Spa Culture

Europe’s variety of climates and cultures results in an array of indigenous wellness therapies, which to the north includes saunas and invigorating massages. To the south, these rituals call upon aromatic plants and aquatic cures with origins in ancient mythology’s deities, who blessed natural springs with healing powers. These sacred pools were used to treat corporeal and spiritual ailments and so served as the predecessors to modern spas.
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  • Yoghurt and Honey - Europe Spas

    Yoghurt and Honey

    Renowned worldwide as an epicurean combination, yoghurt and honey are equally nourishing when applied topically. Honey’s calming, antiseptic qualities reduce redness and inflammation and draw out impurities, while yoghurt is celebrated for its smoothing, anti-aging benefits. Paired together, they soothe skin and support a clear complexion.
  • Swedish Massage - Europe Spas

    Swedish Massage

    Combining ancient Greek and Roman massage techniques, Swedish massage promotes relaxation with long, gliding strokes at the same time it increases blood oxygenation, thereby decreasing toxins, improving circulation, and promoting healing.

  • Ouzo and Cretan Raki - Europe Spas

    Ouzo and Cretan Raki

    While Greece’s famous spirits are best known for their intoxicating qualities, in the spa they are infused into massage oils to activate the senses, boost circulation, and relieve aching muscles.
  • Olive Oil - Europe Spas

    Olive Oil

    Olive oil’s roots date back to 37,000 B.C., and it has been praised by everyone from Homer to Hippocrates, who deemed it “the great healer.” Today, the oil is utilized in nourishing, invigorating massages, wraps, and facials, which benefit from its emollient, moisturizing, and antiseptic properties.
  • Arctic Cloudberries - Europe Spas

    Arctic Cloudberries

    Celebrated for their high nutritional value, arctic cloudberries are native to the swamp areas of Northern Europe. From the rose family of plants, these rare berries are used in facials, wraps, and masks to promote stronger, younger, more radiant skin, thanks to their high concentrates of vitamins C, A, and E; Omegas 3 and 6; carotene; phytosterols; and antioxidants.
  • Thalassotherapy - Europe Spas


    Named for the Greek word thalassa, or “sea,” thalassotherapy replenishes the body, refines the skin, and rejuvenates the mind with a variety of sea-based treatments that range from warm seawater showers to mud or algae masks and wraps.

  • Grapes - Europe Spas


    Grapes, their seeds, and their byproduct, wine, have been used for medicinal and beautifying purposes since 4500 B.C. Beyond their nutritional and cardiovascular-boosting properties, they posses antioxidants that fight free radicals and aging. Additionally, grapes are rich in amino acids, vitamin C, and vitamin E, which boost skin renewal and help prevent sun damage.
  • Saunas - Europe Spas


    Ubiquitous in Northern Europe, with origins in Finland, saunas play an integral role in overall health. They unite water vapor and high heat in an enclosed area to produce wellness benefits that have been lauded to: relieve stress, relax and soothe muscles, flush toxins, cleanse skin, boost the immune system, promote weight loss, lower blood pressure, and more.
  • Aromatic Oils - Europe Spas

    Aromatic Oils

    The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates promoted a holistic approach to wellness that prized aromatherapy. This tradition lives on via soothing, restorative therapies that tap into the Mediterranean’s native fragrances, which range from orange and lemon to lavender and eucalyptus to fig, mastic, and marjoram.