Farm to Massage Table
The farm-to-table concept is cropping up in spas around the country, as more and more spas incorporate ingredients grown from their own land into treatments and eco-friendly daily practices into their business – and we gotta say, this is one spa trend we’ve grown to love!
On the menu? Spas are dishing up locally sourced fruits, herbs and honey and serving them in both meals and spa treatments. This trend towards authenticity, noted in the SpaFinder 2011 Spa Trend Report, provides a deeper immersion and appreciation into the spa’s indigenous setting and culture.
Enjoy just a taste below:
Montage Laguna Beach – Laguna Beach, California
Montage Laguna Beach’s new Studio Garden cultivates fresh herbs such as rosemary, used in the 20,000-square-foot Spa Montage treatment, Truly Soleful. This 60-minute ritual (US$225) includes a foot massage for tired tootsies.
Blancaneaux Lodge – Cayo District, Belize
One of three hyper-local Central American spa-lodges from Francis Ford Coppola (yes, of The Godfather trilogy), the Blancaneaux’s Waterfall Spa features a strict menu of locally sourced organic treatments. These include the 30-minute Papaya Body Polish (US$65) and the 60- or 90-minute Essential Oil Massage (US$108; US$140), which utilizes oils extracted from plants. In addition, the lodges are built of local materials by local craftsman, and staff is sourced from local villages.
Masserio Torre Coccaro – Puglia, Italy
Spa treatments celebrate organic herbs and fruits, along with yucca, moss, lime, aloe vera and more, plucked from the Aveda property estates. Come morning, guests handpick olives that are utilized in their evening spa treatments.
The Farmhouse Inn & Spa – Forestville, California
With a name like the Farmhouse, was there even a doubt that farm would somehow be integrated into property amenities? That being said, the Farmhouse, having coined the farm-to-spa terminology, sources ingredients like heirloom cider apples for services like massage and body wraps and organic grape seeds for its skincare therapies, all planted at its ranch and gardens. Sample the three-hour Honey Glow (US$410) exfoliation, honey mask and honey crème massage.
Six Senses Sanctuary – Phuket, Thailand
It doesn’t get more authentic than this – even the landscaping at the Six Senses Sancutary in Phuket is edible. Fruits, veggies and herbs are grown on site, and found in treatments like the Thai Herbal Body Scrub (50 mins; 2,800 baht) and Thai Herbal Body Mask (50 mins; 2,800 baht).