Image: Finca Cortesin
Do you want to build a snowman (at the spa)? Whether we like it or not, the popularity of Frozen doesn’t appear to be cooling off anytime soon (and okay, I’ll admit it—I thought the movie was pretty cute). And since many of us are in the midst of surviving a snowy winter (resembling a scene straight out of Frozen), we’ve decided to pay tribute to Elsa—starting with our list of snow-inspired spa treatments. Said to boost circulation and the immune system, among other health benefits, these unique spa options are not only cool, but they’re Elsa-approved.
Don’t be surprised if you start singing “Let It Go” in the middle of your spa visit. We won’t judge.
1. Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Escape, features a Mandara Spa—home to a large thermal suite at sea that’s on board with exotic features, including a Snow Room. The arctic cabin, varying from 21° F to 32° F, allows guests to experience powdery snow amidst the high seas—a perfect treat following time in the spa’s heat facilities (whirlpools, steam room, dry sauna, etc.).
2. Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace invites spa-goers to cool off from the sultry Las Vegas heat in its snowing Arctic Ice Room.
3. You can also chill out in Vegas’ Canyon Ranch SpaClub® at The Venetian® at The Palazzo®. Its Aquavana® multi-step circuit presents an Igloo, where falling snow glistens against twinkling fiber optics. (As well, Canyon Ranch SpaClub® on the Queen Mary 2 cruise has an Ice Fountain.)
Image: Norwegian Escape
4. The Fire & Ice Manicure & Pedicure found at several Mandara Spas is fit for a snow queen. The nail treatment uses a combo of therapeutic cooling gels and heated stone massage techniques..
5. Winter enthusiasts will love London’s K Spa’s “Snow Paradise” cabin (chilled to -15º C, as well as The Dolder Grand Spa’s and the Talise Ottoman Spa’s Snow Rooms—among the many wellness amenities found at these three spas.
6. The -12º Snow Cave at the Spa at Finca Cortesin is a distinctive offering in Spain.
7. Jumping into the arctic plunge pool at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach‘s hydrotherapy playground may send shivers down your spine, but the icy waters are worth it—they increase heart rate and jump start circulation.
8. We’ve previously reported on the Cryotherapy Cold Sauna, but we couldn’t write this story without including it. The sauna, set at temperatures of -110° C and found at locations like Sparkling Hill’s KurSpa, aims to boost the nervous and circulatory systems, along with alleviating pain, inflammation, and skin irritations and improving joint and muscle function.
9. The Fire and Ice® Facial by iS Clinical, which blends warm cinnamon and cool peppermint elements, is dubbed “The Red Carpet Facial” in Hollywood for its brightening and tightening results.
10. Mauna Lani Bay’s Spa highlights a Fire & Ice Pa’akai Therapy; this body exfoliation and wrap uses red and white pa’akai (salts) infused with warm Pikake essential oils.
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