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8 Wellness Wonders of the World

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30-Jun-2022 Lou Fox

8 Wellness Wonders of the World

Relax and unwind with these amazing wellness experiences...

After more than two years of uncertainty and unease, why not reboot, refresh and reinvent yourself? A luxury wellness retreat can help you reach your mental and physical peak, whilst taking you to some of the most beautiful destinations on earth.

Ananda in the Himalayas, India

Nestled in the Himalayan foothills amid the grounds of a Maharaja's palace, above the holy city of Rishikesh and offering stunning views of the sacred Ganges River, Ananda is the perfect setting for those seeking peace, balance and a wellness escape quite unlike any other. Steeped in the principles of Ayurveda, yoga, meditation and Vedanta philosophy, the multi-award-winning spa resort offers an escape from the stresses of everyday life.

We Recommend: Ananda Bhava Emotional Healing Therapies
At Ananda, specialised emotional wellbeing coaching sessions are applied to benefit all areas of a person's life. The in-depth and personalised guided sessions are conducted in a relaxed and peaceful environment high in the Himalayas. Guests on wellness programmes can use these experiences to solve challenges that they are facing or tap into greater heights of success in their life. Techniques and therapies in the emotional wellness program include hypnotherapy, reiki, chakra cleansing, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), hypnotherapy, inner child healing and regression. Whatever option you choose, one thing is for sure - Ananda is a truly unique and special place for emotional healing.
A woman falling backwards into a private outdoor pool at Ananda in the Himalayas
Ananda in the Himalayas
A woman receiving a hot stone treatment outside
Outdoor Spa Treatment

AMARA, Cyprus

AMARA is a truly luxurious beachfront hideaway, expertly designed to emphasise its natural surroundings. For those seeking a true wellness experience, AMARA Spa offers a wealth of fabulous facilities and lives up to its mythic legacy, thanks to its name, which is derived from the Greek word for "everlasting". It features saunas, thermal areas, a nail bar, an ice fountain, sun terraces, and an outdoor seawater infinity pool, all overlooking a breathtaking view of the Med. An especially unique feature is the ancient city walls of Limassol, which sit at the centre of the spa.

We Recommend: The Ancient Ritual Signature Treatment
Discover ingredients native to Cyprus with the Ancient Ritual Signature Treatment, which uses organic olive oil, crushed carob seeds, and warmed grapefruit halves to gently exfoliate the body and brighten the skin, leaving it feeling fresh and smooth. This is followed by a full body massage with olive oil infused with the essence of Cyprus in the form of rosemary and lemon, for the ultimate in relaxation and restoration.
 A spa treatment room at AMARA, Cyprus
Spa Treatment Room
Rooftop Duplex Suite with Private Pool at AMARA, Cyprus
Rooftop Duplex Suite with Private Pool

Chiva-Som, Thailand

Set amid seven acres of lush, tropical gardens in the royal city of Hua Hin, the award-winning Chiva-Som is one of the world's most lauded luxury health resorts. Arriving here signals the beginning of a personalised wellness journey, where, in addition to beauty and spa treatments, guests can join classes ranging from cooking to yoga and T'ai Chi. The resort also offers delicious and nutritious wellness cuisine, which uses organically grown fruits and vegetables straight from Chiva-Som's gardens.

We Recommend: The Chiva-Som Signature Massage
This unique treatment enhances wellbeing through techniques that increase blood circulation and lymphatic flow. A specially tailored approach is centred on improving muscle tone, skin texture and total relaxation. Choose your oil from the three Chiva-Som Signature blends designed to suit the mind and body.
Two people in a pool practicing wellness therapy
Watsu Water Therapy
 A person receiving an aloe body mask
Aloe Body Mask

Amilla Resort & Residences, Maldives

Experience a new standard in luxury as you escape to the outstanding natural beauty of the Baa Atoll at this stunning private island resort in the Maldives. Enjoying an idyllic location in a UNESCO-listed World Biosphere Reserve, Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences fuses contemporary luxury with attentive service and a laid-back ambience. Nestled in the tranquillity of jungle surroundings, Javuu Spa at Amilla Maldives is a modern-day sanctuary, where pampering leads to true rejuvenation.

