Experience five baths as part of the Healing Waters of Maui Terme Hydrotherapy Circuit at Spa Grande, A Waldorf Astoria Spa, at Grand Wailea (photo courtesy of Grand Wailea Resort).

Experience five baths as part of the Healing Waters of Maui Terme Hydrotherapy Circuit at Spa Grande, A Waldorf Astoria Spa, at Grand Wailea (photo courtesy of Grand Wailea Resort).

A warm bath can work wonders—especially with the right mix of skin-soothing ingredients.

Bath isn’t just an indulgence; it’s good for your skin, muscles and joints—and your attitude. Soaking in a warm bath is a delightful and therapeutic way to relax your body and your mind in a technology-dominated world. The health rewards of a warm bath are partly because hot water dilates blood vessels and opens pores so you can remove impurities with a scrub or some suds. When you toss in bath salts, oils, foams or powders, you body absorbs their specific benefits.

Stepping out of the fast lane and into a warm bath mixed with the right formula of minerals and oils can turn an ordinary tub into the perfect antidote for a long day at the office, traffic delays, jet-lag or even spring fever. That’s why spas often package a bath with a body treatment or massage. Some spas offer a bath as its own transformative experience.

MINERAL BATH

Soaking in a tub with a handful of mineral salts can help refresh and rejuvenate your body and your mind. Mineral-rich bath salts stimulate circulation and cellular regeneration, and leave your skin soft and smooth. The warm water allows your body to absorb the magnesium in the salts, which quiets the nervous system, eases stress and has been shown to lower blood pressure. Bromides in the salts relax your muscles, and reduce soreness and joint pain. And sodium gives the immune system a boost and ensures proper fluid balance.

Try “Trump Bath therapy” at The Spa at Trump Waikiki (trumphotelcollection.com). Mineral sea salts and essential oil are added to a furo (Japanese soaking tub) to improve circulation, soothe aches and pains, and promote a deep sense of relaxation. Tub time can be booked alone or as an add-on to a massage.

Awili Spa at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort (maui.andaz.hyatt.com) offers a Bath Ritual that can be added to any of the spa treatments. The bath is drawn with coconut milk additives and a seasonal hand-blended mineral bath salt.

Awili Spa at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort offers a Bath Ritual that can be added to any of the spa treatments. The bath is drawn with coconut milk additives and a blend of salts and more (photo courtesy Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort).

Awili Spa at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort offers a Bath Ritual that can be added to any of the spa treatments. The bath is drawn with coconut milk additives and a blend of salts and more (photo courtesy Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort).

AROMATHERAPY BATH

The combination of the soothing effects of bathing and pleasing scents of aromatic essential oils is ideal for relieving stress, strain and fatigue. Essential oils added to a bath can change your mood and even help improve your sleep, thanks to the energetic attributes of the natural botanicals in the essential oils. If you have a difficult time getting to sleep, a warm bath with relaxing lavender or chamomile essential oils can help you unwind.

A bath with grapefruit, sweet orange or lemon essential oils leaves you feeling clean and uplifted, while jasmine or rose essential oils leave you feeling calm, in balance and, of course, gently scented.

The Kahala Spa at The Kahala Hotel & Resort (kahalaresort.com) offers an effervescent body soak featuring Hawaiian botanicals in the Jetsetter’s Rejuvenation package, a floral immersion in the Romance package, and in-room bath services ordered from a special menu.

Mandara Spa (mandaraspa.com) at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort offers a shared aromatherapy Jacuzzi bath as part of the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Couples Massage package. To celebrate Mandara’s 20th anniversary later this year, four bathing rituals will be introduced that reflect the indigenous ingredients from Asia, India the Mediterranean and the “New World”—the four corners of the world where Mandara Spas are located.

Experience five baths as part of the Healing Waters of Maui Terme Hydrotherapy Circuit at Spa Grande, A Waldorf Astoria Spa, at Grand Wailea (photo courtesy of Grand Wailea Resort).

Experience five baths as part of the Healing Waters of Maui Terme Hydrotherapy Circuit at Spa Grande, A Waldorf Astoria Spa, at Grand Wailea (photo courtesy of Grand Wailea Resort).

SEAWEED BATH

Bathing in tinged green water and slimy seaweed might not sound appealing, but it has been proven to help detox your body and help heal irritated skin. Seaweed draws from the sea a concentrated brew of phytonutrients, minerals such as iodine, calcium, zinc and copper, as well as antioxidants like vitamin C and essential fatty acids needed for a healthy body. In ancient Polynesia, the people knew of the curative properties of seaweed and used it to treat various wounds, bruises and swellings. Seaweed can stimulate the renewal of damaged skin cells, moisturize and improve elasticity of the skin. Most seaweed baths add essential oils so you won’t smell like low tide.

Everyone who books a spa treatment at Spa Grande, A Waldorf Astoria Spa, at Grand Wailea (grandwailea.com) has the opportunity to sample five baths as part of the Healing Waters of Maui Terme Hydrotherapy Circuit. Each bath combines local organic ingredients to obtain specific therapeutic results. The Ocean (Kai) Bath is uplifting, stimulating and motivating, and has organic seaweed and Hawaiian spirulina plus Hawaiian sea salt to detoxify and nourish skin.

Awili Spa at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort offers a Bath Ritual that can be added to any of the spa treatments. The bath is drawn with coconut milk additives and a blend of salts and more (photo courtesy Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort).

Awili Spa at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort offers a Bath Ritual that can be added to any of the spa treatments. The bath is drawn with coconut milk additives and a blend of salts and more (photo courtesy Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort).

COFFEE BATH

This seems quirky, but it makes sense that coffee added to a bath could help beat fatigue, improve skin tone and perk up your senses. Just a whiff of coffee can uplift your spirits, and bathing in it can give you a boost of pep. Caffeine actually improves circulation, as it is absorbed by the skin and into the first layers of fat, raising the metabolism of the fat cells. Some say it fights cellulite, but actually it tightens the skin more than melts away the flab, giving a smoother appearance. The antioxidants in coffee help improve skin tone and reduce inflammation that can cause acne and other blemishes.

Coffee may even help soothe sunburn. Too much sun leaves the skin alkaline, but coffee contains essential fatty acids that help balance its pH level and calm the skin. The rich aroma will invigorate your senses. If you’re headed for Japan, visit Yunessun Spa Resort in Hakone (yunessun.com) for its Coffee Spa.

WINE BATH

In addition to bathing in real coffee, Yunessun also has a few more one-of-kind baths, including one that involves wine. Bathing in red wine is revitalizing for the skin. Cleopatra is said to have been a fan. You’ve no doubt heard about the antioxidant benefits of drinking a glass of wine a day, but you may be surprised to learn how many skin benefits are hidden in a tiny grape. Grapes contain the antioxidants resveratrol and proanthocyanidins (with antioxidant power 20 times higher than vitamin C), which play a role in the health of collagen elastin in the skin. Resveratrol, also found in red wine and the skin of dark grapes, is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps restore cellular health on all levels, from repairing fine lines and wrinkles caused by environmental toxins to regulating metabolism as the body ages. And the acids in the wine help exfoliate and moisturize skin. Cheers!