Destination spas are becoming increasingly popular for travelers who want to escape the stress of their daily lives. If you’d like to pamper yourself and enjoy an exciting vacation spot, choosing any one of these destination spas across the globe is sure to fit the bill.
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Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, the Chedi Andermatt spa is known as one of the most spectacular in all of Europe. The highlight is its floor-to-ceiling windows that allow guests to bask in the surrounding alpine views while indulging in Asian-inspired treatments like the purifying ila amethyst wrap unfused with jasmine and pearls. It features a number of pools, including hot and cold plunge pools, a 100-foot indoor pool with a glass roof and a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy zone with Finnish saunas. There are also free fitness classes and an exceptionally well-equipped gym. If you really want to discover a true sense of sanctuary, choose the sprawling Furka Suite – a two-story, three-bedroom abode that’s essentially a private chalet enveloped by the larger property.
Sedona is one of the most dramatically colorful places in the country, with soaring red rocks that rise up into an almost always brilliant blue sky. Not only can you enjoy hiking and biking on the red rock trails, exploring hidden canyons and browsing art galleries, but you can take advantage of one of the finest world-class spas, Mii Amo. This amazing spa retreat offers a truly healing environment and a variety of programs that include heavenly spa treatments using custom-blended oils and lotions. You’ll stay in an adobe casita that sits alongside a stream and dine on delicious but health-conscious dishes made using seasonable produce. The picturesque landscape creates an especially breathtaking backdrop for spiritual pursuits and all types of other activities.
The BodyHoliday, set within a secluded cove, offers an ideal vacation destination for active travelers as well as those who just want to relax. Its mantra says it all: “Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind.” The property perfectly combines the best of a destination spa with an island resort – there are few other destination spas like it, with a menu that includes scuba classes and a host of other activities from yoga and Pilates to archery, tennis lessons, spinning and more, that allow you to stay busy, or be as lazy as you’d like. Soothe sore muscles after a day of play by enjoying one of all sorts of massage treatments from deep tissue massage to Thai massage and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi. The four onsite restaurants serve healthy, fresh food in good-sized portions, and you can opt to pair it with an alcoholic beverage too.
The highly acclaimed Red Mountain Resort, wrapped in the magnificent red rock geology of Snow Canyon State Park, offers daily guided hikes to make of the most of the dramatic surroundings as well as featuring a menu of fitness and health classes, and top-tier spa services. You can learn how to prepare delicious and nutritious cuisine or get centered with tai chi and yoga. It’s fantastic for those who want to stay active at any level, as well as for resting and relaxation. Lounge at the pool or take a nap in a secluded hammock. Dining at its signature restaurant, Canyon Breeze, includes a hearty breakfast, lunch buffet, gourmet dinner, desserts and unique spirits.
This wellness resort and 100,000-square-foot spa is tucked within the wooded Berkshire Mountains, offering “R&R for the soul.” The spa includes cold-dip pools, inhalation rooms and saunas, and offers a number of signature treatments, like the Mango Sugar Glo for smoothing the skin with its blend of jojoba oil, raw sugars and aloe, followed by a mango moisturizer. Choose from indoor and outdoor activities all year round, including a multitude of daily fitness and mind-body classes, canoeing, indoor tennis, snowshoeing, guided hikes and bike rides, the High Ropes Course and more. Delectable and nutritious Mediterranean-style cuisine is served on the outdoor terrace or inside the delightful café.
The resort is centered around the palatial Bellefontaine Mansion, an 1897 Gilded Age House modeled after the Petit Trianon in Versailles, France. The lavish rooms include Italian bed linens as well as granite and Cherrywood bathrooms.
This fabulous French Provencal-inspired 32-room retreat is nestled on 200 private acres in Vista near San Diego, California. Start your stay with a morning hike through the canyons in the foothills, followed by a class in everything from Pilates and Zumba Latin Dance to aqua workouts and yoga. Or, if you prefer, you can quiet your mind by meditating in the 400-year-old chapel. The spa offers a wide range of pampering therapies, including an oxygen facial and hot stone treatments. Golf enthusiasts can head out on the resort’s own 18-hole golf course too.
