As you’re no doubt aware, luxury cruises are all about travelling in comfort and style as well as indulgence, letting go and treating yourself. Of course, enjoying night after night of high-end cuisine is a great way to do all these things but admittedly, it doesn’t do anything for the waistline! Something which has continued to grow in popularity in recent times is the spa treatment – a way of spending time pampering ourselves in a guilt-free fashion, combining calming relaxation with health and helping to offset any guilt we may have over treating ourselves. Here’s a look at what the leading luxury cruise lines offer when it comes to well-being on the ocean wave.
Azamara Club Cruises
The idea of the Azamara Spa is that you “go home invigorated” and indeed, there’s a wide choice of treatments available to help you do just that. As well as a choice of facials and massages, there’s the Thalassotherapy bath, which allows you to enjoy a saltwater jet bath with added views of the ocean, as it’s located right on deck. If you’re not sure which treatments to enjoy, Azamara’s Spa rituals packages offer a choice of half or full-day treatments, where you can combine the best elements for you.
With Crystal Cruises, it’s all about creating the perfect relaxing atmosphere before your treatment even begins, thanks to a philosophy of Feng-Shui throughout all the line’s Crystal Spa and Salon. It clearly works, as the line’s facilities continue to rank among the best in the world with readers of such respected publications as Conde Nast Traveller and Spa Finder. Once on-board, you can treat yourself to some Aroma Stone Therapy, a well-being massage or a Japanese Silk Booster Facial and there’s a private on-deck area with a canopy in which to relax before and after and custom-designed manicure and pedicure areas, too.
Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Canyon Ranch SpaClubs are regarded by many as the world’s finest, with 30 years of experience going into a comprehensive choice of treatments and facilities and you can find one on each of Oceania and Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ vessels. Canyon Ranch Spas are renowned for their thermal environments, including Open-Air Whirlpool Spas, private Sundecks and on certain vessels, Aromatic Steam Rooms, where a range of herbal essences help to enhance your experience. There are also a range of acupuncture treatments available, conditioning body scrubs and body wraps and also the chance to enjoy an authentic and ancient Indian Abhyanga Massage, which improves your circulation, relaxes your muscles and helps to improve your body’s resistance to disease.
The Spa at Seabourn promises transformation and relaxation, where no matter which treatments you choose, you’ll be greeted by the relaxing scent of rosewood oil and be pampered by only natural ingredients. You can customise your spa treatment to whatever suits you best and the line’s Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest vessels each offer extended spa facilities of an impressive 11,400 square feet. On any of these vessels, there’s also the option of reserving a private Spa Villa, for the ultimate in luxury. Just some of the treatments on offer include and Elemis Oxydermy Facial, Thai Herbal Poultice Massage and Elemis Seaweed Wrap.
The personal trainers who work within the Spa at Silversea employ body age assessment technology, so you can benefit from the perfect lifestyle programme for you. The line’s spa is a great choice if you suffer from poor circulation or arthritis, as many of their wellness ceremonies are aimed specifically at targeting these areas of concern. Treatments include anti-aging facials, deep tissue massage, micro-dermabrasion, aromatherapy and reflexology.
By Simon Brotherton