Fruits and vegetables aren’t just good for your health—they’re great for slathering on your skin and hair too.
Spas around the world are tapping into antioxidant and vitamin-packed foods such as papaya, pineapple, honey, wine, coffee and even beer for multi-sensory spa experiences that will leave you drooling. From pumpkin spice latte scrubs in Dubai to hot chocolate massages in Croatia, these appetizing spa treatments could double as dessert.
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Avocado Smoothie Body Mask
WHERE: Hong Kong
There are few skylines like Hong Kong’s—and the Angsana Spa at Hotel Icon in Hung Hom offers a front-row seat to the iconic Victoria Harbour from its perch on the 9th floor. The award-winning spa knows how to pamper its guests with high-quality ingredients that you’ll want to eat for breakfast. For a fresh start, try the Avocado Smoothie body mask—a rich, creamy concoction made of avocado, rice flour, yogurt, milk, and honey—and slather your skin with vitamins and natural oils. The next best thing? A fruity Wild Plum body mask that softens and hydrates with a mix of honey, plum, strawberry, and orange juices. To try a little bit of everything, go for the two-hour “Glow” treatment, which you can customize to your liking. The sesame and honey scrub followed by a signature east-meets-west Fusion massage comes highly recommended.
INSIDER TIPA Thai brand, Angsana Spa is the sister of famous Banyan Tree Spa where every therapist trains before shipping out to work their magic around the world.
Bee Perfect Body Wrap
WHERE: St. George, Utah
Surrounded by Utah’s dramatic scenery, and just a short drive from Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, Red Mountain Resort is one of the region’s most comprehensive wellness retreats with everything from hiking, biking, yoga and spa treatments. The Sagestone Spa’s appetizing menu includes a Bee Perfect body wrap that you’ll want to devour. First comes a whipped honey and sea salt body scrub, followed by an aromatic rub down with locally sourced honey, aloe, pineapple and papaya fruit extracts. Not only will your skin feel silky smooth, but you’ll also smell like you’ve been vacationing in the Caribbean.
Hot Chocolate Massage
WHERE: Dubrovnik, Croatia
A romantic cliffside retreat in Croatia, Villa Dubrovnik has its own private beach and gorgeous spa that overlooks the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea. Located on the hotel’s third floor, the Villa Spa is home to a bio sauna (at more gentle temperatures), steam room, and a Sodashi-powered spa menu that features a few nearly-edible experiences. The Hot Chocolate massage will immediately pique your palate, thanks to an aromatic chocolate oil that feels and smells like the real deal. Likewise, the Green Tea and Himalayan Salt massage promises a relaxing treatment that will leave skin super smooth and packed with vitamins and antioxidants.
INSIDER TIPIn between sunbathing sessions, ask about the Diamond System, where guests are wrapped in a cocoon-like bed full of warm water and left to relax with a soothing light and sound treatment.
Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub
WHERE: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Hidden away inside the newly renovated Shangri-La Dubai, CHI The Spa transports travelers to a dimly lit Asian retreat. A candlelit walkway leads guests to the spa rooms, where they can enjoy a mix of delicious treatments, such as the Arabian date body wrap from the “Sense of Place” menu. This milkshake for your skin is made of coconut milk, almonds, vanilla, brown sugar, and dates—the aroma alone will awake your appetite, while the potent ingredients work to exfoliate and hydrate skin. The hotel also has a shortlist of vegan spa treatments, including an energetic Espresso Limon slimming treatment and a divine Pumpkin Spice body scrub that smells just like the beloved latte. If you can’t wait ‘til fall to get your fix, this is the next best thing. The scented treatment kicks off with a cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar scrub followed by a hydrating pumpkin extract peel and head massage.
INSIDER TIPArrive early to take advantage of the expansive water therapy zone with plunge pools, Jacuzzis and experience showers.
Papaya and Pineapple Scrub
WHERE: Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
As if the shores of Puerto Rico aren’t relaxing enough, the AWAY Spa at W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island takes wellness to the next level. The garden oasis features interconnected courtyards, romantic canals, outdoor rain showers and peaceful pavilions—all enjoyed with the sound of waves breaking in the background. The scrubs and oils here are prepared in-house using locally sourced ingredients, but the best part is the appetizing body treatments. For a fresh and fruity experience, try the Papaya and Pineapple scrub. Combined with crushed grape seeds, the delicious duo aims to scrub skin squeaky clean while polishing and plumping it for a glowing result.
