Spa Retreats In The World: A Rendezvous With The Senses From The Mediterranean Till The Alps


From a Mediterranean getaway to a reboot in the Austrian Alps, and a traditional Temazcal experience in Mexico—this is the new and improved bucket list of spa and wellness retreats around the world.

By Jasmine Kaur

Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay Morocco

Nestled between Morocco's Rif mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, Banyan Tree’s first resort in Africa—opened in September last year—is a stylish getaway. The Mediterranean inspired resort features 92 villas, each with a private pool and garden, four restaurants, a library, and a kids’ club. The highlight is its spa that evokes a sense of place with its Moroccan interiors and follows a 'high-touch, low-tech' approach. Come here for the signature Rainforest Experience—a hydrothermal circuit that includes a vitality pool and hammam.

Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort Mexico

Holiday in a villa that brings the ocean to your bedroom; laze around in infinity pools, whirlpools, or the lazy river; savour a new cuisine every day at its restaurants. The 502-room Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort, in the gated Playa Mujeres community, is beautifully located on a private beach. The Mayan-inspired 16,000-square-foot Dreams Spa by Pevonia has a traditional Mayan sauna called Temazcal and a Watsu pool for underwater massages.

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Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest Spa U.K

There really is a Sherwood Forest, and no, Robin Hood and his merry men aren't the ones offering spa treatments. The Aqua Sana is actually a nature-inspired spa with six zones that off er 26 experiences, including outdoor hot tubs, steam rooms, courtyard pool, foot spas, and treetop sauna.

Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa West Indies

This Caribbean oceanfront resort, on Anguilla's Shoal Bay East, offers modern-day luxuries coupled with island traditions. The ancient healing practices of the Taino community are reflected at its spa that has a range of holistic treatments, including rejuvenating facials, marine salt scrubs, tropical scrubs and massages, rainfall showers, and a vitality pool.

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Miraggio Thermal Spa & Resort Greece

The amphitheatre-shaped resort faces the Aegean Sea. Stay at the sea-view Double Duplex Suite that has a private pool, a balcony, a terrace, and a lounge. At the Myrthia Thermal Spa, you can relax in the thalasso therapy pool with warm sea water or get the Greek-orange deep hydration treatment. It also has a spa menu for kids with massages, facials, and pedicure and manicure.

On Its Way: Neues Schloss Baden-Baden Germany

Situated in the northern foothills of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden is a spa town know for its ancient Roman baths and thermal spas. The Hyatt is bringing its new wellness property to this historic town with Neues Schloss Baden-Baden. Expected to open in 2018, the hotel will house a spa, a pool, and a sauna area with views of the Black Forest.

Senses Zil Payson Seychelles

Located on a private island, Six Senses Zil Pasyon boasts 30 pool villas, surrounded by the Indian Ocean. In just a year, the resort has become a favourite among travellers. Come here for its local and African treatments, such as deep tissue massage, Afrique mystic facial, and sleep-with-me body treatment.

Playa Largo Resort & Spa USA

Relax in the private beach house and bungalows at the Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Florida to experience luxury at its best. Indulge in the ultimate spa experience with the Ocean Spa Custom Massage, Coral Calm Soothing Facial, Key Largo Signature Massage, and a range of other wellness treatments.

Aja Malibu, Santa Monica Mountains USA

Aja Malibu in the Santa Monica Mountains takes new-age healing to the next level. The resort spa is set in a crystal cave and has acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, massage, energetic light treatments and binaural beats and shamanic healing on the menu, along with an infrared sauna and an ozonated Jacuzzi.

Lanserhof Lans Austria

Set on a sunny plateau surrounded by the Tyrolean Alps, deep forests, and vast meadows, is this wellness centre in Innsbruck, Austria. The recent makeover gave it a new curvilinear building as well as spa facilities such as a bathhouse and a saltwater pool. This health centre, one of the three from the group, offers a reboot with detox treatments, mental training, vital aging, movement therapy and a host of beauty programmes.

Must-try: The LANS Med Concept signature programme is tailor-made for each guest—the plan requires a minimum seven-day stay for detoxification and purification.

Aurum Spa, Casa San Agustin Colombia

The walled city of Cartagena welcomed a new member to its list of wellness retreats with the launch of Aurum Spa by boutique hotel, Casa San Agustin in April this year. A salute to the ancient history of Cartagena, the gold and natural accents in the spa add a local touch, which is further heightened by local ingredients and practices employed here. The Cartagena Coffee Body Treatment is a must-try.

Gainsbourough Bath Spa U.K

Opened last year, this is the only natural thermal spa within a hotel in the UK. Spread across two floors, the 1,300-square-metre Spa Village Bath has direct access to thermal waters through three therapeutic pools. Signature treatments are Hot Stone Treatments, aromatherapy, and Reiki.

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Soori Bali Indonesia

Surrounded by idyllic paddy fields, this tranquil resort in Bali overlooks Mount Batukaru. It features lavish private villas and a wellness spa with treatments such as acupuncture, meditation, neurotherapy, and longevity procedures that are meant to leave a lasting effect.

Le Blamc Spa Resort Mexico

This is a place where the desert meets the sea. Revitalise yourself with the complementary hydrotherapy facilities at the resort spa, based on the traditional Greaco-Roman ritual of combining hot and cold contrasts.

Matthew Kenney Wellness Hawaii

Renowned vegan Chef Matthew Kenney introduced this wellness getaway in the garden island of Kauai, Hawaii last year. Body detoxification, plant-based meals, and meditation form the basis of this health retreat.Coming Soon

Il Sereno Lago Di Como Italy

The property will start welcoming guests this year in its luxurious suites, situated on the banks of the pristine Lake Como. It promises to be a well-rounded wellness destination with an exciting mix of spa treatments.

Six Senses Bhutan

Six Senses is all set to venture into the colourful Kingdom of Bhutan in the second half of 2017. The project involves five satellite resorts in Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang, and Paro, with five unique experiences crafted into one enchanting journey through the Kingdom.

The Fontenay Hamburg

A perfect reflection of modern Hamburg, this wellness hotel, on the Lake Alster, will open in October this year. Make your bookings early and experience its 1,000-squaremetre rooftop spa—an indoor and outdoor pool, signature reflexology treatments and Thai massages, and panoramic views of the lake are some of the highlights.

The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa & Resort New Chandigarh

The latest venture of The Oberoi Group in Chandigarh offers opulent accommodations ranging from the palatial Kohinoor Villa to Luxury Villas with private pools and Royal Forest Tents with private pools. Apart from Ayurveda and signature Oberoi massage therapies, they have on offer hydrotherapy, steam and infrared sauna, Turkish hammam scrub, Roman tepidarium, and La Prairie Signature Gentlemen Facial.

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Where The Celebrities Go

Malaika Arora recently had a spa-cation at Atmantan Wellness Resort, Mumbai. Anushka Sharma went to the Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand. Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa hosted Alia Bhatt and her family. The young actor posted pictures online of her swimming in the pool and taking yoga lessons.

Pink actor Taapsee Pannu had a beach holiday in Koh Samui, Thailand, where she went scuba diving. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone were recently on a reviving vacation at Vivamayr Spa, Austria, which is known for its weight loss and fitness programme.

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