• Annabel Langley

    You sample local produce when you dine, so why not unwind with the scent of Croatian lavender, or Mexican coconut butter? Our Sensimar hotels offer spa treatments using home-grown ingredients. In honour of National Spa Week, here’s our pick of the best…

    Italian Chocolate

    Italy’s good taste in food doesn’t stop with pasta. If you eat, sleep and dream chocolate, this is the treatment for you. And Grand Hotel Nastro Azzurro has worked out another way for you to get your fix. It starts with a cocoa powder and butter scrub to moisturise and firm the skin. Then, you can melt into your own Wonka-inspired world with a chocolate massage. Basically, you’ll feel as good as you smell.


    Cypriot Donkey’s Milk

    Cleopatra supposedly bathed in donkey’s milk to keep her skin soft and wrinkle-free. In Cyprus, the milk has been used for centuries. So, it’s the perfect place to channel your inner pharaoh with a soothing milk bath. The Atlantic Bay Hotel throws in a coffee peeling, too, which is great for tightening pores and rejuvenating cells.

    Croatian Lavender

    The cure-all lavender plant is the main ingredient in a massage at Sensimar Makarska. The flower is found in everything from body oils to food, thanks to its therapeutic properties. Not only does it smell nice, but it also helps relax the muscles, improve circulation and clean the skin. Croatia also happens to be one of the world’s largest producers of lavender – in Hvar, the hillsides are covered in it.


    Turkish Olive Oil

    Acne-fighting, sunburn-soothing and skin-moisturising – these are just a few of the benefits of olive oil. That’s why the Barut Andiz Hotel has created a massage dedicated to it. The country and olive oil go way back. In fact, oil wrestling has been around since Persian times. These days, olive trees outweigh the Turkish population, with 3 trees to every person.

    Mexican Coconut Butter

    You don’t get much more Caribbean than coconut. As well as being a tasty snack, coconut butter is perfect for dry and stressed-out skin. You’ll be slathered in the stuff at El Dorado Seaside Suites by Karisma, and you won’t have to move a muscle to wash it off. Simply lie back while water jets spray over you – leaving your skin clean and baby-soft.


    Greek Gold

    OK, it’s not a food, but it’s so good we couldn’t leave it out. Give your skin the Midas touch with a 24-karat gold treatment at Oceanis Beach & Spa Resort. The ancient Greeks started mining for the precious metal, but it’s good for more than pretty jewellery. This massage coats your body in gold-infused oil, which helps to hydrate and firm the skin. It’ll leave you smelling like a bed of roses, too, because the oil has a subtle floral scent.

    Which treatment would you go for?