by Katie Barnes, editor
On the menu We highlight some of the latest treatments, services, initiatives and programmes spas are offering
Participants learn how to extract essential oils to create their own products
Aroma retreat on Croatia’s Island of Vitality
Bellevue Spa Clinic,
A hands-on Aromatherapy Workshop Retreat is being offered by Hotel Bellevue on Losinj, Croatia – a locale also known as the Island of Vitality due to its Mediterranean microclimate and abundant untouched nature (see SB15/3 p76). Guests explore local pine forests to identify and pick a selection of organic herbs, learning about their aroma and natural healing properties. Then, at the Bellevue Spa Clinic, they
Hotel Bellevue, Losinj, Croatia 4 days €520 (US$583, £470), excluding accommodation and food
learn how to prepare the ingredients and extract essential oils to create their own face creams, body scrubs, face masks and lip care products to take home. They’ll also enjoy an aromatherapy massage and a facial using the handmade aromatic blends. Cooking classes and walking, hiking and yoga are also included, as well as a visit to Losinj’s Garden of Fine Scents, a nursery of the island’s medicinal herbs.
Six Senses embraces energy medicine Six Senses latest programme – Grow a New Body – promises to go beyond just physical and mental wellbeing to focus on less visible fields such as sacred energy and reconnection. Four shaman/energy medicine sessions are included in the in-depth seven night retreat, along with seven bodywork sessions, vitamin infusions, neuro-nutrients and supplements, oxygen altitude training and LED sessions for mitochondrial stimulation. There’s also Six Senses’ wellness screening, mind-body classes and carefully thought-out food menus.
Six Senses in Turkey, Portugal and Cambodia 7 nights Prices start at US$9,320 (€8,298, £7,489)
Grow a New Body has been created in cooperation with Dr Alberto Villoldo, an anthropologist who’s studied shamanic practices of the Amazon and the Andes for over 25 years. Anna Bjurstam, VP of spas and wellness at Six Senses, believes energy medicine is the “next wave of wellness” in the industry. “The step into sacred energy medicine will enable our guests to embrace what can and cannot be seen, connect with the field of magnetic energy to clear toxic emotions, and ultimately switch on longevity genes to live healthier, longer,” she says.
Anna Bjurstam believes energy medicine is “the next wave of wellness”