Recently two additional destination spas have made it onto my Goblet List. I know many of you use the term bucket list, but that is just too dreadful for me. I invented the term Goblet List to mean a luxury experience that one must do over and over again. Well a visit to these spa destinations should be on many lists. I hope to get to visit them one day for a bit of spa travel.
The Aurum Spa at Casa San Agustin
Set within the Walled City of Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Casa San Agustin is consistently ranked among the best hotels in Colombia. Comprised of three original 17th century houses, the hotel immerses guests in the culture and ambience of classic Cartagena. The hotel’s new Aurum Spa is an extension of this experience and brings Colombia’s “magical realism” to life.
Latin for “gold” or “shining dawn,” the Aurum Spa is inspired by natural elements and Cartagena’s Pre-Colombian history infused with El Dorado lore. A range of treatments combine mystical practices and local ingredients, including Colombian coffee, pure tobacco, volcanic mud, horse chestnut, sea salt and more. The treatment menu covers head to toe, with selections like the Pure Gold Massage, Wild Lime Scalp Treatment, Cartagena Coffee Body Scrub and more. The spa’s oils, lotions and aromatherapy are sourced from organic, botany-based skincare line Naturopathica. www.hotelcasasanagustin.com
The Ultima Spa at Ultima Gstaad
Located in the buzzy alpine village of Gstaad, Switzerland, Ultima Gstaad opened in January 2017 as the newest luxury hotel in the area. At the center of the hotel’s experience is the luxurious Ultima Spa adorned with bronze, rich fabrics and Italian Carrara marble. The spa offers a menu of opulent face and body treatments, and one-of-a-kind therapeutic massages for women and men, including a Caviar Massage, Ice Crystal Facial, Diamond Perfection Body Treatment and more.
In collaboration with world-renowned La Prairie, Ultima Spa’s face and body treatments feature exclusive anti-aging cellular therapy products infused with properties known to hydrate, purify and regenerate the skin. The spa also includes a corresponding Aesthetic Clinic, which enhances the Ultima Spa menu with optional DNA Testing, laser treatments and customized aesthetic solutions. The expansive facility also boasts a Detox Bar, hammam, sauna, swimming pool, hot tub, beauty bar and more for the ultimate wellness and beauty experience. www.ultimagstaad.com