Cambridge dictionary defines ‘luxury’ as extremely comfortable or elegant with the involvement of great expense. Everyone In the present times needs this elegant escape and dip into the comforting pool of luxury from their day-to-day routines. There are many different types of spa treatments that various cultures offer, from all around the world; ranging from their standard massages and aromatherapies to the ones with an extra added imagination of swimming pools and the like. Each of these 30 picture-perfect destination spas offers everything one needs to relax, reprogram, or reshape oneself. Whether it is to jump-start serious weight loss, or indulge in daily rubdowns, or simply kickstart a healthier lifestyle these wanderlust worthy health and wellness sanctuaries from around the globe, have it all.
Rancho La Puerta In Baja California, México
With their motto being ‘Siempre Mejor,’ which means ‘Always Better’, located in the shadow of the tranquil setting of Baja California’s mystical Mt. Kuchumaa, Rancho La Puerta has been North America’s legendary luxurious wellness and fitness destination spa for over 75 years with 4,000 acres of mountains, meadows, & more. Designed by Mexico-based developer Grupo Espiritu in collaboration with Rancho la Puerta’s primary designer; Brightwood, this luxurious Mexican adobe consists of 3 distinctly seventies feels spas and wellness centre with sprawling casitas providing an escape from life’s stress and distractions on a healthy retreat that empowers our true nature.
The Waldorf Astoria Spa, Boca Raton Resort &Club, Florida, USA
The sprawling 10,000 sq. ft Waldorf Astoria Spa in the 50,000sq ft Boca Raton Resort & Club with 44 treatment rooms and a vast range of signature treatments, spa pool and luxuriant gardens sums up to provide the perfect Florida retreat. The Ritual Bath, designed to take you on a journey of unparalleled tranquillity is one of their signature services. Designed by the prominent architect Addison Mizner this 1926 structure’s unique style has become the signature look of Boca Raton which was built to resemble The Alhambra Palace in Spain.
The Spa, The Peninsula Hotel New York, USA
The commanding space on the 21st and 22nd floors of The Peninsula hotel in New York, with skyline views, 12 treatment rooms, one couples’ suite and private relaxation lounges is The Peninsula spa which is the only place to try Eastern-influenced signature treatments that were created with The Peninsula Hotel’s Hong Kong roots in mind. A little bit in, a little bit yang, The Peninsula’s treatment philosophy is a mixture of modern and ancient, Asian and European.
Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah
With their treatment being drawn from Reflecting the healing traditions of the Navajo, with treatments drawing on the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water the 25,000 sq. ft. Aman Spa at Amangiri is a hidden paradise within the desert which is tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views of the dramatic landscape. Located near the border of Arizona, this secluded spa with a water pavilion, sauna, steam room, cold plunge and outdoor private pavilions was designed to complement its rugged backdrop with the brutal cement buildings dyed to match the sandstone rock of the Utah plateaus.
Mii Amo, Arizona, USA
Based in the heart chakra of Sedona, inspired by the rich wisdom and traditions of Native American people this 34,000-sq. ft spa retreat presents a luxurious experience where guests can find balance and harmony in the breath-taking Boynton Canyon. The complex consists of the main treatment building and six freestanding guests ‘casitas’ with the Crystal Grotto, a contemplative retreat with an earthen floor, serving as the focal point of the spa experience.
Rancho Valencia, California, USA
Tucked away amidst lush gardens and olive groves, an enchanting escape of self-discovery, wellness and relaxation on the 40 manicured acres in the canyon of Rancho Santa Fe lies- The Spa at Rancho Valencia. The spa resort has meticulously tailored and created the ultimate destination for wellness and tranquillity and Celebrates the revitalizing benefits of herbs, flowers, oils and minerals that make up the world’s canvas.
Canyon Ranch, Massachusetts, USA
With 100,000 sq. ft. of fitness and well-being, inspired by traditional, alternative and modern therapies from every hemisphere, Canyon Ranch defines and then exceed every standard in personalized luxury. The expansive health spa complex with State-of-the-art cardio & weight rooms, Pilates/Gyro tonic studio, Spa treatment rooms etc. is linked to Bellefontaine Mansion and the Inn by climate-controlled, glass-enclosed walkways. Soothe fatigued muscles with signature Canyon Stone Massage is one of the key services provided.
