Airline travel has become so stressful that, once you arrive at your final destination, it can take two days just to unwind from long security lines and packed flights. In response to our collective travel anxiety and growing interest in beauty tourism, several airlines and airports around the world are expanding their spa facilities to include unique and enticing treatments.
In the past, flight delays meant slouching in uncomfortable chairs with headphones plastered to your ears hoping to catch forty winks under the glare of florescent lights. Now, depending on where you roam, you can get a virtual reality massage, spray tan, oxygen therapy or a cooling treatment designed to revive tired, jet-lagged legs meaning we’re no longer dreading the travel part of our trip.
Ahead are 10 of the most exciting airport spa treatments you’ll find here and around the globe.
A Virtual Reality Massage
Where: Be Relax Spa at Dubai International Airport
Why: If you’re raveling to or from Dubai this summer, you owe it to yourself to make a pit stop at the Be Relax Spa in Dubai International Airport to try out the strangest spa treatment we’ve heard of in a while: a virtual reality massage. Escape the stress of travel by getting a foot massage while you submerge yourself in VR scenarios that include observing dolphins swimming, elephants in their natural habitat, and a 360-degree view from a hot air balloon ride. You’ll find this treat in all DXB concourses after security.
Jetlag Leg Treatment
Where: Etihad Airways Premium Lounges, Abu Dhabi Airport
Why: The Jetlag Leg Treatment (and other spa treatments) are only available to First and Business class passengers on Etihad Airways at Abu Dhabi Airport’s Six Senses Spa. This 15 or 25 minute treatment involves a leg scrub and cooling compressions that reduces swelling after flights. You can also get a warm stone foot massage, exfoliating facial, or an under-eye treatment that combines acupressure with lymphatic movement for reduced puffiness.
Seaweed And Gold Facials
Where: JFK International Airport in New York City and LAX in Los Angeles
Why: XpresSpa, which has posts at both JFK and LAX, offers two utterly luxe facial treatments. The XPres Spa Enrich Seaweed Facial relies on two different exfoliants and a nourishing seaweed mask that’s rich in amino acids, vitamins, and minerals to leave skin instantly smoother. The Golden Glow Gel Face Mask is a hydrogel face mask made with actual gold and botanical extracts that helps reveal glowy skin. Both treatments are ideal for warding off the thirsty, tight skin synonymous with long-haul flights.
You can find XpresSpa at Terminal 1 across from Gate 5, Terminal 4 at Concourse A, Terminal 4 at Concourse B, and Terminal 4 across from Gate 39
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Cinnamon Oxygen Bar
Where: Oxygen Lounge JUKO at Narita International Airport in Toyko, Japan
Why: Because regular air is so boring (and also often polluted and scarce on flights), the self-service Oxygen Lounge in Tokyo’s airport brings you the opportunity to breathe in fresh O2 that has been infused with relaxing aromas. You can choose from scented oxygen like cinnamon, lime, and eucalyptus menthol. Some say inhaling oxygen can reduce stress and even enhance your skin’s radiance (though it’s important to be honest and realistic: there’s no science to back these claims). Also: make sure you do your research about health risks for certain conditions before you indulge in a little O2 therapy.
Miami Spray Tan
Where: Jetsetter Spa at Miami International Airport
Why: You didn’t think you could leave—or enter, for that matter—Miami without some semblance of a (fake) tan, did you? At the Jetsetter Spa, located on the second level of South Terminal H, you can strip down to your bikini for a quick spray tan and also get a manicure, pedicure, and massage. You’ll be beach-ready before you even step out of the airport.
A-Lift Anti-Aging Facial
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Where: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Spa At Heathrow Airport, London
Why: No, you can’t get Botox (yet) at Heathrow Airport, but if you are a member of the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, you can book an A-Lift anti-aging facial treatment. The15 or 30 minute non-invasive treatment uses nano-current technology to lift, tone, and promote lymphatic drainage. Your collagen production will get a boost and your skin should appear instantly smoother and more radiant. The Clubhouse also operates at London Gatwick, London Revivals, and New York JFK airports.
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Where: Vitality Wellbeing & Fitness Center at Hamad International Airport in Qatar
Why: Come for the Insta-worthy 25-metre temperature-controlled indoor pool at this airport spa(which looks like something from a Sci-Fi flick), but stay for the hydrotherapy ancient practice involves using hot and cold water to relax your muscles, improve circulation, and (potentially) boost your immune system. Fans of hydrotherapy swear it can help you sleep better, something you’ll need after or before a long flight, and can calm pre-flight jitters and sniffles.
Ayurvedic Foot Massage
Where: The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa in Portland International Airport, U.S.
Why: If you’re the sort of wellness enthusiast who knows the importance of taking care of your feet for your overall health, you’ll find a kindred soul in this Portland spa. Incredible foot-centric treatments include Pad Abhyangha, an Ayurvedic foot massage that focuses on key energy centres called marma points, and has been known to relieve anxiety, hypertension, insomnia, cramps, you name it. The spa’s Foot Baths are worth boarding your flight a little later: choose among a menu that includes a warm milk foot bath, healing Himalayan pink salt bath, and an anti-inflammatory honey bath. You’ll find this spa past security in Concourse C.
Complimentary Clarins Facials
Where: Air France lounge at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris
Why: Paris is synonymous with luxury skincare, which is why it makes perfect sense that Air France passengers can benefit from complimentary Clarins facials. Using plant-based products, Clarins facialists diagnose your specific skin type and skin concerns and design a treatment suited to your skin needs. You’ll board your flight with already-glowing skin and a bag filled with luxury skincare goodies.
Sensitive Skin Facial
Where: Absolute Spa at Vancouver International Airport, Canada
Why: When you have sensitive skin or rosacea and are prone to inflammation and redness, the stress of flying can really take its toll on your skin. Few traditional spas make taming red skin their number one priority, but the Soother Facial at Absolute Spa is a 60-minute treatment that incorporates aloe vera leaf extract, allantoin, rose geranium, and peptides to reduce redness and thoroughly hydrate irritated, dry skin. This spa also deserves recognition for providing a massage and sandalwood facial designed specifically for pregnant passengers.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK