While a weekend getaway or a family trip to a new continent can do wonders for your spirit, a true rejuvenation of mind, body, and soul can be achieved with a visit to a good spa. Give your overall health and well-being a boost by indulging in fragrant rub downs that calm your nerves. Or try a body wrap made of locally sourced natural ingredients to exfoliate and get rid of harmful toxins. Whether you are looking for a pampering facial, a jasmine- and eucalyptus-infused water therapy or a soothing full-body massage, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our favourite ultra-luxurious spas around the world, and get ready to re-energise yourself!
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia
Situated on a beautiful coral islet in Motu Piti Aau, the InterContinental Resort & Thalasso Spa Bora Bora is a truly indulgent getaway for a peaceful spacation. Offering the first seawater therapy spa in French Polynesia, the award-winning Deep Ocean Spa thalasso therapy helps restore the body’s minerals by using natural ingredients sourced from sea water drawn from more than 900 metres deep in the Pacific Ocean. Guests are treated and pampered by trained hands, using ancient Polynesian healing rituals that reawaken mind and body.
Seven Stars Resort, Turks & Caicos
From marine mud wraps containing exotic local ingredients, to massages with soya candles that turn into lotion when they melt, Seven Stars Resort and Spa offers an extensive menu to let you indulge in just about anything that strikes your fancy. A true massage haven, the spa concentrates on keeping your body well-hydrated and nourished throughout your stay. Their unique restorative programmes, combined with the tranquillity of the surroundings, will help you reap all the benefits of these world-class amenities.
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, Thailand
The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai’s Spa and Wellness Centre addresses both your physical and psychological needs. Offering a variety of programmes and techniques sourced from across the world, Dhara Dhevi is a one-stop spa destination for all those seeking balance in body, mind and spirit. While offering innumerable therapies, the wellness centre hosts yoga sessions, Muay Thai classes, boot camps as well as bringing harmony to the Dosha to correct one’s energy flow. For a holistic experience, the spa also offers Energy Field Imaging (EFI ), designed to help chart your chakras and address any imbalance in your body’s energy.
The Cloister, Sea Island, Georgia, US
A must-visit for all facial lovers, The Cloister’s skin care treatments will definitely help you put your best face forward. Renowned for their Hydra facial, this corrective treatment uses peptides and hyaluronic acid to make you look younger and feel instantly refreshed. If this is a family trip, then fret not; the spa caters widely to children by customising gentler massages and facial treatments to suit their needs too. If you are done relaxing and want to give your revived body a workout, choose from any of the 56 group classes the fitness centre has on offer. Or better yet: take to the water for some kayaking or paddle boarding.
Capella Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
At the Luna y Mar Spa at the Resort at Capella Pedregal, guests are offered unique treatments inspired by the energies of the four phases of the moon and the sea. The signature treatments are based on the lunar cycle focusing on awakening body and mind while enhancing your well being and cleansing your spirit. The lavish aquatic treatments use ingredients sourced from the ocean, including
hand-harvested organic seaweed. As it’s situated in Mexico, the spa also utilises Mexican folk healing featuring locally grown herbs and tea to calm your senses.
The Reefs Resort, Bermuda
This award-winning Bermudian resort boasts the luxurious and sublime La Serena Spa which takes full advantage of its oceanfront therapy rooms that provide guests with expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean. Using naturally derived products from renowned companies like Elemis and Shankara, the treatments are guaranteed to stimulate circulation, bringing you a deep sense of relaxation. If you are suffering from any sort of sports injury, a registered medical therapist at the spa is on hand to give you the best course of treatment.
Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
Immerse yourself in a quiet world of holistic and natural healing at the Spa at Four Seasons Resort. Calm your nerves by taking in sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. An ideal place to escape and unwind, the spa’s highly trained therapists will help you de-stress while invigorating your body and soul. Their ‘Pure Vida for All’ programme is a complete transformation package that includes wellness, fitness and nutrition, as well as volunteering, which lets you give back to the community around you.
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
Kai en Ciel Spa at Jade Mountain, located on St. Lucia’s south-western Caribbean coastline, will immediately put you in a serene state of mind the minute you arrive. While the spa offers classic treatments in the privacy of its infinity pool sanctuary, it’s the couple’s spa programme that really sets it apart. A must for honeymooners, this romantic treatment called ‘The Alchemy of Two’ lets the couple indulge in a relaxing aromatherapy hot-tub session followed by a synchronised massage using special oils. As a bonus, the treatment also includes delicious treats for the guests, in addition to some soulful love poetry. – Devashree