Think of a spa break and you are automatically likely to think of a health spa, wondering around a plush carpeted resort in a gown and indulging in a massage or a facial.
They tend to be marketed more at females and in the UK are heavily related to beauty and wellbeing, but its not just about getting your nails painted and a dip in the Jacuzzi. A spa break or treatment can have a positive contribution towards wellbeing and is an ideal activity combined with fitness.
We are very fortunate here in the Algarve to have a considerable choice when it comes to Spas; my top 3 in the area are as follows:
1) Undoubtedly the Spa at The Conrad Hilton, This state of the art spa centre offers unique facilities including; Oxygen Infusion and Inhalation Therapies as well as Private Outdoor Spa Cabanas and The Conrad Signature Radiant Body Treatment is ideal after an intense exercise session.
2) The Royal Spa at Vale do Lobo is a real sanctuary. The Spa´s aim is to provide ultimate relaxation but also to address health objectives such as- weight loss, skin conditions, fitness, stress management, anti-ageing, detoxification, muscular skeletal problems and illness.
3) Ria Park Hotel and Spa is a large facility with 12 treatment rooms and a detailed spa menu with a large variety of bespoke treatments and packages.
The main facilities within a Spa that are very beneficial for well-being are not just the lovely comfortable loungers!
A Sauna may seem a 70’s Swedish fascination but it can in fact flush the harmful toxins from your body if followed by rehydration, drinking lots of water. It relieves the aches and pains of everyday and leaves you relaxed and calm.
Ice Baths and Scrubs are a new sensation for many and not just suitable for the Eskimos and Penguins, usually found wet side it is ideal when rubbed into the skin to reinvigorate and refresh and stimulate blood flow, it is also found to be helpful for those with skin conditions when applied directly.
Jacuzzi or Spa Baths are the most popular facilities in a spa, dipping a toe into a warm relaxing bath instantly brings calm and serenity, not only this but sitting in a Jacuzzi for a period of time has a number of benefits, both physical and mental it can be used to help people with osteoporosis, as the buoyancy obtained in a Jacuzzi, along with light exercise performed underwater, can increase mobility and strength. Many of our private Villa residences include Spa and Jacuzzi Pools so these can be used in the comfort of your accommodation, even naked if that floats your boat!!
Steam Rooms are not just for those with a cold or a chesty cough, they increase circulation to the surface of the skin and make you sweat, which can be a pleasant sensation and has proven benefits for cardiovascular health. Both can also promote a healthy and deep sleep.
Massage is another benefit to be gained from a spa visit, with specialist techniques differing for relaxation, sports injury or stimulation there is something for each UP client dependent on their needs, spending time discussing your requirements from a massage with a therapist is key prior to treatment.
You can combine your trip to the Algarve with a spa visit or in fact make it the main focus of your holiday if that is what you require, that is the unique thing about UP, its entirely about you, if you want to while away the weekend in the Jacuzzi, let us arrange it for you.
So next time you visit a large hotel and spa or you visit us at UP take some time to relax or rejuvenate in a different way, after a hard days work out or night on the tiles take some down time and enjoy our wonderful facilities, just bring your swimsuit and let us take care of the rest.