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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: World's Largest Sauna Opens in Norway

July 24, 2015 at 2:58 PM | by | ()

Who knew the Arctic Circle could be so toasty?

The Norwegian island of Sandhornøya is now home to a massive sauna that is being billed as the world's largest. Dubbed The Agora, the pyramid-shaped sauna can accommodate about 100 folks looking to break a sweat amid breathtaking views; its base-to-peak glass wall lets towel-draped tourists enjoy vistas of mountain landscape and the Arctic Sea horizon. The sauna is also used as an auditorium for cultural events, reports The Telegraph UK, and it's part of a larger mobile art project, SALT, that has set up a small compound of creative facilities on a remote oceanside perch about an hour's drive from Bodø Airport.

The SALT structures are built in the shape of traditional fish racks, and also include The Arctic Pyramid, an art exhibition space, Gildehallen, a mammoth performance hall-slash-nightclub, a cafe and a restaurant. Overnight guests can opt to rent tents and caravans, or up the ante to stay in beachside Njalla, movable house-tent hybrids that come equipped with beds, wood burns, and a glass ceiling for ultimate star gazing potential. Those constellations overhead will soon be shifting. After it wraps up its Norway engagement in 2016, SALT plans to stage its project in other northern nations like Scotland, Greenland and Russia.

It's gonna make you sweat. Sweet.

[Photo: Salted.no]

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Here's Where $25 Buys You Spa Bliss In San Francisco

Where: 1750 Geary Blvd/ [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94115
July 17, 2015 at 1:39 PM | by | ()

Okay, w're going to let you in on a little secret. If you’re in San Francisco and need a spa day, there’s no better place to get your Zen on than at Kabuki Springs & Spa. The Japantown retreat offers a slew of spa services, but it’s the communal baths that made it a Friday ritual when this contributor lived in S.F.; it's still a must-stop whenever I’m in town.

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Miami Spa Month Kicks Off Tomorrow

Where: Miami, FL
June 30, 2015 at 2:25 PM | by | ()

The view from the rooftop hydro therapy spa terrace at COMO Shambala Urban Escape.

You may be avoiding South Florida because it’s 90 degrees and feels like 100. But skip Miami in the summer and you miss out on one of the best times of the year: Miami Spa Month.

We’re not sure if it’s the blistering heat that renders people unable to count or rename this annual promotion, but the good news is that Miami Spa Month actually runs for two months: July and August.

There are many great spas in Miami, and all across town (ie: not just at the beaches), but here are five spa month specials that caught our eye for being, as the city’s tourism slogan goes, “so Miami.”

All treatments are $99, unless otherwise noted (some spas are also offering upgraded treatments for $129.)

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Bathing in Bath: Check Out These Amazing Options at Thermae Bath Spa

Where: Hot Bath Street, Bath, United Kingdom, BA1 1SJ
May 21, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | ()

We’re open to a debate about this, but we think most people trek to Bath to see the (admittedly impressive) Roman Baths. But if you’re one who prefers to take the waters instead of merely see the waters, Thermae Bath Spa might be for you.

The Spa is actually not one big building but a combination of five restored buildings and one new build that uses the façade of a listed townhouse clad in Bath stone. This main building – the newbie – is the New Royal Bath and it is all glass and LED lighting, full of curves and cubes that complement the architecture of the original buildings. This is the spot where you’ll primarily check in, change, soak and sweat. There’s also a laid-back café here.

New Royal Bath Minerva Pool

After you’ve changed and psyched yourself up to be seen in public roaming around in a bathing suit, you have a decision to face: Do you head first to the Minerva Pool – a large temperate-temperature swimming pool with whirlpools and a lazy river feature; the four kitted-out Aroma Steam Rooms in varying degrees of degrees and with a huge fiber-optic-lit rainfall shower that mists and then storms; or the open-air Rooftop Pool (pictured at page top) that looks out over Bath whether it’s day or dusk? Tough call.

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You May Now Bathe in Ramen at This Japanese Spa

May 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM | by | ()

How far can the ramen craze go?

Ramen seems to be in the midst of a Renaissance in the States, and its popularity stretches far beyond the fifty-cent packs devoured by college students. The noodle dish has been transformed into everything from luxury cuisine to worm-like looking burgers. But the US obsession pales in comparison to Japan, where ramen is so loved that, evidently, some people want to bathe in it and scrub it into their pores.

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Celebrity Cruises Wants You to Take Care of 'YourSelfie' While Onboard

March 11, 2015 at 5:05 PM | by | ()

Relax. This story is not about Selfie Sticks.

With the ferociously brutal winter almost behind us, this contributor decided to take some desperately-needed recuperating time, not just for my hunched-over, heat-starved body but for my rattled, over-worked brain as well. I really needed to unplug both mind and spirit.

The only way to prevent me, however, from sneaking an illicit peek at my emails and “only answering a few” was to book a cruise where that privilege costs a pretty penny. Ergo, I found myself on Celebrity Cruises’ Reflection, their newest ship on the block.

