While we’re high-fiving ourselves for having made it through the first half of 2012 unscathed, that next Christmas break is still but a distant dream. To tide us over, the Sassy gals have started scoping spa breaks for a mini September pick-me-up! Boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have come up with the goods, tempting us with a trio of spa stays in south-east Asia, all with exclusive offers and extras.
Spa treatments on tap: Fusion Maia Resort, Hoi An, Vietnam
Our ears pricked up when we heard about the unique offering at Fusion Maia Resort, a boutique hotel near Hoi An that includes all spa treatments in its room rates! This beachfront beauty is located in the coastal town of Da Nang, a 30-minute drive from Hoi An’s heritage streets and world-renowned tailors (bring your favourite frocks to have them expertly recreated).
All of the contemporary villas boast huge pools in their private courtyards, preloaded iPods and pairs of bamboo flip-flops, perfect for sashaying from your boudoir to the spa. Here, in Central Vietnam’s largest day spa, you’ll find a Jacuzzi, steam and sauna rooms, and a breezy yoga pavilion, plus more manicures and massages than you can shake an emery board at.
Holistic hideaway: MesaStila, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Ok, so the words ‘coffee’ and ‘volcano’ may not immediately soothe and relax, but we guarantee that holistic boutique retreat MesaStila does both in abundance. Set on a volcano-flanked coffee plantation, near central Java’s cultural capital of Yogyakarta, this just-remote-enough mountain escape promises to cure whatever’s ailing you, whether that’s city stress or over-indulgence!
Detox in style in the antique Dutch villas, sporting canopied beds, carved timbers, sinuous tiled bath tubs and deep balconies, perfect for whiling away the hour between sessions at the spa. This award-winning sanctuary is home to Indonesia’s only Turkish hammam and stimulating coffee-spiked treatments.
Virtuous Javanese and Mediterranean fare is served in the restaurants, and while the estate-grown brew is top-notch, that’s not the only thing you’ll be swilling during your stay. A jamu lady from the village visits the villas each afternoon to offer guests free traditional medicinal drinks made from eucalyptus, tamarind, fennel and other plants.
SASSY SAVING: Smith has a swag of perfect pampering packages available, including two-night Escapism and three-night Cleansing programmes. Smith-booked guests also get 20% off a spa treatment and a bag of coffee to take home.
Tempting Thai treatments: The Sarojin, Phang Nga, Thailand
Secluded tropical haven The Sarojin hotel is a swoon-worthy combination of lounger-lined pools, lush gardens and contemporary suites (plump for the Sarojin Suites with onyx bathing pools on the terrace). Set back from the beach at Phang Nga near party-ready Phuket, it’s a lovable blend of laid-back and luxurious.
Water sports, scuba sessions and sailing trips are all on offer, with elephant treks inland courtesy of the hotel’s full-time ‘imagineer’, whose sole raison d’être is to craft memorable itineraries for guests – think the kind of activities that’ll turn your Facebook pals green with envy!
If that all sounds too taxing, simply slip into Pathways Spa, where relaxation areas, an elevated yoga deck and outdoor pavilions with couple’s baths await. Signature spoil-yourself treatments include herbal body scrubs, tropical fruit wraps and calming ylang ylang massages. Sigh.
SASSY SAVING: The Sarojin is swiping 10% off bookings made at least 90 days in advance. Plus, Smith members score a complimentary 60-minute Thai massage for two to be enjoyed during the first 48 hours of their stay.
To book a stylish spa stay, visit www.mrandmrssmith.com or call the expert Travel Team on 800 905 326. What’s more, BlackSmith membership is now free for life, so book through Smith to receive life-enhancing extras and exclusive offersat more than 900 hotels and holiday houses worldwide.