According to iSpa, more than half a million people are visiting spas across the nation every day. And with wellness becoming a top priority for businesses that want to retain their employees and keep them happy, it's no wonder meetings properties have jumped whole-heartedly into the spa game.
To turn the wellness wheel a bit further, spas, hotels and product lines alike have been working more and more to create eco-friendly products and processes to 1) provide a more natural experience and 2) do some good for the environment. Celebrating Earth Day on April 22, we wanted to pay homage to hotels like the following with green-spa initiatives.
9 Hotels with Sustainable Spa Treatments
Set on 900 acres of protected rainforest, the 103-room Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa places guests in the middle of exotic flora in one of the world’s most biodiverse destinations. The resort's open-air spa features a naturally-heated relaxation pool and 11 private outdoor rainforest bungalows complete with natural spring-water jacuzzis.
Spa-goers can opt for treatments ranging from a Kapi Kapi Craft Beer Massage (Tabacon has their own locally made brew) to the Rainforest Caress — a 150-minute treatment that uses volcanic clay extracted from the slopes of the Cerro Chato volcano adjacent to the resort.
Big Sur’s rocky landscape is home to the 59-room Ventana Big Sur, a coastal resort with a green-first philosophy. Sustainability is incorporated into every level of the resort's operations, from ongoing recycling programs to the use of organic "eco-lux" spa products sourced from local artisans.
The Spa Alila is committed to the holistic and organic approach to treatments and products alike. Treatments use natural products from Laurel Whole Plant Organics and Java Skin Care's coffee-infused line, among others.
3. Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Baja California Norte, Mexico
One of the world’s first eco-resorts, Rancho La Puerta practices sustainable organic gardening and resource conservation, further paving the way for environmental protection and education efforts in the Baja California region.
The 86-room resort’s restaurant grows fresh ingredients for guests to dine on daily, and solar-powered and energy-efficient fixtures are used throughout the resort. Among spa offerings is the Ayurveda healing system, which focuses on the manifestation and understanding of nature and Earth's elements (fire, air, earth and water) that are "within us." (The spa is pictured at the top of the article).
The 50-room La Clairière embraces an overall approach to well-being, achieved through a combination of holistic treatments, natural energizing, organic cuisine and its serene setting.
The spa credits nature's atmospheric materials -- stone, wood and glass -- and the resort's location for the quality of its organic products, which include essential oils extracted from local plants and a selection of natural clays and salts.
With environmental programs that focus on trees, conservation and environmental stewardship, the 140-room Lied Lodge & Conference Center was designed to serve as a resource for Arbor Day Foundation members and conservation-oriented organizations. Winner of the American Hotel & Motel Association’s prestigious Enviro-Management Award, Lied's spa is equipped with LED-lighting, low-flow plumbing and other energy-saving solutions.
Sustainable spa offerings include a pure sea salt and essential-oil body treatment, as well as a heated lava-shell massage.
The 18,500-square-foot spa at Crystal Mountain Resort was designed to minimize its impact on the environment while maximizing its efficiency. The technologies and materials used in the process have enabled Crystal Spa to be LEED certified.
Treatments include the Vitaskin Facial featuring Eminence Organic Skincare products, and the Harvest Honey Glow Treatment, where a hot glaze of local honey is drizzled over your back, legs, feet, arms and hands to warm and soften the skin.
The Parkside Hotel & Spa was designed to showcase its three-story glass and green-roof atrium. Full of lush greenery, water features and koi fish ponds, the space places guests as close to nature as one can get without stepping outside. A 68,500-gallon storm water tank collects rainwater for irrigation purposes throughout the property.
The spa treatments at the Parkside use Éminence Organic Skin Care, which aims to deliver beautiful results without the use of harsh chemicals or parabens. In 2017, the spa achieved the Certified Green Business rank and is recognized by the Vancouver Island Green Business Program.
8. Hotel Terra, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Hotel Terra is part of the ski resort's slope-side landscape. The 132-room property is LEED-certified silver and employs eco-friendly efforts to preserve and protect the indoor and outdoor environment.
The hotel’s Chill Spa uses 100 percent eco-friendly products, a natural substitute for chlorine in its hot tubs and other thoughtful features in hopes of creating what it calls a truly healthy, serene space.
Inn By the Sea, a boutique resort and spa on the coast of Maine, features a LEED-certified spa and solar-heated pool. Other eco-friendly practices include biofuel-heated rooms, gardening-focused events and sponsored protection of the resort's natural habitat and local wildlife.
Currently, the "Spring Renewal" seasonal spa package offers a toxin-releasing mud wrap, Swedish massage and a specially formulated Spring Renewal aromatherapy blend.