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Posted: November 1, 2010
The Finisterra Spa, Portugal

The Finisterra Spa, Martinhall Beach Resort and Hotel, Portugal

Clinging to the rock face of a stunning sea cliff, the Edge Spa defies conventions and, ... gravity. Designed to fuse with its surrounding the spa skims above the blue sea. With liquid floor, wall-less rooms and sensuous curves-- its lightness of being seduces and liberates the senses. Designed by A.W. Lake Spa Concepts, PTE, Singapore, The Edge Spa, located at the edge villas in Pecatu, near Uluwatu, the pinnacle of Bali, offers quintessentially Balinese spa experiences inspired by the four basic elements of a simple Balinese temple offering (canang): sacred flowers, blessed water, life-giving rice, and sincere devotion. Each treatment begins with a meditative cleansing ritual and a purifying body wash, followed by The Edge’ signature rituals: Oceanic, Sacred Flowers, Dewi Sri and Divine Fire Rituals. The Edge Spa features wet and dry treatment areas, private steam coves and unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean. It also offers a selection of in-villa baths and treatments. 0361 847 0700

The first Holmes Place Spa has opened in Europe within the Zürich Holmes Place Club. Designed by Heinz Schletterer of Schletterer Wellness & Spa Design, facility's interiors feature accents of cool stonework and natural wood. A wide range of treatments from exclusive spa partner Elemis are offered while facilities also include a sauna, steambaths, a whirlpool and relaxation areas. There is also an ice fountain, experience showers, a silent relaxation room with four water beds, a drinks lounge, a VIP spa suite, a herbal bath and a scented mist walk. (From www.leisureopportunities.com)

A new spa is to open in November 2010 on Barbados' West Coast to coincide with the reopening of the Tamarind hotel. Created by Elegant Hotels, the spa will feature two treatment rooms, a spa pool and a team of therapists who will use local ingredients such as Bajan sea salt and Barbadian Moscovado brown sugar to create a bespoke wellness experience for each guest. (From www.leisureopportunities.com)

Claridges Spa at The Claridges, Surajkund, India recently opened. The spa was initially slated to open in May 2009, but the opening was pushed back due to the economic downturn. Spatality has been involved with the project since the beginning, providing design consultation, pre-opening and technical services, and marketing plan assistance. The firm is now providing ongoing management services for the spa. Designed by Bangkok, Thailand-based interior designers PIA, the 15,500 square-foot spa spans two floors within the 150-bedroom Claridges hotel and houses 10 treatment rooms, a luxury spa suite, beauty stations, wet facilities and a fitness area. Signature spaces include a 'baoli' entrance, nails hall and dedicated steam and sauna facilities with ice fountains. The spa menu, also developed in conjunction with Spatality, provides a selection of more than 30 treatments including Ayurvedic experiences and bespoke body rituals. (From www.leisureopportunities.com)

The Mandara Spa Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas is now offering guests the opportunity to pamper their BFF (Body, Face and Feet) with it’s new BFF package. This 30,000 square-foot flagship spa, which reflects a contemporary, Balinese design, offers guests a broad spectrum of wellness options from signature therapies steeped in Balinese tradition, to customized couples treatments in private spa villas. The BFF package includes: 25 minute back massage (Body); 25 minute refresher facial (Face); and 25 minute foot massage (Feet).