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September International Trends: Australia, Bali, Portugal and More

Posted: September 10, 2010
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A second Jari Menari massage center has opened in the Nusa Dua area of Bali, Indonesia. The original Jari Menari massage and training centre in Bali opened in 2001 in the heart of Seminyak. Translated as 'dancing fingers,' Jari Menari massage offers strong, firm and consistent pressure to those wanting to learn massage, based on a nine-step, oil free sequence. The new Nusa Dua property is open seven days a week and is staffed by all-male practitioners. Each treatment room is open in design, to allow as much fresh air and natural light into the space as possible. As well as the signature dancing fingers massage, a range of other treatments are available including a four-hands therapy, massage sessions for children, a cool stone massage using aloe gel and a flower bath in an outdoor area, which is recommended for post-treatment relaxation. (From www.leisureopportunities.com)

A new luxury hotel and spa called The Oitavos debuted on schedule on September 1 in Portugal. The property is set within the Quinta da Marinha Original estate and is surrounded by sand dunes and pine trees. Drawing inspiration from the ocean in both its design and menu, The Oitavos spa has a contemporary design that features sleek lines and panoramic windows intended to focus attention outwards to its dramatic natural surroundings. Facilities include 10 treatment rooms, an indoor and outdoor seawater pool, plus a sauna, steam room and whirlpool. There will also be a spa garden area for guests to be able to practice yoga in a private cabana. The ocean theme will carry through to the treatments, which will include sea salt exfoliations and scrubs, a seaweed and algae wrap and a range of anti-aging therapies. The spa will exclusively use organic spa brand, Voya. (From www.leisureopportunities.com)

In response to guests’ increasing interest in a genuine, unique travel experience, Hotel Caesar Augustus on Capri is now offering a new signature massage at the cliff-side outdoor massage area, overlooking Ischia and Mount Vesuvius. The “Essence of Capri” treatment features Maggiorana, an herb commonly used in Italian cuisine, which grows in the wild on the cliffs around the hotel. Essential oils, known as “Origanum majorana sommità fiorite” are drawn from the leaves of the Maggiorana and then combined with additional special oils for the massage.

The Bali Hai Resort and Spa near Cable Beach in Broome, Australia has unveiled a new menu and Balinese-inspired spa range. The menu includes a range of new treatments including a bamboo fusion massage and foot ritual. The new spa range blends lime and coconut and includes a hair cream and a massage oil.(From www.leisureopportunities.com)

In celebration of Thanksgiving, guests visiting Marquis Los Cabos in Los Cabos, Mexico, during the month of November will be treated to a lavish complimentary Cranberry-Infused Chocolate Body Wrap when they book a 4-night stay at the 237-suite beachfront resort. The 60-minute Thanksgiving-inspired spa treatment consists of a body exfoliation with essential oils such as masala synergy, cinnamon, clove, ginger and brown sugar; a cranberry-infused chocolate wrap, and a relaxing massage with chocolate body lotion. A post-treatment snack of chocolate-covered strawberries and cranberry juice is also included. The main ingredients used in the treatment are filled with vitamin A, C and E, antioxidants all known to purify the body and increase well-being.