by Kim Inglis | photography by Luca Invernizzi Tettoni
Hardback; 166 pages
300 colour photos
Pub Date: July 2008
Price: S$59.95 (excl. GST)
This book showcases six beautifully designed, culture-rich spas and retreats run by Spa Village, Asia’s top spa brand. It explores the spas, their locales and treatments along with the fascinating history behind their inception. With roots in Ayurveda, Chinese Traditional Medicine, rural herbalism and shamanism, Unani and the practices of forest-dwelling indigenous peoples, each and every spa ritual is an experience not to be missed. Historical analysis of some of the region’s more esoteric practices – Balinese spirituality and magic, the dangers of collecting the elixir in birds’ nests, the botanical heritage of the orang asli in Malaysia, and traditional Indonesian tonics – is also fully explored. Gorgeous full-colour photography captures many of these treatments, while spa environs and key personnel are also beautifully highlighted. A must-have for spa aficionados, Spa Village: Honouring Healing Traditions is a book about beauty, wellness and spirituality, from the inside out.