In an effort to tempt even the world’s most discerning customers, spas these days are introducing cutting-edge technologies, and treatments with influences from far-flung corners of the globe. Gone are the days where just a hot oil massage will do; now we’re expecting unique touches that make a visit to the spa that little bit more memorable.
If you fancy a bit of pampering on your next holiday, here are 10 of the most luxurious spas around the world.
The Spa by ESPA, One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Set on idyllic, sandy shores in the Maldives, the One&Only Spa by ESPA consists of luxurious thatched treatment villas with tranquil ocean views. The all-encompassing experience includes vitality rooms, crystal steam rooms, saunas, stimulating ice fountains, a juice bar and relaxation pavilions to cater for your every need. The customised treatments are based on Ayurvedic traditions infused with Western luxuries; try one of their signature treatments- the ESPA Energy Equalizer with volcanic hot stones, or the Reethi Rah Sun Ritual.
Banyan Tree Spa, Banyan Tree Ringha, Tibet
In this sanctuary at the roof of the world, you can unwind with spa treatments inspired by traditional Himalayan practices and the ancient Chinese Five Elements philosophy. Before your treatment you are given a warm spa drink to sip on while you relax in the lobby decorated with intricate carvings and handcrafted Tibetan artefacts. The Royal Banyan treatment begins with a Warm Ginger Body Scrub to relieve your aches and pains, followed by a moisturising Banyan Tea Pouch Massage.
The Spa, Coral Reef Club, Barbados
Set in a colonial inspired building within a tropical garden paradise, The Spa at Coral Reef Club has four multipurpose treatment rooms, each with its own private foot ritual patio and garden. Natura Bissé is the skincare range of choice at this spa, and each of the treatments involve locally sourced plant life and fruits.
ONE&ONLY The Palm, Dubai
The Palm, Dubai, is one of the world’s most luxurious hotels, and the Spa is just as magnificent. Comprised of nine spa suites set amidst ponds, fountains and open courtyards, the 2400 square-metre spa features a comprehensive treatment menu, including a selection of three or five day wellness journeys.
NAM Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam
Each of the treatment pavilions at the Nam Hai looks to be floating on a tranquil, fish-filled lagoon. All are equipped with an open air deck featuring a deep soak bathtub and day bed for two. For a rejuvenating and relaxing experience, you might want to try one of their Oriental Spa Rituals, featuring a variety of health and beauty therapies based on the principles of aromatherapy, ayurveda and herbalism.
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, Costa Rica
Nestled amongst tropical gardens and lush rainforest, the spa at the Nayara Hotel is a peaceful place to unwind to the sights, sounds and smells of the jungle. The spa menu uses natural ingredients and features a variety of treatments, combination therapies and couples treatments.
Six Senses Hideaway, Oman
The Six Senses Hideaway at Zighy Bay in Oman is the perfect retreat from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Try one of their Locally Inspired Treatments, inspired by age-old Omani traditions using plants, herbs and ingredients indigenous to the local area. The Wonders of Oman treatment involves a sea salt bath with fresh mint, followed by a body scrub made using local coffee. Afterwards you’ll enjoy an Arabian Body Rasul with slimming and purifying properties, finished by a targeted draining massage using frankincense essential oil.
Cinq Mondes Spa at Beau Rivage Palace, Switzerland
Midway between the Alps and Lake Geneva in the city of Lausanne, lies the galmorous Beau Rivage Palace hotel. The spa here opens out onto a beautiful garden with unobstructed views of Lake Geneva, offering the ultimate in luxurious spa experiences. VIP clients or couples wishing for some romantic alone time can book the “Bliss for Two” suite, which looks out onto a small private garden. Guests are also treated to “Flower Rain” suites with Japanese Bath, five treatment rooms, a “Tropical Rain Walk”, and indoor and outdoors pools.
Royal Zambezi Lodge Bush Spa, Zambia
The Royal Zambezi Lodge in Zambia is built on top of a high anthill overlooking the Zambezi River, so you can enjoy your treatments outdoors on a deck overlooking some incredible scenery. Dermologica is the favoured skincare brand at this spa, but many of the treatments also use local indigenous ingredients from the African bush. The spa has two treatment rooms, a cool plunge pool with views of the Zambezi, an outdoor jacuzzi and a lounge area where you can enjoy a fresh juice or two.
Spa Chakra Hayman, Whitsundays, Australia
This spa is known as one of the world’s best beach spas, situated on the luxurious private island in Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. With their Ocean Massage you can enjoy a massage on the water, surrounded by gentle tides and tropical fish under the Whitsunday sun. The spa also comprises 13 individual treatment rooms, private outdoor cabanas with ocean views, a relaxing hydrotherapy area, and Vichy sauna and steam rooms.
Paul Shipway is Business Development Director at Simply Luxury Holidays.