By Maria Allen, www.luxuryseekersonline.com
Many seeking the ultimate wellness experience are met with an overwhelming choice. Body-trembling massages, rejuvenating facials and exquisite spas embedded in the stunning natural surroundings of some of the world’s most exotic locations are on offer. However, not only do the following 10 holiday spas and wellness retreats take care of every aspect of your well-being but, feature breathtaking views and luxury accommodation for an unrivalled stay that your body and mind will thank you for.
Ananda Luxury Spa – Himalayas
Voted the World’s number 1 Spa last year in the Condé Nast Traveller, Ananda is located in the peaceful Himalayan foothills in the far north of India. Whilst admiring breathtaking views of virgin forest and the snaking Ganges river, guests are treated to a spa experience integrating the ancient Indian wellness regimes of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta combined with a contemporary Western spa approach.
COMO Shambhala Estate – Indonesia
COMO Shambhala Estate comprises a luxury resort located near Ubud, Bali. Alongside the retreat’s beautiful suites boasting (often) private terraces and gardens, guests can enjoy massages, facials, a wide range of water-based therapies and complimentary yoga classes. They can also opt for a traditional cleansing ceremony beginning with an immersion in the sacred waters of the Tirta Empul temple at Tampak Siring nearby.
ESPA, Resorts World Sentosa – Singapore
ESPA, located on the island resort Sentosa in Singapore, is a huge 10,000 square feet spa. It features treatment pavilions, as well as private beach villa and garden spa suites all in a beautiful setting with interlocking pools and fragrant orchids. Not only does ESPA boast the largest spa in Singapore but, also features a range of facilities which include Singapore’s first Hammam (Turkish bath), Crystal Steam Rooms, Rock Saunas and Ice Fountains, etc., as part of the thermal therapy on offer there. In addition, guests can enjoy cleansing rituals, facials, body therapies, massages and customised treatments personalised to meet their individual needs.
Six Senses Spa, Evason Ma’In Hot Springs – Jordan
The Six Senses Spa at Evason Ma’In Hot Springs was built directly beneath a natural hot-spring waterfall near the Dead Sea, right in the Jordanian desert. On offer are a wide range of treatments including facials, scrubs, massages and wraps which all make use of the mineral-rich water that cascades into the spa pool and relaxation area. Other highlights include the unique steam cave.
Nira Spa, Shanti Maurice – Mauritius
The Nira Spa is located at the Shanti Maurice Resort in Mauritius. This popular spa resort in the Indian Ocean is a favourite amongst guests thanks to the stunning location and range of treatments on offer which combine the traditional regimes of Ayurveda and Yoga with more contemporary techniques including Cocoons, Body Polishes and Watsu treatments. The highlight comprises their Sega Ritual which consists of a massage on the beach accompanied by a bonfire and followed by a rum cocktail.
The Spa, Four Seasons Resort – French Bolynesia
This holistic spa in Bora Bora is located by a lagoon offering stunning views of the turquoise waters of the Pacific. There, they offer a range of treatments including facials and massages accompanied by complimentary yoga classes, as well as their signature rituals such as the Deep Sea Purification or the Sun Salutation. In addition, the Spa offers treatments exclusively for teens and all their products incorporate the natural ingredients of French Polynesia including kahaia, vanilla and tamanu.
SHA Wellness Clinic – Spain
Consisting of Europe’s first macrobiotic spa, the award-winning SHA Wellness Clinic is located in Albir beach on a beautiful mountainside overlooking the Mediterranean sea in Alicante. There, they focus on the physical and spiritual well-being of guests through a unique blend of natural therapies combining ancient Eastern philosophies and contemporary Western techniques. These include baths and wraps, shiastsu and reiki massage, acupuncture and water therapy, etc. The SHA Wellness Centre is not only renowned for being the world’s best medical spa but also for its rather high-end clientèle including famous supermodels, singers, TV presenters and even EuroMillions winners allured by the wide range of treatments, the resort’s flotarium and sessions in their oxygen bar, amongst others.
Hypnôze Spa, Palacio Nazarenas – Peru
Featuring amongst the best new spas of 2013, in the Condé Nast Traveller, is the Palacio Nazarenas’ Hypnôze Spa. The facilities, surrounded by a private patio, are located in a colonial convent with Incan ruins underneath, which can be viewed through the glass floors in two of the treatment rooms. They boast their own range of handmade products made with typical Peruvian ingredients and medicinal plants. In addition, the Hypnôze Spa features a steam room and a relaxation room where herbal teas and healthy snacks are served.
Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat – Malaysia
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is located in a valley nearby Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Surrounded by natural caves, waterfall, lush tropical jungle and geothermal hot springs, it features luxury villas where guests can enjoy over 100 different holistic treatments and therapies to choose from. The Banjaran also boasts dipping pools, an ice bath, meditation cave, fitness centre and outdoor rainforest shower, amongst others.
The Spa, Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris – France
The Four Seasons Hotel George V is located on the prestigious Champs Élysée shopping avenue in Paris. Truly the height of luxury, the George V’s Spa offers a wide range of treatments including facials, massages and hair services. In addition, guests can take A Stroll to Versailles or enjoy a Tropical Magnolia with their signature treatments or go on one of their Spa Journeys, perfect if you would like to prepare for your wedding, recover from jet lag and fatigue or enjoy an All About Chocolate massage. Ooh la la!