The spa industry has been increasing in interest for many years. Initially spa retreats were about a sanctuary or tranquility in the Himalayas away from the ‘riches’ and material goods of the western world. Spa retreats Ananda In Himalayas and Shambhala In Bali still cater for these travelers, however, there is a new phenomenon of spa retreats gaining more interest from travelers who are not just looking to find the inner spirit but also expect luxury within the spa experience. Five-star resorts such as Shanti Maurice a Nira Resort, The Taj Palace, Marrakech have developed excellent spa retreats with a mix of massage and beauty therapies.
Channel 5 have picked up on the spa phenomenon and will be broadcasting a show dedicated to spa treatments highlighting luxury and pampering. The new show called Celebrity Super Spa will include Helen Flanagan from Coronation Street and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here fame plus ex-shameless actor Jody Latham and former boyfriend of Tulisa Contostavlos. The super spa reality show will be based in a Liverpool salon owned by the famous Liverpool Hairdresser Herbert Howe. Celebrity Super Spa contestants will learn a variety of spa techniques including ‘vajazzles’ and fish pedicures. Other contestants include James “Arg” Argent from The Only Way Is Essex, Most Haunted presenter Yvette Fielding and another TV chef, John Burton Race.
The era of simple sanctuary spa retreats and treatments are a thing of the past and a more luxurious experience of spa of pampering and relaxing in luxury seems to be the way to go.