Spa at home: Tips to recreate the luxury hotel experience – CNN

(CNN) — Remember hotel spas, with their serene settings, lavish amenities and pampering treatments? The way a luxurious relaxing experience provided an escape from the stresses of everyday life?

Given that most luxury hotels and spas around the world are closed or operating on an austere basis, such a retreat may be off-limits during the Covid-19 pandemic.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate the relaxing experience of one — at least somewhat — at home. And the price tag for this kind of self-care is significantly reduced.

“It’s simple and inexpensive to bring many elements of a fancy spa into your home,” says Snow Shimazu, a licensed massage therapist, certified yoga and meditation teacher and resident healer at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown.

“This is a time when many of us are stressed and anxious and living with uncertainty so we need the calming effects that a spa can offer more than ever before.”

Carve out a sacred space

Create a clean, calming area for relaxation, meditation and yoga.

Create a clean, calming area for relaxation, meditation and yoga.

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Jeremy McCarthy, the group director of spa and wellness for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, suggests designating a room or nook in your house as a place for well being.

Make sure that the area is clean, clutter-free and away from distractions.

“It could be your bathroom or a corner in your family room or bedroom, but like a spa, it should