It is the perfect time to enjoy some indulgence because spring cleaning applies to your body, mind and spirit, in addition to your living space. A pre-summer spa break can do wonders for your wellbeing, but we are always seeking a more unique, and truly rewarding, spa experience that delivers on luxury, relaxation and all-round wellness. Whilst any luxury spa experience is sure to be restorative, our tailor-made approach to first-class travel extends to our search for the spas that best address the most common health complaints and specialise in effective solutions for specific issues. Whether you want to sleep better, detox, escape the everyday or book in for a full body reboot, we have the spa for you…
1. Capri Palace (Italy)
In Capri, glamour is guaranteed. It is well documented that the Mediterranean diet is one of the world’s healthiest and, therefore, it may come as no surprise to discover that living well extends to their approach to spas. At Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, guests can discover a dedicated ‘Leg School’. The Leg School offers specialised treatments for the lower limbs. The methodology, formulated and patented by Professor Francesco Canonaco, comprises a series of complementary treatments, characterised by the application of rich active principles and vaso-active substances. The resort itself is just moments away from the charming island centre of Anacapri, an authentic Italian village, where you can admire panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples and beyond. Capri Palace Hotel & Spa also has weight-loss and postureology treatments that focus on the back and core muscles, to improve health and longevity of these most vital aspects of the body.
2. Huvafen Fushi (Maldives)
The Maldives is a destination that continues to delight and beguile. The notion of being a complete castaway, surrounded by idyllic waters and powder-soft beaches, is almost enough to bring you instant peace of mind, and Huvafen Fushi seeks to ensure you return home feeling completely rejuvenated. It is hard not to be inspired by the beauty of nature when enjoying a luxurious five-star holiday in the Maldives but at Havufen Fushi you are connected with the natural world as never before. This award-winning island resort boasts an incredible underwater spa, Lime Spa, where tropical fish and the relaxing ambience of water infuse a serene calmness from the moment you arrive at this most inspiring setting. Furthermore, the specially designed Dream Journeys comprise the essential elements of a comprehensive spa retreat. Choose from three, five or seven-day programmes that combine massage, facial treatments, traditional Maldivian rituals and even sun repair treatments, designed to breathe life into tired skin cells. These exceptional programmes use natural ingredients and effective techniques to ensure satisfying, even astonishing, results. Experience intense relaxation in truly therapeutic surroundings.
3. Parrot Cay (Turks & Caicos)
Beautifully luxurious, ultra-exclusive and world-renowned, COMO Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos is the definitive health haven for the most glamorous globetrotters and travel elite. The bolthole of Hollywood’s A-List seeking privacy and pampering, COMO Shambhala Spa at Parrot Cay is a sanctuary for the soul in sumptuous seclusion. Having earned a reputation for luxury and laid-back living, Parrot Cay regularly tops competitive lists of the ‘World’s Best Spa Resorts’ and just this year was gifted the title of the ‘Most Tranquil Spa in the World’ by travel connoisseurs voting for Condé Nast Traveller’s Gold List. As spa settings go, it doesn’t get much better than Turks and Caicos. The long-time playground of dolphins, iguanas and ospreys, these islands today attract a more sophisticated clientele, lured by the beguiling beaches and pedigree for privacy. Turks and Caicos enjoys the luxury of having maintained exquisite seclusion and unblemished perfection in an era of mass tourism and endless exploration.
4. Enchantment Resort and Mi Amo Spa (Arizona)
Arizona has fast become a contemporary destination of choice for the modern day bohemian and high-flying career types seeking a true get-away-from-it-all retreat located in a rugged, red-coloured, canyon in Coconino National Forest, Enchantment Resort and Mi Amo Spa boasts some of the most incredible views on Earth, with a genuine other-worldly quality that suggests you’ve travelled much further afield, and out of the atmosphere, for a genuine escape. At Mi Amo Spa, the energy of the location – Sedona – is used to inspire a range of therapies and treatments that combine both ancient rituals and contemporary science. The ‘Connection with the Spirit’ programme teaches relaxation and meditation techniques that you can use even after you’ve returned home, whilst the expert skincare options can brighten, tighten and lighten as never before. Here the spa philosophy is one of a journey and whilst the results are impressive it is the internal changes that will leave you feeling truly renewed.
