10 luxury spa and wellness retreats

02 October 2017

One&Only Reethi Rah

Tired? Stressed? Overworked? Soothe away the stresses of everyday life with one of these incredible spa and wellness retreats.

COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali

COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali

 Recommended by Travel Counsellor Julie

Nestled in lush tropical countryside in Bali, this incredible spa resort aims to help guests find peace and wellbeing through relaxation, therapies and cuisine, and leisure pursuits.

There’s a schedule of daily activities, with classes from yoga and Pilates to meditation and martial arts. Adventurous types can explore the surroundings and step off the beaten track with river rafting, mountain climbing and more. And a resident nutritionist and Ayurvedic doctor are available to help create special diets for you.

COMO Shambhala Estate also has a wellness programmes designed to help target specific problems, such as stress management. And you’ll find a wonderful range of treatments are available, including Ayurvedic, beauty, and body, and are tailored to your needs.

Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Thailand

Pool and beach view at Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Thailand

This luxurious, award-winning beachfront resort set in seven acres of brilliant green tropical gardens in Hua Hin. Combining a range of wellness activities and traditional Thai values and beliefs, Chiva-Som has a holistic approach incorporating mind, spirit and mind. There are 70 treatment rooms here, as well as various swimming pools, and the delicious cuisine incorporates the organic fruit and vegetables grown in the garden.  

An elegant resort, Chiva-Som International Health Resort is an ideal location for anyone seeking a calm and tranquil place to feel completely rejuevenated.

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

One&Only Reethi Rah Fanditha Bar at Sunset

Located on North Male Atoll in the Maldives, this elegant five-star resort offers exceptional service, exquisite villas, and a delightful calming spa to help you fully unwind.

The One&Only Spa is nestled in a beautiful garden away from the rest of the resort, so you can relax in a tranquil environment of nature, water and those glorious blue skies. You can choose from treatments such as a Tropical Detox, a Hot Stone Massage or an Advanced Radiance Facial, and there are private treatment room and relaxation pavilions. If you’re looking to exercise your body while you’re here, there are dozens of activities to choose from each day.

Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand

Main Pool at the Hilltop Reserve Six Senses Yao Noi in Thailand

Recommended by Travel Counsellor Diane

With spectacular views of Thailand’s mesmerising Phang Nga Bay and a tropical forest hillside spot, this stunning five-star resort is absolutely breathtaking. Six Senses are renowned for their exquisite spas and Yao Noi Spa will delight anyone looking for a luxury wellness hideaway.

With four interconnected spaces, the spa village here is designed to resemble a traditional village house from northern Thailand, and is set amongst the wonderful tropical vegetation. The revitalising treatments incorporate Thai healing practices and a holistic approach, with a full wellness programme including facials, massages, and body treatments.

Ananda In The Himalayas, India

Ananda In The Himalayas in India

Tucked away in the Himalayan foothills in Northern India sits Ananda, an award-winning luxury destination spa. Located on a 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, the spa has breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains, the valley of the holy town of Rishikesh and the River Ganges. The yoga sessions, expert teachers and holistic healing programme at this serene mountain retreat make it a perfect place to rid yourself of the stresses and strains of daily life.

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai

Recommended by Travel Counsellor Sally

Set in a palm oasis amid the dazzling orange-red sand dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is a spectacular sanctuary to relax and indulge in, in beautiful surroundings. The world-class spa blends Middle Eastern and South East Asian practices to create therapies that work to soothe both body and mind.

Of Al Maha, Sally said: “Expect elegant rooms with tented canopies and private plunge pools, loads of space, and opulent bathrooms. We returned from dinner to find the bath tub filled with petals and candles lit. Oryx wander around at will. It has a great bar area with a terrace overlooking the desert and waterholes. As well as the total luxury of the place, my own luxury highlights there were camel riding with champagne at sunset, and sitting on the bar terrace emptying my mind and listening to the silence - silence can be surprisingly "loud" but very relaxing! It is a world apart from the busy beaches and city of Dubai just a few miles away.”

Six Senses Laamu, Maldives

Six Sense Laamu Spa in the Maldives

Dreaming of escaping to a tropical paradise? Jet off to Six Senses Laamu. In the bright blue waters of the Indian Ocean lies the palm-fringed Laamu Atoll, and Six Senses is the only resort here. Picture incredible white sands, eco-friendly villas offering glass overwater bathtubs, and emerald palms and you’ll have an idea of what to expect.

Six Senses Spa Laamu is set on the beachfront, overlooking those incredible waters, and there are four secluded treatment pavilions for couples so that you can indulge in relaxing treatments together. The treatments use natural products and you can have personal consultations from visiting health practitioners, as well as holistic therapies to help you achieve balance.

BodyHoliday, Saint Lucia

BodyHoliday Saint Lucia

This luxurious resort in Saint Lucia isn’t simply a spa resort with a focus on therapies and treatments, instead everything it offers focuses on wellbeing for both body and mind. Relaxation, exercise and diet are all part of the ethos here, as well as rejuvenating treatments.

Nestled on a secluded cove, this opulent all-inclusive resort offers over 50 sports and activities to help you unwind and recharge, including hiking, yoga classes, scuba diving, tennis and archery. And, there are over 170 treatments to help you relax and soothe away the stresses of the daily grind.

Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines

Shangri La's Boracay Resort & Spa Private Jetty, Philippines

The spa at this wonderful five-star hotel uses the Chinese philosophy of ch’i, or Qi, and focuses on movement of the body and mind to leave you relaxing relaxed and rejuvenated. The spa itself is detached from the luxurious resort and lies on a rocky peninsula with views of the sparkling turquoise waters below.

Boracay Island is famous for its glorious white beaches, dazzling blue waters, and the tropical foliage that covers this hilly island, so it’s a paradise for hikers and for anyone hoping to relax and unwind.

Amilla Fushi, Maldives

Amilla Fushi Ocean Lagoon Houses, Maldives

This modern, stylish resort is nestled on Baa Atoll in the breathtaking Maldives and features both a sumptuous spa and incredible, one-bedroom wellness retreats, the Wellness Tree House by Bodyism at Amilla.

Nestled among the bright green of the tropical vegetation, the dazzling luxury accommodations that are the Wellness Tree Houses lie 12m above the ground. Each tree house has an infinity pool looking over the trees and the comprehensive, personal wellness programme run by Bodyism combines spa treatments, healthy eating and fitness.

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