//The wackiest hotel wellness treatments in 2022

The wackiest hotel wellness treatments in 2022

Hotel wellness packages are getting more weird and wonderful than ever, with extreme treatments to try out from IV drips to sand baths.

Seaweed facials

At the appropriately named Seaham Hall in Durham, wellness treatments revolve around the two things the local environment has plenty of: seawater and seaweed. Specifically, a unique Scottish seaweed called ishga, that’s harvested by hand from the Hebridean coast. It’s then mashed together with aloe vera, macadamia nut oil and cucumber extract and used as a face mask, allegedly with anti-ageing, hydrating and skin-refreshing results.

If that’s not enough, you can immerse your whole body in a 30-minute ishga bath, which soaks you in seaweed and spring water – a combination that’s said to be rich with minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and vitamins.

Sometimes you need more than a spa treatment to reset. This hotel also offers hypnotherapy sessions on the beach, perfect for anybody with high stress or anxiety levels.

Hot sand treatments

Can you say ‘psammotherapy’? To me and you, it’s ‘hot sand therapy’ – and is actually a treatment that dates back to Ancient Greece. Said to treat a range of complaints, from osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis, to gout and fibromyalgia, it’s coming back into fashion thanks to a small number of spas and hotel wellness offerings.

Try it out at Hotel Porto Sando, Madeira, where you’ll be submerged in mineral-rich sand from the surrounding UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Complete the experience with a hydro massage, Turkish bath, cold and warm plunges pools and Vichy bath.

Ice baths and IV drips

Over the past 12 months, we’ve got used to having needles jabbed in our arms – so why not take it a step further into hotel wellness? The Standard, London has got a whole host of out-there treatments for any guests seeking to improve their health quickly and drastically.

Throughout January, intravenous vitamin provider Get a Drip will offer in-room infusions and booster shots of B12 and vitamin D to boost immunity, replenish energy levels and – rebalance vitamin levels (or maybe as a quick hangover cure for anyone not doing dry January).

If an IV drip sounds a little extreme, you can always ice bathe instead – if you’re staying in a junior suite with an outdoor terrace tub. Ice baths are said to reduce inflammation, improve circulation and reset stress and anxiety levels, but it takes some courage to submerge yourself in ice during the coldest month of the year. Brrr – we’ll take the needle, please.