Revel in the abundance of natural beauty and magnificent treatments on the Costa del Sol. Whatever your leisure and treatment preferences, Spain has something for you, starting with the sumptuous Thalasso Wellness Centre at Hostel Selenza on the ‘Golden Mile’ between Marbella and Estepona. The Selenza boasts a spa area of 2,000 square metres, with bubbling massage pools, ‘Byzantium’ steam rooms and Zen sauna, chromotherapy armchairs and an ice fountain, matched by a plethora of treatments from Anti-Stress to slimming, volcanic stone massage to a special program for golfers.
Thalassotherapy is offered at many resorts and apparently helps improve circulation while relaxing and treating a variety of health problems. Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort & Spa in Marbella includes an indoor seawater pool and bungalows, with access to the tennis and fitness club, while the Hotel Melia Costa del Sol, Torremolinos is located right on the beach at Playa de Bajondillo. Kempinski Resort Hotel in Estepona offers aromatherapy and colour therapy packages, while the Hotel Fuerte Miramar Spa treatments will cover you with enriching seaweed and give your skin a cleanse/detox.
Estepona also features the Traditional Chinese Medicine Centre at Hotel El Paraiso, with anti smoking, anti alcohol and anti allergy cures offered, using acupuncture, reflexology and Chinese herbs. If you want to swim with the fruit, check into nearby Gran Hotel Playabella Acquaplaya Hydrotherapy Centre in Estepona & Rota (Cadiz) to make the most of their special fruit pool, along with Indian/Roman and Turkish Baths.
Spain is leading the EU in ‘aesthetic medicine’ so if you’d like to take advantage of your holiday with a little more permanent transformation to you appearance, head to Granada and keep going North for the ultimate make-over. Nonsurgical cosmetic treatments include implants, chemical peels and facial reshaping at Gran Hotel & Spa Marmolejo, Jaen, while The Nagomi Spa in Reserva del Higuerón, Benalmadena lives up to it’s Japanese name, meaning ‘harmony and well-being’, and gives you before and after care for cosmetic surgery, a special bridal package of beauty and pampering treatments which includes dinner in their Michelen star restaurant, Airén. If you decide to give nature a little helping harnd, Spain is the place to go.
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