A wellness experience featuring nature’s colors and aromas

Colored salt baths are one of the locally-inspired elements that characterize Uma Spa at Tierra Hotels. Special aromas are released each time these salts are used, because they are plant-dyed using an ancient traditional method.
mars 27, 2020

Diego Salas

This unique type of dye is made by a safe-guarded ancestral technique from both the local Aymara cultureas well as other South American indigenous peoples, who knew how to make use of the enticing colors of the native flora.

“Everything is done by hand and with respect for biodiversity. From the collection of material to the creation of the product, we take the time necessary for the color to reveal its beauty and become the main attraction of whichever product it is used for,” said Claudia Salinas, founder of Kallfü (blue in the indigenous Mapudungun language), a business dedicated to the extraction of natural dyes.

In their Uma Spas, Tierra Hotels offer guests the experience of bathing in nature’s colors and scents with Maqui- and Goldenrod-pigmented salts.

Goldenrod is a small herbaceous plant with yellow flowers sprouting from its branches. Its name comes from the Latin word solidare meaning “to strengthen” in reference to its medicinal properties.

The Maqui is a tree found only in the sub-Antarctic forests of Chile and Argentina. Its edible fruit is round and deep, brilliant violet-black in color. The native Mapuche people use it extensively as a natural medicine and as part of a long tradition of dying their textiles and other decorative pieces.

“We invite our guests to relax and experience the pleasure of connecting with nature. Putting ourselves directly in contact with these ancestral, cultural elements allows us to discover them more completely,” says Joyce Sommerfield, Continuous Improvement Manager for Tierra Hotels.

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