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7 Spas That Offer an Authentic Sense of Place

Article by Melissa Liebling-Goldberg 09.06.2017

A spa experience can be so much more than just a facial or a Swedish massage. Take the time to enjoy a sensory journey into another culture with these unique treatments that draw inspiration as much from the quality ingredients as from the localities you find them in.

Miami: Restore your body

With all the fun and sun that Miami has to offer, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach both gets you ready to go out and helps you restore after a full day (or night). Indulge in the Deco Experience, which preps your skin from head to toe. Or try a quicker body treatment that brings in the local tropical fruit with Taste of the Tropics body exfoliation and massage using nourishing mango and guava. Late night? Recover the next day with the Miami Detox — start with an electrolyte-rich coconut drink, relax into a purifying mineral bath and finish with an immune-boosting massage.

Herzliya, Israel: Just add salt and nourishing minerals

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Herzliya takes full advantage of the local favorite, the Dead Sea. Be pampered with mineral-rich moisturizers for the signature Natural Ageless Facial and Gentlemen’s Facial. Or go all out with the Signature Dead Sea Ritual of Deep Revival Salt Scrub and Mud Wrap, a holistic ritual that layers a stimulating body scrub, a rich black mud wrap filled with minerals and nutrients, and a soothing massage with nutritive body butter. 

Bali: Find natural bliss

With the ocean’s sacred significance in Balinese culture, it’s natural that the sea is of maximum importance at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Bali. Harness the power of seaweed with the Tropical Marine Pleasure, a nourishing experience that combines a seaweed body scrub and body wrap with a flowing Sea of Serenity massage. Get totally in touch with nature in the Indian Ocean Ritual, where your massage takes place in a beach gazebo and the sand from the beach is directly incorporated.

San Francisco: Make like the bay and go with the flow

At the Spa L'Occitane by the Bay at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco you can embrace the local scene without ever having to step outside the hotel. Try the Tech Tension Relief full-body massage that targets the neck, shoulders, back, calves and forearms that get too tight while hunched over a computer. Or settle into the Microclimate Treatment, which mimics the famously finicky San Francisco weather with alternating warm and cool compresses. 

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Shenzhen, China: Make a connection

Take a break from the bustling city at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Shenzhen, and get grounded with the Heaven & Earth treatment, which focus on re-establishing energetic balance from head to toe. The flow of Qi is stimulated, jade energy stones are placed on chakras, and a deep scalp massage establishes the crown chakra connection for profound relaxation. Or detox with the Detoxifying Ritual body wrap, which includes an infusion of Osmanthus Fragrans, or the gui hua flower, as it is better known. 

New Orleans: Let the good times roll

There’s more than one reason people flock to The Ritz-Carlton Spa, New Orleans. Invoke the mystical side of New Orleans with the Voodoo Ritual, a full-body massage with notes of absinthe, cypress, moss, vetiver and incense, along with a locally crafted herbal poultice ritual. More on the foodie side of New Orleans? Indulge in the Le Charme Romantique, a couples treatment with body treatments utilizing coffee and praline. Or go solo for the Southern Ceremony, which includes a delicate body polish redolent with Southern citrus. 

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Singapore: Hit a high note

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore has the first La Mer hotel partner spa in the Asia-Pacific region. Start with the Timeless Indulgence, in which two therapists combine to deliver the La Mer Miracle Broth Facial with a simultaneous foot-care regimen. As for unique, there is nothing like the Cello Concerto, in which a body massage is harmoniously synchronized to “live” melodies played by a cellist. 

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Plan Your Stay in These Destinations


  • South Beach

    Location Miami Beach, Florida

    Experience Miami Beach’s most well-known, vibrant community.

    • A landmark hotel since 1953
    • Allure Magazine’s Best Day Spa in Miami
    • Steps from Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road
  • Herzliya

    Location Herzliya, Israel

    Experience A luxury hotel experience at the foot of the Mediterranean sea.

    • Guestrooms reveal seaside views
    • Most elegant Kosher restaurant in Herzliya
    • An authentic Turkish Hammam spa
  • Bali

    Location Bali, Indonesia

    Experience Beautiful cliff tops overlooking the Indian Ocean and white sands.

    • Tropical paradise with lush landscapes
    • Spacious cliff top villas with private pools
    • Exotic dishes made with local flavors
  • San Francisco

    Location San Francisco, California

    Experience Timeless elegance in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

    • A 20-year AAA Five Diamond award winner
    • Newly renovated guest rooms and suites
    • Historic cable car stops right outside
  • Shenzhen

    Location Shenzhen, China

    Experience 24 stories of elegance in the popular district of Futian.

    • Renowned Club Level experiences
    • Spa therapies in botanical surroundings
    • An outdoor pool mingles with the skyline
  • Singapore

    Location Singapore

    Experience Unmatched amenities at a 7-acre oasis in Marina Bay

    • Explore Singapore’s treasures, just steps away
    • 4,200-piece contemporary art collection
    • Serene, 25-metre outdoor pool