You don’t need to travel to the ends of the earth to experience true escape. In search of some relaxation and pampering at the end of a long week, I headed east, to the pretty Mallorcan marina and village of Porto Petro. Lured by the online promise of a hotel “surrounded by a fragrant pine forest that extends to the sandy beach” I made my way to the five star Blau Hotel Porto Petro Beach Resort and Spa.
Just an hour and a half later, I’d forgotten Palma and was guided through the vast hotel grounds in a golf buggy and arrived at a purpose built building. Here I found everything you could expect from a spa and more – Finnish saunas, hydrotherapy pool, ice fountain, hair salon, fully equipped gym, Turkish bath, 7 specialist showers, yoga rooms, a vast list of treatments and a maze of intimate, candlelit treatment rooms. Yet, unlike some sprawling hotel facilities, this felt intimate.
The reason, I discovered, is that this is one of two ‘Ecologic Natural Spas’ in Mallorca (the other can be found in Hotel Nixe Palace), founded by the Mallorcan Nicolau family. At Blau, the Spa’s boutique was stocked full of their natural cosmetics. The atmosphere oozed their ethos – to fuse the luxury and pampering of Asian and American spas with the knowledge of European health resorts. So whilst rooms filled with Asian touches promoted a sense of calm, the treatments on offer blended natural products with an oriental approach and some high tech equipment. The most visible of which was a hydrotherapy machine that simulated rainfall over the entire body and looked like a spaceship.
I was offered the limited edition signature treatment ‘Chocoterapia.’ It’s been well documented that pure dark chocolate contains the same level of antioxidants as a glass of red wine and more than green tea, but I have to admit, I couldn’t see the benefit of having it rubbed into the skin, especially when you could eat it instead. But I was proven wrong. Ready in my gown, I was invited to lie on a heated massage bed. Angelika, my therapist, had prepared a natural body scrub just moments before it was applied, containing fresh cream, brown sugar, honey and essential oils. The aroma of macadamia and mandarin oils were sweet and heady and the roughness of the sugar made the perfect natural exfoliant.
Angelika promised me that the next part of the treatment would be “good for both body and soul”.
As she gently applied a mix of pure cocoa, rose water and aromatherapy oils all over my body, she explained that the cocoa would produce a feeling of relaxation due to its ability to reduce brain activity. That I would experience a relaxing of muscles due to the cardio stimulant “teobromina”, a general feeling of relaxation from the substance “valerico” and of course, a feeling of elevated morale and euphoria from the release of endorphins. Not least, she told me how the zinc, potassium, iron, phosphorus, copper and magnesium that are naturally found in cocoa, would leave my skin “as soft as a baby’s”. I was then cocooned in a silver wrap and left to relax whilst the cocoa and the oils deeply penetrated the skin. I closed my eyes and drifted away, thinking that this was the closest experience to vicarious chocolate heaven since Joanne Harris’s novel ‘Chocolat’ when Angelika appeared to finish my treatment with an indulgent relaxing massage with essential oils. I floated out of the spa feeling energised but calm with silky, glistening skin.
If in the pursuit of a buff bikini body you’ve managed to avoid chocolate since Easter, this is your chance to indulge in a heady chocolate experience without the calories. And it’s one that leaves you even better prepared for the beach.
For more information visit www.blau-hotels.com