This month we’re all about vicarious spa-ing and travel in lockdown.
Can’t get to a spa? Treat yourself to a spa voucher
Let’s be positive for a moment; one day we will get through this. Spas will re-open with measures in place for our continued safety (one blessing, they won’t be crowded). In the spirit of hope, and as a way to support the spa industry, you can book a post-lockdown spa day – something to look forward to, or to gift for a friend or keyworker who really deserves it. As we live in a world of uncertainty, you can purchase a spa voucher to claim at a future date. For example, five bubble luxury spas South Lodge and Pennyhill Park in Surrey are extending their voucher validity to 24 months during Covid-19 crisis.
If you can’t see a voucher link on the directory page, visit your favourite spa’s website where there will be a voucher page. Some spas are offering a ‘waiting list’, since there might be a bit of a rush on when the spa gates open again. We know we will be front of the queue.
Go on a virtual spa retreat
Seaham Hall, the lovely hotel and five bubble luxury Serenity Spa on the wild north east coast, is posting live You Tube sessions with their head chef Damian Broom, hypnotherapy sessions with Silvia Mather, home facials with Ishga and Temple Spa, and guided meditations.
Four Seasons Resorts share at home rituals from Hawaii
Since we’d all love to be at a Four Seasons resort in Hawaii right now, they have very kindly gathered some spa rituals for us to practice at home, in the spirit of aloha, a word that symbolises “love, compassion, sympathy and kindness”.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai has launched Lanai at Home, a series of social media channels to whisk you away to their spa for a few moments each week. Follow on Facebook.
Here’s one home spa recipe from Hualalai Spa Director Cecilia Hercik, who was inspired by the Hualalai apothecary to create the at-home Niu (coconut) Bath Treatment. Hercik recommends lighting a few candles and playing Hawaiian music for a transformational experience.
1 spoonful coconut oil
12 ounces coconut water
12 ounces coconut milk
1 spoonful cocoa butter
1 spoonful cocoa powder
4 ounces sugar (white or brown)
4 ounces sea salt or epsom salt
Scrub: Mix sugar, coconut oil and cocoa powder in a bowl to create a paste. Use this scrub to exfoliate knees and elbows once soaking.
Bath: Fill the tub with warm water and add mineral salt and coconut milk. Soak and relax in the warm bath.
Hydrate: Fill a glass of coconut water with a wedge of lime and keep it near the tub to enjoy while soaking.
Moisturise: After the bath, massage the cocoa butter for smooth and soft skin.