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August 18, 2009updated Feb 08, 2013

Signature Spa Treatments From Orient-Express

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Orient-Express Hotels are widely known for being designed to offer travelers unique and authentic destination experiences and – in keeping with this commitment to regional lands, cultures, and histories – the hotels feature world-class spas with strong ties to their homelands. From the Nuat Pen Boran of Thailand’s Napasai Spa to the Temazcal ritual of Mexico’s Kinan Spa, each Orient-Express hotel spa has a signature offering, something that will stick with guests long after they have returned home.

The Beach Spa at Jimbaran Puri Bali Bali, Indonesia www.jimbaranpuribali.com

Reflecting the strong Indian influence on Indonesian culture, The Beach Spa offers several Ayurvedic treatments. The signature massage, known as Abyhanga, is a rhythmic herbal oil massage intended to release impurities and toxins from the body. Circulation is stimulated whilst ensuring a deep calming experience for the body, mind and spirit. A deeper sense of relaxation comes from the Shirodhara therapy, during which a thin and constant stream of oil is poured on to the center of the forehead said to be the third eye, acting as a gateway to total rejuvenation of the entire body. Both treatments last for 60 minutes. Treatment price: $67. Hotel accommodations from $200 per room per night.

Ayung Spa at Ubud Hanging Gardens Bali, Indonesia www.ubudhanginggardens.com

Perched along the steep rice terraces of Ubud lays the Ubud Hanging Gardens hotel, where the spa takes its name from the winding Ayung River below. Here, indulge in the 60-minute Coconut & Rice Scrub. Since ancient times, the coconut has been by Balinese women to heal and beautify skin complexion, so this traditional recipe is made out of grated coconut and coconut milk to smooth the skin and rice powder to gently exfoliate. Indulge with this ultimate exfoliation ritual that removes dead skin cells, followed by an energizing herbal bath. Treatment price: $81. Hotel accommodations from $337 per room per night.

The Spa at La Résidence Phou Vao Luang Prabang, Laos www.residencephouvao.com

At Luang Prabang’s first luxury spa, pavilions are decorated in an inviting mix of ethnic craftsmanship and modern comfort. In the elegant setting, enjoy the Sip Sen traditional Lao massage, originally cultivated in monasteries of Laos and handed down through generations of Buddhist monks. The philosophy of this massage is based on freeing life force which runs throughout energy lines called “sen” to achieve total wellness. This very respectful way of applying pressure with thumbs and palms was once exclusively applied to Royal families to help the body to relax, detoxify, balance, heal and energize, giving a new sense of wholesome well-being. Treatment price: $35 for 60 minutes / $50 for 90 minutes. Hotel accommodations from $232 per room per night.

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La Résidence Phou Vao Napasai Spa Koh Samui, Thailand www.napasai.com

Royal Thai massage, or Nuat Pen Boran, has been practiced as part of Thai medicine to heal Royal family members of the Kingdom of Siam for over 2,500 years. The massage is given very slowly to facilitate the tendency toward mindfulness, so that any resistance or discomfort resulting from a particular position can be detected thus minimizing the risk of injury. During the massage, the therapist uses hands, thumbs and fingers to apply pressure on sen energy points. The therapist will also gently pull, twist and manipulate the body in a way that is compared to “passive yoga.” All these movements aim to create a smooth energy flow within the body, which is believed to help loosen joints, stretch muscles and tone internal organs. The after-effect is a deep relaxation. Treatment price: $47 for 60 minutes / $57 for 90 minutes. Hotel accommodations from $263* per room per night.

Linden Spa at The Inn at Perry Cabin St. Michaels, Maryland www.perrycabin.com

Named after the large trees that line the brick driveway leading to the hotel, the blooms of which are used in many of the spa’s signature treatments, Linden Spa focuses on the botanical art of wellness. The long-standing tradition of the apothecary, which was always strong in the Baltimore area in times past, harnesses the healing powers of local plants and herbs. During the signature 110-minute Linden Ritual, Linden flowers, black birch, sage, blackberry leaves, eucalyptus and rosemary are infused into an herbal mixture and wrapped around the body to help detoxify the skin. A local salt and linden flower honey scrub is then used to lift toxins out of the body. An herbal bath and four-handed massage of renewal complete the treatment. Treatment price: $420 for two therapists / $325 for one therapist. Hotel accommodations from $265 per room per night.

The Spa at Keswick Hall Charlottesville, Virginia www.keswick.com

Located in the heart of Virginia wine country, among the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Spa at Keswick Hall offers an indulgence of the vine. The Keswick Reserve is a vineyard-inspired spa regimen developed to take advantage of the health benefits of the red wine grape. Using elements from the grape’s vine to the seed, the entire body is infused with anti-oxidants and anti-aging polyphenols which also help protect against further damage from the atmosphere’s free radicals. The Keswick Reserve service includes a red wine greeting, 60-minute grape seed oil massage, Shiraz body scrub, red wine body mask, Pinot Noir facial with mask and a Shiraz face & body smoother. Treatment price: $460 per person. Hotel accommodations from $395 per room per night.

The Spa at Charleston Place Charleston, South Carolina www.charlestonplace.com

Known for its luxurious ambiance, distinctive signature treatments, and unsurpassed service, The Spa at Charleston Place is consistently recognized as a top American spa. To experience the warm hospitality of the South, partake in the Magnolia Moments treatment, which utilizes the characteristically Southern flower for The Spa’s signature treatment. During this 80-minute body treatment, the skin is buffed before being coated in a delicious magnolia and moor mud formula. The mixture nourishes and balances as it warms and the rare magnolia blossom soothes even the most stressed-out souls. Treatment price: $185. Hotel accommodations from $235 per room per night.

Kinan Spa at Maroma Resort & Spa Riviera Maya, Mexico www.maromahotel.com

As guests venture out to the pristine white beaches of Maroma, a small brick-colored pyramidal structure on the south end becomes visible. This is a source of spiritual and physical healing and rebirth for many – it is Temazcal. The Maya Temazcal is similar to a North American Indian sweat lodge in which a source of heat (in this case super heated lava rocks) is doused with herb-infused water to create aromatic and healing steam, which removes toxins from the body and balances the energy flow of the people within. A 90-minute ceremony provides a womb-like sanctuary where guests in the darkness can let go of stress and face their fears. Offered at dusk by the Temazcalera, Nancy, this ritualistic treatment weaves together ancient traditions, chants and meditation – guests often report seeing visions, which are later interpreted. The body is also nourished during the treatment using fruit essence and enriched mineral mud. After the mud dries and the sunsets, guests are taken to the sea for a cooling plunge that symbolizes a re-birth and leaves an overall feeling of cleanliness, calm and inner peace. Treatment price: $120. Hotel accommodations from $765 per room per night.

Laja Spa at Casa de Sierra Nevada San Miguel de Allende, Mexico www.casadesierranevada.com

Paying tribute to the magnificent Laja River that flows through the mountains in the north and fills the San Miguel Lake, Casa de Sierra Nevada’s Laja Spa allows guests a place to find tranquility and peace. To unwind, book the Exclusive Laja Spa Massage, a 60-minute massage developed especially for clients to help liberate the accumulated stress encountered in day-to-day life. The massage works the whole muscular system from head to toe, zoning in on the back while balancing the nervous system and providing relaxation, rest and tranquility of the mind and spirit. This massage is ideas for people who suffer from stress, insomnia, anxieties and nervousness. Treatment price: $63*. Hotel accommodations from $253* per room per night.

www.orient-express.com

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