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I Promise To... Be Kind To Myself

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Amy Henderson

Six spas for self care...

Feeling fantastic is fundamental to your health, something that's become increasingly important over the past year or so. If this is one of your travel resolutions, here are six sensational spas to help you rejuvenate, refresh and revive...

Sense, A Rosewood Spa at Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Located on the exotic island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, Rosewood Little Dix Bay has long been regarded as one of the Caribbean's most wonderful wellness hotels. Here, the cliffside Sense, A Rosewood Spa has been carefully designed to embody the island's easy-going ethos through restorative treatments, therapies and 'journeys' that use natural ingredients - including a massage using bamboo canes, a body polish with volcanic hot stones, and a warm body scrub made of fig, bergamot, rose and ground apricot stone. Celebrating the centuries of history that have shaped the islands, the practice of African ancestral healing traditions is also embraced, using parts of native trees to create compresses, balms and oils to clean, purify and heal the body. Beyond the treatment rooms, this tropical retreat offers a variety of wellness classes and experiences - from morning meditation surrounded by 25-mile panoramas of the sea, to hiking the on-resort Cow Hill Trail for magnificent vistas across the bay.
Sense Spa at Rosewood Little Dix Bay
Sense Spa at Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Six Senses Spa at Six Senses Laamu

It's perhaps no surprise this patch of paradise - one of the Maldives' most celebrated resorts and part of Six Senses' prestigious portfolio - is home to a sensational Six Senses Spa sanctuary. Be sure to try the award-winning signature treatments here - including massages, body wraps and scrubs - all using fresh natural products, while for the ultimate indulgence, treat yourself to an age-defying facial, using 24k gold to regenerate skin cells and create a gorgeous glow. Offering much more than just massages (though these are to-die-for) you can also discover your dosha (body type) with Ayurveda, nurture your soul with meditation in an open-air rooftop studio, and embark on a nutritional journey using the guiding principles of Eat with Six Senses: natural, top-quality ingredients focusing on balance, sustainability and food made from scratch. Visiting practitioners are often arranged to offer specialist holistic therapies - including reflexology and Reiki - while a herbal steam, hammam, sauna and lap pool are all available to get you feeling tip-top.
Six Senses Spa at Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Spa at Six Senses Laamu

COMO Shambhala Retreat at COMO Maalifushi

COMO is a brand best known for its world-leading wellness concepts, and nowhere is this truer than at COMO Maalifushi, a stylish and secluded private island in the Maldives. Head to the island's spa, COMO Shambhala Retreat, and indulge in an Asian-inspired treatment in an overwater pavilion - complete with oversized bath tubs, secluded sun decks and panoramic views over the Indian Ocean - experiencing the ultimate relaxation while soaking up the sounds of the waves. Of course, this well-developed wellness concept offers more than simply spa treatments. COMO Shambhala Cuisine is a unique approach to nutrition that utilises organic ingredients rich in living enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals, creating temptingly tasty dishes that care for and cleanse the body - from freshly blended fruit juices to delicious, nutritious whole wheat waffles. Aware that looking after the mind is essential too, COMO offers yoga, Pilates and ancient Pranayama breathing sessions for complete calm.
Treatment at COMO Maalifushi
Treatment at COMO Maalifushi

The Spa at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Perhaps no country is more intrinsically associated with wellness than Thailand, home to some of the world's most inspiring wellness retreats that embrace the nation's spa heritage. Authentic in its design and enjoying a magnificent location overlooking the ancient limestone sea-stacks of Phang Nga Bay, Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve houses a seriously special spa set amid a tranquil tropical jungle. Unwind next to the peaceful lagoon while you await your treatment - whether you opt for a traditional Thai massage, locally sourced coffee scrub, holistic ritual using volcanic stones, or cutting-edge anti-ageing facial. For reams of romance and side-by-side relaxation, request the dedicated couples' treatment room or private spa suite. Of course, there are also aromatherapy steam rooms, saunas, outdoor vitality pools, relaxation rooms and a yoga studio to make the most of, while fitness fanatics can join an expert trainer to practice the country's national sport of Muay Thai - think high kicks, powerful punches and plenty of fun!
Spa Pool at Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Spa Pool at Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Six Senses Spa at Puente Romano Marbella

Offering an oasis of calm amid the vivacity of Marbella, Puente Romano boasts a truly indulgent and charmingly authentic Six Senses Spa, beautifully built in an Andalusian style from local stone and oak timber. Committed to sustainability and natural healing, you will be welcomed to this serene spa sanctuary with a refreshing ginger tea, before sinking into your blissful treatment or wellness ritual, many of which celebrate the natural bounty of southern Spain - including Mediterranean sea salt, top quality olive oil and fragrant herbs from the mountains. You can also unwind in the hydrotherapy pool, herbal steam room, sauna, hammam, and unique heat and ice experience showers. If you want to dedicate your entire trip to rejuvenating and relaxing, wellness stays can be arranged, beginning with a full screening that uses cutting-edge technology to analyse an array of health factors - from metabolism to heart function - enabling the wellness experts to make the perfect personalised programme just for you.
Six Senses Spa at Puente Romano Marbella
Six Senses Spa at Puente Romano Marbella

The Spa at Santani Wellness Resort & Spa

An adults-only sanctuary set amid the mist-shrouded Sri Lankan mountains, made largely from recycled materials, Santani offers a wellness escape unlike any other. Every aspect of your stay here focuses on feeling good and connecting with nature; there's a restaurant serving personalised nutritious menus guided by the in-house Ayurvedic doctor, while sunrise meditation is an unforgettable way to start the day. Blending beautifully into the hillside, the spa is one of the largest in Sri Lanka, set across three floors and offering an extensive menu of therapies that are deeply rooted in the ancient practices of Ayurveda. Alongside the understated treatment rooms that open directly onto the surrounding rice paddies, there is a steam room, glass-walled cedar wood sauna (offering more paddy views) and an alfresco, thermal saltwater pool. As well as making you feel fabulous while you're away, Santani's mission is to impart a sense of mindfulness that you can continue to embrace back at home.
Spa Reception at Santani Wellness Resort & Spa
Spa Reception at Santani Wellness Resort & Spa

Capri Palace Beauty Farm at Capri Palace Jumeirah

Resembling an 18th century Neapolitan palace, you can certainly live - and unwind - like royalty at Capri Palace Jumeirah. Here, the award-winning Capri Palace Beauty Farm is a centre of innovation and inspiration when it comes to treatments. Headed up by Professor Francesco Canonaco - a medical doctor and specialist in food science, immunology and aesthetic medicine - the highly-qualified wellness team includes doctors, therapists, beauticians and dieticians. These experts are all on hand to create a holistic spa experience that is completely bespoke to your goals - whether you're seeking assistance in stress management, a much-needed detox, need to detect a food allergy, or even want to improve your posture! The Beauty Farm also houses Professor Canonaco's cutting-edge Leg School®, offering an effective, gentle way to treat vascular problems of the lower limbs. Beyond the Beauty Farm, ecological walks, aqua aerobics, personal training sessions and yoga are yet more ways to get yourself feeling fabulous.
Spa Treatment at Capri Palace
Spa Treatment at Capri Palace

Amy Henderson

Content Team Leader

From driving along the sun-kissed California coast and whale watching in Canada, to swimming with turtles in Barbados, cookery classes in Oman and touring temples in Thailand, I've enjoyed some amazing experiences around the world. With a genuine love for all things travel, I can't think of anything I'd rather do than research, experience and share incredible destinations, luxury hotels and bespoke adventures.

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