Remede Spa At The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Aspen, Colorado, USA
The 12,000 sq. ft. Remede spa located in the St. Regis Aspen resort with interior areas evocating of the mountains and mountain vernacular in a subtle and sophisticated manner and locally sourced and natural ingredients is used for the Farm-to-Massage-Table (FTMT) treatment to provide a custom made five-course spa experience.
Schloss Elmau, Germany
At the foot of the Western Steinwand, tucked deep in the Bavarian Alps, 1000 m above sea level, surrounded by crystal clear lakes, rushing streams, fragrant forests and primaeval humpback meadows resides ‘Schloss Elmau’. The name itself stands for a unique hotel experience; offering a balanced mix of luxury and comfort, first-class spa treatments, and superb cultural and culinary choices, coupled with high-end architecture. Facilities include an opulent Oriental Hamam which measures 5,400 square feet, ‘Family Spa’, ‘Shantigiri Spa’, ‘Badehause Spa’, ‘Nature and ‘Turtle Spa’.
Como Shambhala Estate, Bali
Located near Ubud, Bali the Como Shambhala Estate is a sophisticated space that was at once contemporary and thoroughly traditional which is said to be a spiritual niche nestled away in the jungle. Designed by Cheong Yew Kuan; an architect with conspicuous respect for the environment and indigenous styles of building, Como Shambhala Estate provides a holistic, 360-degree approach that includes signature massage therapies and beauty treatments.
Sha Wellness Clinic, Spain
This state-of-the-art luxury wellbeing retreat, perched on a beautiful mountainside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and part of the Sierra Helada Natural Park, combines western medical expertise, and proven eastern alternative therapies. It spreads over more than 1,300sq. m. and is divided into wet zone and treatment zone comprising of a complete hydrotherapy circuit with two indoor swimming pools, numerous treatment rooms etc.
Located on a 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, Ananda is an award-winning luxury destination spa resort, surrounded by graceful Sal forests and overlooks the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges river valley located at the Himalayan foothills in Northern India. It integrates traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta with international wellness experiences, fitness and healthy organic cuisine to restore balance and harmonize energy.
Aro-Ha, New Zealand
Located just 35 minutes from Queenstown, Aro-Ha is surrounded by the stunning Southern Alps and beautifully rugged New Zealand landscape. Aro Ha’s programs are based on research that suggests we can fundamentally transform our physical and emotional health through our daily habits.
Auriga Spa, Capella Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The 10,000 sq. ft. deluxe complex leads spa-goers into the fascinating tradition of Mexican folk healing, or curanderismo, in settings that range from luxurious treatment “pods” at the heart of the resort to a curandera’s mountaintop cottage to a seaside palapa. Designed by Sylvia Sepielli, this spa is renowned for its authentic representation of local healing traditions, continues to work closely with a curandera as she develops rituals and therapies for Auriga.
The Spa, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Tucked into the seaside jungle of Riviera Maya, the posh Banyan Tree Spa Mayakoba has a full-on Asian-inspired feel along with providing an exotic Mexican experience. This Thailand originated spa has the divine combination of heat and humidity in its hydrothermal therapy which aids to cleanse and detox the body.
Yaan Spa At Nomade, Tulum, Mexico
Located at Tulum this luxurious spa immerses in the elements of fire, air, water, and earth and makes one feel at peace with Yäan’s elegant and organic design, which respects the flow of nature in both space and time. It soothes and enlivens our senses by providing a journey through their healing waters, purified crystalline water pools, sauna and steam room.
Chable Resort, Mexico
Every aspect of the development of Chablé Resort & Spa has been wisely planned and implemented to honour the history of the property and ancient Mayan culture. Spread over 740 acres of land with a colonial 19th-century Hacienda and 40 stand-alone villas, the spa features 14 treatment rooms, a steam room, a sauna, a salt cabin and a floatation.
The Spa, Four Seasons, Koh Samui, Thailand
Located in the idyllic bliss of Thailand’s island- the spa is a part of Four Seasons in Koh Samui, Hidden in the jungle, bamboo fringed walkways lead to scattered tree-house style spa suites, with indoor and outdoor treatment beds, double tubs and secluded relaxation areas. The Secret Garden Spa draws on the wisdom of ancient traditions and it’s a sanctuary of purity devoted to healing body and being.
Chiva Som, Thailand
Chiva Som is located in Hua Hin which was formerly a quiet fishing village until the Thai royal family-built summer palaces here in the 1920s, in-turn making it a fashionable escape for residents of Bangkok. The complex has the provision of pre-Spa Relaxation including a water therapy area along with three outdoor massage spas which are partly enclosed providing the renowned Thai massage and oil massage.
