Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Stress-Free Zones at The Airport

If your travel day suddenly hits a snag because of delays or cancelled flights head to a spa for a little shameless pampering. Some of the world’s busiest airports are the best places to relax and let go. Here are three airports that offer a ticket to stress-free zones.

São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (Brazil)

There’s no place on earth like exotic Brazil so when you’re in between flights make a beeline to The Traveller Spa for a soothing massage, reflexology treatment or a Brazilian bikini wax. This little gem is steeped in Asian aesthetics and carries a full range of L’Occitane products. But the great deal here is the price—treatments start under $20.

Once you’re feeling refreshed and stress-free head over to H. Stern, Brazil’s most recognized jeweler, for gems to go. Brazil is the gem capital of the world so why not indulge just a bit? You may find some great bargins on your favorite gemstones.

Toronto Pearson International Airport (Canada)

When your last minute trip leaves no time for a manicure and pedicure—don’t worry you can head to a nail shop while connecting in Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Make use of your time wisely to get your nails groomed during those two hours before take-off! Have you ever heard of a super quick manicure? Grab your carry-on and walk over to 10 Minute Manicure, a chain of nail salons offering mini spa treatments, at a number of airports around North America. You can also get a massage to ease tense muscles and teeth whitening before boarding your flight.

Charles de Gaulle Airport (France)

When in Paris, France head over to the Relaxation Zones at Charles de Gaulle for a little shuteye. This space offers comfortable lounges for weary travelers looking to unwind. Although, the view on most days is uneventful… on clear days you can see the Eiffel Tower in the distance.

Don’t let the stress of travel get you down and leave you exhausted before arriving at your destination. Make a point to seek out great restaurants, boutiques and a spa during your layover. You’ll also find bookstores and Wi-Fi stations to keep you connected on the go! And there’s more… art lovers will be thrilled to see that a number of airports both international and domestic offer mini art galleries and exhibits.

How will you pamper yourself during your next layover?
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