From a couple of simple massage chairs to elaborate and enormous full-scale spa and wellness centers, we’ve taken a look at some of the airport spas and parlors which are increasingly proliferating the world’s airports.
You’ve been there before. Your flight is delayed by an hour, which you recognize is likely a very optimistic estimate. You’re sitting on the uncomfortable, too-small seat and surrounded on all sides by screaming children and those who feel the need to loudly voice
Take a look at these heavenly havens for the weary traveler.
Timeless Spa, Dubai
Half-back massages and manicures are the order of the day here, giving passengers some welcome physical relief before they board their outward-bound planes. Here you can even have your hair styled and beard trimmed – ideal for business travelers jumping straight into the thick of it after their flight.
Even better, though, is the full-service spa located at Airport Hotel. Here you can be treated to full body massages, delivering a tingling warmness from head to toe. For those looking for even more
While massage parlors and spas may seem like something you book a month in advance and take a day off work to enjoy, they are being seen more and more in airports across the world. The logic is simple: provide a spontaneous, stress-relieving massage in one of the more stressful environments a person is likely to find themselves in. The results are obvious. A four or five-hour flight is infinitely more palatable if you’re physically loose and limber, particularly in the parts of your body that will tense up during times of stress – the shoulders, back,
OM Spa, Hong Kong
Making sure the air travel aspect of your trip goes well is key to the success of the rest of your trip. Whether you’re visiting Australia as a business traveler or on your way to Argentina for a family excursion, arriving at your destination stressed isn’t ideal. Taking care of as many things in advance as possible, for instance an airport transfer in Honk Kong, is key to a successful trip, but ensuring peace of mind and body during your flight is essential too. The OM Spa in the Regal Hotel at Hong Kong Airport caters to both hotel guests and travelers with a few hours to play with.
The bamboo decor and rooms adorned with freshly-picked flowers are in stark contrast to the enormous, bustling airport and city the spa is located in. A tamarind body scrub will have your skin feeling fresh and hydrated and a Sabai hot stone massage might just be the finishing touch you need before stepping aboard your flight. The Eastern take on an airport spa is exemplified by the option of a rejuvenating jasmine milk bath – a style synonymous with Hong Kong.
Back to Life Spa, Amsterdam
One of the best offerings on the European continent is the Back to Life Spa at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. As one of the major European crossroads, Amsterdam deals with an enormous number of international visitors flying into the city every day. Whether you’re coming in from the States and touching down for a couple of hours before jetting off again, or you’re leaving from Amsterdam and have found your flight has been delayed for a while, making use of the on-site spa facilities is a great idea. The futuristic design is reminiscent of a sci-fi film, with various contraptions and machines designed to give travelers the opportunity to unwind before a long distance flight.
The spa may be the best in the world for offering such a comprehensive range of basic offerings (with a respectful nod to Ultimate Transit Haven at Singapore Changi Airport) – perfect if you’re looking for some deep tissue relaxation in a shorter time frame. A 20-minute chair massage will do the trick in most situations,
d_parture Spa, Newark
Newark is a city that has experienced a great deal of change. Forever in the shadow of its famous cousin to the east, New York, Newark has emerged in the past couple of decades as a city of incredible depth and culture. Not so long ago, the idea that it would be the location for the world’s greenest airports spas would have drawn curious looks. Now, however, Newark International Airport is home to the d_parture Spa, perhaps the most eco-orientated airport spa in the world.
Built almost exclusively from sustainable materials like reclaimed glass and bamboo flooring, d_parture Spa offers a treatment for travelers that you won’t feel guilty for making use of. An altitude protection facial is a good idea for reinforcing the skin before you are exposed to the pressure changes in air travel. For those whose sinuses are also easy victims to flying, a scalp and eye massage