A woman undergoing a laser treatment, Titan, for skin tightening and to treat facial wrinkles at Chiva-Som, Thailand A woman undergoing a laser treatment, Titan, for skin tightening and to treat facial wrinkles at Chiva-Som, Thailand
The Gili Lankanfushi Resort in the Maldives sprawls outward across turquoise waters The Gili Lankanfushi Resort in the Maldives sprawls outward across turquoise waters
The steam room at Kupu Kupu Barong Villas + Mango Tree Spa, Bali is infused with cleansing essential oils that also help induce relaxation The steam room at Kupu Kupu Barong Villas + Mango Tree Spa, Bali is infused with cleansing essential oils that also help induce relaxation
Guests may wish to practice yoga in the cool early mornings at the Como Shambhala Estate, Bali Guests may wish to practice yoga in the cool early mornings at the Como Shambhala Estate, Bali
Beach Villa interior at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia Beach Villa interior at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia
Kinesis Smooth Style Weight Training at Chiva-Som, Thailand Kinesis Smooth Style Weight Training at Chiva-Som, Thailand
Enriching creams and oils for guest’s use at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong Enriching creams and oils for guest’s use at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong
Tai Chi class – Traditional Chinese Medicine embraces the classic Taoist belief of a holistic and preventive approach to health Tai Chi class – Traditional Chinese Medicine embraces the classic Taoist belief of a holistic and preventive approach to health
The Leelawadee Suite at Chiva-Som, Thailand The Leelawadee Suite at Chiva-Som, Thailand
Sound meditation on the beach at Chiva-Som, Thailand Sound meditation on the beach at Chiva-Som, Thailand
Therapist practicing yoga at Absolute Sanctuary, Thailand Therapist practicing yoga at Absolute Sanctuary, Thailand
The more popular scrubs in Bali today include volcanic clay-based ingredients The more popular scrubs in Bali today include volcanic clay-based ingredients
A woman relaxing at the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia A woman relaxing at the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia
The Estate Suite sundeck at Como Shambhala Estate, Bali surrounded by lush greenery is most suitable for quiet contemplation and relaxation The Estate Suite sundeck at Como Shambhala Estate, Bali surrounded by lush greenery is most suitable for quiet contemplation and relaxation

Spa Trends

A spa trend that has recently emerged and is fast gaining popularity is medical tourism, where people travel abroad for medical as well as aesthetic treatments. Large hospitals in India and Thailand, for instance, can perform hip and knee replacements at a fraction of what it costs in Europe. What’s more, many of these hospitals in Asia are fully integrated with spas, and we are witnessing today the advent of a chic new Medispa concept where healthcare and hospitality are linked; where patients are now guests, and where patient-centred medicine and people-centred care are priorities. Medispas like these combine the most sophisticated medical diagnostic equipment and techniques with up-to-the-minute cosmetic procedures, luxurious spa facilities and services, all led by multidisciplinary teams of medically qualified doctors, healthcare professionals, traditional practitioners and other wellness experts such as nutritionists and dieticians.

 

Destination spas are on the increase too. These well-being retreats are exclusively focused on helping individuals develop and maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle through a combination of nutritious spa cuisine workshops, comprehensive programmes of fitness and stress reduction classes, therapeutic spa treatments and life enhancing seminars. Many destination spas also conduct specialised therapy sessions on stress management, smoking cessation, visualisation, hypnosis, writing workshops and other healing and energising modalities. In an environment exclusively geared towards fitness, healthy eating, relaxation and renewal, these destination spas are delivering the results sophisticated clients demand. In fact, research has shown that people who routinely visit destination spas are fitter; happier, healthier, more alert and more agile than regular vacationers.

 

The rise of a more holistic and life-enhancing spa model is undoubtedly fuelled by the gross inadequacies of traditional Western healthcare systems, and our need to reduce the stress that is induced by the modern world. Instead of treating specific symptoms, this new paradigm embraces a preventive approach to healthcare by treating the body and mind as one. Whether people travel between countries or within their own countries for spa escapes, they are seeking cutting-edge medical and wellness treatments at competitive prices.

 

Whether the purpose to visit Destination Spas + Medispas is for clinical medical procedures, cosmetic dentistry, dermatology or spiritual-oriented therapies, the ultimate goal of achieving a balanced, vibrant mind and body is the same, and this growing phenomenon is set to change the way healthcare is perceived across the world.