Published December 10, 2011
Since the opening of the world's first official wine spa in the Bordeaux region of France in 1999, high-end spas around the world have followed suit. While the true, trademarked Vinothérapie treatments are only available at Caudalie-affiliated spas like Les Sources de Caudalie in France (the original), wine treatments — considered to firm the skin and slow down the aging process due to wine's high antioxidant content — are beginning to be incorporated into spa menus around the world.
Adler Thermae Spa Resort
Located in the heart of Tuscany, the Adler Thermae Spa Resort is surrounded by gently rolling hills, terraced vineyards and colorful meadows. Enjoy Tuscan cuisine and relax in the hotel’s spa, which offers massage and exfoliation treatments using organic red grapes. Among these, you will find the Bacchus Ritual (massage and wine bath), the Facial Treatment with Grapes and the anti-ageing Grape Massage. More information on Adler Thermae Spa Resort.
This holistic Wellness Center sits on a 160-acre working wine estate in the Paarl/Franschhoek Valley in South Africa. Simply Spa @ Santé offers true vinothérapie treatments like the Pinotage Vino-Bath Treatment or the VinAqua Vine therapy. Both include an optional "Doctor Fish" therapy, which involves small fish nibbling away at the dead skin on your feet and hands. Don't worry though, the treatment is safe (for both you and the fishes) and it will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. More information on Santé Winelands.
Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa
Caudalie offers its Vinothérapie Spa in only a handful of exclusive locations around the world. So it makes sense that its only location in North America exists within New York City's esteemed Plaza Hotel. In addition to facials, nail care services and massages, the spa offers a number of signature treatments including the Crushed Cabernet Scrub and the Wine Maker’s Massage. The Red Vine Bath is a hydro-massage with red vine extracts that is personalized for each guest. Caudalie also offers a list of ‘rituals’ or treatment packages. More information on Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa.
Balgownie Estate Vineyard
Less than an hour's drive from Melbourne, the Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa overlooks rolling vineyards on a private estate. Its spa, Natskin Spa Retreat, offers a Vinotherapy Ritual package, which includes a grape seed body exfoliation, red wine body mask, facial treatment and a Vinotherapy back and scalp massage. Duo massages and group bookings are also available for those looking to bring along loved ones or friends. More information on Balgownie Estate Vineyard.
Wine & Spa Resort Loisium Langenlois Hotel
The first Aveda destination Spa in Austria is situated one hour from Vienna inside the cube-shaped, aluminum-clad Loisium Hotel. The spa is located on over 1,000 square meters with twelve treatment rooms. Treatments include the Grape Elixir Body Peel, a warm wine barrel bath with a glass of sparkling wine and their unique Barrique Bath and Body Wrap. The latter consists of a wine skin peel, grape bath in a wine barrel, soft body and foot massage with pure grape seed oil and a warm body wrap. More information on Wine & Spa Resort Loisium Langenlois Hotel.
Patios de Cafayate Hotel & Winespa
This former colonial mansion shares the grounds with El Esteco Winery in the heart of the Calchaquí Valley in Argentina, more than 5,500 feet above sea level. Treatments employing the grape at the wine spa are plentiful. Try the Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Bath; Torrontés Grape Bath; Grape Syrup and Wine Wrap; Massage With Grape Pulp; or Gommage (using grape seeds and salt from the Andean flats). Cap off your session by heading to the relaxation room to soak in panoramic vineyard and mountain views from the warm hydromassage pool. More information on Patios de Cafayate Hotel & Winespa.
The Kenwood Inn & Spa
Although The Kenwood Inn & Spa is no longer affiliated with Caudalie Vinothérapie Spas, this quintessential wine country retreat still offers vinotherapy treatments at its Spa at Kenwood. The menu includes the Kenwood Wine Bath, featuring a Jacuzzi soak overlooking the vineyards, and the detoxifying Kenwood Wine Wrap with Riesling and Chardonnay oil, clay and other good-for-you ingredients. More information on The Kenwood Inn & Spa.
Les Sources de Caudalie
The original Caudalie wine spa sits right in the center of the Château Smith Haut Lafitte vineyards in France's charming wine country. The spa features thermal springs that are high in minerals, as well as treatments like the Barrel Bath, the Crushed Cabernet Scrub and the Caudalie Grand Facial Treatment. More information on Les Sources de Caudalie.
Vinothérapie SPA Caudalie Marqués de Riscal
This serene wine spa from the innovative vinothérapie experts at Caudalie offers their trademark treatments amidst superb contemporary architecture and a view of the gorgeous Rioja vineyards of Spain. Guests can wade in the heated indoor pool, sweat out stress in the Jacuzzi or fitness center or soak their feet in the pediluvium (foot bath). Notable treatments include hydro-therapies like the Barrel Bath, in which guests soak in an exfoliating grape marc, and the ritualistic Winemaker's Massage, which activates blood circulation and improves muscle tone. Located in the medieval town of Elciego, in the City of Wine, Vinothérapie Spa Caudalie Marquéz de Riscal is conveniently situated near wine landmarks such as the Museo de la Cultura Vino Dinastía Vivanco, Europe's largest wine museum, and Marquéz de Riscal's own winery, which houses the area's first wine cellar built in 1858. More information on Vinothérapie SPA Caudalie Marqués de Riscal.
Wine Spa Peralada
Wine Spa Peralada is a true wine spa with a focus on health-promoting and anti-aging treatments in quaint, medieval surroundings. Products used — such as red grape extract, micronized yeasts and muscatel wine — hail from the local vineyards. Treatments include the Muscatel Grape Caress Body Wrap, the Merlot Red Wine Bath and the Balneo Gran Claustro treatment, which includes a hydromassage with wine, peeling and four-hands massage. After your wine treatment, play a round of golf at the resort's 18-hole course. More information on Wine Spa Peralada.
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