A day at the spa is the perfect way to escape the city life, put your feet up and be pampered. But with so many options out there, how do you know what treatments to choose?

The relentless pace of modern city living continues to accelerate, as our stressful lifestyles demand more and more of our time, energy and vigour.

The emerging spa trends gaining popularity in 2017, however, are helping to counteract these damaging effects, sourcing ingredients, techniques and philosophies from both East and West, the ancient past as well as cutting-edge modern science, in pursuit of ultimate relaxation in the face of a challenging world.

Here are the top spa trends we can expect in 2017:

The humble bath gets a modern revival

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One of the world’s oldest spa remedies is still a firm favourite among world-weary travellers. In spas around the world, the humble bath is being reborn as a luxuriant rite of passage, a time-honoured ritual of water, scent, and nourishing ingredients to help soothe away the stresses of the day.

Natural minerals

More and more, world-class spas are beginning to recognise a beauty secret that many cultures have known for millennia – some of the best ingredients can be found directly underfoot.

From soaking in a scented salt-bath to being completely enveloped in a heavenly and detoxifying clay Rhassoul, mineral elements in their natural state are taking centre stage for their ability to pamper and re-beautify dull, lifeless skin.

Sleep wellness

The fatigue inherent in modern living takes a toll we are all too familiar with, and nothing rejuvenates body and mind like a truly deep sleep. Top international spas know this, and are increasingly shifting sleep-focused treatments out of the spa and into the privacy of the guest room, all in the interests of a truly good night’s sleep.

Today’s spa guests want what they want, when they want it, and new levels of wellness eclecticism are emerging in order to give it to them

Anantara Spa’s own in-villa Slumber Guru Experience combines the relaxative properties of a scented bath, calming back, neck and shoulder massage, exotic warm beverages and soothing music to ensure guests wake up truly refreshed and relaxed.

A blend of influences

A Thai massage flows seamlessly into a traditional North African clay Rhassoul. Ancient elixirs line shelves alongside the world’s most advanced skincare products. The days of exclusively themed spa experiences are over, giving way to a holistic, ‘best-of-both-worlds’ approach to beauty and wellness.

Today’s spa guests want what they want, when they want it, and new levels of wellness eclecticism are emerging in order to give it to them.

Nominated one of Africa’s best resort spas in the 2016 World Spa Awards, the Anantara Spa at the Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort is known for keeping a watchful eye over emerging beauty and wellness trends, helping us deliver even more sensually luxuriant experiences to our discerning guests, and these trends have already captured an enthusiastic following at Anantara Spas around the globe.

For more information on Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, please visit www.anantara.com.

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