The wellness centers are no longer content to massage you: they want to change you deeply. Anti-aging, anti-stress and anti-burn out, they seduce the richest with tailor-made programs in dream locations with ultra-luxurious amenities. Visit.
New spas are holistic, eco-friendly and integrative: in short, you have to move. They are called wellness centers. Ten years ago, we indulged ourselves before diving into the hot water. Today, the therapist's hands precede the words of the expert, who talks about nutrition, sleep, yoga, even sports. The well-being weekend has been renamed mini-cure or detox retreat. "Farewell the" coconut-papaya "! The result premium ", summarizes Isabelle Trombert d'Ahimsa (7 openings this winter). If the word spa goes bad, the area is fine. According to Sense of Wellness magazine, revenue from spa facilities ($ 93.6 trillion) increased between 2015 and 2017 by 9.8%, the largest growth in the wellness industry. A sector, therefore, that knows neither crisis nor letting go. Zoom on 10 dream spas.
1. The Cheneaudière, a green bath in Alsace
For the expert Isabelle Charrier, "Wellness has an eco-environmental commitment. The most beautiful spas in the world are connected to this logic. "The Cheneaudière is exemplary with its wooden footbridges, its saunas with hay on stilts, its hut-steam room with alcoves in the shape of alveoli. Special mention for the Epsom saltwater salt pond, where you float between the birch trunks. Mireille François, the owner of Relais & Châteaux in the Bruche Valley, has made the "Nature-Spa" the work of her life. The return to nature is infinitely sweet. From 197,50 euros per night with gourmet dinner and unlimited access to the 2,500 square meter spa.
2. The Royal Mansour, a royal retreat in Marrakech
One night in this Marrakech palace created by the will of Mohamed VI, can reach 40,000 euros. Zelliges, onyx marquetry, bejmats, tadlakts and pave the way to the spa, which is spread over two levels, in two environments. White, bright, modern around the shimmering pool in front of the ramparts. While dark in the basement, in the pink marble hammam where officiates Nabira, a "harza" of exception. Wrapped in black soap, vigorously squirted, shampooed with rhassoul, we return to the day invigorated as an infant.
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3. The Corales Resort: lava, cactus and ayurveda in the Canary Islands
Interested in Ayurveda, the Indian "science of life"? An excellent practitioner, Mari Carmen Hernández officiates at the Royal Hideaway Corales Resort, a futuristic vessel south of Tenerife. The spa carved in the lava, punctuated by ponds and cactus, is itself an architectural curiosity. Mari Carmen defines – in French – the Dosha (Ayurvedic profile) and care. The massage on a water mattress in the pool of his suite is possible. The Barceló group showcases sports and healthy nutrition, with generous breakfasts of super foods, goji berries and spirulina. From 198 euros per night, 80 euros for 60 minutes massages.
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4. The Amanoi, detox and bird songs in Vietnam
Just before 8 o'clock, the gong echoes … We leave our villa perched on the cliff to practice yoga, qi gong or Pilates in the sala (pavilion) of the lake. Shyam Goyal, the reiki master, or Joshua Hehr, the martial arts expert, makes you want to try later tai chi or kickboxing, watsu or boot camp, among twenty disciplines. You can also swim on the beach below, or simply walk by looking away Vietnamese fishing boats. One hour from Nha Trang Airport, this flagship hotel Aman occupies a magnificent and energizing site. From 750 euros per night.
5. Como Shambhala Estate, masters of harmony in Bali
15 km from Ubud, Como Shambhala Estate is lost in a tropical jungle of teak, bamboo and camphor trees. The wooden villas surround themselves with pools of mossy lava, and paths lead to the springs and banks of the fiery Ayung River. The owner, the discreet and wealthy Singaporean Christina Ong, known as the "queen of Bond street" for her properties in London, chose herself most of the coaches: whether it is yoga – her hobby -, hike, climbing or rafting, all are excellent. And the details specific to Bali, offerings in the hollow of the Banyans, statues draped in white and black, add to the peace of places.
6. Le Crillon Paris, a jewel of sophistication for city breaks
For 110 years, since the hotel de Crillon welcomed its first travelers, the Place de la Concorde was waiting for its swimming pool. We feel like a mermaid or newt swimming in this basin lined with 17,600 gold scales, between celadon ceramics, frosted mirrors and fireplace. A very exclusive cave: four lockers per locker room! A small spa maybe (514 square meters anyway), but beautiful absolutely. Tibetan massage: 295 euros for 90 minutes.
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7. Mandarin Oriental New York, Asian Zen in the heart of Manhattan
Precise, the hand of the masseuse describes broad eight, Chinese symbol of prosperity. In the Thai way, it unties the joints then presses the muscles – there is lomi-lomi. The Mandarin Oriental therapists are trained in Asian techniques by the string itself. The 23-meter pool overlooking the Hudson, on the 36th floor of this building Columbus Circle, is not the only interest of the place. Spa suite of 60 m2 all in black lacquer, pools enriched with oxygen and bamboo floor: we come out of there, we are at the top. Massage from 245 dollars for 50 minutes.
8. Five Dubai Worlds, private spa villas worthy of the desert kings
In Dubai, after flying over the dunes in a hot air balloon, boarded the Creek River and lunched in a five-star, we do not want to leave home. That turns out well. The ten "spa villas" just opened by the brand Cinq Mondes each devote 250 m2 to the wellness facilities – including an appreciable ice shower. And if that's not enough, the Cinq Mondes Spa & Wellness Retreat, another Kempinski Palm Jumeirah property, is waiting for you to try out 5,000 square meters of world rituals or a 5-day facelift. From 77 euros the massage of 20 minutes, or package of 265 euros for a 2 hours access to the spa facilities.
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9. Valbuena, a serene monastery in Spain
Near Valladolid, in Castilla y León, the Valbuena monastery, a center of spirituality and … of hydrotherapy, proves that different techniques of well-being are married. If the Cistercians no longer occupy the ancient abbey of St. Mary of Valbuena, they bequeathed a serene and timeless atmosphere, conducive to meditation. The different basins are immersed under vaults dating in part from the 12th century. The exquisite Clarins spa offers its new Wellness treatments to prepare for sleep or energize the day (250 euros the ritual).
10. The Six Senses Kaplankaya, a well-being arsenal on the Turkish Riviera
In terms of equipment, this newcomer on the Turkish coast does not practice the Mediterranean diet! Facing Bodrum and the island of Kos, the spa houses over 10,000 m2 a labyrinth of rooms dedicated – yoga, Pilates, cycling, volleyball, squash, etc. – several pools and Turkish baths There are 14 treadmills in the gym, real showroom techno-gym. At the anti-aging center, three doctors offer "non-invasive" tests and treatments. The end of the day: concoct your creams at the Alchemy Bar, with thyme and mint from the garden. In short everything to "reconnect with oneself, others and the environment" according to the director Lionel Valla. Detox program over 3 days, from 665 euros per person.
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