Andean plants and herbs take center stage in a host of new healing treatments at Aqlla Spa, which incorporates the magic of the Andes in its decor and design, at Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (Aguas Calientes, Peru). Relying on indigenous products made with regional ingredients, the treatments also feature traditional Inca techniques.
Sabai Massage for Body & Face ($90, 60 minutes) uses heated plant pouches to treat the face and body with 32 herbs, including Andean mint, bergamot, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and sage.
Maras Body Massage ($120, 90 minutes) incorporates pink salt, long used by the Incas, from Maras, a town near Cusco. The treatment involves a body exfoliation with the powerhouse salt followed by a mask of lettuce, lemon, and papaya. It concludes with a relaxing massage using Andean herbal oils, such as chamomile, eucalyptus, and lemongrass, with medicinal attributes.
Body Massage with Coca and Muña Essential Oils ($120, 2 hours) features two of Peru’s timehonored plants: muña, a mint-like herb with medicinal properties, and coca leaves, which are chewed to help counteract the effects of high altitude. The treatment includes a body scrub, a body mask, and a soothing massage with coca and muña oils. Deep-
Hydration Cleansing Facial with Quinoa ($55, 50 minutes) uses locally sourced quinoa in the three-step treatment, which encompasses an exfoliating scrub, toning, and hydrating the skin. “
We have ancient healing traditions in Peru based on an abundance of indigenous medicinal plants, herbs, and roots,” says general manager Angie Clavij. “At our Aqlla Spa, we are adopting more and more of these powerful ingredients in one-of-a-kind treatments that offer our guests exceptional benefits.”