If you’re looking for a the perfect relaxing holiday, isn’t an incredible spa the cherry on top? A place where you can truly get you balance back and reboot your mind, body and soul? With wellness being our theme for the travel link up, I thought I’d count down the world’s best hotel spas that I have personally experienced.
1. Sense, A Rosewood Spa at the Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico
I was immediately taken by the setting of the Sense Spa at the Rosewood Mayakoba. Located on a private island, in a secluded tropical jungle this beautiful haven of relaxation blends with the natural surroundings of gorgeous hotel. Its huge (17,000 square feet, 12 treatment rooms and eight spa suites) but it feels intimate.
Not only does the spa make the most of the natural environment but the treatments are inspired by local culture and the natural element used by ancient Mayans.
I had the Kuxtal Sensory Garden Ritual and it was perhaps the best spa treatment I’d ever had – starting in the spa garden I chose the plant that I felt the best connection with which was than blended into a custom oil to be used in a full body massage.
2. Meera Spa at Gili Lankanfushi, The Maldives
The Sanskrit word for ocean, the Meera Spa is a pure haven of bliss! The very best thing about the spea located in Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives is that the treatment rooms and spa suites are located above the water with a window into the ocean. With this in mind, the brands used at the spa are Voya and Sodashi which are created from organic ingredients and plant extracts.
I highly recommend a couple massage whilst taking in the marine life below.
3. T Spa at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
The T Spa at Grand Hotel Tremezzo sits adjacent to the main 18th Century Villa and had been perfectly created by ESpa. Just like with the rest of the hotel, the focus is on Lake Como itself and treatments feature herbs that are grown on the shores of lake or even fragrant flowers from the Grand Hotel Tremezzo garden.
There’s a 100 square metres of space featuring a hammam, infinity pool, special heat treatments and a yoga studio. But best of all was the couples T Spa Suite which we had to ourselves for a morning.
The suite alone has a whirlpool tub, sauna and Turkish bath with contrast shower and cascade jets. When we had our treatment we were provided with home made biscuits, chocolates and fresh fruit.
4. The Scarlet, Cornwall
I totally fell in love with this eco-friendly, adults only hotel in Cornwall when Mr S and I visited a few years ago. What really sets The Scarlet apart from other spa hotels in the UK is the indoor / outdoor nature of the spa and the cliff top swimming pool, sauna and hot tubs.
Those cliff top hot tubs have to be my absolute all time favourite. The spa treatments themselves have a foundation in holistic wellbeing but there’s a local twist as Cornish ingredients such as seaweed and salt are incorporated into the treatments.
5. Sugar Beach – A Viceroy Resort, St Lucia
One of the most beautiful and unique spas that I ever visited was at Sugar Beach in St Lucia. Passing through a candle lit walkway, you arrive in a rain forest with small thatched huts serving as treatment rooms.
Our couples massage in a special room was absolutely gorgeous and many of the treatments use ingredients from the volcanic springs and cocoa plantations. But they also use luxurious products from brands such as Natura Bisse and Swiss line, Valmont.
After our treatment a door opened up at the back of our treatment room so that we could enjoy a gorgeous hot bath in the beautiful rainforest setting.
6. Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, Spain
What really set apart the spa at Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine was the unique spa sommelier concept. The spa itself is a beautiful underground sanctuary and when you first enter a beautiful wooden mobile ‘bar’ is bought over to you and the sommelier conducts a tasting ritual. Based on your wine preferences the Spa Sommelier is able to ascertain the treatments and experiences that would most suit our needs.
Mr S and I enjoyed our treatments in the luxury of a private spa suite which features an absolutely gorgeous bath. With the hotel being set in a vineyard, wine and grapes are at the forefront of the experience here and there are four ‘Spa Sommelier’ specials offered which use the skin and seeds of red grape which contain powerful antioxidants.
7. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle Thailand
One of the most special and unique hotels that I’ve ever stayed in of course has a very special and unique spa. The spa at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle Thailand takes the form of two open air salas in the middle of a bamboo forest and it’s the most open to nature spa that I’ve ever experienced.
Traditional Thai spa techniques are used as well as local products such as bamboo, lemongrass and Thai oils.
8. The Hillside Spa at Petit St Vincent
The beautiful Hillside Spa at Petit St. Vincent offers four incredible open air treatment rooms with a view out to the sea!
The treatments offered at the spa use Balinese traditions alongside ingredients such as herbs, spices and plants sourced from the Caribbean to provide the perfect restorative combination.
9. The Encore Spa, Encore Hotel, Las Vegas
The Spa at The Encore and it’s twin hotel the Wynn are probably the biggest spas I’ve ever been in – well they are in Vegas after all! The Spa at the Encore alone is 60,000 square foot, lavishly decorated with 51 treatments rooms (including 14 spa suites), a salon, a fitness centre and offers basically every treatment you can imagine.
10. Cowshed at Soho Farmhouse
Split into Cowshed Relax and Cowshed Active, the spa is a must visit during a stay at my beloved Soho Farmhouse. You can indulge in one of the signature massages or body treatments, pamper your self in the parlour or work up a sweat at the gym.
My favourite part of the spa is The Island which features a sauna, steam room and hot tubs!
And champagne is just the push of a button away!
Do you ever travel for wellness? Which of these spas would you visit? What’s your favourite spa?
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