Tschuggen Bergoase Spa, Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa, Switzerland
Spread over 5’300 m², Tschuggen Bergoase Spa is located in Arosa which is an Alpine resort village In the Schanfigg valley of the Swiss. Designed by Mario Botta the complex consists of a spa and wellness facility spread over four floors, with an impressive water world, an array of saunas and steam baths, treatment rooms, lounge and fireplace, fitness area and Medical Wellness.
Clinique La Prairie In Clarens-Montreux, Switzerland
Awarded the winner of Condé Nast Traveller’s SPA Awards for Most Progressive Clinic, Clinique La Prairie is located in Clarens-Montreux, overlooking the shores of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps. It aims at providing beauty, medical, well-being, longevity by being Strongly rooted in the holistic approach for health and well-being. Their specialities cover all fields to fulfil your physical and psychological needs.
Blue Lagoon, Grindavík, Iceland
Located in the lava field near Grindavík in front of Mount Þorbjörn on Reykjanes Peninsula Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa in southwestern Iceland. Designed by Basalt Architects, The Blue Lagoon is renowned for its simplistic, respectful architecture reflective of Icelandic Modernism. The Blue Lagoon Skin Treatment is one of the few natural therapies offered for those with psoriasis that can also be continued at home.
Six Senses Spa, Zighy Bay, Oman
Nestled in Oman’s dramatic the Musandam Peninsula, where rugged mountains dive into vibrant emerald waters, across a powdery sand beach, Six Senses Spa are an award-winning spa and a plethora of unique experiences along with offering a traditional summer house and the time and space to find yourself.
Six Senses Douro Valley Samodães, Lamego, Portugal
Six Senses Douro Valley wellness & Spa is where Portuguese tradition meets the elements of water, stone and wood in a great setting for rural relaxation. It provides an experience with a layered approach to wellness and combines smart tech with what they know about the particular client to personalize a spa treatment or design a program to their particular needs.
Iridium Spa, St Regis Resort, Mauritius
The 2000 sq. mt. Iridium Spa at St. Regis draws its aesthetical inspiration from the romance of Mauritius’s colonial past, and the regional specificity of the resort’s address. The legacy of colonial romance, refinement and education left by such Victorian renaissance men chimes perfectly with the St. Regis vision of the art of living. Lying in the shadow of the world heritage site of Le Morne Mountain on the Southwest tip of the island, flanked by a lagoon and a mile-long white beach, The spa has the provisions including Spa Consultation room, Unisex Jacuzzi, Steam, Sauna, Fitness Club, Relaxation Terrace, In-Room Spa Treatments.
The Spa By Espa, One &Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Located Near North Malé Atoll, The Spa by Espa at One & Only resort is a sea-facing sanctuary for the mind, body and soul, which focuses on revitalising face and body treatments and is inspired by Asian beauty traditions. Provisions include a therapeutic vitality pool, crystal steam rooms, and saunas with the exclusive sun treatments (Tanning treatments) being is one of its key features.
Palace Merano, Espace Henri Chenot, Italy
With the philosophy of harmony for body and mind, the Henri Chenot treatment centre is founded on the principles of Biontology, with the wellness centre and SPA within the historic setting of Palace Merano. The centre has various provisions including; programmes for detoxification, regeneration, weight loss and beauty treatments for the overall wellbeing of the body, but especially the mind.
Bodyholiday, St. Lucia
Located within the spectacular landscape of natural waterfalls and unspoilt rainforests creating a perfect island paradise, Bodyholiday is an award-winning luxurious island resort providing a personal service of spa treatments, therapies and activities based on the four pillars of exercise, a good diet, restorative beauty and relaxation.
Tierra Chiloé Spa & Wellness Resort, Chile
A boutique spa Island hotel resort celebrating the local island traditions and a unique geographical setting with natural ease are all that this luxurious Chilean spa is about. The spa & wellness centre has the cocoon-like ambience to wrap one in warmth and relaxation and a seashell-like sauna and steam room.
Timeless Spa- Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Set against a tranquil and inspiring natural environment, Timeless Spa a part of Al Maha offers a fusion of healing practices drawn from cultures around the world, the treatments are truly representative of Dubai’s cosmopolitan nature. They are committed to offering the finest in holistic treatments within luxurious settings, one which echoes the locality and embodies the culture of the province.