New Year, new you? January detox?
If your Christmas was anything like ours, you’re going to need more than a cup of green tea and a back rub to get over it. As the kids go back to school and the Sunday night work dread returns, we thought we would give you some soothing food for thought.
A spa day is one of life’s little luxuries; add to this a panoramic ocean view and daily visits to foreign shores, and we think it sounds like a slice of heaven. Because if you absolutely have to detox you might as well do it in style, right?
The Mandara Spa on Norwegian Escape – Norwegian Cruise Line
When the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Escape launches in October 2015 it will house the largest thermal suite at sea, and while the Mandara Spa is already a favourite feature throughout the NCL fleet, its latest incarnation promises to be the most impressive yet. Features include 17 heated loungers, hydrotherapy pool, whirlpools, steam room, dry sauna, Sanarium, salt room, and 24 treatment rooms (in which to enjoy at least one of 50 tempting treatments on an extensive list). A full-service beauty salon and separate Barber Shop will have both guys and girls polished and ready to impress on formal night.
Without doubt, it is Norwegian Escape’s new ‘Snow Room’ that looks set to be the coolest attraction at sea (literally). Taking chilling in the spa to a whole new level, the icy retreat will be set to a cool 21-32 degrees Fahrenheit, with snow blizzards filling the room throughout the day. Designed to boost blood circulation and the immune system, the facility has only recently begun to appear in the world’s most exclusive spas and will be the first of its kind on the seas.
Canyon Ranch SpaClub on Queen Mary 2 – Cunard
The two-deck, 20,000sq ft. spa on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 allows guests to enjoy the world-class spa services of Canyon Ranch SpaClub from all four corners of the world. Over 60 treatments are on offer in 24 treatment rooms, with Reiki, Reflexology and Chiropractic treatments appearing on a list beside facials, body wraps and acupuncture. The Aqua Therapy Centre sits at the heart of Queen Mary’s spa, housing an Aqua Therapy pool, aromatic steam room, Finnish sauna, herbal sauna, ice fountain, Reflexology basin and sensory showers.
Those looking to extend their good intentions and virtuousness to the dining room should head to Queen Mary’s Britannia Restaurant, where guests can enjoy Canyon Ranch Spa Selections; award-winning cuisine crafted using the healthiest of organic and sustainable ingredients.
Canyon Ranch SpaClub on Celebrity Solstice – Celebrity Cruises
Like Cunard, Celebrity Cruises’ spa is run by Canyon Ranch SpaClub; a world-class destination spa, 13 time winner of Travel + Leisure magazine’s Best Spa Award and the only 11-time winner of the Condé Nast Traveler Best Destination Spa Award.
Canyon Ranch SpaClub’s offering on board Celebrity Solstice is a Persian Garden retreat, complete with heated loungers (sea view as standard), a combination of traditional and Asian-inspired therapies, extensive treatment list and some of the most luxurious spa surroundings at sea.
AquaClass Staterooms take the Celebrity Cruises spa experience to another level. Here, guests are located in close proximity to the spa, supplied with plush bathrobes, slippers and luxury toiletries, soothed by an aromatherapy diffuser and offered a specially selected healthy choices room service menu. Not just limited to healthy eating in their stateroom, AquaClass guests are exclusively invited to dine at the Blu Restaurant, where ‘clean cuisine’ delivers favourite dishes with a health-conscious twist.
The Oasis Spa on Britannia – P&O Cruises
When P&O Cruises newest ship Britannia launches in March 2015, it brings with it one of the most opulent and sophisticated spas at sea. The light and airy colour schemes often adopted in cruise ship spas makes way for a more sumptuous palette of black, copper and gold. It isn’t just about looks though; Britannia’s Hydrotherapy Suite will house heated loungers, steam grottos, saunas, tropical showers, waterbeds, a saline caldarium and a hydrotherapy pool with reflexology, massage jets and air recliners.
The Blow Out bar will provide nothing but glamorous blow dries, while a lash and brow bar will ensure eyes smoulder on formal night. Tired feet can wander to the dedicated Foot Therapy bar for a pampering.
In addition to P&O Cruises’ signature The Retreat, Britannia also introduces the Oasis Private Villa; a VIP hideaway for couple or friends pamper parties, complete with plush loungers; private whirlpool; personalised treatments and copious amounts of champagne and strawberries. The Oasis Spa Shop is another first for the cruise line and will pamper the hair, body and soul with Elemis, La Therapie, Phyto and Bliss products.
The Spa at Seabourn on Seabourn Quest – Seabourn
The Spa at Seabourn, on board Seabourn Quest, is the largest spa of the Seabourn fleet at 8,820sq ft. and offers some of the most innovative facilities and advanced treatments at sea; the Kneipp Walk uses a soothing water therapy system of alternating baths of cold and warm water to stimulate the circulatory system, boost the metabolism and alleviate stress. The SkinCeuticals regenerating facial takes anti-aging skincare to a new level, while the 24 karat gold facial is the ultimate luxury treatment.
Nestled high on Spa Deck are Seabourn’s Spa Villas; the VIP spaces providing a haven of relaxation in which to enjoy personalised spa packages and even an exclusive wine and dine package.
Seabourn Quest’s state-of-the-art fitness centre is also accessed via the spa and gives guests a chance to try the latest innovation in exercise; the Kinesis pulley system designed to improve balance, strength and flexibility.