Whether it’s a massage incorporating tequila in Mexico or a volcanic mud mask in Costa Rica, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts across the globe have perfected unique spa treatments inspired by the destinations they call home. Here are six relaxing experiences worth traveling for, selected by our in-the-know Spa Directors.
Offered exclusively at the six-suite Spa at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti in the Tanzanian bush, the newly created Kifalme Ritual is as life-changing as spotting the Big Five in their element. “This treatment is the perfect way to relax following a morning game drive,” says Assistant Spa Manager Sajeesh Pazhayidath. “There is such excitement and adrenaline involved in seeing the Serengeti’s wildlife, but coupled with the early wake up time, it can also be quite tiring.”
During the 90-minute Kifalme Ritual, two therapists use baobab oil—an African superfruit stocked with vitamins A, E and K – to massage your aches away with all four hands at once, working at opposite ends of the body, and finish with a baobab oil facial and foot reflexology. “The baobab oil used in the Kifalme Ritual aids rejuvenation,” Pazhayidath says, “leaving you feeling refreshed and relaxed to enjoy a spectacular African sunset.” The ideal place for a sundowner may just be in your spa suite itself—several of the al fresco pavilions have soaking tubs that overlook the plains.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania
“When we design our spa experiences, we always offer something special that goes beyond the expected,” says Luisa Anderson, Regional Spa Director of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. For proof, look no further than Blessings of Bali, which is far more than your typical treatment (though it does include a traditional Balinese massage). At the seafront Spa surrounded by lush gardens, you’ll start with yoga and breathing exercises to reinvigorate your spirit, take a “sound bath” created by a Balinese gong, and then have an ancient seaside purification ritual with Balinese-Hindu High Priest Aji Ngurah.
“The entire treatment is very ritualistic and meaningful, and specifically tailored for couples. The blessing by our Balinese priest on the edge of the ocean, where the couple is literally bathed with holy water, is a wonderful experience to share together. This treatment supports the higher spiritual principal of intimate relationships, and if we can enhance that journey on any level—whether it’s reducing stress loads or reminding a couple why they first fell in love—then we have succeeded.”
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Set along Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, 240-room Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City has a secret beloved by guests: a rooftop pool ringed by red daybeds and leafy palms, with a Health Club that puts the “treat” in spa treatment. Among the most notable options? The Pre-Hispanic Holistic Massage. “The treatment has several native elements such as pre-Hispanic music with drumming, Guadalajaran tequila and bittersweet chocolate, which produces endorphins and reduces digestive issues, and purifying copal resin,” says Cristina Gutiérrez, the Hotel’s Health Club Manager. “A thermal blanket and lavender lotion also help eliminate toxins.”
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City
“Our Purification Volcanic ritual uses ingredients indigenous to Costa Rica—volcanic mud from the nearby Arenal volcano, seawater from our beaches, and aloe vera—to reduce water retention, flush out toxins and replenish the skin’s minerals in a body mask,” says Viviana Quesada, Senior Spa Director of Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, which just emerged from a USD 35 million renovation.
Set within the lush oceanfront jungles of the 1,400-acre Resort, the 18-room Spa also includes a yoga studio, hot and cold plunge pools and views of the adjacent Pacific Ocean. “We could say that it honours all the elements of our country—water, air, fire and earth. Guests love the results and also the story behind it, as they can experience part of Costa Rica without even leaving the Hotel.”
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Climbing 966-metre-high granite Pinnacle Peak to take in the desert views is a popular activity for guests of Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North (the nearly 3.5-mile hike’s trailhead connects to the Resort’s cacti-laden grounds by way of an adjoining trail), but can lead to post-hike soreness. “The 80-minute Healing Hikers massage rejuvenates you by warming muscle groups in the lower body and applying a locally produced products that contain mountain arnica and sage,” says Lia Rowland, Spa Director of the 12,000-square foot Spa, where 14 treatment rooms await with everything from clay wraps to massages under the starlit night sky. “Inflammation and soreness are reduced, leaving our guests feeling rejuvenated and ready to explore more of the beautiful Sonoran Desert.”
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Inspired by the iconic Sea to Sky highway that guides guests from Vancouver to the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, the 80-minute Sea to Sky Massage is as local as spa treatments get. You’ll be scrubbed with organic British Columbian sea salt and seaweed to make your back feel brand new, then massaged with hot river rocks found in the surrounding mountains. “What makes our Spa so special is that we take all of our inspiration from the British Columbian outdoors, from the moss used in our decor to the products that include locally harvested ingredients and are produced nearby,” says Caitlin Hubbard, Spa Director. “Our guests travel here from all over the globe and we want to show off all we have access to. There’s truly nothing like a great day on the slopes followed by a Sea to Sky massage – it’s absolutely delightful.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler
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