Timeshare resorts with spa facilities have been growing in number and popularity in the past five years, and spa holidays have never been more in demand. Resorts are investing in luxurious amenities, separate spa areas with onsite beauty salons and indoor pools, all a reflection of the wellness trend dominating holiday breaks.
Every year, the big spa specialists like Spafinder and The Good Spa Guide reveal the big trends set to change the way we “spa” and 2016 is already showing some very strong trends. Four of the main trends experts predict will take off this year include:
No longer an adult escape while the children are left at the Kids Club, mum-and-daughter spa treatments will be in the spotlight this year. Mini-massages and joint manicures mean the kids can enjoy some pampering, too.
Nature comes inside
Expect more “greenery” at spas, such as herb gardens near the treatment rooms (the herbs can be used to make healing teas), green “living walls”, small, private garden/relax areas inside the spa premises. While outside, a new trend known as“forest bathing” is predicted to make the news this year. Nothing to do with bathing in a forest, it’s about spending more time contemplating the peace and beauty of nature, using nature as a stress-melter.
One trend set to grow this year is using products produced locally, from plants, herbs and flowers – such as a local Cornish beauty brand at a Cornish luxury spa. This eco approach avoids heftier carbon footprints such as the cost and fuel involved in flying products from Australia, for example, halfway across the world. Instead, it’s far more sustainable and economical to use a locally-based brand. In addition, spa products are leaning more and more towards natural and organic – Voya, from the west coast of Ireland has created a legendary seaweed bath-in-a-box, and its spa beauty range is one of Europe’s best.
This year, you could well have your first holiday spa treatment before you even arrive at the resort. Yoga at Gatwick airport, spa pop-ups for a pre-boarding, nerve-soothing massage and shoulder massages on arrival, are all on the cards this year. People spend a lot of “waiting time” at airports – particularly if their flight is delayed – it looks like mini spas at airports could really take off in the next couple of years.
For more spa trends for 2016, check out sites like Spafinder and The Good Spa Guide.