When you think about spas, abodes of quietude, tranquility, and relaxation come across your mind. And if you are thinking about visiting one to rejuvenate your senses and get away from the chaos of urban jungles, then forget your local spa and head over to a spa retreat for a couple of days. Spa retreats are very much like hotels, but their main focus is to help you relax, detoxify your body, and bring you a bit closer to nirvana. No wonder their popularity has been soaring for a couple of years. Here are some crème de la crème spa retreats of the world.
1. Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort (Italy)
If you are looking for something extremely exotic, then look no further than Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort. This spa in Tuscany uses some very unique and exclusive ingredients in their facials such as diamonds, gold, and even Antarctic ice! Apart from opulent facials, you can sit in thermal springs, where the antioxidizing and anti-ageing properties of the sulfurous spring water will make you feel young again. Rare woods, soft blue light, and relaxing music accompany the Saturnia massage experiences at its most exclusive. From Shiatsu Raindrop Massage to Holistic Massage, this Eden offers an intense experience that can also be undertaken as a couple. And of course, you could also nip off for a bit for a round of golf while you are there.
2. Six Senses Zighy Bay (Oman)
If you are the type of person who likes making a grand entrance, then you will love Six Senses Zighy Bay. Here, you are free to paraglide into the spa and after this adrenaline-filled entrance, you can head over for massages that will appease your senses. You can also take part in detoxification programs, such as Yogic Detox and Sense of Oman to rejuvenate your body and mind. And for luxurious journeys of healing and rejuvenation together with a sense of well-being, reach out for Traditional Moroccan Hammam or Royal Moroccan Hammam. Moreover, the spa is surrounded by mountains on three sides with a beach on the fourth, so peace and tranquility are more or less guaranteed; finally, feeling the sand beneath your toes and seeing how cruises gliding through waves during sunset will surely calm your senses.
3. Simply Healing (United Kingdom)
If you are just looking to cleanse your body of all its toxins, then Simply Healing may be just what your doctor may order. The spa is located in West Sussex, close to London at the Alliblaster House, a 19th century Georgian Mansion. The spa offers an effective and delicious juice-based detox program that is personalized for each guest. Aside from detox, they also offer weight loss plans, fertility plans, as well as massage therapies, herbal supplements, colonic hydrotherapies, and more. The programs can last anywhere from one day to a week.
4. SHA Wellness Clinic (Spain)
Located in the picturesque Costa Blanca, the mod-looking exterior of SHA Wellness Clinic belies its oriental style treatments and philosophy. This includes their diet that has absolutely no meat, eggs, or dairy products whatsoever. So expect a lot of rice and green vegetables. Reiki is the most popular treatment at the place and helps guests balance their energies. A ‘floatarium’ session is also very popular with guests. The floatarium contains a shallow pool of salty water in a dimly lit room that offers, as per the spa, therapeutic benefits similar to those of the Dead Sea.
5. Ananda (India)
Ayurveda and yoga have to be India’s greatest contribution in terms of well-being and where better to enjoy its benefits than in its home country. Located in the foothills of the magnificent Himalayas, Ananda is well-known for its intrinsic wellness regime. From Ayurvedic massages and specialized diet programs to traditional yogic teachings in conjunction with modern physical and mental health sciences and from meditation to philosophy classes of Vedanta, Ananda tries to touch the deeper realms of holistic well-being for the body, mind, and spirit. Supremely serene, this retreat also lets guests partake in a variety of recreational activities such as safaris, excursions, and whitewater rafting.
6. COMO Shambhala Estate (Indonesia)
Located in Bali, the people of COMO Shambhala Estate believe in a holistic approach toward well-being and ensure that their guests are happy in every way possible. That is why they have an osteopath, a chiropractor, a psychologist, a physiotherapist, an intuitionalist, and an ayurvedic doctor in-house. Not only that, there are periodic visits by energy healers, life coaches, and even influential people to ensure that every part of your body and mind feels rejuvenated during your stay. This combined with signature massage therapies, beauty treatments, a state-of-the-art gym, and other fun activities such as mountain biking and hiking make it one of the best in the world.
7. Kamalaya (Thailand)
Kamalaya is always rated as being one of the most popular spa retreats in the world and for a good reason. The spa sits on the island of Koh Samui and is built around a cave that once was used by Buddhist monks, so you can be sure that it is quiet and peaceful. One of the best things about this wellness sanctuary is its solutions for detox, yoga, stress and burnout, and fitness and weight control. To ensure that you feel relaxed during your stay, they offer Pilates and meditation. If you are looking for recreation, then head over to their swimming pool, library or beautiful garden.
8. Blue Lagoon (Iceland)
Blue Lagoon is a natural hot tub as it is built on top of one of the country’s many hot springs. As you would expect, many of its facilities and therapies are centered on geothermal waters that are said to be beneficial to the skin as well as to the psyche. Guests are encouraged to slather themselves with the mix of minerals, silica, and algae that are placed in buckets around the pool. There is also a separate clinic for psoriasis sufferers.
9. Spa Eastman (Canada)
If you are looking for a more affordable spa destination, then Spa Eastman in Quebec is just the place to go. Aside from a spectacular view of Mont Orford, guests also get a range of therapies including thermotherapy as well as a Turkish bath and outdoor pools. Spa Eastman is also one of the few to offer balletic massages and Watsu. To ensure the wellness of the mind as well as of the body, guests are encouraged to attend lectures and workshops on the art of healthy living.
10. Amangiri (United States)
Amangiri is tucked away in the stunning deserts of Utah and is one of the most unique locations for a spa retreat. The culture of the local Navajo tribes has been extensively incorporated into the treatments provided by the spa and are geared to restore “Hozho”, which in Navajo means “beauty, harmony, balance, and health”. The spa has a floatation room, a fitness center, yoga pavilions, and more. Guests can also hike along trails or enjoy a flight on a hot air balloon or a private plane to enjoy the beauty of the Mohave Desert from the air.
Image credit : Ss2107Published On: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015