In need of tranquility and relaxation? There’s no better way to indulge on vacation than by enjoying the spa services offered at your resort. And luckily, the JG Black Book Collection has some exclusive offerings for luxury travelers. In Africa, receive a massage while hippos wander the surrounding area and add to the authentic African experience, or enjoy the warmth of a Finnish sauna after returning inside from the frigid temperatures of the arctic wilderness. Whichever way you decide to unwind, you’re guaranteed complete restoration. Here are six of the most luxurious spa experiences included in JG Black Book’s curated collection of destinations.
Deep in the Arctic Circle at Jávri Lodge, relaxation is certainly top of the agenda. As the temperature plummets and you spend a full day outside in the snow, there’s nothing better than coming back to the warmth of the lodge’s authentic Finnish sauna or enjoying a swim in the indoor pool or a relaxing massage treatment. Jávri Lodge invites guests to feel the energy from natural stones and experience a touch of the wild Northern nature through their variety of spa offerings. To wind down for the evening, let the heat of the sauna caress your body and soul. And if you are brave enough, you can roll around in the snow like the real Finns do.
All three of Azura Retreats’ properties offer unique African spa treatments that are based on local traditions and use natural ingredients sourced from the wilds of Africa. A perfect example of this is the Musiro Facial Mask Treatment offered at Azura Quilalea Private Island. The women of the Makua Tribe have long used the white Musiro facial mask as a natural sunscreen and beautifying treatment. The bark is stripped from the indigenous Olaz Dissitflora, and the exposed, light-colored bark is ground to a powder which is mixed with water to make a paste. This paste is applied to face and left to dry. Once washed off, it reveals smooth and radiant skin. For a thoroughly relaxing massage that mimics the rhythmical patterns of an African dance and combines light stretching techniques with specially designed wooden facial and body implements, try the popular Tribal Traditions treatment at Azura Benguerra Island. At Azura Selous Game Reserve, the setting is part of the treatment. Here, an in-room treatment means the massage table will be set up on the deck of your tented villa. With a view of the Great Ruaha River and the resident hippos grunting in the background, you’ll quickly drift off into a state of complete relaxation as the gentle hands of your therapist work their magic.
The Chedi Muscat
Balinese therapies, Indian Ayurveda and indigenous rituals are amongst the highlights on The Chedi Muscat‘s comprehensive spa menu, delivered in 13 meditative spa suites that combine the dramatic Omani architecture with calming Asian interiors. The Ila Tibetan Ku Nye Massage is one of the top-selling massages of The Spa. This body treatment honors and respects the ancient Tibetan traditions of healing, restoring, harmonizing and strengthening the body’s natural flow of energy. A blend of wild- grown essential oils is combined with traditional techniques of cupping, acupressure, kneading, rocking, hot stones and poultices to purify the five elements of the body, stimulate the lymphatic system and energize the subtle body and meridian system.
Kallos Spa at Andronis Concepts invites you to enjoy the ultimate physical, mental and spiritual experience. This reconnection therapy takes place within the naturally balanced environment of a cave under the guidance of their resident yoga instructor. You begin with 30 minutes of breathing practice that enables you to reach a state of deep relaxation. Once your body is ready and fully relaxed, their therapist begins an hour-long Thai Massage to release any remaining stress and fatigue from muscles and joints. A few yoga poses at the moment of total relaxation will unblock and heal key points of your body and, combined with the unique energy of this island, you will be able to fully connect with your inner self once again. To complete this blissful experience, the chef will prepare a special detoxifying meal for you to enjoy under the blue skies of Santorini.
Volcanoes Safaris Virunga Lodge is a haven for guests who wish to relax, de-stress, and rejuvenate during their stay. Virunga Lodge’s Ikirunga Spa, with two open fired treatment rooms, wood burning African sauna and relaxation zones, will arouse all your senses. It is a beautiful, unique space with breathtaking views of the Virunga Mountains. Their signature massage is the Ikirunga Hot Stones Experience which combines the use of hot volcanic stones with Swedish massage methods to promote deep relaxation and reduce stress. Another signature massage is the African Rungu Massage. The “Rungu”, a throwing club, is carved from eucalyptus wood used by Masai warriors, and is used in this African massage. The long strokes and deep pressure reduces aches and pains, improves blood circulation, promotes lymph drainage, and tones muscles.
The Chedi Andermatt
Escape from your daily routine and immerse yourself in luxury and wellness in the heart of the Swiss Alps at The Chedi Andermatt. The pampering begins with a Bali Oriental Ritual, where you’ll receive an ancient Balinese massage, a foot, and body polish and an Oriental bathing ceremony. Round off your luxurious experience in The Spas’ 35-meter indoor private pool while gazing out at the Swiss peaks in the distance.