Spas around the world are rolling out therapies using everything from seaweed to stem cells. Here’s a look at nine weird and wonderful treatments on the scene today.
Four-Hand Beerinese Massage
Where: Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri
Why: Skin exfoliation, rejuvenating and hydrating skin, pH balancing
What to expect: For this dreamy, Balinese-inspired treatment two therapists simultaneously massage you with long, flowing strokes. Then they apply warm stones to your back and oil infused with hops from local brewery 4 Hands Brewing to your whole body. As if you won’t be relaxed enough after the 50-minute treatment, there’s a 4 Hands Brewing pint waiting on you afterward.
Seaweed Leaf Body Ritual
Where: Nob Hill Spa, The Scarlet Huntington, San Francisco
Why: Slimming, anti-aging, detoxification
What to expect: An 80-minute scalp and neck massage using organic, hand-harvested sustainable seaweed, which is packed with vitamins A and C. You are cocooned in a thermal blanket for the duration and emerge with temporarily firmer, softer skin.
Sultan’s With Ice Massage
Where: Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai
Why: Improved circulation, renewed energy, relief from sore muscles
What to expect: You begin in a hammam (a Turkish-inspired bathhouse) for the 60-minute treatment, which starts with a full-body polish performed with a Turkish exfoliating mitt and a body mask and facial. The ritual finishes with an invigorating ice massage for hands, feet, and scalp.
Nopal Detox Desert Wrap
Where: The Spa at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Los Cabos, Mexico
Why: Diminished cellulite, fluid release, age spot reduction
What to expect: Using ingredients from the locally grown Nopal cactus (packed with magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, and amino acids), the 120-minute desert-inspired journey begins with a full-body dry brushing. You are then covered in a freshly blended Nopal mask and wrapped up to detox. Once that part is done, you get a massage using a purifying essential oil blend.
Shawangunk Grit Mineral Body Treatment
Where: Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York
Why: Skin hydration, stress relief, exfoliation, and mindful rejuvenation
What to expect: The 80-minute ritual begins with a relaxing hydro-tub soak to ease tension, followed by a gentle exfoliation using fine quartz grains quarried from cliffs on the property blended with hydrating botanicals. The massage therapist uses oil with hints of atlas cedar, orange, Italian bergamot, clementine, and pink grapefruit for your massage.
Where: Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti
Why: Quenching parched skin, repairing sun-damage
What to expect: The 90-minute treatment uses oil from the seeds of fruit from locally grown Baobab trees (commonly called the “tree of life” for its healing properties) and includes a full-body massage using a Tanzanian rungu — a wooden baton that signifies warrior status for the Masai tribe in East Africa.
24-Karat Collagen Mask Facial
Where: The Wellness Garden & Spa, The Betsy – South Beach, Miami
Why: Wrinkle reduction and antibacterial properties
What to expect: Incorporating 99 percent pure nano gold (known for its cancer-fighting properties), the 80-minute facial includes a powerful mask intended to rebuild collagen and give skin a softer, firmer appearance.
Himalayan Salt Stone Massage
Where: Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona
Why: Electrolyte balancing, muscle cramp prevention, stress reduction, immune system boosting
What to expect: Your therapist pairs pink Himalayan salt (believed to reduce inflammation and improve respiratory conditions, allergies, and asthma) with a blend of cedar, pine, fir, and organic citrus fruits to relieve stress and tension during this 60-minute treatment.
Phyto Stem Cell Facial
Where: Four Seasons, Hong Kong
Why: Plumping, firming, and hydrating skin
What to expect: Using natural ingredients, including blood orange stem cells, dragon’s blood extract (derived from plants), algae, and goji berries, the 60-minute facial promises a deep and lasting glow.