INSIDER TIPIf you’re feeling energized after the treatment, practice your serve on the clay tennis courts while soaking up the Caribbean Sea views.
Champagne and Chocolate Therapy
WHERE: Miami, Florida
Perched on the 24th floor of the glamorous Conrad Miami, the hotel’s spa pampers guests with all kinds of tasty treatments. Champagne and chocolate are a match made in heaven, and the stars of this delectable two-hour treatment that covers all the bases. Start with a shellac mani/pedi before moving on to the sweet stuff: a Champagne sugar scrub and chocolate mask followed by a rinse and massage. The experience caps off with (what else?) a glass of Champagne or wine. More of a vanilla person? Pore over their tome of a menu and you’re sure to find something satisfying among the 60-plus therapies.
INSIDER TIPIf you need to work off all the chocolate, head to the rooftop infinity pool and swim a few laps while overlooking the dazzling Miami skyline.
Beer Beauty Bliss
WHERE: Bali, Indonesia
Bali has become synonymous with zen yoga camps, rolling rice paddy fields and, of course, amazing spas. One of the best spas in the area can be found at Kayumanis Nusa Dua villas—where therapies are packed with superfoods and super brews. With its Beer Beauty Bliss treatment, the Kayumanis Spa taps into the vitamin- and mineral-packed beverage to hydrate skin and hair. The treatment aims to relax travelers from head to toe and starts with a soothing foot bath followed by a beer hair treatment, a full-body massage and a beer-infused bath where you soak up the benefits of the bubbly brew. But it’s not over yet. The delicious experience finishes with a lunch, served at the hotel’s contemporary Tetaring Restaurant.
INSIDER TIPLocated in the southeastern corner of Bali on Uluwatu Island, Nusa Dua is one of the best spots for a low-key beach getaway. The gentle waves and soft sand offer a much more peaceful alternative to the west coast’s dramatic cliff-side surf breaks.
Natural Yogurt Facials
WHERE: Hua Hin, Thailand
Located in the wellness hub of Hua Hin, Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa is a relaxation sanctuary with a golden beach, private pools, and thatched-roof Thai-style pavilions. The spa takes the concept of “superfood skincare” one step further with farm-to-facial ingredients. At Ayurah spa, the natural masks, lotions, and scrubs are packed with ingredients from the hotel’s own 25-acre organic farm. There’s a roster of enticing scrubs to choose from, including a sun burn potion made of cucumber, mint, and oatmeal that feels divine on scorched skin. But don’t miss the Ayurah Natural facials: These hour-long mask treatments use time-honored Thai beauty techniques and a mix of locally sourced ingredients such as yogurt, tamarind, ginger, and honey.
INSIDER TIPNeed an all-natural morning boost? Try the Wake Up Scrub, with apple lime and ginger it promises a perky start to your day.
Peninsula Vine Massage
WHERE: Mornington Peninsula, Australia
About an hour south of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula feels a world away from the busy city thanks to cliffside coastlines, rolling vineyards and lush forests. Tucked among the hillsides you’ll find the Peninsula Hot Springs. There, guests can lounge in natural thermal baths with views of the valley below, take a dip in the cave pools or sauna, or enjoy a reflexology walk. Its Spa Dreaming Centre makes use of the healing properties of the antioxidant-packed Shiraz grapes which are native to the area. Try the Peninsula Vine Massage, during which a warm grape balm (using grapes from nearby Red Hill vineyard) is applied to the skin and then massaged all over to boost circulation and hydration.
INSIDER TIPDon’t leave without taking a dip in one of the geothermal hot springs—the views of the sprawling valley are incredible.
Green Coffee Body Scrub
WHERE: Muscat, Oman
Sandwiched between the craggy Hajar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman, Al Bustan Palace is one of the most glamorous hotels in the area. On the perfectly manicured grounds, zen seekers will find the luxurious Six Senses Spa, designed in traditional Omani style with arched corridors and natural stone. Getting ready for beach season? Try the tantalizing Green Coffee body sculpting treatment to reduce bloating and firm up skin. The treatment starts with a dry brushing ritual before a therapist rubs a chili- and coffee-infused oil over your thighs, bum and waist. The combination helps break down fat cells, but results are usually temporary. The spa also offers several traditional baths to hydrate skin and nourish hair, including a relaxing milk and honey bath inspired by Cleopatra.