More people are discovering that saunas have proven health benefits and a special magic. Find out why heating it up could improve your stress levels–and your social life.
Water is the source of life, and it turns out, the healing and restorative powers it possesses are also what birthed the concept of “spa”.
“Hot” is the spa world’s age-old weapon to make people relax, sweat, detoxify and draw blood to the surface. But now spas are bravely stepping out into the cold.
On the west bank of the Chao Phraya, the major Thai river running through Bangkok and emptying into the Gulf of Thailand, lies the famed Peninsula Bangkok. This distinctive hotel and three-story ESPA location cinched the title of Best in Asia and Best in Thailand during our 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. Take a sneak peek inside to find out why!
When we saw Travel + Leisure’s list of America’s Best Cities for Hipsters, we couldn’t help but think of the spas in these cities. So we took its top three, plus New York City and Los Angeles, two spa metropolises, and uncovered the best spas for hipsters.
Ganbanyoku beds are heated black mineral slabs installed into the floor. The stones, made of tenshoh seki, or black silica, and black silica lava rock, are heated to just over 100˚ F and emit far infrared rays as guests lay atop a towel or wrapped in a robe on the bed.
Spa-ing at luxurious hotels has always been an option, but what about spa-ing in your hotel room?
Amidst the sizzle of Miami’s trendy scene, the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, has become its own hot spot. Celebrated as the city’s only five-star spa, it flawlessly melds a tranquil, luxury escape with its own chic setting against the sophisticated Miami backdrop.