We say spa-ing is one of the best ways to beat the summer heat. And while these spas definitely sizzle in the they’re-completely-fabulous sense, they offer refreshing treatments that will truly cool you down. -110° C sauna, anyone?
Chill out at one of these hot spas.
Just the sound of Amerispa at Fairmont Tremblant, Québec’s Elixir Ice Cider Exfoliation gives us goosebumps. This treatment cools you down with an exfoliation and body wrap using Quebec’s famous ice cider filled with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Contact spa for pricing details
Um, a sauna set at temps like -110° C? Talk about frigid. Once you get over those cold, hard facts though, you’ll realize the many benefits the cryotherapy chamber at Sparkling Hill Resort and Wellness Centre & Champneys Tring provides, from alleviating pain to improving muscle function—it’s no wonder Olympic athletes use it.
How’s this to beat the heat? Villagio Inn & Spa guests visiting the property during the summer months enjoy poolside chair massages performed by spa therapists! Available Fridays and Saturdays from May through September; noon to 5 p.m.
Miraval Resort & Spa’s Hydraquench, a Clarins Miraval Creation (75 mins; $215), is a must to quench dehydrated summer skin, thanks to an antioxidant-rich bamboo scrub, gel infused with aloe, mint, and avocado extracts, soothing aloe wrap, and more.
For all us girls who think we’re goddesses, the Ice Goddess Facial (50 mins; $175) at select Mandara Spa locations, like the Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, is a must. It’s super-cooling and hydrating, plus, uses innovative “age-less” technology to fight signs of aging.
You get the best of both worlds with Ice Spa at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel’s Fire & Ice package (3.5 hrs; $285), which begins with a warm stone massage and concludes with a cooling Fire & Ice Mani/Pedi. (Come on, you know we had to include a service from a place that’s called Ice Spa!)
We think Spa Claremont Hotel Club & Spa’s Ocean Breeze Pedicure (50 mins/80 mins; $85/$120) sounds very refreshing, indeed. Elements include ocean-scented sea salt and a Mediterranean olive oil and Vitamin E scrub.
The Cool Down special at The Spa at Estancia La Jolla includes a customized massage (50 mins), aloe facial (50 mins), and eucalyptus scalp treatment (25 mins); $320, includes gratuity; available Monday through Thursday
Spa at Bacara‘s Bacara Sea Breeze Massage, designed for solo spa-goers or couples, makes chilling out easy-breezy. The treatment incorporates Swedish or deep-tissue techniques and takes place on the spa’s open-air rooftop terrace, surrounded by ocean views. (50/80 mins; contact spa for pricing details)
And just had to throw this in—although the boutique-style Sense Beach House in South Beach is devoid of a spa, its Sun Survival Lounge, housed on the hotel’s rooftop oasis pool, allows for some serious time in the shade (and comes complete with snacks, coconut water and melon juice, and cooling after-sun lotions!).