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Vitanova Spa Wellness

Tenerife

Spas Massage and Physiotherapy

Mention hot oil and rocks to some people and thoughts will spring to medieval battles between warring peasants. Mention it at the Vitanova Spa and you’ll be led to a darkened parlour of pleasure – no, not that kind of pleasure. The kind where your body sinks into such a relaxed state that you fear your bones have melted.

The Vitanova Spa and Wellness Centre is located within the five-star and aptly named Hotel Dreamplace Gran Tacande in Costa Adeje. This Romanesque facility includes Finnish, Turkish and Roman saunas; an ice cave; a large hydrotherapy pool; and a series of thermo-freeze showers that coat you in essential oils. Beauty treatments with Thalgo products include seaweed and volcanic soil wraps; hot stone and Vichy massages and all manner of facial indulgences.

The word ‘tacande’, in the old Guanche language means ‘volcanic stone’ so where better to try the hot stone massage, one of those experiences in life that you should not miss. It was recommended to me several months ago but I dismissed it as a gimmick – ‘sure, being covered in rocks is going to do me the world of good’ I mused cynically.

Well actually, it does do you the world of good.

After being boiled in a hydromassage bath for 20 steamy minutes I was shown to one of Vitanova’s tranquil therapy rooms. Lying face down, the sounds of ambient music began the relaxing process; droplets of solitary harp and piano notes fell on a swirling string background. Wisps of incense filled the room with a sense of calm and to be honest, at that stage, the thought of stones being used in any capacity seemed like it would be an unwelcome intrusion. Ana was not an unwelcome intrusion. With the voice of a whispering angel and a touch to match she began to explain the benefits of the hot stone massage whilst gently tracing the curvature of my spine with fingertips warmed with oil of essence.

Drifting in and out of sleep is inevitable. Never more so when the face is worked on. Now you would think that a balancing a stone on the bridge of your nose would not be conducive to restfulness but you’d be wrong. Think warmth; think comfort; think face stroking; think tinkling music; think aromatic incense. Think floating between consciousness and deep rest.

The clock registered that an hour had passed as Ana woke me up whispering, “Que tal?”

I sleepily answered that I was fine, very fine indeed. But I didn’t want it to be over.

“Do I have to go?” I asked.

“Yes, but you can come back.”

“Book me in again,” I replied immediately.

I’d read somewhere that stone massage is ‘a unique connection we experience with nature, offering a sense of profoundness and sacredness that we too often forget.’ That may be a bit over the top, but it’s certainly as close to nirvana as I’ve been for a good while.

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Gran Hotel Tacande, Calle Alcalde Paetzman. s/n, Costa Adeje, 38650

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