When it comes to spas, green is the new black. A host of eco-friendly locations is springing up around the world, bringing everything from vegan pedicures to an organic-certified treatment room and locally culled materials. Here’s a selection of the latest.
La Grée des Landes
Yves Rocher’s eco-friendly hotel and spa, La Grée des Landes, contains a 3,333-square-foot Botanical Beauty Spa featuring four modern, stone-walled rooms, where guests can experience treatments using ingredients culled from the surrounding 110 acres of organic plants. The spa has the first organic treatment room certified by Ecocert. Services include facials and massages, with treatments running up to 115 euros, or $140 at current exchange. A sauna and a “relaxation basin,” featuring an airy, wooden balcony with a picturesque view, are open to hotel guests. La Grée des Landes, built with the aim of being carbon neutral, boasts solar panels and rainwater-capturing systems. Its 29 rooms have numerous eco-friendly features, such as furniture made of nontoxic materials, and the restaurant uses local and organic produce.
La Grée des Landes, Cournon, 56200 La Gacilly, France; +33-2-99-08-50-50
Longevity Wellness Resort Monchique
Using solar energy, locally extracted construction materials and native flora in green spaces, the Longevity Wellness Resort Monchique aims to do wonders for both the planet and visiting guests. Opened in March, the 192-room hotel was constructed on a number of levels to complement the area’s topography and features rooftops carpeted with greenery. The resort’s medical spa is run in partnership with La Clinique de Paris. The four-room spa’s treatments focus on antiaging, stress management, health optimization and slimming. A two-night, three-day Absolute Spa Ritual for Her starts at 746 euros, or $907.
Longevity Wellness Resort Monchique, Lugar do Montinho, 8550-232 Monchique, Algarve, Portugal; +351-282-240-100
Rafayel on the Left Bank
Located on the south bank of the Thames in London, the Rafayel on the Left Bank hotel aims to lighten globetrotters’ carbon footprints. The 65-room hotel claims to reduce each guest’s carbon emissions to 37.4 pounds a night, compared with a London average of 154 pounds, by using environmentally conscious technology, including energy-efficient LED lighting. The five-star locale’s three-room River Wellbeing Spa also offers treatments using the natural brand Amala. A 30-minute manicure goes for 17.50 pounds, or $25.50, while a 90-minute Moor mud bathing ritual is priced at 110 pounds, or $161. The spa has a wellness focus, too, and gives nutritional consultations and acupuncture sessions.
Rafayel on the Left Bank, 34 Lombard Road, SW11 3RF London; +44-207-801-3600
Sandava Spa, inside the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, is billed to be environmentally friendly. Boasting a water wall in its relaxation room and eight suites, this 7,000-square-foot spa upholds net-zero environmental impact policies, and some of its profits go toward local organizations supporting beach conservation, for instance. Services on offer use products from YumYum, Osea and Eco-Envy, while natural ingredients employed are gathered from the local farmers’ market. Treatments include Activate, a three-hour service including an eco-sea scrub, massage and facial that costs $370; the 30-minute Express Facial, entailing cleansing with a fruit-based mask and moisturizing, goes for $75, and the 90-minute Endless Wave Massage, involving organic oils suspended in pure sea-algae oil being dripped on a client’s spine for calming and centering purposes, is $145.
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, 301 South Gulfview Boulevard Clearwater, Fla.; 727-373-1234
The Scarlet Hotel
Perched on Britain’s Cornish coast, The Scarlet Hotel’s concept marries design with a do-good attitude. Its green credentials include a biomass boiler, which uses sustainable wood chips to heat the locale; solar panels to warm the indoor swimming pool, and a natural ventilation system in place of traditional air-conditioning. The 37-room hotel’s spa, which counts treatment rooms, a couples’ suite, a Rasul and hammam, incorporates ayurvedic therapies and offers treatments using Tri-Dosha, Voya and Scarlet signature products. A 60-minute Tri-Dosha facial is priced at 65 pounds, or $95, while a 90-minute Voya organic seaweed leaf wrap and massage is 95 pounds, or $139. Clients also may bathe in a log-fired seaweed bath, which is located on a cliff top.
The Scarlet Hotel, Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth, TR8 4DQ Cornwall, England; +44-1637-861-800
Paris’ Six Senses spa was designed by French architect Pierre David and created with local artisans. The 2,670-square-foot space includes six cocoon-shaped cabins made out of interwoven light-colored oak strips, and its interior decoration takes some elements of Six Senses’ other spas while integrating local components. The two-story vegetal wall, for instance, includes only local plants. The Paris Rooftop Honey Facial treatment (140 euros, or $170, for an hour) was concocted for the spa. It uses honey culled from hives perched atop the city’s nearby opera building. All aspects of Six Senses were conceived to integrate the company’s “Slow Life” philosophy, whose tenets for well-being include the use of sustainable, local and natural materials and ingredients. To that end, leftover organic algae from Ireland’s Voya brand used in certain treatments, for example, is recycled as fertilizer for the wall mural and for roses growing in the nearby Jardin des Tuileries.
Six Senses, 3 Rue de Castiglione, 75001 Paris; +33-1-43-16-10-10
The Secret Garden Green Spa
Coinciding with Earth Day, on April 22, The Secret Garden Green Spa opened its new location on New York’s Staten Island. The spa was designed using feng shui principles, and its furniture was salvaged and restored. Floors have renewable bamboo covering, while recycled denim insulates walls. Treatments are done with products including Eminence for skin care and Simply Organic for hair care. There’s the Seasonal Organic Custom Facial that lasts for 75 minutes and costs $105, and the signature Vegan Wellness Manicure, which runs for 30 minutes and is priced at $18, for instance. The spa is washed with Greening the Cleaning products by Deirdre Imus, and it sells the retail line as well. Proceeds support the Imus Ranch, which helps — among others — children with cancer. Secret Garden Green Spa holds classes, including ones for children involving greeting card paper being made with recycled junk mail and dryer lint.
The Secret Garden Green Spa, 702 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, N.Y.; 718-815-5900
Vdara Health & Beauty
Vdara Health & Beauty is part of Vdara Hotel & Spa, located in a green complex in Las Vegas called CityCenter. The two-level, 18,000-square-foot spa, salon and fitness center has 11 treatment rooms and services focusing on holistic health. They use organic or wild-crafted, paraben-free products, including Dr. Zein Obagi’s ZO Skin Health, Naturopathica Holistic Health, Akhassa, Chocolate Sun, Red Flower and Peter Thomas Roth. Saunas are made of redwood, recycled paper is used for spa materials and natural nail services implement a vegan product line. Among the treatment offerings is the two-hour Lemon Verbena Body Polish for $325 and the 80-minute Amala Deluxe Pedicure for $125.
Vdara Hotel & Spa, 2600 West Harmon Avenue, Las Vegas; 866-391-7111