Ritz-Carlton officially launches new spa concept in 20 hotels

by Jane Kitchen | 28 Apr 2016

The Ritz-Carlton has launched its new spa concept in 20 hotels and resorts that include New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale, Amelia Island, Moscow, Vienna, Cairo and Budapest. The concept includes tailored experiences that artfully integrate individual guest needs into treatments anchored in local culture, employing natural and organic solutions.

“The Ritz-Carlton Spa concept is designed to extend even more of the unique and personal opportunities for wellness and indigenous experiences that our guests and global travelers seek,” said Hervé Humler, president and COO, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Guests in the Middle East were among the first to experience the newly launched concept at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre. The Desert Reviver treatment takes inspiration from the city’s desert landscape and climate, and includes a stimulating, sand-based exfoliation followed by a hot-stone massage that evokes Dubai’s sunny climes. The journey comes to a close with a cooling ritual that brings to mind a dip in the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf.

Treatments at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain are steeped in Middle Eastern traditions. Using Arabian ingredients such as Argan, Rose and Dead Sea salts, the spa pays homage to the sands of the East Arabian Peninsula, “the land where the sun rises” and the mystical, rugged ranges of North West Africa, “the land where the sun sets,” to create a selection of Arabian rituals that reflect ancient beauty rituals and natural methods.

Bahrain’s Her Secret Sanctuary treatment features a series of age-old traditions, including the rose steam bath and black olive and lavender soap cleanse, to deeply cleanse, exfoliate and nourish the body whilst easing the mind, while the On The Banks of the Dead Sea treatment harnesses the re-mineralising and detoxifying properties of Dead Sea salts to repair and restore.

Five new Russian treatments were developed for The Ritz-Carton, Moscow, with organic Siberian honey being used as the basis for the signature experience. Utilising its calming and moisturising benefits, the Moscow Honey Treatment combines age-old Russian massage techniques, in a gentle body exfoliation, followed by a therapeutic full body massage using the golden honey itself, and finishing with an express facial and invigorating head massage.

Inspired by Vienna’s rose gardens and ‘Sisi,’ the Empress Elizabeth of Austria who was renowned for her beauty, the Imperial Rose Ritual is available exclusively in The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna. Fragrant rose geranium and sweet orange oils are used to both calm and harmonise the mind, while moisturising the skin. A salt and oil scrub is first applied to cleanse and exfoliate, followed by a hot stone massage.

Allowing guests to connect to their surroundings is a focus on the spa menus across North America. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami offers the Tequesta Ritual, a Native American detoxifying ceremony to purify and balance the body and mind with a cleansing algae wrap followed by a relaxing massage ritual.

The Citrus Scrub offered at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota offers a full body exfoliation, featuring apricot and orange oils and a sumptuous application of orange-infused cream to complete the Florida journey – and in Half Moon Bay California, the Pumpkin Facial utilises a nourishing pumpkin enzyme masque from a 100 per cent natural plant-based line high in beta carotene and vitamins A and C.

There is an innovative new location outside of the traditional treatment room at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island where guests can relax under the therapeutic benefits of zero gravity with a Heaven in Hammock massage. Time is the Essence at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples spa where a therapist will consult prior to the treatment and utilise a combination of services and locations to meet the guests’ needs and enhance physical and mental wellbeing.

In Louisiana, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans’s Voodoo Massage evokes the magical and mystical soul of New Orleans by using aromas of incense and voodoo chants to set the mood and at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Georgia, treatments are inspired by the natural surroundings. The Oconee Rain Vichy shower treatment uses the therapeutic benefits of water which the Creek Indians from the region believe, “washes everything new again.”

“The Ritz-Carlton Spa experience should be exceptional and memorable,” said Michelle Kelthy, Spa Director at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida. “Each and every treatment has been designed to give our guests an experience that is suited to their needs and yet employs time-tested methods. We have packaged tradition, location and culture into the experience to map out a spa journey that helps our guests relax, unwind and truly enjoy The Ritz-Carlton experience.”

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