Whether it’s to get fit, meditate or simply an escape from endless deadlines – we could all do with a little self-love every once in a while. And what better way to pamper ourselves than to jet off for a well-deserved spa retreat? Here are eight luxurious places around the world that could easily fit into your travel itinerary.
- 1. Absolute Sanctuary (Koh Samui, Thailand)
- 2. The St. Regis Lhasa Resort (Tibet, China)
- 3. Amangiri (Utah, USA)
- 4. The Wakaya Club and Spa (Wakaya Private Island, Fiji)
- 5. The Blue Lagoon (Reykjanes, Iceland)
- 6. Tobacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort (Alajuela, Costa Rica)
- 7. Boscolo Milano (Milan, Italy)
- 8. Gaia Retreat & Spa (New South Wales, Australia)
1. Absolute Sanctuary (Koh Samui, Thailand)
Nestled among the forest, far away from the dust clouds of the city, lies this little island paradise. Awarded “Best Value for Weight Loss” by Conde Naste Traveller in 2014, this Morrocan-inspired wellness boutique resort offers a range of programmes from detox, to yoga, spa and Pilates. Its kitchen is also known to serve delicious organic food that’s tailored to your needs.
2. The St. Regis Lhasa Resort (Tibet, China)
From its architectural details to the herbal treatments it offers, this high-end haven is steeped in Tibetan beauty and culture. Also, perhaps nothing screams luxury like its “Gold Energy Pool” that guarantees to refresh and rejuvenate guests. Oh and did we mention: You get to an awesome view of the Himalaya Palace as you float about in bliss in the pool.
3. Amangiri (Utah, USA)
Fancy yourself living like a queen in middle of an exotic desert? You can live your imagination at Amangiri – a luxury resort located amidst the dramatic landscape of a valley in Canyon Point, Southern Utah. After a day of scaling vast landscapes like Indiana Jones, an array of massages, scrubs, wraps and floatation therapy awaits you back at the resort.
4. The Wakaya Club and Spa (Wakaya Private Island, Fiji)
As if Fiji isn’t enough of a hideaway in itself, this resort is located on a private island far, far away from all your worries. Through a range of treatments from restorative massages to Watsu (you’ll have to get there to find out what it is!), wraps and scrubs, this resort guarantees to rejuvenate its guests. In a nutshell: an eco-friendly luxury resort offering unmatched beauty and services in an intimate setting.
5. The Blue Lagoon (Reykjanes, Iceland)
Since the 1970s, the Icelandic people have been flocking to the geothermal pools of the Blue Lagoon to soak in its healing waters. Enriched with silica, algae, and minerals, researchers have also developed a skincare line based on these active ingredients found in the natural environment. Their products promise to cleanse, boost and nourish your skin!
6. Tobacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort (Alajuela, Costa Rica)
Recognised as the “Best Mineral Spa” in the world, this resort has its game on with its natural hot springs, powered by the nearby Arenal Volcano. The resort offers open-air bungalows and Jacuzzis designed for both solo travellers and couples. Within the region, there are also an array of adventure activities such as waterfall rappelling and zip-lining to try!
7. Boscolo Milano (Milan, Italy)
If you’re looking for an unworldly spa experience, Boscolo Milano might just be the place for you with its incredible out of the world interior design. Hailed as a true temple of wellness, this spa facility is said to be the biggest in the beautiful city of Milan. Its facilities includes sauna, hammam, a floatation tank, six beauty rooms and even an indoor waterfall!
8. Gaia Retreat & Spa (New South Wales, Australia)
Winner of “World’s Best Spa hotel” and many other awards in 2015, this slice of heaven is located in majestic Bundjalung Country hinterland of Byron Bay, Australia. Founded in 2005, this resort is dedicated to taking care of its guests’ well-being, be it through spa treatments, delicious locally-produced organic foods or yoga.