5. Chiva Som International Health Resort (Thailand)
Chiva-Som is one of the first destination spas, and remains the ultimate destination to escape and dedicate your time to your own wellbeing. Chiva-Som means ‘Haven of Life’ in Thai, and the eponymous hotel embodies this inspiring phrase with elegance and grace. Nestled in a secluded cove on the Gulf of Thailand, Chiva-Som is about learning to live, enjoy and appreciate every moment, and in so doing, creating a personal path to health and wellness. The winner of Condé Nast Traveller’s ‘Best Destination Spa’ award, Chiva-Som is a comprehensive wellness destination with all the luxuries of an exclusive, five star, wellness spa resort. Chiva-Som has created five new and exclusive retreats for guests seeking the ultimate in health, wellness and rejuvenation. Its groundbreaking therapies have been expertly designed to address specific health issues. The state-of-the-art programmes support the treatment of specific conditions, including cancer (cell vitality), migranes (cranial relief), high blood pressure (tension release), stress (emotional wellbeing) and excess body weight (sustainable slimming). Each retreat is tailor-made to benefit each client’s individual requirements. The new retreats offer thirteen collections of treatments and therapies, with specific health objectives to provide a foundation upon which a personalised programme will be designed. Guests’ own individual health and wellness preferences are paramount and each retreat is designed with individual care at its core.
6. Lefay Resort & Spa Lago Di Garda
There are few settings as beautiful as Lake Garda. At Lefay Resort & Spa Lago Di Garda you can enjoy breath taking views of the Lake whilst enjoying an award-winning, and internationally renowned, spa experience. Here, you can identify a specific target area of your health that you wish to improve on, including weight, beauty, posture and detox. Over five days, you can experience the most relaxing massages, effective treatments and re-balancing therapies that will aid your body’s return to a healthy and well balanced state. Add to this the sumptuous setting and fine Italian cuisine and you have the recipe for the perfect spa experience.
7. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray (Dubai)
Dubai is synonymous with decadence and opulence, and the ever strengthening spa culture has adopted the same sensibilities. At Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s Talise Ottoman Spa, every element is grander and greater than a typical spa. This unique and unforgettable spa also includes one of the most showstopping treatment rooms of all, a sub-zero snow room. You can also indulge with a Diamond and Rose Ritual, Sultan’s Massage and even a tailor-designed spa experience that incorporates individual elements that are carefully selected only for you. There is also the option to experience a magnificent Middle East luxury, by having gold leaf applied to your skin and enjoying a traditional hammam. For guests preferring to experience the benefits of this exceptional spa in private, in-room treatments can be arranged.
8. BodyHoliday (St Lucia)
Where to begin with BodyHoliday? Their signature promise is that if you “Give us your body for a week, we’ll give you back your mind”. Located in the scenic paradise that is St Lucia, this much-loved and world-renowned resort attracts the biggest names in the world of wellness and is, perhaps, one of the only locations that is entirely devoted to health and wellness. From the carefully crafted cuisine, that ensures healthy eating is easy and delicious, to the tailor-made body plans that use specific science to reward guests with results – this is fitness at its most fun. The BodyHoliday has guests returning year on year as the outcome of a stay here is so incredibly positive, but first time visitors can combine their stay with one of BodyHoliday’s signature theme months or arrange their stay to coincide with one of the celebrity guest events to receive guidance and advice from athletes, experts and culinary masters. Furthermore, BodyHoliday is one of the few, all-inclusive, resorts in the Caribbean, so you can focus on your wellness and health knowing every other aspect of your stay is taken care of.
9. Ananda in the Himalayas (India)
Few settings inspire a connection with nature quite like that of the Himalayas. Combining India’s ancient spirituality and Ayurvedic traditions with the power of unspoilt landscapes and sacred settings, to create one of the most spectacular spa experiences of all, Ananda is an award-winning spa resort in India, located in the foothills of the Himalayas, surrounded by lush forests, rich with life and purifying air, with the legendary Ganges river nearby. Founded by Ashok Khanna, Ananda is designed as a solution to stress and addressing the world’s most pressing health issues. The location itself obviously inspires a welcome departure from the distractions of every day surroundings, whilst Ananda’s holistic approach to wellness eases guests into a more balanced lifestyle. The food is organic, the treatments use all natural ingredients and the philosophy has been handed down through the ages to encourage simple and whole living. Ananda features a variety of specially designed programmes that range from five, seven and fourteen days, depending on your requirements. Sacred teachings state that travelling to the Himalayas is a pilgrimage and at Ananda you will experience the reward of such a journey, but still enjoy the five-star luxury you deserve.
10. The Yeatman (Porto)
Our brand-new luxury featured hotel, The Yeatman in Porto boasts, perhaps, one of the most unusual spa treatments we’ve ever come across! Portugal’s Douro Valley is famed for its wealth of vineyards and fine wine making, which has inspired the spa specialists at The Yeatman to incorporate the health properties of grape extract and body wraps that incorporate Merlot and Cabernet grape varieties. Their signature ‘Vinotherapie’ is an aromatic and relaxing experience for the body and mind, whilst the more in-depth rituals offer bespoke treatments for couples or there’s the specialist Sommelier Ritual where you’ll bathe in a wine barrel and enjoy a long and relaxing massage that targets the vital energy points along the body.
To book your relaxing spa experience, or for further information about any of our luxury featured spa hotels and resorts, please call one of our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 505.