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Sauna Reinvented

A hot topic at the Summit was not only how the world needs to learn from European bathing/ sauna culture, but how the Europeans themselves are now busy reimagining the sauna experience. For instance, a Summit showcase, “Sauna Aufguss: Hot Doesn’t Get Any Cooler Than This” (led by Lasse Eriksen, Development Manager, Nordic Hotels & []

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2017 Top 8 Global Spa and Wellness Trends

INSIDE THE 2017 REPORT When 500+ wellness experts from 46+ nations gather to debate the future of wellness, you have one uniquely authoritative and global view of the trends set to unfold. And that’s what happened at the recent tenth-anniversary Global Wellness Summit in Kitzbühel, Austria, which (with its specifically future-focused theme for 2016, “Back []


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2016 Spa Trends Report: The Benefits of Temazcal

Many return home from luxury spa treatments describing themselves as revitalized or reinvigorated, but for those who experience the ancient Mexican practice of Temazcal another word often comes to mind: reborn. Dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures, Temazcal roughly translates to “house of steam,” yet these simple adobe huts are far more than just []

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Spa Spotlight: Peninsula Bangkok

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!


29 Best Spas for Hipsters in 5 Cities

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.

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Reiki at a Spa. Real Energy Medicine or Bunk?

Reiki. I have always found it mysterious. What is it exactly? Every explanation I have heard seems to be different. I have tried it a few times, however when faced with a choice between a wonderfully relaxing deep-tissue massage or a Reiki session, I have always opted for the massage. In Reiki there isn’t a []