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Global Spa Trends in January

SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain, has been relaunched following the completion of a major expansion and renovation of its facilities, which includes a larger spa area.

Posted: January 26, 2012

An 8,000-square-foot luxury day spa has opened at the Archerfield Links championship golf course near Edinburgh, Scotland. Facilities at the spa, which were designed and supplied by Nola 7, include a marine salt steam room, aroma sauna, a rasul mud cure room, an ice fountain, hammam tables and an outdoor marine salt vitality pool. Consultant Sian Parry Jones from In+Addition helped to create the concept for the spa, which focuses on an ethical approach to health and well-being that is "in harmony with nature". Treatments have been supplied by Spiezia, Aromatherapy Associates, Margaret Dabbs and Voya and include facials, body wraps and therapeutic massages. The signature treatment is Brechelbath, a purifying herbal steam bath with mild humid heat and increasing temperatures based on ancient farming traditions of the Alpine region. Massage beds with a lumbar support have been installed to cater for golfers and their "just-off-the-green" tired muscles.


A resort boasting both a spa and indoor water park has opened in Peurunka, central Finland. Kylpylähotelli ja Kuntoutus Peurunka houses a Nautilus-branded spa with 13 treatment rooms, spa pools, a large sauna area and relaxation area. The treatment menu includes hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, a range massages including hot stone and Indian head massage, facials and body wraps. Targeting families, the resort's space-themed indoor water park includes the longest waterslide in Scandinavia (at 130 meters), a range of water-based "fun stations", a 100-meter lazy river, swimming pools and a range of saunas, including Finnish, steam and infrared. The resort has a 200-bedroom hotel and also offers accommodation in luxury holiday cottages. The resort is owned and operated by leisure trust Kuntoutumis-ja liikuntasäätiö Peurunka.


A new Quan-branded spa has opened at the JW Marriott Chandigarh in Punjab, northern India. The spa has six treatment rooms, therapy pools, plunge pools, separate men's and women's relaxation areas, rooftop swimming pool and a health and fitness club. Offering a range of hydrotherapy, ayurvedic treatments and body scrubs, the spa's signature item is the Mer and Sens Ritual—a three step relaxation treatment.