Beyond Pumpkin Spice: Relaxing Spa Recipes with Unusual Fall Ingredients
Updated: Apr 6
For those who are already tired of pumpkin spice, these international spa recipes and treatments from around the world bring a different flavor to classic fall flavors.
The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa: Sandlewood
The Saxon Spa at Saxon, Villas & Spa offers the Tropical Wood Body Ritual, designed to incorporate the therapeutic powers of aromatherapy, and go beyond body revitalization and also rejuvenate the mind. The 60-minute Tropical Wood Body Ritual defies the signs of aging and reveals healthy skin with the use of partner brand product, HARNN, a carefully developed body and skincare collection which uses the finest natural and active ingredients carefully developed with botanicals from traditional herbal medicine and scientific research. The treatment combines the soothing aromas of pure essential oil sandalwood and orange blossom with fresh cells extracting actives, enriched with vitamins and anti-oxidant properties. Nano-White Technology helps reduce skin discoloration from today’s harmful environment and restore natural balance of the body and mind. In traditional medicine, the earthy and fall season reminiscent oil of sandalwood has been used as an antiseptic and astringent, and for the treatment of headache, stomachache, and urinary and genital disorders and can also be used in treatments of inflammatory and eruptive skin diseases. The Saxon Spa is also home to a steam and sauna room, treatment suites, outdoor spa gardens, juice bar, manicure bar, pedicure lounge, hair spa and a silent area with complimentary healing tea for guests to enjoy after treatment.
Ellerman House Spa: Wild African Potato
The spa at Ellerman House features the Healing Touch Body Ritual, a unique treatment that incorporates a product with wild African potato ingredients. Body treatments of the spa utilizes products by partner brand, Healing Earth, a skincare brand with formulas that are pure, contain no artificial colorants, chemicals, parabens, petrochemicals, synthetics or other harmful ingredients. The Healing Touch Body Ritual is a 90-minute massage treatment designed to rejuvenate skin with the use of Healing Earth’s award winning African Potato Miracle Repair Balm. The massage starts with a touch therapy, detox cooling gel on the spine and back of the body, and then followed by a décolleté, face and scalp massage, and finally ending the treatment on the legs and feet. In medicine, the wild African potato has been used to treat a range of ailments—it is so healing, that it is often applied directly to the skin. Healing Earth puts the incredible anti-inflammatory properties of the African potato to good use for skincare and as a result it is a potent skin healer and the key ingredient in this restorative moisturizer. The Ellerman House Spa looks out to the blue expanse of the ocean and offers infinity views, two single treatment rooms, one double treatment room, sensation shower, sauna, steam room and a unique pool.
Tschuggen Bergoase Spa: Ginger and Sea Salt Bath
Nestled in the Alpine region of Arosa, the Tschuggen Bergoase Spa at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel makes for the perfect retreat after a day on the mountains. The 54,000 square foot wellness center is built directly into the surrounding mountain, creating a four-story oasis with an extensive spa menu. One treatment perfect for the changing fall weather is the spa's Ginger and Sea Salt Bath, as ginger is a nutrient-dense spice that has been usedto help fight illnesses such as the cold and flu, which tend to start popping up this time of year. With the Ginger and Sea Salt Bath, guests of the hotel can enjoy a luxurious soak in one of the spa's hydrotherapy pools as the ingredients help to relive tension, energize the body and purify skin.
Spa Village Pangkor Laut: Tui-Na An-Mo and Jin Pao Shou Jiao
YTL Hotels’ Pangkor Laut Resort is located on its own 300-acre private island off the west coast of Malaysia, comprised of a 2-million-year-old rainforest and surrounded by white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. The resort features the award-winning Spa Village Pangkor Laut, which boasts treatments inspired by the healing traditions of the region using natural ingredients, some of which are fall favorites such as cinnamon. One such treatment is Tui-Na An-Mo and Jin Pao Shou Jiao, a hand and foot soak, from the spa's Chinese Herbal Hut. It is cinnamon twig-based warm herbal bath infusion specially blended to keep the limbs smooth and flexible, improve circulation, reduce aches and pains, and prevent arthritis.
Fregate Island: Papaya and Yogurt Hair Treatment
Newly reopened Fregate Island is home to the Rock Spa, a shaded sanctuary comprised of a peaceful teak house on a granite hilltop with views across the rain forest canopy to the Indian Ocean. One of the many treatments offered by Rock Spa is the Papaya and Yogurt Hair Treatment. Papaya, a fruit that has peak growth in the fall, is known to have positive effects on the hair thanks to the vitamin A found in it. This property helps the scalp produce sebum which nourishes, strengthens and protects hair and even repairs spilt ends. The Papaya and Yogurt treatment begins with an invigorating scalp massage followed by the application of the hair treatment. After the scalp soaks the benefits of the papaya in, guests are then treated to a steaming hot towel wrap for total relaxation. Hair treatments on Fregate Island are designed to promote fuller, healthier hair using traditional recipes from the Seychelles islands.