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.
In a picturesque piece of Morocco where Berber
farmers tend to their flocks, women harvest and crush nuts to produce the popular argan oil used in face and hair products. Ker & Downey can arrange a visit to witness this age-old practice in quaint towns nestled within this exotic and interesting country. Back in busy Marrakesh
, beauty, spas, baths, and bliss bubble over in colorful markets and unforgettable riads.
Bath time doesn’t get more beautiful than at Istanbul
‘s Cagaloglu Turkish Bath. Built in 1741, the traditional hammam is adorned with domes, vaults, and marble columns, taking the bathing experience to a whole new level of cultural immersion. Unwind in the historic surroundings with a body scrub and massage after a day spent exploring the city.
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.
Float away in a blissful sea of serenity at the Taj Lake Palace’s
Jiva Spa, located in a boat bobbing on the ethereal Lake Pichola
. Treatments feature natural Indian goodies like coconut oil, colorful and pungent spices, and clay, making you feel like Mother Nature pampered you herself.
Bring on the beauty, spas, baths, and bliss. To plan a beauty and bath journey, contact your Ker & Downey luxury travel consultant.