Yes, Wine Can Actually Be Healthy—These 6 Destination Spas Are Proof
A new season approaches, and it’s time for a reset—a good old-fashioned wellness retreat. But even though we could all use another getaway, must we let go of our glass of wine? We’re fans of detoxes in every shape and form, but sometimes you need a little more than cucumber water to take stress levels down a notch.
Rest easy—around the world, high-style spas with an appreciation for high-spirits aren’t afraid to mix up traditional treatments with a nod to vintages—the kind made from grapes. Instead of sipping, you can soak in tubs full of saké or amino acids, or you can grape-stomp your way to bliss while increasing your circulation. There’s a word for wine as medicine—it’s called oenotherapy—but we’re calling it about time. After all, what better way to make your mood sparkle than by indulging it with sparkling wine?
Raise your glass—these destination spas around the world offer vino experiences for the ultimate wine-down.
Let a "Spa Sommelier" Test Your Senses
Just over 100 miles outside of Madrid, Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine is set within a former 12th-century abbey surrounded by some of the Spain’s most celebrated vineyards—of course, the retreat boasts 500 acres of its own grapes, in case you’re counting. The rustic conversion sees guest rooms refashioned out of monks’ former cells, while a 10,000-square-foot spa takes it home with oenotherapy-inspired treatments. A special spa sommelier begins the experience by sampling wines and testing your senses with oils in order to gauge the best treatments—all designed after the region’s winemaking history.
Boost Circulation by Stomping Grapes
If you’re under the Tuscan sun, you might as well go over the top at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco. The charmed property perches in the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that rests in the Brunello di Montalcino wine region. It’s every bit as quintessential as you’d imagine an 800-year-old Tuscan estate to be—rolling hills, rustic villas, golden sunsets—while the spa, housed within the wine cellar, is an unexpected perk. Upon harvest season, the aptly named “Harvest Ritual” is a signature treatment inspired by the traditional wine-making process; guests crush the area’s Sangiovese grapes with their feet to improve circulation before they’re scrubbed from head to toe for a brilliant refresh.
Relax and Unwind
Soak in Warm Wine and Fresh Grapes
For a high-style retreat, head south to Chile’s Millahue Valley where Viña Vik is downright celestial—the contemporary resort is somewhat of a pilgrimage for art and design lovers, thanks to its tin, glass, and concrete aesthetic, while the focus on wine swirls throughout the estate’s 11,000 acres and active vineyards. The estate’s vintages are never in short supply, but for guests who can’t get enough, they can skip the infinity pool and head to The Wine Spa: A steamy bath featuring wine and fresh grapes is among the signature treatments. Why sip when you can soak?
Pair Wine With Your Treatment
Among medieval castles and monasteries, Austria’s Northern wine country is blessed with stellar white grapes—not to mention, a sensational spa. Tucked into the sprawling region of red-roof homes and rolling hills, there’s contrast at Loisium Wine & Spa Resort, a designer retreat by architect Stephen Holl that overlooks the estate’s vineyards. You can dip into a biological bathing pond at the foot of grapevines, but if you want to soak in the terroir, head to the spa. Here a designated sommelier recommends a range of daily wine pairings—yes, to pair with the treatments—while an array of wine-infused amenities will bring you closer to the grape; massages are rich with grape seed oils sourced from a nearby vineyard, and exfoliating scrubs are made from seasonal grape seeds.
Bathe in Rice Wine
From the same culture that brought us forest bathing, a new riff on Japan’s esteemed spirit, saké, is flowing from the source. Less than a year old, the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto opened in Japan’s ancient former capital, and in true resort-fashion, it rounded out its facilities with a stunning spa. Rooted in ceremony, treatments often meditate around several phases, but our favorite phase is the ritual of the bath, for which the property is now filling with rice wine. Drawing inspiration from heritage saké breweries of Kyoto, the bath gets a healthy dose of amino acids from the craft beverage, designed to soften the skin after a boozy soak.
Get Silky-Soft Skin With a Cabernet Scrub
Closer to home, over 120 wineries flourish in central New York’s Finger Lakes region, where Mirbeau Inn & Spa nestles into the terrain just a stone’s throw from Skaneateles Lake. The inn has a quotient for charm, and it surrounds a lily-dotted pond, while the focal point is the submerged spa. Evoking the sanguine region, a wrap is made with wine and honey warmed together for a rich and hydrating experience, while a Crushed Cabernet Scrub made of grape seed, brown sugar, and honey drains excess toxins. Better yet? The inn’s self-service wine station is particularly cheery: Guests can choose from 24 rotating wines whenever they choose to indulge.
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