The skin-care salon specializes in European-style treatments, thanks to owner Lavinia Borcau's upbringing in Romania, where she learned to blend the techniques of modern skin care with Old World philosophies. As a result, Lavinia Borcau Skin Care's staff of experienced aestheticians is particularly lauded for its waxing treatments, which are performed using natural beeswax sans natural bees for much-needed pain reduction. This wax will be used for the entire Brazilian bikini depilatory experience ($60), allowing you to samba away the summer without suffering embarrassing friction burns. Finally, an infrared sauna treatment ($35) will drain body swamps of toxins and unused terror sweat while rejuvenating humid brains with a clarifying dry heat. A shower will be immediately available for cleaning off any liquid mercury or dark humors that get evacuated from your pores.
It can be tough to find a decent cup of tea when you're climbing in the Himalayas. But Alantra Spa has created the next-best thing by selling teas near its salt room. After a calming session in the salty, mountain-like air—which can help alleviate respiratory and skin problems—guests can take home tea to indulge in a piping mug of mango rose or chocolate chai at home.
The tea is one of the touches that highlights Alantra's holistic view on wellness. The staff aims to lead clients toward both physical and mental serenity, whether they're administering an Aveda facial or leading a guided meditation session. During massages, they can implement deep-tissue techniques for chronic soreness, or use the focused touch of acupressure to realign the body's energy meridians, which can promote healing and recharge the car battery behind your heart. For long-term health and comfort, registered dietitians are also onsite to customize food plans around different lifestyles.