Top four eco-friendly spa breaks
Are you looking for a guilt- free luxurious spa break to escape the hustle and bustle of city life?
Below are handpicked selections of getaways which will satisfy your desire for a lavish break while also enjoying an eco- friendly experience at a top luxury hotel.
Many hotels are moving to create a more eco- friendly package experience for their guests as green hotels become the way of the future.
Now you can rediscover the Zen in your life while relaxing in comfort knowing there was little impact on the environment.
Saman Villas – Bentota, Sri Lanka
Saman Villas is situated between two beaches, making it your own little paradise. So it’s no surprise that the hotel’s aim is to preserve the beauty and tranquillity of the area. It proudly promotes an eco- friendly experience for hotel guests which includes the use of recycled material whenever and wherever possible. Guests are encouraged to use linen more than once when their stay exceeds one night. All the water the hotel uses is reused for water irrigation to make the most of the resources.
The hotel is working with the Bentota Pradeshiya Sabha to convert waste into compost and use it for vegetation cultivation. The spa itself offers a wide range of treatments inspired by the traditional healing techniques of Sri Lanka. Magnificent views of the sea and coastline allow the mind to delve into pure relaxation within minutes of arriving at the Saman Villas.
Together with the treatments available at the Sahana Spa facilities you are able to indulge your mind, body and soul in the Salaman Elixir which is the perfect treatment for eco friendly pairs. It involves a massage with oils and a body scrub with rice flour, turmeric, sandalwood which makes the skin glow. This is followed by aromatic body wraps and is finished with a fragrant flower filled Jacuzzi bath.
For the ultimate relaxation experience the hotel recommends the Rejuvenation Oriental Saman – a total body experience which includes yoga based breathing lessons, a herbal sauna bath, a body scrub, herbal body and face massage, body wrap and face pack.
Many of the treatments aim to improve aches, pains and circulation problems while rejuvenating the body and mind, refreshing and improving mental clarity, pampering and bringing you an overall sense of calm and tranquillity.
Hillside Beach Club – Turkey
Another eco friendly option is the Hillside Beach Club, Fethiye, Mugla, in Turkey. This unique hotel experience offers an environment- focussed stay where the impacts of daily living are kept to a minimum. The hotel is situated in a private bay and has a three night stay minimum.
The Hillside Beach Club and Tema Foundation plant a tree seedling on behalf of each paying guest as a way of giving something back to the area which gives the hotel staff and guests so much. The hotel won the international ‘Blue Flag’ environment award for beach and marinas areas.
Together with the Hillside Beach Club and the Tema Foundation, the hotel supports any strategies which help make the hotel a cleaner and greener environment. Practices include recycling water for irrigation.
Two spas the Sanda Nature Spa and Sanda Spa, are on site and together offer a range of treatments aimed to improve the body and mind. Specialist treatments include Flower Baths, Magic Hot Stones Therapy and the Unique Rice Massage.
Hacienda Tres Rios – Cancun, Mexico
Above all the Hacienda Tres Rios Hotel prides itself on its ability to provide the most luxurious experience in an environmentally friendly setting. The hotel’s eco philosophy guides the management team’s decisions regarding plant and wildlife management, environment monitoring, waste management, environment education and environment contingency plans.
Signature spa treatments in Cancun include the zen stone massage, sea elements ritual, the Mayan Gods Ritu Ya’ax Ché Ritual al, O’olkil Magical Ritual and Yaa’ Kun Ritual.
They consider themselves at the front of the sustainable tourism movement and are dedicated to protecting the region’s environment when they can.
There is also exclusive access to the 326 acre Tres Rios Nature Park, a plant nursery tour, the local Botanical Garden and private access to the local beach.
It is also home to an ecological park which has many tropical and natural plants and trees.
The hotel’s ultimate aim is to be the leader in sustainable luxury tourism in the Mexican Caribbean.
Hotel Jardim Atlantico – Portugal
The Hotel Jardim Atlantico in Portugal has a large focus on eco- friendly practices.
Since opening in 1993, the hotel has won 28 environmental awards which include the European Eco Label, Biosphere Hotel awards, and TUV Rheinland Ecohotel.
The hotel is well known for its environmental focus and has been regarded as a popular spot for people wanting to relax knowing their money is aiding and now negatively affecting the environment.
Reducing waste through recycling is a priority for staff and guests alike. Any food scraps are either composted or fed to local farm animals. Eco- friendly hotel features include water saving taps, energy- efficient light bulbs, waste management facilities and natural ventilation in all the rooms which all make for a more pleasant hotel experience.
Even the swimming pool is treated with an organic product in favour of chlorine to reduce the impacts it has on the water supply. Some of the more unique features of the hotel include a nudist sunbathing area, a natural spa, shiatsu and ozone therapy, meditation and yoga classes.