While adventuring is one of the best ways to reenergise your mind and soul, there are times when the body just needs some downtime. That doesn’t mean that you need to take a break from exploring while you recuperate. In fact, it’s the perfect excuse to combine the two. Destination spas are the perfect way to soothe your body and calm your mind while taking in the traditions and culture of a place. These spas have taken both design and location into consideration, as well as encapsulating the traditions and natural remedies of the area, giving you a completely holistic treatment. If you’re looking for some relaxation and pampering while on vacation, need an escape while pregnant, or just need some time away then these destination spas are certainly something to add to your bucket list.
Raas Devigarh, India
Set in an exquisite 18th century Rajasthani palace complete with Marwari-horse murals and wooden courtyard swings, the RaasDevigarh Spa will transform your mind and soul. Here you’ll find a series of spa treatments that been designed by the founder of British skin care range Ila. These treatments are known as the Devi Blessings, which focuses on aligning your chakras and various ancient Indian healing techniques.
Borgo Egnazia, Italy
Set somewhere between Bari and Brindisi, Borgo Egnazia spa offers a full on Mediterranean experience. Built from scratch by the Melpignano family, every inch of this spa is a perfect representation of Puglia itself. Surrounded by large gardens, dry stone walls, and four swimming pools – you’ll certainly feel as though you have stepped on to the set of a movie. The rooms are pretty luxurious too, each with their own private balcony facing either the sea, hills, or golf course. Upon arrival, guests are allocated a local advisor who will help you tailor your stay to your personal needs.
Lying west of Cyprus and overlooking the Mediterranean, you can be sure that the beauty of Anassa will encapsulate you from the moment you arrive. The service and facilities are pretty impressive with a neo-classical spa being housed in its own building. The spa offers Thalassotherapy treatments, personal training sessions, and yoga lessons. If you feel like exploring, then a short boat ride will take you to the crystal clear waters of a nearby lagoon.
Set amidst coconut palm trees on the private island of Phuket, Amanpuri is a timeless resort and spa. Inspired by gentle Thai healing arts, the wellness treatments available often include both practical and philosophical elements. Enjoy your treatments in a light-filled pavilion, each equipped with their own private steam room, shower, and meditation Sala.
Yaan Wellness, Mexico
Known as a paradise within a paradise, Yaan Wellness is known for both its inner and outer beauty. The structure of this breathtaking place was created by talented artists and while the surroundings will amaze you, the wonders it will do for your mind, body, and soul will be even better. Here you will be immersed in the elements of fire, water, air, and earth together with purified crystalline pools and traditional indigenous treatments that will leave you energized and relaxed.
Six Senses ZilPasyon, The Seychelles
The Six Senses ZilPasyon located in The Seychelles is the perfect island getaway spa. Surrounded by beautiful granite boulders of the Felicite Island and located right on the shore, you will feel relaxed in no time. Surrounded by the soft white sands and glisteningly turquoise blue waters of the island, this beautiful setting together with the yoga pavilion and wet area amidst the rock tops will make you never want to leave.
Iridium Spa, Tibet
Forming part of the St Regis Lhasa Hotel which is set some 12 000 feet above sea level, Iridium Spa is known as the world’s highest luxury spa. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to bathe in gold, then this is the place to visit – while you won’t be bathing in actual gold, you can swim the ornate gold-tiled swimming pool, which is not only heated but also has some of the most spectacular views of the Himalayas.
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand
With its reputation spanning generations, it’s easy to see why The Oriental Spa located on the Garden Wing of such a luxurious hotel forms one of the most sought after spas in the entire city. In keeping with the Thai ancient tradition of obtaining health and beauty through meditation, massage and the use of naturalistic remedies are encapsulated in every aspect here, from the traditional floor style mattresses to the treatments themselves.
The Twelve Apostles, Cape Town, South Africa
Surrounded by the Table Mountain National Park and the Twelve Apostles Mountain range, this family run spa has become well known for its Dutch style feel. The spa itself is based in a glass-enclosed thatched gazebo, with individual treatment rooms designed to resemble crystal grottos.
Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico
With private pools and outdoor showers, the Viceroy Riviera creates a lush and romantic setting amidst the Mexican jungle. The spa itself offers holistic treatments with many of these being based on traditional Mayan rituals. Be sure to also try some yoga on the ocean facing pier.