to scientists and beauty therapists, The Spa incorporates a blend of comprehensive wellness modalities, encompassing the physical, mental, vitality and spiritual to promote total body wellness. The spa menu showcases luxurious treatments such as a 24 Carat Gold Facial, a Gemo-Thermal Salt Body Polish infused with thermal spring water and thermal Sailes De Beam salts, and the ultimate in anti-ageing – the Meso BT-Lift, which features a state-of-the-art, non-surgical face lift to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Additionally, The Spa has developed a collection of unique signature experiences that include:
Mesotherapy: The latest advancements in science and electrotherapy for the skin and body. Developed by Skeyndor, a leading-edge global authority in skincare, Mesoscience is one of the most complete, results-driven healing techniques that uses state-of-the-art Meso equipment, without the use of needles.
Rotan Manau Herbal Tungku Massage: Inspired by the region, this authentic massage combines the healing powers of human touch with locally sourced rattan wood poles, resulting in a deep tissue treatment. The treatment features KUEM Royal Heritage Oil, a century-old herbal line known for its healing properties. KUEM, made from the purest form of exotic herbs found throughout Asia, is used alongside a customised essential oil and herbal blend to offer a results-oriented deep tissue massage that aids blood circulation, awakes the meridian, and firms the appearance of skin.
Subtle Energies: A results-based aromatherapy, natural skincare and wellness program founded on authentic Ayurveda principles. The range is created with intent to address multiple skin and body concerns, while delivering high performance results empowering one’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Subtle Energies’ Spa Concept provides treatment programs that combine the optimum methods and knowledge found in these respected ancient sciences, with holistic modern techniques.
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