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Lotus Spas Pamper Princess Passengers
Relaxing Retreat Offers Rejuvenation of Body, Mind and Spirit
A tranquil environment, exotic therapies and beautiful décor transport guests to a relaxing retreat aboard each Princess ship -- in the vessel’s signature Lotus Spa®. With a menu of dozens of calming and rejuvenating treatments, the Lotus Spa experience has come to be one of the highlights of many guests’ Princess vacation.
First introduced aboard Golden Princess in 2001, the Lotus Spa concept is featured in state-of-the-art facilities designed to give guests the opportunity to renew mind, body and spirit. The spas offer a full range of body and facial treatments, relaxing steam and sauna facilities, and a salon featuring hair and nail services. The facilities also offer extensive fitness spaces with the latest exercise machines and group classes designed to give guests the opportunity to stay in shape or start a new regime on their vacation.
Lotus Spa treatments may be reserved prior to the cruise through Princess’ on-line Cruise Personalizer.
Spa Treatment Options
Princess’ Lotus Spas feature a relaxing atmosphere and treatments inspired by ancient therapies and rituals from the Far East and the most contemporary Western technologies. Highlights include a series of unique spa and beauty treatments to pamper guests including Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy, Elemis Face and Body Sensation (which includes an “ice-cool thermal muscle massage” followed by the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial), Exotic Lime & Ginger Salt Glow with Massage, and a couples massage in the suite reserved for two. Other favorites include Elemis Oxydermy Facial, Deep Tissue Muscle Massage and body wraps such as the Elemis Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage. The spa also features Acupuncture services and Medispa skin treatments.
The extensive spa facilities include sauna, steam rooms, and on many ship, a thermal suite. A communal relaxation center, the thermal suite offers different grottos and chambers that release a variety of dry heat, steam and mists into the air with aromatherapy filled vapors. Spa goers can relax on a warm stone bed designed to make the pressures of life melt away. Daily and weekly passes are available for regular use of the thermal suite. A number of ships also feature a rasul room in which couples can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of steam and dry heat in a private climate-controlled treatment suite with mud for self-application.
The spa's salon offers hand and foot pampering with choices such as the Elemis Pro-Collagen Hand and Nail Treatment with Manicure, Elemis Sole Delight Foot Treatment with Pedicure, paraffin wax dips, plus a variety of other manicure and pedicure choices. Haircut, coloring, styling options and teeth whitening round out the salon options.
Male visitors to the spa will enjoy the “Time for Men” menu featuring comfortable, fuss-free services. The Barber on Board program lets men settle back in a comfortable barber station where they can indulge in luxurious shaves, as well as soothing face and scalp massages. Other pampering options for men include special hair care, facials and body treatments that appeal to male guests.
Teens will find a selection of spa treatment options just for them with the YSPA program, especially for ages 13 to 17. Whether they opt to escape from school stress with a Heavenly Massage or enjoy a Fabulous Fruity Facial, teens can indulge in spa treatments alone (if 16 or older with parental permission) or choose some bonding time with a Mother and Daughter Paradise Massage, or Father and Son Chill Out Massage.
Shipboard fitness centers offer a wide range of invigorating classes, including such popular options as cycling, Pilates, yoga, stretch, and abs classes. Among the more popular options are TRX® Suspension Training® -- a revolutionary method of functional training using a suspension trainer and bodyweight exercises that originated with the U.S. Navy SEALS – and Body Sculpt Boot Camp, which is designed to be completed with only 1 dumbbell making the continuity from cruise to home easy. Body Sculpt participants can expect to burn up to 700 calories in the 40 minute class, and each receives a take-home poster/program which outlines all the exercises and breaks the program up into four manageable workouts.
Other advanced options available on many ships include one-on-one training and body composition analysis. The fitness center also offers a range of complimentary classes and seminars including Detox for Health & Weight Loss and Relieving Back Pain and Improving Posture with Good Feet.
Princess’ larger vessels also feature a popular swim-against-the-current spa pool in which swimmers can test their endurance against an adjustable current for a workout that can equal many laps in a traditional pool.
Especially Aboard Royal Princess
Royal Princess (and soon sister ship Regal Princess) offers an even more specious spa, with a number of unique features. With more treatment rooms than any other Princess spa, guests can enjoy new options, including private Couples Villas and The Enclave – a thermal suite that is triple the size of any existing Lotus Spa.
The Enclave – The central feature of Princess’ largest-ever thermal suite has a dramatic hydro-therapy pool to help rejuvenate the mind and body with a cascading rain shower and therapeutic air jets in various locations around the pool. Guests can also choose to relax on heated stone beds or soothing water beds, plus enjoy steam and sauna options using different temperatures, humidity zones, and aroma infusions to offer a sense of rejuvenation. New features include:
- The Hammam – A Turkish-style steam bath to enhance well-being, the Hammam’s warm marble slab is a soothing addition to a massage and can be used with clay, mud or salt treatments.
- The Caldarium – A feature taken from Roman times, this warm, light steam ceramic chamber offers an infusion of herbal aromas. Walls, floors and seats are heated for a deep penetrating warmth that promotes relaxation.
- The Laconium – This warm, dry chamber gradually warms the body to help with purification and detoxification.
- Sensory Showers – Guests can choose from four different experiences: Tropical Rain, Cold Mist, Rain Shower or Siberian Shower, which also include dynamic mood lighting and aromas to enrich the experience.
Scrub & Shine Bar–As a prelude to any spa treatment, or as an addition to use in The Enclave, guests can get recommendations from a “mixologist” for the perfect scrubs to complement their treatments. The bar offers a selection of salt and sugar scrubs to choose from, which can be “spiced up” by adding a mixture of herbs.