With a brand name synonymous for exceptionally high levels of service and care, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has now extended its talent for crafting tasteful and personalized journeys into the realm of spas. A new concept for The Ritz-Carlton Spa is being implemented around the world beginning with 20 hotels and resorts that include New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale, Amelia Island, Moscow, Vienna, Cairo and Budapest. Tailored experiences that artfully integrate individual guest needs into treatments will be 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,” stated Hervé Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
(A selection of the artful moments brought to life can be seen on this newly released piece of film.)
Guests in the Middle East were among the first to experience the newly launched concept at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre. Drawing on the quintessential Dubai experience, The Desert Reviver treatment takes inspiration from the city’s desert landscape and climate. A stimulating sand-based exfoliation is 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 regional 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 hark back to ancient beauty rituals and natural methods. Her Secret Sanctuary, 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. For a treatment that brings the sheen back to the skin, On The Banks of the Dead Sea, harnesses the highly re-mineralizing 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 nourishing, signature experience. Utilizing its calming and moisturizing 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 harmonize the mind, while moisturizing 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 utilizes a nourishing pumpkin enzyme masque from a 100% 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 utilize 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. Experienced therapists perform more than 100 treatments, including indigenous therapies such as the Marie Laveau Voodoo Love Bath and the Essence of Lavender Mint and Massage. At The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Georgia, spa 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. 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,” said Michelle Kelthy, Spa Director at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida.