During a pandemic like COVID-19, it’s crucial to take care of our physical and mental well-being, especially when we are on lockdown and far away from many of the things we love and enjoy.

Simple behaviours like eating a balanced diet, exercising and getting good sleep, are a great starting point, but we can do even more!

5 luxury spas around the world offer their tips to relax at home:

HUALALAI SPA AT FOUR SEASONS RESORT HUALALAI – BIG ISLAND, HAWAII 

Have an Hawaii-Inspired Bath:

Even though you can’t retreat to Hualalai Spa , a tropical indoor-outdoor oasis in Hawaii’s Big Island, you can experience some of its bliss with the Apothecary Body Treatment.

Ingredients:

  • 1 spoonful coconut oil
  • 12 ounces coconut water
  • 1 12-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 spoonful cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar (white or brown)
  • 1/2 cup sea salt or Epsom salt
  • Lime wedge
  • Cocoa butter

Instructions:

  • Scrub: Place a 1/2 cup of sugar in a bowl. Add coconut oil, 1 spoon of cocoa powder and form a paste. You will use this mixture to exfoliate your knees and elbows once you are soaking.
  • Bath: Fill your tub with warm water. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom or sea salt to your soak. Pour in a can of coconut milk. Then relax in a steamy (but not too hot) tub.
  • Drink: Fill a glass of coconut water with a wedge of lime and keep it near the tub to enjoy while soaking. (If you have a coconut sorbet in your freezer, this is the perfect time to eat it.)
  • Grand finale: After the bath, slather on the cocoa butter to leave your skin soft and supple with a hint of chocolate.
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SENSE, A ROSEWOOD SPA AT HÔTEL DE CRILLON – PARIS, FRANCE

Make your locks luxuriant:

For soft and shining hair: apply coconut oil to the tips only, then brush through and wrap in a pre-heated towel.

After 20 minutes, rinse with hot water and shampoo twice, with a gentle massage.

Then have a few second of cold water: your blood circulation will reinvigorate hair and skin.


THE SPA AT LAS VENTANAS AL PARAISO, A ROSEWOOD RESORT – LOS CABOS, MEXICO

Let Your Garden Grow:

Gardens and gardening make us feel better – that’s a fact – and the real magic is that anyone, anywhere can enjoy their healing power.

“This is a great time to nurture plants and flowers,” says Eduardo Pinet, spa director of The Spa at Las Ventanas in Los Cabos.

And if you don’t have a yard, he suggests bringing a garden into your home with potted plants or herbs. They can be amazing companions that inherently bring positivity into the space.

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THE PHOENICIAN SPA – SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA

Create Your Own Meditation Room:

When it comes to mindfulness and meditation, setting the right environment is important.

It should be an area rarely used in your home, such as a guest room or an outdoor space.

Light on aroma candles, put flowers, decorative pillows and blankets, maybe a yoga mat. If you’re not familiar with meditation, you can download apps like Headspace or Calm for guided programs and relaxing spa music.

Select a regular time each day to visit this reinvented space and take care of yourself, make it a ritual.


THE BODRUM EDITION SPA – TURKEY

Hydrate Your Skin:

Zorka Jovovic, the partnering spa manager at The Bodrum EDITION in Turkey, gives us a trick for keeping thirsty skin quenched: Aromatherapy Associates’ Hydrating Rose Face Mask.

“Keeping social distance and being at home most of our days tends to make the skin a bit drier than usual,” Jovovic says. “Without fail, the damask-rose-water-infused gel masks return vital hydration to my skin, flooding it with moisture and creating a dewy, fresh look.”

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