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32Isea& iIWINTER 2010 SPA SHOWCASE FOUR RITES FOR FOUR SEASONS T he Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai, China, invites guests to escape the stress of the city in its new Qin The Spa. There are nine treatment rooms in which therapists deliver intriguingly named treatments inspired by traditional rites and healing methods from the four celestial seasonal guardians in the birth of Chinese medicine. These include Green Dragon Spring Rites, Red Phoenix Summer Rites, White Tiger Autumn Rites and Black Tortoise Winter Rites. They encompass such compelling treats as a foot massage with warmed bamboo sticks, a peach blossom and tangerine wrap, a shower of wild orchid and ruby infused face and body mist, and lotus blossom and gold- infused massage oil. www. fourseasons. com Koh Kood's so good Languishing on one of Thailand's most stunning islands, and promising only eco- responsible materials to honour its natural surroundings, the new Six Senses Soneva Kiri on the remote island of Koh Kood opens as sea& igoes to press. It has 29 pool villas, watersports activities and a ' hovering over the forest canopy' kids' club. But the spa is the primary focus, with 11 double treatment rooms, personalised sensory spa journeys, lifestyle programmes and spectacular views. Try the Jungle Escape - two and a half hours filled with a fresh herbal scrub, outdoor bamboo-mist shower and a Thai herbal massage. www. sixsenses. com/ soneva- kiri

WINTER 2010I sea& iI33 travelnews GRAND DESIGNS F ollowing the multi- million- euro revamp of the Grand- Hôtel du Cap- Ferrat in France, the belle époque hotel introduces Le Spa. Designed by Pierre- Yves Rochon, Le Spa is a spacious haven with six treatment rooms, a Spa Garden with sea views and a sundeck terrace, and five garden treatment cabanas. The menu includes a range of therapeutic and beauty procedures, scrubs and massages using products inspired by Mediterranean traditions. Le Spa also has a gym, counter-current pool, hydrotherapy circuit, steam rooms and saunas, and a room designed for Gyrotonic: an exercise technique that integrates the principles of yoga, dance, gymnastics and Tai Chi to strengthen and increase the body's flow of energy. www. grand- hotel- cap- ferrat. com SATURNIA SUCCESS T he Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma region of Italy has introduced a luxury spa area called Blackrose - a private world to supersede all other spa experiences. Treatments range from a Candle Massage to a Raindrop Massage, Four Hand Massage and Gold Facial. This new area adds to the spa's existing facilities, with its staff of 33 therapists and five medical doctors, and a 3,000- year- old thermal pool. The resort recently received double honours, having been named a winner in the Favourite Resort/ Hotel Spa Europe category of SPAmagazine. It was also named Best Spa in Europe in the annual online SpaFinder Readers' Choice Award Competition. www. termedisaturnia. com