Frequently found on lists of the top spas in the world, this acclaimed luxury spa resort set across over 150 wooded acres with a private lake in northeast Pennsylvania offers a quiet retreat for the perfect getaway from the chaos of the modern world. You’ll find everything you could ever want in a spa in a strikingly beautiful setting, with activities that allow guests to take advantage of it all, including biking trips and fly-fishing excursions. Or just stay in and enjoy a river stone massage and a host of treatments at the 40,000-square-foot spa. Rooms include private verandas and oversize marble bathrooms, while the Tree restaurant serves up flavorful dishes using fresh, local ingredients, many from the resort’s farm-to-table garden.
This transformative resort near the Santa Catalina Mountains in the High Sonoran Desert is said to be where Oprah goes when she needs inner peace. Home to the first Life in Balance Clarins Spa in the U.S., guests enjoy everything from fitness and art classes to therapies that combine stretching, massage, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy and sound therapy. There’s even an “equine experience” program at a local ranch and sessions with on-call integrative doctors that can help kick start a weight loss program, cure insomnia and more. Guests frequently comment that the meals and snacks, which are included, are so “inspired and flavorful, it’s hard to believe they’re so healthy.”
While every luxury resort in the Maldives features an impressive spa, the facility at Velaa Private Island is a step above the rest. One of just four My Blend by Clarins spas in the world, it offers treatments that use products matched to a client’s skin type in an idyllic setting that helps induce calm and relaxation. Treatments are given in thatched cottages that stand on stilts above the strikingly clear waters. Beyond the spa are silken sands and premiere diving opportunities as well as a lush, one-hectare golf course and a three-story wine cellar. Private cruises can be arranged on the resort’s yacht. Despite the long list of things to do, some guests choose to simply stay inside their villa, which includes a private pool and a dedicated butler. Meals can be enjoyed there, or in one of the resort’s three outstanding restaurants.
One of the best spas on the planet for soaking up some sunshine, the Espa Spa at D-Hotel Maris presides over five stunning white sand beaches on its large slice of southern Turkey’s Datca Peninsula. This super nutritious retreat with gentle workouts feels more like a private island than a luxe hotel. Take out a pontoon boat to explore hidden coves or just kick back on a deck chair savoring the spectacular views, Inside, the spa offers all of the usual treatments along with a sizable indoor pool, sauna, steam room and hammam.
One of the most luxurious spa hotels in Italy, this 5-star resort is located right in the heart of Abano Terme, the oldest spa destination in the country, and just a short distance from the romantic canals of Venice. Surrounded by gorgeous landscaping and private parks, it offers a unique “James Bond” bar experience, multiple gourmet restaurants, and world-class health and wellness treatments to heal and relax from head to toe. Three thermal pools, surrounded by lush greenery, are fed from underground springs offering direct access to its medicinal benefits. The vast spa facility combines the healing waters with fango mud to create treatments that naturally rebalance and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. Onsite physicians and specialists can even create customized programs, such as nutrition, stress reduction, anti-aging and detox.
This high-end adults-only hotel in Cornwall aims to provide the ultimate in peace and tranquility. Set upon a bluff above a sandy surfing beach, you can end your day of relaxation with a phenomenal sunset. At the Ayurvedic spa, you can enjoy lounging on the wide outdoor terrace, soaking in a log-fired hot tub and swimming in the reed-filtered natural swimming pool that’s carved in the rocks. The womb-like spa specializes in Ayurvedic “journeys” with tented treatment rooms and pods suspended in the dark intended for “deep relaxation,” and an all-glass sea facing room for lighter relaxation.
Named one of the world’s top spas with a view, the Kulm spa is a stylish addition to the historic Kulm Hotel, which was the first to debut in St. Moritz. It comes complete with gorgeous views over Lake St. Moritz and the rugged, soaring stretch of the Swiss Alps, as well as five treatment rooms, a private spa suite, an indoor pool, outdoor pool, sauna, steam room and more. Facilities also include a nine-hole golf course and three outdoor tennis courts. In the summer, guests can also take advantage of the wide range of activities in the Engadine valley, including hiking, mountain biking, adventure sports and fantastic mountain lakes for sailing and windsurfing. Of course, winter is the most popular time to visit, with St. Moritz a famous chic skiing destination, but originally, it drew visitors with its healing spas that date back nearly 3,500 years.
