Beauty, spas, baths… oh my! Go in search of the world’s best places for pampering and blissful beauty sourced right from the earth’s natural resources. A journey to these alluring destinations will leave you glowing inside and out.
Dating back to the Roman times, picturesque Vichy is un rêve. The waters in this countryside escape are believed to soften skin. It’s a secret that the French have happily shared with the rest of the world, producing creams that promise youthful skin.
Perfumes flow through a Parisienne’s veins. Famed French femmes Queen Catherine de’ Medici and Marie-Antoinette didn’t go without their preferred scents. The year 1921 was a game changer for the industry when Gabrielle Chanel created the world-renowned No. 5, the epitome of French glamour and sophistication. Shop for a perfume in the boutiques along the beautiful streets of the City of Light or visit a Paris perfumerie to learn how these iconic scents are created using natural ingredients like green tea, florals, and vanilla.
The scent of oud wafts through the air in this glittering desert city. The scent is derived from the aquilaria tree’s resin—a plant that actually comes from Thailand and India. This international import is pretty hard to come by, making oud a pricey and precious fragrance highly regarded in the Middle East. Pick up a crystal bottle the rich and smoky aroma at Dubai Mall and watch heads turn as you sashay down the stylish streets.
Mineral baths go way back to the Roman times and have been attracting visitors ever since. A stay at the Royal Crescent Hotel will remind you of a time when lavish parties were a regular occurrence in this UNESCO World Heritage area. After a cup of tea on the hotel’s pretty terrace, take a dip in the vitality pool within the rejuvenating spa.