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10 of the most luxurious spas on the planet

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. The Spa by ESPA 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. Banyan Tree Ringha 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. ONE&ONLY The Palm 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. NAM Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam 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. Royal Zambezi Lodge Bush Spa, Zambia 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. Spa Chakra Hayman, Whitsundays, Australia Paul Shipway is Business Development Director at Simply Luxury Holidays. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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  1. Ah but are all these places reached by business or first class flights, with quiet, peaceful airport lounges?

    Flying economy to get to such luxury destress will not de-stress.

    It takes 2 days to even start a holiday and a week to ten days to get a full rest cure.

    The first thing you need after a long flight is an acupressure massage to take out the stress of sitting long in a plane and the stress of travelling anyway, of your neck shoulders and back.

    Going offline as much as possible reduces the ageing affect of computering and smartphones. Your eyes need a rest as much as mind body and spirit.

    To prevent stress and keep you on an even keel, you need a short or long break every couple of months. Anyone telling you that is sloth, is talking against your health and wellbeing being maintained to keep the good life and ignore them. More fool them for walking themselves into an early grave if they don’t take care!

  2. The floating massage image looks bad for me. I’d be dizzy and having seasick. lol. I am currently living in Thailand and there are plenty of super spas here too. One of which is The Six Senses at Koh Yao Noi. Simply stunning.

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