Along with most industries, the Spa & Wellness industry is also subject to trends. A few years ago we saw how Spas aligned themselves with a specific cosmetic brand to increase trust and credibility with their clients. Now we see a new trend, which is in line with the Bio and Eco trends, and that is ¨Back to Basic¨. Why would you use (chemical) products during treatments, which are sourced from far away? They are expensive, not always better (of) quality and often damaging to the environment. Therefore, we see more and more spas starting to use local and natural products. And that’s not a crazy thing at all!
Nature has so many products that contain powerful ingredients, many of which are very suitable to use in the Spa & Wellness industry. The Mediterranean diet is not only good for our insides, but is also a blessing for our outsides! So it is not strange at all that Spanish spas are increasingly using products from their very own surroundings. They are using products for which Spain is historically famous for: Olives, grapes/ wine, citrus fruit and mineral water.
So how can these typical Spanish products contribute to your well-being and what part do they play in a real Mediterranean Spa experience?
The Olive – Next time you eat an olive remember this… Did you know that the olive tree is the master of anti-aging? It is, as one of the oldest cultivated plants on earth, in a position to protect itself most effectively against premature aging. It is able to reach an age of several thousand years under extreme conditions. They are the plants that have developed one of the best protection mechanisms against aging and stand for an age in best health and vitality.
Therefore it is not strange at all to see that there are more and more spas taking advantage of the knowledge of this magic substance and are developing products around the olive tree. Products which vary from pure oil to be used in massage and body wraps to cosmetic cleansing products and crèmes, but also detoxifying drinks.
Especially in Mallorca with its many, many olive trees, there are quite a few spas offering olive based therapy.
Grapes and Wine – `Health through wine`. Not only drinking a glass of red wine a day is good for your health, with Vinotherapy you combat aging, reduce wrinkles, moisturize the skin and reaffirm the abdomen, buttocks and breasts. An elixir of beauty that tones, relaxes and reduces stress.
A number of spas in Spain now offer Vinotherapy with treatments based on grape juice and polyphenols, which are extracted from grape seeds. The grapes generally come from the area where the spa is located or even from the own vineyard! Most of these spas are located in the Spanish wine regions. Experts also call Polyphenols ¨food for the skin¨ because they say that Polyphenols extracted from grape seeds are a thousand times more effective than vitamin E in the fight against free radicals/ anti-aging.
Examples of typical Vinotherapy treatments are peelings with grape seeds, wine baths, massages with oil from grape seeds, wine body wraps, facials using Polyphenols, etc
Tomatoes – Due to the warm climate and fertile soil, Spain is one of the largest tomato producers at an international level. The tomato is an important ingredient in the Mediterranean cuisine. It has its beautiful red color from lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. The anti-oxidizing effect slows the appearance of wrinkles and protects against sunburn. A dual effect, because the sun is a powerful oxidant and therefore one of the leading causes of skin aging. Lycopene also helps reducing the level of cholesterol and strengthens the immune system.
With that much tomato cultivation it is not strange that more and more Spanish Spa & Wellness centers add Tomato Therapy to their offer. Tomato Therapy consists of a healthy menu with lots of tomatoes combined with baths and body & facial treatments based on tomatoes.
Citrus fruit – Spain also has an enormous production of citrus fruits ranging from oranges, limes, lemons and grape fruits. No wonder that you increasingly see these fruits on the spa menu in the Spanish Spas . Citrus extracts are widely used because of the lifting and detoxifying properties. Pure lemon oil is known for its refreshing qualities that stimulate the senses and is therefore widely used in aromatherapy. Another example is the pure oil of grapefruit, which is known for its purifying effect on the lymph system.
Many spas use fruit from their own garden to guarantee freshness of the products and the corresponding effectiveness.
Spring water – Spain has a huge range of different types of spring waters. In the Spanish supermarkets water covers a large part of the shelves. The healing properties of mineral water have been known for hundreds of years, but nowadays the Spanish spas increasingly use their water resources for relaxation, wellness and preventive therapy. A good example is Font Vella, known as THE Spanish table water. Font Vella Spa Hotel & Spa is ONLY using the water directly from the Font Vella source. It does not get more pure and natural than this!
The above therapies are offered at the following spa hotels in Spain:
MALLORCA · Son Brull & Oliveda Spa: Surrounded by ancient olive trees and located in a former olive mill, Oliveda Spa ONLY offers treatments based on olives and olive oil.
MALLORCA · Monnaber Nou Hotel & Spa: The Spa of Hotel Rural Monnaber Nou offers a special Olive program based on 100% ecologic extra virgen olive oil from their own production.
CATALONIË · Hotel Peralada & Wine Spa: Surrounded by its own vineyard Peralada Wine Spa offers its guests a wide range of facial and body treatments based on the natural benefits of their own grapes and wine.
CATALONIË · Urbisol: Small boutique hotel where a visit to the wineries of Abadal is combined with a delicious gourmet dinner and wine therapy treatment.
MURCIA · Sensol Spa & Golf Resort: Sensol Hotel & Spa offers a nice Tomato package; a delicious themed menu with lots of tomatoes combined with a tomato based bath and body & facial treatments.
MALLORCA · La Residencia: Located in THE orange valley of Mallorca, La Residencia offers ¨Citrus signature treatments¨ based on homemade aromatic oils from local citrus fruits.
CATALONIË · Font Vella Hotel and Balneario: Font Vella is the largest and most important mineral water source in Spain. The natural mineral water, which is used in the Spa is very pure, healthy and only has a light mineralization.