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The 4 Greatest Luxury Day Spas Around the World
There is a false attitude towards beauty therapists that the highest career goal they can reach is working in a nail salon. As any beauty therapist who’s ever worked in a day spa at a deluxe five-star resort can tell you, this is not the case.
There are countless opportunities for certified beauty therapists across the globe, working in the most exotic and picturesque places imaginable. Here are a few of our favourites:
The Bulgari Resort Spa, Bali
The Bulgari Resort Bali is where exquisite Italian style and design meets traditional Balinese culture. Situated on Bali’s Jimbaran Peninsula, the palatial resort is perched on a 150-metre high cliff top overlooking the ocean, a unique location that provides breathtaking views of both the sunrise and sunset.
The spa itself is housed in an authentic hand-carved Javanese joglo, dismantled piece by piece and meticulously reassembled at the resort. It provides luxurious treatments that integrate Asian and European approaches including ESPA body wraps, intensive facials and holistic massages, reflexology and Ayurvedic hot stone massages.
As a world renowned luxury icon, Bulgari expects its therapists and customer service specialists to convey the brand’s timeless glamour and magnificent heritage.
With a small team of four therapists, positions are extremely competitive. However, Bulgari also has plans to open three new hotels and resorts in Shanghai, Beijing and Dubai next year with a host of professional spa and beauty opportunities.
Six Senses Spa at Zighy Bay, Oman
Getting to the Six Senses Zighy Bay is like something from the latest Mission: Impossible flick. You can either take a 4WD over the sand dunes or paraglide down the side of a mountain. But when you finally get there, paradise awaits.
Zighy Bay is a secluded oasis resort nestled between the rugged mountains of the Musandam Peninsula and the azure waters of the Gulf of Oman. Accommodations are built in a traditional Arabian style with every modern amenity available.
The Six Senses Spa (pictured) offers a range of innovative and integrated wellness programs and ancient holistic rituals, with some taking three hours and others going across three days. There is a strong focus on traditional indigenous treatments including hammams, body scrubs sourced from local coffee and frankincense essential oil massage.
Six Senses requires all its spa therapists to have a CIDESCO-accredited or equivalent qualification and previous experience at a luxury spa is preferred but not essential.
Recently Oman has become a budding tourist hub in the Middle East, located less than two hours from Dubai. But for those who prefer sticking to the beaten track, Six Senses has nine resorts and 27 spas across the globe, including China, Portugal, Thailand and Vietnam.
One&Only Reethi Rah Spa, Maldives
Ever see photos of a tropical island paradise and think, I wish I was there… Well, that’s pretty much what One&Only Reethi Rah is like. The secluded island retreat is situated on idyllic sand-white beaches overlooking the dazzling blue waters of the Kaafu Atoll’s lagoon.
Created together with luxury skincare brand ESPA, the One&Only Spa has individual treatment villas. For couples, dual-private suites are accessible via a secluded walkway, allow simultaneous treatments with divine ocean views.
The spa also offers vitality pools, steam rooms, saunas and watsu pool, with treatments inspired by Ayurvedic traditions that promote holistic rejuvenation.
One&Only caters exclusively for the ultra-luxury market and their staff works tirelessly to fulfil the individual needs of guests. They employ beauty therapists with passion, commitment and creativity as well as a desire to be inspired and challenged.
Sitting smack in the middle of the Indian Ocean, The Maldives is pretty remote. But if you like the sound of working for One&Only, they also have resorts in The Bahamas, Mexico, South Africa, Mauritius and Australia (Hayman Island and The Blue Mountains) and have plans to open new resorts in China, Montenegro and Bahrain.
Talise Spa, Dubai
Our final day spa is located in no less than the Burj Al Arab, the world’s only 7-star hotel. With a guest list including Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid, Claudia Schiffer and Roger Federer, Talise Spa is where the rich and famous go to be pampered.
Like everything in Dubai, the Burj Al Arab is all about OTT luxury and bling (all in-house guests get a 24-carat gold iPads and can hire a chauffeured Rolls-Royce) and Talise Spa is no exception.
Housed across two levels with sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf and Downtown Dubai, it offers customers high quality treatment products from prominent houses such as La Prairie, Sundari and THÉMAÉ.
To say Talise Spa is customer-focussed is an understatement. Paying as much as $24,000 a night for a penthouse suite, guests expect only the highest quality of service imaginable. In addition to technical experience, it is essential that therapists possess exceptional people skills, including the ability to interact with customers across a broad range of cultures and nationalities.
Beauty therapists are required to perform professional spa and treatment services to the highest standards and are required to undergo continued professional development as part of their employment.
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