Orient-Express prides itself on being able to offer its guests the most authentic experiences at each and every one of its properties around the world. This philosophy extends to their innovative spa treatments that feature on spa menus in hotels in Laos, Iguassu, and Cape Town, where the spa experience is much more than just a way to relax – it is a slice of local culture and provides an extension of guests’ cultural experience.
An oasis of calm, the Mekong Spa at La Résidence Phou Vao in Luang Prabang has been designed using a mix of ethnic craftsmanship and modern comfort. Its spa menu includes treatments which have been specifically created to incorporate delicious ingredients that are sourced locally, giving guests an unforgettable spa experience (and perhaps an appetite too!).
The Piu Nuan treatment will help guests to uncover the secrets of perfect silky skin using a time-honoured fusion of indigenous ingredients. Guests are treated to a gentle exfoliation using natural fruit acids to deep cleanse and purify the body. Next, a steamed poultice of jasmine rice and black sesame seeds soaked in warm coconut milk is gently massaged onto the skin, leaving it nurtured and replenished. The Piu Nuan treatment lasts 90 minutes and is priced from £48 or £64 for 120 minutes.
Also on offer to guests who want a true Laotian spa experience is the Sabai Serenity Bath. Spa attendants will draw up an indulgent bath infused with fragrant jasmine and lemongrass which are known to release tension and calm the senses. A luxurious massage follows the bath, using moisturising oils to relieve stress and leave the body, mind and soul utterly relaxed. The Sabai Bath will leave guests glowing and is priced from £48.
The Clay Detox-Therapy treatment at Hotel das Cataratas truly reflects the culture and diversity of Brazil’s Iguassu national park. It begins with a full body scrub to kick start circulation and remove dead skin cells. A green clay, comprised of organic material such as decomposed plants and seaweed, and which is sourced from the Amazon, is then combined with antioxidising crushed red grapes and applied to the skin. The minerals found in this special Amazonian green clay have vast anti aging and healing benefits, improving elasticity and leaving the skin glowing. Prices for this Amazonian treatment start from approximately £129.
At the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, the Librisa Spa has devised a fabulous new manicure treatment for ladies who want to give their hands a well deserved pampering session. The African Potato Manicure starts off with an intense mask using local antioxidant-rich ingredients such as Merula oil derived from the African Potato, Rooibos and Aloe Vera which is slathered onto hands to build strength and replenish hydration. Due to its nourishing effects, the African Potato has the ability to heal eczema, and is used to treat sore and sun burnt skin. Guests can opt for either a 45 minute or 60 minute treatment, which is priced from £27 or £31 respectively.