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La science du spa

De la technologie de pointe jusqu’à l'holistique, les nouveaux traitements des spas d'hôtels ne se limitent pas qu’à la peau.

Par: Eve Thomas

The hotel spa used to be an afterthought. A massage or a mud pack was just another activity to fit in after golf, drinks, or a weekend conference. But in an industry projected to grow to $49 Billion US by 2030, wellness is more than a buzzword, it’s woven into every detail of modern getaways.

From serene architecture to psychologists on staff to cutting-edge equipment, hotel and resort spas are designed to rest and revive you while on vacation—and to give you tools to bring home with you, long after you’ve checked out.

"There’s been growing global demand for optimal health, and this in turn has informed international wellness practices, which now place an equal prominence on internal and external robustness, focusing on both mental and physical wellbeing,” says Toby Maguire, resident wellness manager at Amanyara in Turks and Caicos.


 Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa, Vernon B.C. 

Island Life

And finally, for a retreat that’s unquestionably immersive, there’s the all-inclusive Aerial Resort, set on the private 43-acre Buck Island in the British Virgin Islands. They call their approach “Purpose Luxury”—promising to help guests figure out what matters most to them, and leave them transformed. Activities include themed meditation, strength training, reef cleanups, and even animal therapy with rescued horses and tortoises at the property’s Redemption Ranch. It’s not just for everyday stress or anxiety, either— Aerial’s Heal the Heroes summits invite retired army veterans and first responders from around the world to recentre themselves and rediscover their life’s purpose.


Fairmont Century Plaza, L.A. 

Best Rest 

A vacation can feel like an instant cure for stress and sleep issues—but L.A.’s Fairmont Century Plaza works to make those effects last long-term with their Biohacking Treatment, developed with nutritionist and anti-aging expert Dr. Oz Garcia. Sessions include cutting-edge devices like the NASA-inspired Oakworks Curva anti-gravity chair, Normatec compression boots to increase circulation and reduce inflammation, Infrared PEMF mats for chronic pain, and NuCalm neuroacoustic software that works to retrain the nervous system to build stress-resilience.


The Aerial Resort, British Virgin Islands