Take a deep breath. Relax. Then step into the hot tub full of wine.
At Yunessun Spa Resort in Hakone, Japan, customers have the chance to "cleanse" themselves in a variety of unorthodox hot tubs, filled with everything from green tea to red wine to sake.
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The spa's wine treatment is only available for a 12-day period each year, but includes a 12-foot bottle of wine so visitors can drink while they bathe. The spa, part of a Japanese amusement park, considers bathing in wine a rejuvenator for the body and claims it's something that Cleopatra did frequently.
Wine spas with wine-based treatments are available around the world, though not all of them let you do the breaststroke in vino. Mathilde Thomas, originator of the wine spa trend, claims wine bathing offers no benefits.
Despite the strange ingredient twists, Yunessun's other baths do offer unique health benefits. A sake bath has the potential to remove freckles and age spots, evidenced by the rice wine's use in a variety of skin products. The spa's green tea bath features tea from the Tanzawa and Hakone mountains, and the plant has positive effects that include boosting skin health and the immune system. And while gulping down a sugar-laden Pumpkin Spice Latte may not be good for you, swimming in caffeinated coffee could be the most effective wake-up money can buy. Less healthful, but for those with a sweet tooth, the spa also offers a chocolate bath on Valentine's Day.
It could be easy to dismiss Yunessun's hot tubs as a gimmick, but the water park and spa has many positive reviews on Trip Advisor, with reviewers labeling a vist there a "novel" and "relaxing" experience.
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Spa and Amusement Park
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