As early as 25 B.C., Romans on the other hand, pampered their war-weary soldiers from battle to hot wells to treat wounds and war-beaten bodies, through the use of hot tubs. In the late 90’s the popularity of the benefits of going to spa has dramatically rose until at present, in response to the growing human needs.

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In ancient Egypt, records show that princesses used to bath in various essential oils such as rose petals, lavender, chamomile, and among others. After bathing, perfumes and lotions made from a combination of oils were then again applied as part of the daily beauty regimen. Even in the absence of modern technology, ancient people have their own unique way of doing their beauty enhancement procedures.

Nowadays, since spa salons are practically built so that services are offered as a one-stop shop, housing various services such as beauty parlors, coffee shops, gyms and fitness centers near each other, activities can be accomplished simultaneously. Furthermore, spa salons come in different themes such as Egyptian, Roman or tropical settings, inspired from various cultures and traditions.

The building, where a spa salon is housed located somewhere in Las Vegas, is designed like a pyramid with Egyptian motif such as hieroglyphic designs, palms, ankhs and Egyptian-inspired furniture and artworks. This spa offers Cleopatra-inspired treatments such as Queen Cleopatra milk bath, full body wrap and King Tut full body deep tissue massage employing ancient oils like frankincense and myrrh. After an Egyptian style of pampering, one can be treated to an ancient beer brewed from wheat spiced with anise and figs.

Since Romans love to party, Roman-inspired spa incorporates modern day spa facilities with a party setting. Some bathhouses can accommodate as many as fifty persons and when arranged, a disc jockey can be hired to take charge of the music at private parties while guests are relaxing at a Jacuzzi. Roman architecture and furniture are situated nearby where one can lay down while having a facial or body massage.

A Balinese-designed spa on the other hand, includes Koi ponds with plenty of plants on the surroundings and a Buddha, exudes an aura of Zen – serene and natural beauty, where a heated plunge pool and sauna await. Moreover, rooms good for two or more are available if one prefers a relaxing massage or a mind, body and spirit-rejuvenating spa treatment.

Whatever the themes are, spas share the same goal – to render a revitalizing and invigorating experience to troubled mind, body and soul using modern training and equipment, along with essential oils and herbs that shaped ageless beauties.

RafflesAmrita SpaRafflesAmrita Spa

"Amrita" is Sanskrit for the magical elixir of eternal youth, and though that’s not attainable (yet), RafflesAmrita Spa can make you feel as though you’re getting pretty close. The flagship spa is located in Raffles The Plaza offering more than 50,000 sq ft of space for blissful relaxation. Choose from an array of therapies and treatment regimes, including 10 different spa ritual packages.

80 Bras Basah Road, Level 6, Raffles The Plaza, Singapore 189560 Tel: +65 6431 5600 Fax: +65 6336 1161 Website: www.amritaspas.com Email: enquides@amritaspas.com Opening hours: Spa treatments: Daily: 10am-10pm. Fitness centre and spa facilities: Daily: 5.30am-11pm

Estheva SpaEstheva Spa

A luxuriously hip day spa located in the classy Palais Renaissance, Estheva Spa is a place where life is always a beautiful and rejuvenating experience. This is a favourite hideaway for celebrities and the well heeled, both local and overseas. Its anti-ageing and detoxifying programmes, such as Celebrity, Peel and Choc De-Ager, are reputed to deliver beautiful results even after the first session.

390 Orchard Road, Palais Renaissance, Level 3, Singapore 238871 Tel: +65 6733 9300 Fax: +65 6737 3991 Website: www.estheva.com Email: spa@estheva.com, Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-10pm; Sat-Sun: 10am-8pm

SPA la prairieSPA la prairie

Luxuriate in a Swiss spa experience right in the heart of Orchard Road. SPA La Prairie "The Art of Beauty" is a natural extension of La Prairie’s expertise in and commitment to the holistic concept of well being. Its age-fighting ingredients and state-of-the-art range of cellular treatments based on the exclusive La Prairie Cellular Complex, deliver nutrients essential to your skin.

333 Orchard Road, 03-18/19 Meritus Mandarin Singapore, Singapore 238867 Tel: +65 6235 5893 Fax: +65 6734 1158 Website: www.essencebeauty.com Email: mandadn@essencebeauty.com

In the UK, indulge yourself in an exotic spa treatment at a Salon Worcester after a stressful week and be invigorated to face the coming weeks ahead. A lavishing Worcester massage will surely rejuvenate not only your tired body but also your mind and you will definitely step out of the spa premises renewed and revived.