Summer 2019

LUXLIFE MAGAZINE | 75 Summer 2019 Sheraton Cascais Resort, both of which provide tranquil surroundings and excellent programmes to improve health and wellbeing. Despite its modern offerings, it is clear that Serenity has selected elements of the traditional, finding no small amount of inspiration in indigenous culture, healing traditions and the native ingredients from the surrounding areas. Combined together, it is clear to see why Serenity has made such a positive impression in an incredibly competitive sector. Of particular note is Serenity’s thirteen treatment rooms at Pine Cliffs Resort, which provide Japanese-inspired Sakura for oriental treatments such as Shiatsu, Thai and Ayurvedic massage among other treatments. Despite the bounty of treatments, Serenity maintains an unwavering talent in excelling in all that it does. In the hands of others, this would be extraordinary but, true to form, this expertise feels seamless. Further, in-keeping with their holistic nature, Serenity boasts an expansive Thermal Oasis: a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation complete with hydrotherapy pool, Himalayan salt sauna, experience showers, steam room, ice fountain and Kneipp therapy pool – to name but a few. It’s clear once again that Serenity has secured itself an envious position, a wellness leader that ensures relaxation with a dazzling breadth of options. The message is clear: regardless of a guest’s need, Serenity can sate it. All of this without mentioning one of Serenity’s defining features: its Aurum Suite, established at Pine Cliffs Resort. Perfect for couples or friends seeking the ultimate indulgent spa experience, the Aurum Suite is an entirely private suit decorated with gleaming gold leaf, a glittering Swarovski chandelier, private treatment room, Jacuzzi, experience shower and relaxation area. Here, Serenity redefines the true meaning of luxury wellness, stepping thoroughly out of the shadow of its peers and competitors. Throughout it all is a strong natural undercurrent, defining almost every aspect of the experience is a focus on the local ingredients and products from the region. Serenity has taken advantage of the wealth of options on their doorstep, providing a unique alternative to the prevalent leaders in the market. For example, at Sheraton Cascais Resort, guests can indulge in a salt and sand exfoliation from the shores of Guincho Beach, and a body wrap treatment with locally produced red wine and argil full of skin-perfecting antioxidants. Going hand in hand with the focus on natural ingredients is at Serenity’s holistic core, which aims to challenge the very concept of tailored wellness programmes. Carrying on in Serenity’s motif of ‘going beyond the expected’, their wellness programmes encompass fitness and nutrition alongside traditional spa treatments to encourage long-lasting healthy regimes – stimulating the senses and encouraging guests to truly take home the experiences that they gain during their time at the resort. Moreover, unlike many of their contemporaries, Serenity provides treatments and activities suitable for all ages including family yoga and spa treatments catered to children and teenagers. At Serenity, the modern wellness movement has become an art that is honed and curated, practised and experienced. The setting itself is like a temple to the practices and ideologies that are followed within their walls. Careful precision and diligent thought can be seen on every surface, embracing guests with a feeling of true peace. For this, Serenity – The Art of Well Being was named the ‘Most Tranquil Portuguese Retreat’: a title for which it seems uniquely qualified for. Address: Pinhal do Concelho, 8200-912 Albufeira, Portugal Website: Telephone: (+351) 289 501 200