A real spa is not only massage rooms equipped with the latest technology and professionally trained therapists but also the right ethos, atmosphere, style. Here's our selection of the best global spa destinations, where you can relax your mind, body, and soul...
NIHI Sumba Island, Indonesia
NIHI Sumba is located in Indonesia, a country already known for its therapeutic energy. The hotel occupies an island not far from the famous island of Bali, and has, for two years in a row, topped Travel & Leisure's Best of the Best list. The 28 uniquely designed villas feature ocean views and private pools. But most importantly, NIHI Sumba Island offers a unique spa safari. A spiritual and physical connection with nature (just imagine the sculptural rice fields, the dense pristine jungle, and the mighty ocean) is combined with the most advanced and modern facial and body treatments. This includes wraps, scrubs, and all kinds of massages. This, coupled with perfect service and a sense of privacy, is unlikely to be found anywhere else in the world.
Villa Padierna Thermas, Malaga, Spain
Villa Padierna Thermas is located on the site of an old retreat, where, in the 19th century, a balneological spa and hotel were built. It featured Roman baths and Charcot and Vichy showers, surrounded by marble columns and glass domes in the iconic style of that time period. In 2007, the hotel was restored to its former glory, and today it is known as one of the best spas in Europe. The resort offers a variety of programs – from weight loss and rejuvenation to the treatment of respiratory and allergic diseases and even problems of the musculoskeletal system. Enjoy all of this in the picturesque surroundings of Malaga, overlooking the green mountains and lush countryside.
Lanserhof, Tyrol, Austria
Followers of a healthy lifestyle have probably heard of the Lanserhof resorts. Austrian luxury spas have won dozens of awards as the best in the world and today have centers in several European cities. However, the most iconic is still considered the very first Lanserhof hotel in Tyrol. It is located near a picturesque alpine lake and is surrounded by forests and meadows. The hotel offers complete peace, stylish rooms with terraces, as well as the best European specialists who will help you reach the highest levels of healthy living. Using the methods of alternative medicine, the specialists at the clinic activate the energy resources of the body to improve your overall well-being. Lanserhof is loved by celebrity guests, including Victoria Beckham.
Palace Merano, Merano, Italy
Palace Merano is another star on the spa map of Europe. The clinic works according to The Revital Method, which focuses on the application of preventative treatments in the fields of energy-based, allopathic, and preventative medicine. The clinic also takes inspiration from Traditional Chinese Medicine. The five elements of The Revital Method are wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. These elements are all used in conjunction with western medicine to create a tailored spa treatment plan which is unique to each guest.
Spa Botanico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Spa Botanico is a true wonderland in the spa world. The spa occupies five acres in the iconic Puerto Rican Ritz Carlton complex. The interior of the spa is inspired by nature itself: wood furniture, stone finishes, waterfalls, and greenery falling from the ceilings, chandeliers, and cornices. Spa Botanico's plants serve more than just cosmetic purposes. In fact, they are also used for aromatherapy and medicinal purposes. The area is surrounded by Purification Gardens, which hide hot and cold pools, steam baths, and massage showers. The treatment menu includes dozens of rituals for relaxation, rejuvenation, lifting, and renewal.
Talise Ottoman Spa, Dubai, UAE
Talise Ottoman Spa, one of the largest spa centers in the Middle East, is located on the territory of the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel at The Palm Jumeirah. The complex has everything for relaxation: men's and women's areas, saunas and Turkish baths, 42 treatment rooms, fresh and seawater pools, hot tubs, and even a snow room. The interior was designed in a classic oriental style: mosaics, painted glass, openwork carvings, and beautifully-detailed arches. All procedures and spa rituals are performed strictly in accordance with traditions.
CHI The Spa, Singapore
In Asia the Shangri-La is more than just a hotel brand – it's a way of life. In one of the most luxurious Shangri-La hotels, located in the very center of Singapore, sits the iconic CHI The Spa. They strongly believe in the philosophy of "chi" - the universal life force that governs well-being and vitality. The management team is very proud that they have gathered the most experienced therapists. CHI The Spa boasts a wide range of anti-aging practices and procedures for the treatment of ailments. The body and soul are brought into balance via the ancient art of classic massage in one of the traditional Asian massage rooms or in the outdoor space immersed in greenery.
Hotel Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como, Italy
Hotel Mandarin Oriental, formerly known as CastaDiva Resort and Spa, is one of the most famous spas in Europe. It is located on the shores of Lago di Como in the entourage of a 19th-century mansion. The area of the spa complex is 1300 m2 - and includes not only traditional jacuzzis, saunas, hammams, hydromassage showers, but also an ice fountain, a salt therapy room, and an incredibly beautiful relaxation pavilion with a sparkling glass floor.
Acqualina Spa, Miami, USA
Acqualina Spa is an iconic spa resort which is located in Miami right on the Atlantic Ocean. The philosophy of Acqualina is a combination of the best traditional methods with modern achievements in spa therapy. This is reflected not only in the menu of rituals, which, along with face and body care procedures, include practices to cleanse the mind and the body. The spacious spa area is several thousand square meters and looks somewhat futuristic, but at the same time very comfortable and cozy.