We Recommend: Night-Light Light Therapy
Light and Sound Therapy have been used for millennia to heal a range of physical and mental ills. With a lifestyle that is full of artificial and unhealthy light sources, our bodies crave a full spectrum of pure and vibrant colours to balance, heal and energise. This specialised treatment uses one of the most advanced coloured-light systems in the world to help recharge the brain's electrical field and positively interact with the bodies bio-rhythms. The Night-Light treatment is based on the Delta brainwaves of deep sleep. This session facilitates restorative sleep and is extremely powerful in treating insomnia and overcoming trauma.
yoga in the sunset
Javvu Spa


Opened in November 2021, JOALI BEING is entirely devoted to the latest and most transformative treatments. This unique resort, based in The Maldives, is the creation of the Turkish businesswoman Esin Güral Argat. The wellbeing offerings are centred around four pillars - mind, skin, microbiome and energy. Guests undergo a personal wellbeing consultation upon arrival, and their experience at JOALI BEING is completely tailored to those results.

We Recommend: The AKTAR Herbology Centre
No visit to this world-class wellbeing retreat is complete without a stop at AKTAR, JOALI BEING's herbology centre. Inspired by the healing power of plants and herbs, guests can collaborate with the resident herbalist to create personalised natural remedies which address their mind, skin, microbiome and energy concerns.
The AKTAR Herbology Centre at JOALI BEING in The Maldives
The exterior of the Flow Restaurant at JOALI BEING in The Maldives
Flow Restaurant

One&Only The Palm, Dubai

Set beside a stunning stretch of shore, amidst landscaped gardens, fountains and pools, One&Only The Palm is a lush resort oasis - perfect for your luxury Dubai holiday. When it comes to wellness, the standout feature at this resort is The Guerlain Spa, the only Guerlain Spa in the UAE. This distinctly Moorish sanctuary invites guests to indulge in age-old traditions combined with modern skincare techniques in a serene and secluded environment.

We Recommend: The Magic 8 Massage
The Guerlain Spa recently launched a handful of new treatments, including The Magic 8 Massage. Designed to work on 80 muscles across the body and face, the treatment focuses on 80 targeted techniques applied to 80 pressure points, with every movement tailored to set the mind and body at ease.
Inside the spa at One&Only The Palm in Dubai
 The outside spa pool at One&Only The Palm in Dubai
Spa Pool

Bulgari Resort Bali, Indonesia

The luxurious Bulgari Resort Bali combines exotic tropical beauty with high-end Italian sophistication. With decadent villas, striking infinity pools and a trademark Bulgari boutique, this resort is not to be missed. For those who want to truly relax, the cliff-top spa at Bulgari Resort Bali, which features an antique Joglo house, offers the ultimate spa experience with breathtaking views overlooking the Indian Ocean.

We Recommend: Hot Volcanic Stone Therapy
This signature treatment consists of Hot Stone Therapy, where heated volcanic basalt lava stones are placed on specific energy points or Chakras, to stimulate blood flow and induce profound relaxation.
The exterior view of the Spa Relaxation Area at the Bulgari Resort, Bali
Spa Relaxation Area
Inside the couple's spa room at Bulgari Resort, Bali
Spa Couple Room

Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti, Italy

Spread over four floors and one of the largest in the Alps, the Lefay SPA is simply out-of-this world. Using the brand's own natural products, the Signature Treatments combine traditional massage techniques with the stimulation of body points and energy meridians, while other options include traditional Eastern and Western massages, rituals especially for couples, and a range of beauty services. The SPA also offers a selection of dedicated wellness programmes - from 'Detox' to 'Ayurveda' to 'Fitness' - for those that want to dedicate their stay to wellbeing. There are both indoor and outdoor pools, a heated salt-water lake, salt grotto, ice pool and waterfall, nine saunas, sensory showers, and a family-friendly steam bath. Of course, there's also a state-of-the-art fitness centre.

We Recommend: Scents of the Forest Treatments
These treatments take their inspiration from the surrounding area and the purity of alpine nature. Relax an unwind as you choose from a selection of treatment, all utilising natural products from the forest, water, minerals and plants found in the Dolomites. With horse chestnut and arnica oils the stars of the show, forest essences and traditional butter from the Alps will leave you in delight.
Salt Water Pool with a woman floating in it
Salt Water Pool
Exterior of the hotel at sunrise
Unwinding on a wellness retreat is a truly immersive experience for your mind, body and soul. With these eight amazing options, from the Dolomites in Northern Italy to the tropical sands of the Maldives, whatever your pleasure, you'll find a way to disconnect from the day-to-day world and reconnect with yourself and the world.
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Lou   Fox

Lou Fox

Content Executive

Ready with a guidebook and my camera, I've been lucky enough to travel all over the world. From learning to dive in Egypt to traversing the theatres and museums in NYC, I'm passionate about exploring the planet and writing about what the world has to offer.