Virgin Atlantic’s destinations are home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and spas, and it’s around about this time of year that we start to crave a bit of pampering. With spring on its way, it’s the perfect time to slip in a couple of days respite in glamorous surroundings. Virgin Atlantic has hunted down some of the most deliciously tempting spa treatments in and around the places we fly to, so read on and set aside some me-time…....
Carrot Carrot Carrot at the Farmhouse Inn, California Tucked deep in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco, the Farmhouse Inn and Spa is a ‘destination farm stay’ with an organic and sustainable ethos. The farm-to-treatment spa sources as many ingredients as possible at its own ranch and gardens, including heirloom cider apples, forest honey, herbs and organic grape seeds for the ‘Orchard’ range of facial masks and hair treatments. The Carrot Carrot Carrot treatment is a three hour session where the skin and hair is saturated with rich emollients and calmed with a massage, before a brisk exfoliation and a yoghurt peel. A rich carrot mask is then applied while you receive a foot reflexology session and a carrot seed oil massage. A final lavender and orange scalp treatment crowns the occasion. Virgin Atlantic flies daily from London Heathrow to Los Angeles.
Doga at the Epic Hotel, Miami Having been open for just over a year now, the exquisite Exhale Spa in downtown Miami’s Epic Hotel has quickly earned itself a place at the top of the list of the city’s premier spas. Every possible mind, body, fitness, beauty and grooming treatment you can think of is on offer here including yoga for you and your dog. Sitting under the category of ‘Canine Wellness’, your 30-minute Doga session is led by a certified yoga instructor and offered on a one-to-one basis – one human, and one furry friend. The session incorporates meditation, massage and yoga, and can be experienced either in the studio or by the pool. According to Exhale, dog massage and yoga has so many benefits, both physical and psychological, that it is has become an essential part of canine health; similar to grooming and exercise. Virgin Atlantic flies daily from London Heathrow to Miami.
The Golfer’s Tonic at Sandy Lane, Barbados Ideal for golfers and fitness freaks, this is an extremely effective deep massage working on specific areas of tension, using black pepper and rosemary massage oil to help alleviate stress. Next follows the perfect ritual for tired feet. After bathing the feet, an intensive oil and serum are applied along with a warm mineral mud mask, and any remaining aches and pains are obliterated once and for all with a final, fabulous foot and leg massage. And don’t let your lack of sporting prowess stop you – this is also a brilliant treatment to indulge in after a long flight. Virgin Atlantic flies daily from London Gatwick to Barbadosi.
Africology African Potato Manicure at the Mount Nelson, Cape Town If your hands are sore after pulling the corks out of all those bottles of Cape wine, treat yourself to this rather bizarre sounding anti-aging manicure at the Mount Nelson hotel’s Librisa Spa which promises better flexibility and strength for your skin and nails. An intense African Potato Mask, blended with pure African ingredients such as Rooisbos, Aloe and Marula antioxidants is applied to ensure continued skin health and rejuvenated, naturally hydrated hands. And if that doesn’t take you over your carb limit for the day, the Africology potato experience comes in a full body wrap version too, and is especially soothing and effective for sun-damaged skin. Virgin Atlantic flies daily from London Heathrow to Cape Town.
The Hangover Facial at Nickel Men’s Spa, New York The Hangover Facial comprises a relaxing face and neck massage followed by a soothing mask, and finished with moisturiser and a morning-after rescue gel to re-energise you for the day ahead. If you’ve spent most of your time in New York getting acquainted with the bars of Chelsea and the Meatpacking district, you’ll only be a hop and a skip away from Nickel’s West Village location when the morning comes, so there’s no excuse for not looking refreshed and dapper at your lunch meeting. Virgin Atlantic flies five times daily from London Heathrow to New York City.
Chun: Pure Bliss for Children at the I-Spa at the Intercontinental, Hong Kong With one of the most extensive range of leisure facilities of any hotel in Hong Kong, the Intercontinental’s I-Spa offers a number of treatments in its outdoor spa pool cabanas, which in the case of the Chun, Pure Bliss for Children treatment, is a less intimidating environment for our pampered little ones to be introduced to the world of well-being. Performed by sensitive and caring therapists, the experience includes a gentle scalp, legs and feet massage, with lemongrass and orange oil massaged on to the back and arms, and finished with a special fresh fruit drink. The treatment can be a godsend for parents of those whose sleep patterns are less than perfect, as it often sends them straight off to the land of nod. A good pre-bedtime choice. Virgin Atlantic flies daily from London Heathrow to Hong Kong.
The Five Diamond Gemstone Facial at the Aria Las Vegas The Five Diamond Gemstone at the Aria Hotel’s spa is a luxurious anti-aging facial which renews the skin with a special serum rich in micronised diamonds and pure orchid extract. An exotic rose and peony thermal masque is then applied, sealing in all the valuable ingredients and leaving the skin feeling more youthful and brightened. Don’t rush off after your treatment though – there’s a whopping 80,000 square foot of tranquil spa to enjoy here at the Aria, so make the most of the beautiful water gardens, infinity therapy pool, Japanese heated-stone beds and a therapeutic salt-infused room featuring a wall of illuminated salt bricks, said to have a healing effect on the skin. Virgin Atlantic flies five times daily from London Gatwick to Las Vegas.
Soma, Nectar of Gods at the Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur Situated within the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur – one of the world’s most spectacularly located hotels - .the Soma Nectar of Gods is a romantic and indulgent five-hour spa experience for couples. It takes place on the Royal Jiva Spa Boat as it moves across the still waters of Lake Pichola. Featuring a spacious air-conditioned spa suite, sky deck, relaxation lounge, steam bath, soak pool and shower, your candle-lit spa boat experience allows you to lie back and enjoy a traditional Indian aromatherapy massage with the Aravalli mountains as your backdrop. Celebrate your union over a bottle of champagne in the rose petal-sprinkled tub – perfect for honeymooners. Virgin Atlantic flies daily from London Heathrow to Delhi.