The first and only luxury resort in Tibet, the St. Regis Lhasa Resort is on the “Roof of the World” at 12,000 feet above sea level, providing incredible views of the Lhasa Valley and the Himalayas. Its Iridium Spa, one of the highest on earth, is spread out over 11,700-square-feet and includes a meditation garden, numerous Tibetan flourishes and traditional treatments – the centerpiece is the stunningly impressive Gold Energy Pool. You’ll enjoy a traditional Tibetan approach to therapies, which means receiving a consultation first in order to determine which treatments and herbs will be the most beneficial. This other-worldly experience also features 24-hour butler service, on hand to arrange everything from private tours of the Potala Palace to a yak riding excursion.
Dorado Beach, once a playground for Hollywood royalty and the international jet set, boasts a five-acre spa, Spa Botanico, an extravagant Moorish-meets-Buddha-luxe sanctuary. Some of the world’s most beautiful splendor awaits inside what some have called “spa nirvana,” including an authentic Treehouse Thai Massage given in one of two open-air tree houses. Afterward relax in the Purification Gardens with warm and cool pools, waterfall showers and steam pavilions.
All rooms and suites in this remote resort in the north coast town of Dorado sit directly on a private stretch of white sand and include a private plunge pool or rooftop balcony. Dorado Beach also offers all types of activities to soak up the area’s natural beauty, from an eco-adventure with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program to a walk on the 11-mile Rockefeller Nature Trail.
A surprising oasis in the desert, Jordan’s Six Senses Spa, Evason Ma’In Hot Springs is built beneath a natural hot-spring waterfall, far away from just about everything except the soothing sounds of the cascading water. Lying nearly 900 feet below sea level, the resort’s renowned international spa makes use of the surrounding mineral-rich waters with a variety of signature treatments. While there are public hot springs nearby, by booking a treatment at the spa you’ll have access to the private hot pool fed by its own waterfall and featuring its own natural cave sauna.
The Spa on the Rocks at Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali really makes the most of its surroundings, perched on a rock in the Indian Ocean providing guests an especially relaxing environment. It features an Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool and Spa on the Rocks treatment and a menu laced with hot shell massage, lava stone reflexology, black rice baths, lava body scrubs, jade stone ceremonies, diamonds, pearls and champagne. The 90-hectare property also features 78 private luxury villas, a 290-room hotel, 15 restaurants and bars, including the famous Rock Bar, an exclusive private beach, 11 swimming pools, a fitness center and golf-putting.
The 15,000-square-foot spa at The Palms is practically a destination in itself. It spans over an acre, with treatment rooms centered around a reflecting pool. Many of its treatments are inspired by Caribbean traditions, such as the Mother of Pearl, which includes crushed conch shells mixed with aromatherapy oils for a full body exfoliation. The property sits at the edge of 12-mile Grace Bay beach among 12-acres of gardens, featuring 72 suites, all with at least 1,800-square-feet of living space and private terraces, most with ocean views.
The PuLi Hotel and Spa, Shanghai’s first luxury urban resort, also boasts the city’s first Anantara Spa. The intimate spa which blends Chinese and Thai influences, has just five treatment rooms, set in a linear layout overlooking a beautiful infinity pool. It offers a menu of tea-inspired treatments, including the Green Tea Urban Retreat Journey, in which you’ll receive a scrub, wrap and a massage based on your favorite type of tea. The antioxidants in the leaves are used to naturally detox. Enjoy a Green Tea Wrap or restore the luster of your skin with the Rose Tea Beautification package. Those are just a few examples of how this lavish spa incorporates the best of Chinese culture, from the Feng Shui interior to the tui na acupressure massage techniques and the healing properties of tea.
The hotel features 193 rooms and 36 suites, and offers 24-hour butler service, in-room dining, a restaurant with impressive views across the park and the more than 100-foot Long Bar, one of the city’s “longest” wine and champagne selections by glass.