International Trends: Isle of Capri, Cape Town, Thailand and More

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Hotel Punta Tragara on the Isle of Capri launches UNICA Beauty and Spa. Hotel Punta Tragara is a boutique cliffside villa overlooking the famed Faraglioni sea stacks and the breezy Marina Piccola bay. Incorporating these surrounding elements, UNICA Beauty and Spa taps into the ancient healing powers of sea salt and algae to create an enchanting menu of massage and beauty rituals. UNICA Beauty and Spa is the result of a €700,000 renovation that saw the complete redesign and reconceptualization of Punta Tragara’s existing spa. The spa was designed by Italian architect Livio Talamona, whose previous work includes the restoration of the famous Monumental Church in Capri as well as several private villas in Capri and Naples. UNICA Beauty and Spa flows serenely from indoors to out, with 250 square meters of crisply painted plaster, locally-inspired mosaics, gentle illumination and four treatment rooms, each with a stunning view of the water’s-edge beauty below.

Leading hotelier Barceló Hotels and Resorts announces the international debut of U Spa, a spa concept providing specialized treatments based on each client's specific needs. Offering advanced spa systems and modern amenities, U Spa allows guests to relax and rejuvenate in their own comfort and style. Separate treatment cabins offer privacy and solitude in each of the expansive, 5,000-square-foot spas. Treatment rooms are personalized based on the resort's unique surroundings, from picturesque mountain vistas to urban, city settings to exotic beach destinations. Clients can further customize their experience by choosing their own ambiance through various types of music and aromatherapy. U Spas are found at the hotel's locations in: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Los Cabos, Mexico; Riviera Maya, Mexico; Mallorca, Spain; Menorca, Spain; Canary Islands, Spain; Granada, Spain; Cadiz, Spain; Huelva, Spain; Almeria, Spain; Madrid, Spain; Huesca, Spain; Sunny Beach, Bulgaria; Istanbul, Turkey; Saidia, Morocco; Marina Smir, Morocco; and La Marsa-Gammarth, Tunisia.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts will open a new luxury spa at its Wyndham Grand hotel at Chelsea Harbour in London this September. The Blue Harbour Spa at the Wyndham Grand will have six treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room and a 17 m swimming pool, complete with swan neck waterfalls and swim jets. The spa menu has been created with Eastern and Western influences in mind, and will incorporate holistic therapies including reflexology and ayurvedic massage alongside everything from volcanic stone massages to salt scrubs to seaweed wraps. (From

The Spa at Bushmans Kloof, situated at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains near Cape Town, South Africa, has undergone a complete refurbishment. The extended facility has nearly doubled in size and now includes an additional two single treatment rooms as well as two double treatment rooms, a crystal steam room with rain showers and a tranquility lounge. (From

Bowood Hotel and Spa near Caine in Wiltshire, UK, has unveiled its new Tower Spa suite. Located at the top of a single tower, the suite boasts the highest vantage point of the hotel with large oval windows on both sides framing views across Capability Brown's 2,000 acre Grade I listed Great Park at Bowood. (From

The Thailand-based health resort Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand, is to extend its treatment menu with 34 new options. The additions to its extensive new health and wellness menu have been created in line with the health retreat's philosophy of providing beauty, health and longevity solutions through innovative and effective programs. New treatments for this year include a consultation with Chiva-Som's integrative and anti-aging medicine doctor, who will examine the causative factors in a person's history to look beyond diagnoses and symptoms. There is also a new biofeedback stress management service that monitors heart rate variability, while each guest can also be taught individual stress management techniques. Mi-en acupressure - a facial accupressure treatment - will also be offered, which stimulates nerves and muscles to aid relaxation. (From

Relaxation and renewal are never hard to come by on the island of Aruba. Aruba’s spas offer an abundance of treatments and, in addition to the everyday services available at spas throughout the island, several of Aruba’s resorts offer packages to create the perfect spa vacation for all types of travelers. Radisson Aruba Resort’s Spa Indulgence Package includes accommodations for two for seven-nights, a welcome martini and five spa treatments per person. The Larimar Spa features more than 40 services including four signature treatments incorporating aloe, black beach stones, Palmera rum and Seroe quartz crystals – all of which are indigenous to Aruba. Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino’s Amour Package is a romantic package, which includes a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival, a 50-minute couples massage at the resort’s Stillwater Spa, daily breakfast for two, and Dinner for two at Footprints Restaurant on the beach. The All-Inclusive Package at the Renaissance Aruba features a 15% discount at the resort’s Okeanos Spa, known for its aloe-centric treatments which utilize one of Aruba’s most prevalent natural resources. The package, which starts at $367 per night based on double occupancy, also includes unlimited beverages, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at Renaissance operated outlets, as well as a casino match play coupon of $10 per adult, per stay.

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