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Spa beauty: Top 5 eco-spas around the globe

MICHAEL MOORE Image by: MICHAEL MOORE Author: Elle Canada

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Spa beauty: Top 5 eco-spas around the globe

Image courtesy of Grail Springs Health and Wellness Spa.

Who ever said that all that’s green can’t also be gold? We’ve scoured the globe for the top six eco-spas that are as lush with regal pampering as they are with natural beauty products and spa treatments (not to mention welcomed extras of organic cocktails and desserts). Give it a go—sometimes the relaxation is greener on the other side.

Top eco-spa: Grail Springs Health and Wellness Spa, Bancroft, Ont. (grailsprings.com)

Green locale:
Smack-dab in the mineral capital of Canada, the wellness environment is lush with meditation gardens, hundred-acre forested trails, and the spring-fed Chalice Lake, and features a hike to the crystal crop. The magnetic charge from the naturally grown gems of quartz crystal and marble creates the perfect healing backdrop for one of the country's top eco-spas.

Spa treatments to try:
Detox pores and restore skin’s natural pH balance, plus increase blood flow with the Austrian Moor Mud Facial ($105, 45 minutes); choose from the essential oils used in the Aromatherapy Sacred Oil Baths with Holistic Massage—Meditation, Passion, Dragon, Peace Intention,— harvested in Glastonbury, England and believed to have holistic healing powers.

Top eco-spa: Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa, Queensland, Australia. (daintree-ecolodge.com.au)

Green locale:
Elders from the Kuku Yalanji tribe— the Aboriginals indigenous to the Daintree Rainforest where the lodge is situated—personally approved each treatment on the Daintree Wellness Spa’s menu. Trust you’re in good hands: they named the area Wawu-Karrba, or healing of the spirit.

Spa treatments to try:
Bathe in warmed oil and desert sea salt in the Walbul-Walbul (butterfly) signature treatment (approx. $319, 120 minutes); soak up the healing waters of the Daintree Rainforest waterfall infused with coconut milk and lime –like swimming in a piña colada—while sipping on fruit juice in the Purely Bathing treatment (approx. $87, 30 minutes).

Top eco-spa: Tranquility Organic Spa, Vancouver. (tranquilityvancouver.com)

Green locale:
Get the majestic views of Vancouver, just tranquilly tucked away from the bustle of it all in the city’s Yaletown district. Spa services are entirely organic, made up of locally grown herbs, essential oils, fresh flowers and fruit, and using ingredients from the ocean for a natural glow.

Spa treatments to try:
A natural beauty treatment featuring a minty cucumber soak and sea salt scrub, plus seaweed mask and massage mani ($45); Vitamin Cocktail facial, infused with Vitamin C to repair sun damage and leave a sun-kissed glow ($100, 60 minutes).

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Top eco-spa: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina San Diego. (missionbay.hyatt.com)

Green locale
: Natural relaxation by numbers: 15 massage treatments, 11 luxe treatment spaces, four individual treatment rooms, five outdoor spa cabanas and a private Earth garden at the hotel’s Blue Marina Spa. Plus a waterfront fitness centre.

Spa treatments to try:
The herbal exfoliating and skin-restoring Giving Calendula Wrap (approx. $130, 60 minutes); a blend of organic jojoba, sunflower and olive oil infused in the Organic Massage (approx. $120, 60 minutes).

Top eco-spa: Mohonk Mountain House, Hudson Valley, New York. (mohonk.com)

Green locale
: The 30,000-square foot eco-spa uses a geothermal heating system and is encased by a 2,000-sqaure foot green roof garden terrace. Signature spa treatments are made with botanicals from the mountaintop.

Spa treatments to try: Rescue heel-trodden feet from summer pumps (for now!) with a peppermint-infused massage in The High Heeler treatment (approx. $120, 50 minutes); back away from the iPhone and pamper neck and shoulders with the Texting Tension Tamer using organic vanilla cream (approx. $120, 50 minutes).

Top eco-spa: Axel Hotel Guldsmeden, Copenhagen. (hotelguldsmeden.dk/)

Green locale:
Everything from the surrounding garden to the organic breakfasts, dinners and dessert (to the window, to the walls) is part of the hotel’s sustainable ecology. Rooms are well-stocked with the hotel’s own signature brand of organic shampoo and body lotion; facial creams and cleansers are available for purchase in the hotel.

Spa treatments to try: From the hotel’s Balinese-inspired Axel Spa, an organic deluxe treatment, the Axel Face & Body Treatment (approx. $162, 60 minutes) features skin tonic and peeling plus anti-aging facial oil massage into skin, topped off with a tropical mist and body scrub; Tighten and firm glutes with The Bum Wrap, which includes clay mask, wrapping and roll massage (approx. $153, 45 minutes).

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