Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii — Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
Summertime is for sun-kissed skin, warm-weather adventures, sports and relaxation. Resorts are taking spa treatments to the next level, creating options that cater to golfers, surfers and avid beach- or pool-goers. Some destinations are also using their stunning natural settings and tranquil environments as a backdrop for custom treatments. Here are our top 10 summer spa treatments for 2015.
1. The Spa Without Walls at Fairmont Orchid
At the luxurious Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast, the Spa Without Walls boasts eight private outdoor waterfall hale (huts) built above the flowing waters of cascading streams and ponds, and six rejuvenating oceanside hale under palm trees amid white coral and black lava. Guests may choose from an array of head-to-toe treatments that incorporate products from Hawaii and integrate the region’s natural therapeutic environment and ancient healing arts into every experience. The Orchid's signature Hiwahiwa Treatment is an indigenous Hawaiian mamaki and volcanic foot wrap that is applied to draw out tension. A one-of-a-kind wild orchid-and-gardenia flower essence infusion with warm cloths will lift away any worries. The sweet fragrances and deeply soothing essences bring you into the delight of the present moment.
Kohler — Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Kohler Co.
2. Kohler Waters Spa
Release stress and reconnect at Kohler Waters Spa, located next to the American Club with rooftop deck and whirlpool. Avid golfers can unwind during the Golfer’s Massage, a deeply restorative treatment. This is the perfect way to end your day after a round on the links. Designed specifically for players, this service combines stretching and deep-tissue massage to relieve sore or tight muscles, increase flexibility and leave you ready for your next round on the Kohler courses.
Curtain Bluff — Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Curtain Bluff
3. Curtain Bluff
Curtain Bluff’s tranquil and intimate 5,000-square-foot spa sits apart from the rest of the resort just a few feet from the sea. All four treatment rooms offer wide-open views beyond the water to distant Montserrat, Cades Reef, St. Kitts, Nevis and Redonda. Before their treatments, guests sit outside sipping tea brewed from herbs fresh picked from the spa's garden. Afterward, relax in the Jacuzzi on the cliff edge while snacking on spa bites and sipping Champagne. My pick is the Tropical Escape. Drenched with papaya and pineapple, this tropical wrap is also enriched with créme fraîche natural butter, calcium, a high content of vitamin A, pomegranate extract and other anti-aging ingredients such as collagen polypeptides for a glorious sensory escape.
Feet in the Creek at L'Auberge de Sedona in Sedona, Arizona
4. L’Auberge de Sedona
Feet in the Creek is a playful spa treatment that facilitates a three-part connection among the earth, nature and the guest. This creekside experience begins with a massage therapist escorting you to tranquil Oak Creek. As you are guided to step into the ankle-deep water, pause to breathe in the fresh Sedona air. Guests are encouraged to listen to the soothing sounds of Oak Creek and connect with the natural beauty around them. The treatment concludes with a foot reflexology treatment with L’Auberge de Sedona’s signature L’Apothecary flower essence serum to ease away foot tension after the hike.
Ritz Carlton Naples — Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Ritz Carlton Hotels
5. The Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is one of the most soothingly elegant spas in South Florida, with gentle Gulf breezes drifting through the cypress, mangrove and palm trees. The resort spa beckons guests to enjoy rejuvenating and healing steam rooms, saunas and aqua lounges, along with an outdoor mineral pool to complete the holistic experience.
Our summer pick is the Tropical Glow Scrub, which gently buffs away dull, dry skin using soothing enzymes of papaya and pineapple. A warm coconut oil is then applied via full body massage to hydrate and restore the skin’s natural glow. The Tropical Glow Scrub quenches even the driest skin, leaving it soft, smooth and supple to the touch. It’s the perfect antidote for skin dried out from sun, wind and travel.
