Our travel specialists have handpicked a selection of our favorite hotel spas around the world.
Backstage Vernissage, Zermatt
For a truly unique spa experience, the Wellness Programme at Backstage Vernissage offers you the chance to journey back to the beginning of time, emerging yourself into the heart of the Creation and Genesis story. The seven days of Creation are replicated into seven different treatments ranging from the Dawn of Light, Animal World and The Human Being. All enhanced with light, sound and video simulation. After a day on the slopes, it is a truly unique place to relax.
Chiva Som, Thailand
International health and leisure consultants from England and France created Chiva Som (which translates as "Haven of Life") as a health and wellness retreat. In the heart of this destination spa on the shores of Hua Hin is the ultra-modern spa with an impressive array of facilities offering 21 treatment rooms, face and body massages, scrubs, wraps, reflexology, aromatherapy, body reshaping and toning treatments. There is also a hydrotherapy suite with computerised spa massage baths, colon hydrotherapy and a unique floatation chamber for de-stressing. The traditional Thai style rooms are all elegantly designed and furnished with high quality Thai silks.
Four Seasons Resort Whistler, Canada
The stunning five star Four Seasons Resort is the only resort in Canada to have achieved the AAA Five Diamond award, and one of the reasons must be the spa. It was nationally recognized as the number three spa resort in Canada by Condé Nast’s 2012 readers’ poll. They use local alpine herbs to make you feel completely relaxed at the end of a long day on the slopes. There is over 2000sq ft of gym space as well as a 75ft beautiful outdoor sunken pool.
Leela Palace, Udaipur
The Leela Palace is located on the edge of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, known as "the city of lakes". Its unique location offers wonderful views of the lake, the city palace and the surrounding Aravalli Mountains. It is Rajasthani in style and is a truly impressive hotel set in a tranquil location. The ESPA spa, features 14 superb treatment spaces, steam rooms, a Jacuzzi and a large swimming pool which over-looks the lake. You can choose from a selection of exceptional face and body therapies, each with award-winning natural skin care products.
Longevity Wellness Resort Algarve, Portugal
The pinnacle in European spa destinations, this vast medical and wellness spa boasts every modcon with state of the art treatment packages, bespoke programs and luxurious La Clinique de Paris products. The gourmet cuisine manages to be delicious yet healthy and the setting amidst a nature reserve lends itself to bracing walks and jogs. Why not go all out and enroll in one of the seven-night wellness stays where the team of medical professionals tailors your program to suit you.
One of the most exciting recent hotel openings in Latin America is Mukul Resort & Spa, dramatically set in rainforest above the Pacific surf in Nicaragua. The sensational spa here comprises six spa casitas, each individually designed and offering total privacy during your treatments, which range from aromatherapy and Turkish bath rituals to traditional native treatments using medicinal plants and herbs.
Rancho Valencia, San Diego
The spa at Rancho Valencia is tucked away amidst lush gardens and olive groves in beautiful San Diego. Every detail is meticulously tailored to create the ultimate destination for wellness and tranquility. Starting with the basics like freshly-made organic fruit and vegetable juices to a Yoga Pavilion, Pilates studio, advanced exercise programs, and retreats hosted by wellness professionals, The Spa offers an extensive menu of massage, facials and wraps tailored to each guest. Combine this with an organic locally-sourced menu and the perfect Mediterranean climate, Ranch Valencia is the place to revitalize even the most weary of souls.
Royal Malewane, South Africa
Set in an incredibly game rich reserve, the lodge offers fantastically luxurious accommodation with an outstanding spa. Head out on safari in the mornings and evening, while spending the day in this fabulous bush spa – fully equipped with hydrotherapy pools, lap pool, steam room, sauna, hot and cold baths and private relaxation rooms; it is the ultimate place to relax and unwind.
Shanti Maurice, Mauritius
A visit to the spa at Shanti Maurice during a stay here is an absolute must. It offers an extensive menu of body and beauty treatments and the spa therapists work with nutritionists, personal trainers, Yoga masters and Ayurvedic physicians to encourage optimum health, mental wellbeing, positive dietary changes and spiritual awakening.
Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily
Set on the south west coast of Sicily, Verdura Spa, voted "Best Hotel Spa in Europe 2012", is a retreat of unparalleled luxury. Balancing both body and mind, it’s inspired by local organic Sicilian ingredients, that include plant extracts and cold pressed oils. For those looking for something more tailor made, the range of Vita Wellness Treatments offer programs for real health improvement.