August 2016 – A spa is an oasis amidst life’s disruptions and offers a pure sense of calmness and tranquillity. Some travellers go to them to escape, some to rejuvenate, and others simply to revel in the many marvellous pleasures to be found within. At Raffles Hotels & Resorts, each and every spa is unique and contributes to the legend of its location. Like the storied properties in which they reside, the spas of Raffles are steeped in local culture, designed with authentic style and infused with the signature Raffles’ ambience of calm and charm. With a new series of extravagant spa journeys, all offering a splendid balance between exertion and relaxation, the most adventurous spa devotees might just be tempted to partake on a worldwide sojourn full of inspiration and discovery. These include:
- East meets west in the Indonesian Heritage Experience at Raffles Jakarta. Spa goers will sample traditional Indonesian rituals applied to modern head-to-toe treatments. The journey begins with the feet: a soothing footbath and a Raffles Signature foot massage. The body is softly exfoliated with an anise scrub, used for its health and aromatherapy benefits, and prepared for the ultimate Indonesian Heritage massage. This unique all-over treatment combines Lomi Lomi, Balinese and Javanese massage techniques. Finishing at the top, a relaxing head and scalp massage completes 150 minutes of pure bliss.
- Spice it up at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap with the Traditional Khmer Herbal Wrap. A spicy healing pack is prepared using a combination of roots, herbs and spices, including genuine Khmer Herbs originating from Cambodia. Precious herbs such as galangal, ginger, cinnamon and lemongrass are mixed into heated herbal compresses for the body to relieve stress, boost energy and detoxify the cells. The treatment is completed with a moisturizing cream and a full body massage.
- Unleash one’s inner Cleopatra with the golden secret to beautiful skin at Raffles Dubai. Guests will discover one of the world’s most luxurious spa experiences: The Egyptian Gold Facial. Ultimate decadence begins with 24-carat golden leaf sheets applied to the skin using the latest spa technologies. Perfect for all skin types, the Egyptian Gold Facial consists of six segmented procedures including a thorough cleanse, refined scrub, uplifting face massage, rejuvenating golden facial, calming steam and moisturizing Chitosan mask. The result is a radiant, youthful, glowing complexion, worthy of an Egyptian queen.
- The ever-so cosmopolitan Raffles Istanbul offers guests a truly authentic Turkish experience with the Anatolian Grace Hamam Journey. The experience is a traditional Hamam with essences of lavender or rose, incorporating locally inspired ingredients of organic lavender, infused honey and milk. This authentic cleansing ritual of 120 minutes begins with the gentle heat of the steam and stone to soften and prepare the skin for exfoliation, using a scrub and traditional kese mitt. The face and body are then replenished and restored with a hydrating body mask, leaving the body radiantly refreshed and smooth. This authentic Hamam treatment continues with a relaxing 15 minute tea ceremony and a full body massage using warmed nourishing oils.
- Designed exclusively for guests of Raffles Seychelles, the Pure Pearl Indulgence treatment is unique to this bijou archipelago and is a tribute to the Indian Ocean Pearl Farms located near the resort. This luxury experience includes a 90-minute treatment consisting of a Pure Pearl body exfoliating scrub, followed by an aromatic shower, a full body application of exotic essential oils and finishes up with a Hydrating Kerstin Florian Facial.