Surf & Sand Resort San Diego, California
6. Aquaterra Spa at Surf & Sand Resort
Laguna Beach, California
Dive into a luxury full-body treatment to nourish and polish summer skin with Aquaterra Spa's Body Surfer Treatment. Perfect for the outdoor activist just coming in from surfing, SUP yoga or a day at one of the area's many beaches, the Body Surfer Treatment replenishes sun-damaged skin and alleviates joint and muscle pain. The 90-minute spa treatment includes a renewing Ocean Dew body polish, infusing aloe vera and red marine algae to repair and hydrate skin, followed by a healing arnica and helichrysum body and scalp massage and the application of moisturizing Ocean Dew lotion. Aquaterra Spa provides the ultimate oceanside escape, located right on Laguna Beach's expansive pristine shoreline, where each of the spa's treatments expertly pairs elements of both sea and sand.
The Arabelle at Vail Square, Vail, Colorado — Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts
7. Spa at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort
While Vail is well-known for its winter activities, the mountain town is an adventurer’s paradise in the summer as well. With trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, golf courses, river rafting, fishing, a delicious après scene and plenty of summer concerts and events, there’s never a dull moment. For those looking to relax and recuperate from the outdoors, try the Coconut Crème and Cucumber Skin Soother at Spa at The Arrabelle. Designed to calm, cool and heal the effects of overexposure to sun and wind, this organic treatment will soothe skin back to a glowing state. First, inflamed skin is relieved with an herb-infused aloe vera, rose and cucumber distillate mist. Then a delicious coconut crème with cucumber and rose body mask hydrates and soothes. While the skin cools, calms and begins the repair process, a luxurious scalp massage is performed. The treatment is finished with an application of a healing serum, followed by a regenerating and protective moisturizing antioxidant body oil to soothe and continue the repair process.
Esperanza, An Auberge Resort Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
8. The Spa at Esperanza, an Auberge Resort
Cabo, San Lucas
The Spa at Esperanza features 14 treatment rooms and cabanas, a couples’ relaxation area, plunge pools, outdoor showers, lush private gardens and a private sunbathing area. It is one of the most luxurious options in Cabo. Recognized for its hand-crafted pampering treatments and rejuvenating therapies, the spa is well-known for using enzyme-rich tropical fruit, rich oils, sea greens, desert minerals and other plants indigenous to the Baja Peninsula. Our pick is the Tequila Soothing Body Treatment. This special summer treatment begins with a salt-and-lime body exfoliation prepared by executive chef Gonzalo Cerda using pure salts from nearby Guerrero Negro. The spa journey continues with an aloe vera-and-honey mask, complete with a fresh bouquet of mint leaves, followed by a tequila agave body wrap and a light facial with a yogurt-and-oats-based mask that is removed with cantaloupe and cucumber juice to help improve and enhance skin tone. Guests will conclude their experience with a full-body massage that uses an agave-enriched massage oil before heading to the outdoor relaxation lounge for Esperanza’s signature Paloma cocktail consisting of white tequila, grapefruit and lime juice (heavenly).
Ritz Carlton Orlando — Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Ritz Carlton Hotels
9. The Ritz-Carlton
For an outdoor relaxation experience with tremendous views, try The Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando's signature Eco Garden Hammock Experience, which takes place on a private rooftop garden designed with eco-friendly principles in mind. This journey begins with a warm foot bath and a cup of relaxing tea to calm the body. The therapist then lies beneath the hammock to perform a variety of different techniques while you slowly rock. The hammock moves in a soothing, rhythmic motion based on your body's energy, which transcends you into full tranquility. Eco goggles are worn to replenish your eyes while protecting them from the bright Orlando sun.
Serenity by the Sea — Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Hilton Sandestin
10. Serenity by the Sea
If your skin is dry or dehydrated, head to Serenity by the Sea at Hilton Sandestin for rejuvenation. The Seawater Pearl facial is the spa’s most decadent facial for dry summer skin. After this treatment, skin will be relaxed and soothed, allowing it to benefit from the moisturizing properties of seaweed and seawater pearls. “Serenity’s signature facial features Seawater Pearls, which are used to restore minerals lost during daily exposure to the elements. It’s beneficial after long days on the beach’s private white sands,” says Rhonda Davis, Serenity by the Sea spa director. “The pearls capture your skin’s moisture and bring back its natural cellular vitality.”