Celebrity has keyed into a traveler's need to disconnect and so they teamed up with Randi Zuckerberg, former Facebook and current Editor-in-Chief of Dot Complicated, and big advocate of finding a tech-life balance. The two brands came up with a series of spa and wellness treatments that encourage you to Take Care of YourSelfie. Clever marketing name aside, I didn't need to be told twice.

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The Newbie Traveler Soaks in His First Thermal Spa, in Iceland's 'Blue Lagoon'

Where: Iceland
October 30, 2013 at 3:21 PM | by | ()

Every so often here at Jaunted, we get a dispatch from The Newbie Traveler Andy Miles, who, despite his passion for travel, is still working on getting out there in the world. His unique perspectives are those of a first-timer, and today we're excited to hear about his very first trip to a thermal bath. In this case, the dip went down in Iceland:

You only turn 30 once, so I decided to mark my third decade on earth with a trip to Iceland's Blue Lagoon. To make the experience even more memorable, I purchased their most luxurious package because, hey, I'm worth it.

Getting to the Blue Lagoon is easy, but it's not entirely close to Reykjavik's city center; plan on a 40-minute drive. Unless you're a millionaire and can afford a taxi, or have rented a car, you'll be taking a bus. Luckily, most bus services will pick you up right at your hotel and only cost about 3600 ISK ($30) roundtrip.

The drive from Reykjavik's city center to the Blue Lagoon is mesmerizing. It almost feels like you're on another planet made up of nothing but beautiful, mossy rocks. About a mile away from the lagoon, you'll start to see large plumes of steam rising in the distance. This is technically your first view of the lagoon, but it only gets better from there.

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Even Hugh Jackman is Awkward When It Comes to Spa Etiquette in Japan

Where: Japan
July 15, 2013 at 3:11 PM | by | ()

Once again Hugh Jackman is proving celebs really are just like us, especially when it comes to navigating Japanese culture.

While on a break from filming The Wolverine in Japan last year, Jackman managed to embarrass himself and upset the locals at an onsen, or natural hot spring spa. It took him nearly an hour to figure out the small towel they handed him at the hot spring was meant to cover his private parts, not his forehead.

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24 Hours in Istanbul: Getting Legally Naked at the Ayasofya Hamam

Where: Cankurtaran Mahallesi Bab-ı Hümayun No:1 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Caddesi, Turkey, 34122
January 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM | by | ()

If you're super-short on time in buzzing Istanbul (which is something that frequently happens with long layovers), we've "been there done that" so here are the things that’ll let you experience the modern side of Istanbul in a rush.

So, you’re in Istanbul and you think to yourself that you should really suck it up (and in) and go to an authentic Turkish hamam, because when in Rome…

We understand you may be feeling a bit unsure about hamam etiquette, not to mention a bit squeamish about disrobing in the wrong hamam. We’re here for you. If you want an authentic hamam experience, but appreciate five-star treatment, go to the Ayasofya Hamam (also known by the rather cumbersome name Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami).

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The Spa Lover's Guide to West Los Angeles

December 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM | by | ()

Spas are much a staple of L.A. life as the freeway or a juice bar. But when there are almost as many spas as Starbucks, how do you know which ones are worth it? We have a couple of suggestions.

· Blushington: This pink-and-white boutique gives off an Old Hollywood feel, and that’s precisely the idea. Here, you can get your makeup done professionally if you have a big event coming up or even sign up for a one-on-one class and learn to do it yourself. While the shop sells products from lines like Stila and Kevyn Aucoin, their signature Blushington-branded product is a makeup sponge that you’ll fall in love with.

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Get Out of Londontown: A Day Trip to Bath

May 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM | by | ()

Heading to London this summer? Yeah, so is everyone else. This week, Jaunted's London embed, Lilit Marcus, will share some definite destinations for getting out of town and out of the crowds.

Last year, John Cleese famously announced that he liked Bath better than London. “London is no longer an English city, which is why I love Bath,” he said. “I love being down in Bath because it feels like the England that I grew up in.”

Not only does Bath feel like the town of John Cleese's fond memories, it feels like the one where Jane Austen used to live. Many of the buildings were designed during the Georgian period and have remained mostly unchanged since. If you ignore the lone Starbucks, it would even be easy to think the town hadn’t changed at all in hundreds of years. Although it’s only 90 minutes away from London via Paddington Station, it’s easy to feel like you’re in another time and place, which makes it a beautiful choice for a short trip outside the city.

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Where to Take a Proper Bath in Budapest

February 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM | by | ()

You already know that hitting the bath is a must-do activity in Budapest. But which to choose?

On our recent trip, we decided to go with the Gellert baths, since a Hungarian friend had told us they were the most beautiful. Had it been summer, though, we might have chosen the Szechenyi baths; they’re bigger, and a large portion of them is outdoors. And another time, we’d also go for the newly refurbished Rudas baths, which we were told on our last day we should hit up.

Anyway, back to the Gellert. The baths are indeed beautiful—a gorgeous main art deco pool, and lavish thermal sections off either side of it. The main pool is just a swimming pool, and is co-ed; people mainly swim seriously or do aqua aerobics and stuff in here. At the foot of it is a small, separate thermal section. This is also co-ed.

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