IN TODAY’S ever-evolving wellness scene, it’s simply not enough to be mainstream; spas must constantly be one step ahead to cater for discerning millennials who demand treatments that give them an experience like no other.
Call off the search, as Health and Fitness Travel – the leading experts in tailor-made wellness holidays worldwide – has trawled the globe to discover the most unusual spa therapies on offer.
From colour vibration therapy in Malaysia to pepper lipolysis in Greece, these unconventional therapies will raise the eyebrows of even the quirkiest spa aficionado …
Try Moxibustion Chinese Therapy in
: Lefay Spa
Indulge in the East-meets-West wellness philosophy of this luxury spa retreat overlooking Lake Garda, where you can encounter Moxibustion – a Chinese therapeutic technique meaning ‘burning herb’.
This therapy involves the burning of mugwort – a small, spongey medicinal herb – on various acupuncture points and energy pathways around the body.
This treatment strengthens the blood, stimulates energy levels and boosts the results of other therapies. Once you’ve had your pyromania fix, unwind in Lefay’s salt water lake.
Five nights from €2,495 per person.
Try Red & Black Pepper Lipolysis in Greece: Porto Elounda Detox
Offering stunning views across Mirabello Bay in the north-eastern corner of Crete, Porto Elounda is home to the award-winning Six Senses Spa, where you can experience a detoxifying treatment like no other.
Using the medicinal properties of red and black pepper to stimulate the breakdown of fatty tissue, this dinner table staple delivers a deeply moisturising and refreshing treatment.
A combination of warm and cool techniques is used to tone the skin, followed by a firming massage to increase blood and lymph circulation, which stimulates detoxification, to further enhance the treatment’s slimming properties.
Finish off with a spirulina wrap and a dip in the thalassotherapy pool to feel thoroughly cleansed, toned and well-seasoned.
Seven nights from €1,740 per person.
Try Himalayan Heart Stone Massage in Vietnam: Fusion Maia
Discover a tropical spa paradise on Vietnam’s east coast, where you’ll experience a true sense of tranquillity with Fusion Maia and its range of healing therapies.
For a massage with a heartfelt difference, try the Himalayan Heart Stone Massage – a gentle, alkalising therapy using warm heart-shaped salt stones and pomelo oil to promote inner peace.
The warmth from the stones will ease tense muscles and soothe aches and pains, while the stones’ positive ions are believed to rid your body of harmful vibrations and clear the air around you.
Combine spa treatments with yoga and meditation for a complete mind, body and soul experience at this tropical hideaway.
Seven nights from €2,595 per person.
Try Green Coffee Sculpting in Oman: Zighy Bay Sense of De-stress
Discover a whole new world on the Arabian Peninsula of Oman, in a secluded bay surrounded by mountains where the world-class Six Senses Spa awaits with a plethora of top-notch spa offerings.
Wake up and smell the green coffee with an energising body treatment focusing on the thighs, waist, tummy and derriere, aimed at breaking down fat cells, stimulating circulation and boosting metabolism.
The treatment begins with dry skin brushing, before being massaged with the thermogenic, salon-strength chilli and coffee oil for a caffeine hit to rival your morning java.
Put your new-found energy to use as you take part in a variety of outdoor activities available nearby, including mountain biking, diving and paragliding.
Seven nights at Zighy Bay from €2,975 per person.
Try Colour Therapy in Malaysia: The Banjaran Rejuvenation
Set amongst tropical jungle and limestone hills, the Banjaran is an acclaimed 5-star hideaway, famed for its extensive wellness offerings.
Here you can experience Chromotherapy – a technique using colours to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that encourage greater health and harmony.
By cultivating the frequencies of individual colours to balance and re-shape the energy in our bodies, a greater level of physical and spiritual healing can be achieved.
A blue light can promote relaxation and calm whilst aiding the recurrence of headaches and nervous tension, whilst pink eliminates impurities in the blood.
Once you’ve discovered your favourite colour, head for the green, with luscious jungle, Japanese gardens and a world-class golf course all nearby.
Seven nights from €4,500 per person.
Try Chavutti Thirumal Massage in St Lucia: BodyHoliday De-Stress
Find your bliss at this leading St Lucian wellness retreat designed to maximise well-being and improve health.
Whilst having someone walk all over you may not seem like therapy, this ancient Indian massage technique releases muscular tension, stretches the body and improves circulation and energy flow, and is perfect for those who enjoy deep tissue massage.
Also known as Indian rope massage, the therapist holds onto a rope above their head for balance and to adjust pressure, while using their feet to deliver a stronger, deeper massage.
Take a step in the right direction to finding calm, with a range of holistic therapies and activities, including Reiki, craniosacral therapy and sunset meditation.
Seven nights from €3,775 per person.
Try Anja Light Therapy in Thailand: Phuket Cleanse
For a life-changing wellness holiday, look no further than Phuket Cleanse on the tropical island of Phuket, where you’ll find a range of therapies to detox the body and relax the mind.
Anja Light Therapy uses dynamic neural stimulating brainwave technology to induce deep meditative states; a state usually only obtained by meditative experts such as Buddhist monks and shamans.
As you explore the depths of your perception, develop clarity and direction, reduce stress and anxiety, and cultivate a more profound connection with a broader reality.
You might even be lucky enough to experience out-of-body and astral projections.
Once you’ve come back to earth, hit the ground running with a series of fitness activities, including kickboxing, beach boot camps and TRX training.
Seven nights at Phuket Cleanse from €2,540 per person.