Shizuka New York Day Spa, New York, USA
This lavish Japanese day spa in Midtown Manhattan has a fan in Victoria Beckham. Famous for its unusual facials and luxury massages, it is the Geisha Facial that gets the most talk. Therapists use bird poop (nightingale droppings to be precise) to rejuvenate the skin. Getting an appointment at this trendy spot can be difficult, so if you’re planning on going to New York, make a booking way in advance.
Menu highlight: While Victoria Beckham apparently loves the skin softening effects from the Geisha Facial, the Coffee Break Mud Wrap is also ranked as a rejuvenation must.
The Hilton Los Cabos, Los Cabos, Mexico
Mexico is a favourite holiday destination for the rich and famous and The Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort’s Spa Oasis has seen A-Listers including George Clooney, John Travolta and Drew Barrymore regularly visit. Besides the incredible scenery that surrounds you at every turn, this spa is renowned for giving guests the privacy they need. From full body massages to specialised facials and even customised packages, The Hilton Los Cabos is the “it” spa to visit.
Menu highlight: If you’re going to be in Mexico, you might as well take advantage, right? The Hilton Los Cabos is known for its full and half-day packages which include a variety of treatments to make sure your body gets a full overhaul. Go on, treat yourself.
The Camelot Spa at The Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Located in the heart of The Mother City, The Table Bay is an urban oasis that attracts global superstars. Nelson Mandela helped open the hotel and since then stars, including Kylie Minogue, Charlize Theron and Snoop Dog have all been guests. The Camelot Spa at the hotel has a reputation for its Swedish massages. An extra special touch is the fact that the spa is located on the rooftop of the hotel, giving guests an incredible view of the city.
Menu highlight: The spa’s motto is to provide “innovative” treatments, and wellness assessments coupled with the hydro bath are certainly a must add to your itinerary.
Gaia Retreat and Spa: Byron Bay, Australia
Gaia means spirit of mother earth and co-owner and actress Olivia Newton-John makes sure that the 10-hectare site is extravagance at its best. Gaia embraces a choice philosophy and this means that you won’t be made to do anything you don’t feel like doing. “We give our guests a place to really surrender and ground themselves, by reconnecting back with Mother Earth and the spirit of intuition,” says general manager Gregg Cave.
Menu highlight: A remedial massage with well-known therapist Tim Acklin is a must. The beauty of the Gaia programme also lies with the focus add-ons, which allow guests to choose between prioritising diet, mental health and detox elements.