World Spa Awards unveils nominees for 2021 programme

World Spa Awards – the global initiative to recognize and reward excellence in the spa and wellness sector – has unveiled the nominees for its 2021 programme. Nominees cover the entire spectrum of the industry ranging from hotel spas, wellness retreats, spa destinations and detox programmes to aromatherapy brands and wellness apps. The full list of nominees can be viewed here. Voting opens 19 May 2021 and runs until 8 September. During the 16-week voting window, both industry professionals and spa consumers are invited to vote for the brands they consider the very best of the best in the spa and wellness sector. Winners will be unveiled on 20 October at World Spa Gala Ceremony 2021 in Dubai, UAE. Organisations still

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Baths With a View

Bathing rituals may vary around the world: banyas in Russia, onsen baths in Japan, the healing powers of a Scandinavian cold plunge. But no matter where you happen to be, there’s always magic in the sensory combination of soothing water and an inspiring view. From an in-villa seaweed soak prepared by a bath butler to a deep tub surrounded by Italian frescoes and garden views, Four Seasons offers a variety of opportunities to celebrate the healing power of water. Sip Champagne you float in a bath scented with custom salts and essential oils, taking in stunning views that offer the chance for a contemplative moment as you wash your cares away. These tubs will have you dreaming of your next

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Settle In: Extend Your Stay: Relax

Whether settling in to work and learn remotely or disconnecting on a sabbatical, life fills with opportunity when you extend your stay at Four Seasons. A long weekend or week-long vacation provides time to relax and renew. But stays of 30 or more days truly allow guests to make Four Seasons destinations their home away from home. Effortlessly Zoom with the office while your children carry on with supervised school sessions. Then take advantage of unforgettable experiences you’ve always put off, like learning to freedive or mastering the French language. Work and play have never been easier to combine, now that you can extend your stay. Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel Soak in the French culture with a

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Lake Austin’s premier wellness retreat is the place for relaxation

Just 20 miles from downtown Austin lies an all-inclusive waterfront oasis that offers a true sanctuary for rest, renewal, and reinvention. With 40 welcoming rooms, a focus on conscientious cuisine, and a full calendar of fitness and wellness programming, Lake Austin Spa Resort is the escape you’ve been searching for. At their award winning Lakehouse Spa, choose a la carte from over 100 spa treatments and services that highlight local herbs and influences—or pamper yourself with a full- or half-day spa package. How did it strike you on arrival? This all-inclusive destination spa is set on the picturesque hillside of its namesake lake. The building is intentionally made of local stone so it blends into the natural landscape. What’s the

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Wellness Trends For 2021 & Beyond

Global Wellness Summit Releases In-Depth Trends Report, “The Future of Wellness 2021” identifies nine future wellness trends: from Hollywood jumping into wellness to the rise of spiritual architecture/design to adding “more colour to wellness” to a new future for immune health—that stops “boosting” and starts balancing. This long pandemic made health and wellness radically more important to people. At the same time, the many traumas of 2020 accelerated fatigue with an industry too focused on elitist, hyper-trendy, evidence-free wellness solutions. Suffice it to say, the wellness industry emerging in 2021 will look very different from the one we knew in 2019. The trends report reflects how wellness is poised to take a bigger seat at the health care table. It

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Visiting Bali For a Spa

9 of the Best Spas in Bali Indonesia has long been luring us to its tropical island for wellness—hosting us at hillside yoga retreats, overhauling our health through raw food consumption, and relaxing us amidst nature in its fullest glory. It’s not all sun salutations or blessings and chantings à la Eat, Pray, Love though—this is an island where adventure, fitness and forward-thinking beauty treatments await too. Of course, there are dirt-cheap road-side salons which might offer a great-value massage or mani-pedi, but they vary hugely in quality. So, these are our favorite addresses when it comes to quality therapists, charming environments, and remarkable results. Nature is a tonic in itself—all the better that many of Bali’s spas let organic

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Rediscover “Me Time” at Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur’s Spa

This year’s superheroes have undoubtedly been women, taking on one challenge after another with grace, determination and seemingly-endless energy. Now it’s time for some well-deserved pampering and self-care. Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur presents Ultimate Me, a special package designed to allow someone else to do the heavy lifting for a change. Begin the wellbeing journey in the calming environs of The Spa with a 60-minute full body massage, topped with a 15-minute foot or shoulder massage. As experienced therapists target muscle tension and activate vital energy points, feel stress and fatigue melt away. Let bespoke essential oils do their magic, nourishing the skin and balancing the senses. Emerge feeling wonderfully refreshed from head to toe. Continue the rejuvenation with a visit to the private

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