Treat yourself to a spa day at home with a guided sunrise meditation, a body scrub, a pampering facial, and a nutritious beetroot tart.
The count of COVID-19 cases is still increasing where you are and staying in is clearly the wiser choice. But what’s one to do if you’re craving for some well-deserved pampering?
Follow our guide and treat yourself to a day spa, right in the comfort of your own home.
Start your day bright and early with Singita’s sunrise meditation, led by the luxury safari lodge’s wellness manager Renée Rosettenstein. Accompanied by a visual of the rising sun over the expansive African wilderness, the virtual guided session will leave you relaxed and invigorated for your day ahead.
Create your own sanctuary at home with scents that you love. Consider the Volcanic Stone Diffuser from Curators Collective in Jugiong, New South Wales, which releases essential oils of amber and spices. Simply adding a few drops to the black volcanic stones will permeate the air with a soothing fragrance. Buy yours here.
Meanwhile, get comfy by slipping into a matching set of silky pajamas from Edited and Co, a boutique in the Australian country town of Mudgee that purveys soft-to-touch fleece tops and track pants worthy of that opulent at-home spa feel. Shop for a set here.
Freshen up your skin in between all the Zoom meetings with this Cucumber Mint Face Mist recipe from Capella Singapore. Made with natural ingredients such as cucumber, mint, and lemon, the mist helps to soothe skin and keep it revitalized. Lemon promotes an even skin tone, while mint has anti-inflammatory properties.
- 1 cucumber, chopped
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 bag of mint tea
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- 1 spray bottle
- Juice the cucumber and add in the lemon juice.
- Steep the mint tea bag in hot water for 5 minutes. Allow the tea to cool.
- Combine the cucumber-lemon juice and cooled tea together in a spray bottle.
- Store in a spray bottle in the refrigerator.
- Use to start and end the day and as many times in between.
1 p.m. An at-home spa day isn’t complete without a luxurious body scrub. Aside from keeping your skin smooth and hydrated, body scrubs also aid in stimulating blood circulation and improving the overall tone and health of your skin. Make your own with Capella Singapore’s Himalayan Salt Scrub recipe, which uses ingredients such as grapefruit essential oil to help stimulate the lymphatic system and eliminate excess water.
- 1 cup Himalayan salt
- ½ cup of coconut oil
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 5 drops grapefruit essential oil
- Container or jar
- Combine salt, coconut oil, and olive oil together in a bowl.
- Add in grapefruit essential oil to your preference.
- Put mixture into a container.
- To use, take into the shower and apply to body in circular motions. Focus on elbows, knees, feet as needed. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Meanwhile, take care of your lips with this Coconut & Honey Lip Scrub, which helps to keep them soft and exfoliated.
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 5 drops essential oil of choice
- 1/2 tbsp warm water
- Combine coconut oil and honey together.
- Add in sugar, essential oil and warm water for correct consistency.
- Put mixture into a container. Store in the refrigerator.
- To use rub on your lips in a circular motion for two minutes, rinse with lukewarm water.
Although Endota Spa in the Southern Highlands town of Bowral, New South Wales is closed at the moment, travelers can easily pick up its products online. Pamper your skin with the Brightening New Age Mini Kit, which is perfect for a home facial. The kit includes a cleansing gel, a detox mask, brightening serum, eye cream, and a firming moisturizer.
Alternatively, treat yourself to the Bouddi spa pack by Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, also in New South Wales. Inspired by the Bouddi (meaning “heart” in the local Aboriginal language) wilderness, the pack comes with a body wash and body lotion hand blended and packaged with ingredients such as orange, rose geranium, and patchouli essence.
End your spa day on the right note with a nutritious meal inspired by nature. Try your hand at preparing Singita’s delicious Sweni Lodge Beetroot Tart recipe.
- 250 g cooked whole beetroot, boiled and peeled
- 50 ml red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons treacle sugar
- The juice of 1 orange
- 1 sheet of puff pastry
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- 1 egg, whisked
- Place the vinegar, orange juice, sugar, and rosemary into a small pan and simmer over very low heat for roughly five minutes or until you have a syrupy consistency. Allow cooling.
- Scoop out eight balls of cooked beetroot using a melon baller and place them into the vinegar and orange juice mixture. Coat the beetroot evenly with the syrup.
- Place your puff pastry on a floured work surface. Using a round template (e.g. a teacup, saucer or side plate), cut out a round piece of puff pastry. Remember: the size of your template will determine the size of your tart.
- Next, brush the round of puff pastry with the egg wash and place on a greased baking tray.
- Place your beetroot balls on top of the puff pastry, arranging them in a symmetrical pattern. Keep any leftover vinegar and orange mix for plating.
- Place the tray in a preheated oven at 180°C for ± 10 – 12 min or until the puff pastry is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.