Spas are slowly becoming more popular in Peru. And contrary to expectation, they are popping up all over the country, not just in Lima. Here are reasons why to visit a spa in Peru as well as suggestions for where you can go.
To enter a luxury spa offers the opportunity to forget life’s problems a short while. It offers visitors the chance to be grateful for silence, far from the noise of the city. It means giving yourself up to expert hands in tune with the rhythm of your body, and waters that relieve aches and refresh ideas.
Aspire, a great spa in Lima
Those who come after to the spa after their work days will soon be transformed. Aspire, a Heavenly brand experience, seeks to physically restore its clients and to stabilise their emotions in fifty minutes. From the welcoming cup of tea to the final rest under speckled and twinkling lights of the integration room’s ceiling, calm and darkness fuse to create space for peace. Heavenly Spa covers an area of more than 2800 m2, organically arranged with rooms for physical training, showers and bathing, a hydrotherapy suite and personal or shared cabins including private jacuzzi.
It’s like a great wellness fun park where silence and body worship reign, though not in a superficial manner as the idea is to eliminate pain and correct real problems. The Aspire massage starts gently, then gathers strength; the masseur’s hands follow the contours of your body finding nodes of stress and relaxing tough muscles. The effect is progressive, aches dissipate and you finally feel relief. The way it should be. The final sensation is one of peace and energy.
Angela Ayala, the spa manager, describes how the treatments have been designed especially around users’ relaxation and wellness. And the spa is open both to hotel guests and visitors. The hot suite for example, includes pools at different temperatures and showers with various levels of intensity. There are 17 treatment cabins and more than 100 services are available, from exfoliation with chocolate, gold body wraps, treatments with grapes, and even pearl, caviar and collagen facials. Stone massages, Thai massage, shiatsu and sessions for mothers-to-be are also available.
Other spas in Lima
Heavenly Spa is just one example of the many spa treatments available in Lima. The capital’s main hotels also explore ancestral local treatments and Peruvian products that are beneficial to the skin. These are in addition to centres dedicated exclusively to body care and keeping you energised and vibrant. The idea is that, more than just an additional entertainment, a visit to a spa is to achieve an intimate connection with our inner selves that will then be reflected in our daily lives: lower stress, a positive outlook and better labour and personal relationships.
Another interesting example is Zest Spa at the Belmond Miraflores Park, which prefers treatments involving local Peruvian and Amazonian products, such as coffee, coconut and chocolate body wraps. It also offers complete packages of stretching, jogging and yoga with a personal trainer. And for pure luxury: a strawberry and champagne bath with a view of the sea. Yaku Spa, at the Country Club Lima Hotel, also has an innovative approach involving aromatherapy, reflexology, exfoliants, hydrotherapy and sessions with hot stones. Let us end this short sample of Lima spas with Oxygen Spa, which is not part of a hotel chain, but has an honoured place among the capital’s places in which to relax. Berthita, one of the senior masseuses, can induce the deepest relaxation with her hands. Her sessions combine suggestions for good skin care and skilled massages to complete the experience.
Spas in other parts of Peru
The interesting thing about these wellness establishments is that they have appeared in other parts of the country, not only combining business and technical skills but also achieving a close connection with the countryside. In Paracas (Ica) for example, at the end of the bay and almost on the shore, the sea breeze accompanies treatments at hotels such as La Hacienda, the Hilton and the Libertador. In northern Peru, K! Chic in Las Pocitas de Mancora (Piura), offers three to five day detoxification programmes including therapeutic massages and hydrotherapy treatments, nutrition workshops and corporal medicine, among others.
Unno Spa Sacred Valley in Cusco is another jewel surrounded by magnificent scenery. Surrounded by Apus (“mountains” in Quechua) and flanked by green hills and an imposing river, Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is built on 2500 m2 of land that once belonged to a 17th Century country estate. It offers a hyperbaric chamber, hydrotherapy, Vichy shower, treatment and oxygenation rooms and aromatherapy, among others. There is also a meditation room for practising yoga and a space for Andean rituals that include reading coca leaves, Inca cleansing and
sauna with eucalyptus leaves and medicinal herbs.
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Editor’s note: this article previously appeared on Ultimate Journeys Peru
Cover photo: Fshoq