When Only the Best Will Do: Find Your Bliss at the World’s Best Hotel SpasBy Valerie Conners
To slow down and reconnect with oneself, self-care and pampering are essential. Taking time to treat yourself right at the world’s best hotel spas offers next level rejuvenation. With treatments drawing on age-old traditions, the goodness of plants and the magic of nature, there’s something for everyone to sit back, relax and enjoy.
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CARIBBEAN AND MEXICO
Luxury Indulgence Awaits in Punta Mita
Remède Spa Punta Mita at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort takes full advantage of its location by bringing the outdoors in and drawing inspiration from the Pacific Ocean.
One of the jewels of the spa menu is the Ocean Pearl Body Indulgence, an indulgent full-body treatment that begins with an exfoliation of crushed pearl, followed by a warm seaweed mask and hydrating massage.
Stay in your blissful state a bit longer with the Remède Spa Escape package, which adds on a customized body polish and wrap as well as a manicure.
Reach Next-Level Pura Vida in Costa Rica
Live la pura vida at eco-friendly The Westin Reserva Conchal, an All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa on Costa Rica’s North Pacific Riviera. Scents of white tea and lavender will envelop you as you settle into the Heavenly Spa by Westin, decorated with warm wood tones, stone walls, live plants, pops of green and an indoor fountain.
The signature Heavenly Shells massage uses heated seashells filled with sand and organic coconut oil to deliver you into a state of pure relaxation yet leave you energized for your Costa Rican adventure.
See the complete list of the best hotel spas in the Caribbean and Mexico.
Savor Time in a Sonoran Desert Spa
Nestled into the Sonora Desert with views of Camelback Mountain, The Phoenician Spa at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale takes inspiration from the mythical phoenix and helps guests rise anew through its luxurious treatments.
Awaken the senses with a hot-and-cold contrast hydrotherapy spa ritual before retreating into a sumptuously appointed treatment room. Keep the hot-and-cold theme going with a Fire & Ice Massage that blends the warmth of hot oil with the spa’s ChillZen cream. Afterward, soak in relaxation at the rooftop pool.
Go Local in Maui
Feel the aloha spirit when you enter the lush gardens and serene outdoor settings at The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua Spa. The spa’s therapists are inspired by island traditions and indigenous plants for a holistic approach to wellness.
Speaking of local plants, show your body some aloha with the Coconut Crush Body Renewal: a coconut whipped sea butter sugar scrub buffs away dull skin, and a Lomilomi Massage using organic coconut oil moisturizes and leaves your entire body glowing.
The Treatments Are Awesome in Austin, Texas
Step into the holistic Verbena Spa at Austin Proper Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels and feel a world away from the buzz of the city.
For a different type of buzz, choose Tequila: The Proper Way, a massage during which your therapist uses agave and tequila to ease your muscles and detox your skin while at the same time leading you through a meditation. If you’d rather, the spa’s therapists can provide in-room treatments in the privacy of your room.
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Experience Island Bliss in Bali
The sleek W Bali – Seminyak sticks to its hip vibe at the Away Spa, which seamlessly blends LED lights and pops of color with a golden sand setting. The experience starts with a hot-stone bath and a soak in the plunge pool — and perhaps a puff of oxygen in the decompression lounge.
Most guests opt for the traditional Balinese massage, which comprises a hot stone massage, stretching and foot reflexology. For something more interactive, try a private meditation session at the beachfront Escape Cabana. And sojourn with a drink at the Chill Bar on one of the many comfy white-linen beds, basking in the sunlight seeping in from glass panels above.
Sweeping City Views with Your Spa Treatment in Hong Kong
While Hong Kong is not the typical island retreat that comes to mind, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong’s 116th-floor spa with harbor views certainly conjures serenity. The spa’s oval, marble-clad waiting room with a cream and chocolate color scheme exudes timeless luxury.
And indeed, the treatments are pampering. The Radiance Facial works on revitalizing tired skin and combines a jade stone eye treatment. The Oriental Massage uses traditional techniques, including acupressure and kneading, to relieve tension. Or book the spa suite and enjoy a treatment in the clouds followed by a three-course meal.
See the complete list of the best hotel spas in Asia.
Heavenly Indulgence at the Seaside in Shekvetili, Georgia
Well-being is guaranteed at the sumptuous Paragraph Resort & Spa Shekvetili, Autograph Collection, a funky oasis surrounded by forests and facing a sandy beach lined with pine trees. The resort’s heart lies within its vast candlelit Tree of Life Spa where treatments are designed to balance body and mind and use products that are certified by Cruelty-Free International.
Discover a new you as you slip between the spa’s steam room, sauna and glittering pool. Then enjoy state-of-the-art face and body treatments, including the Hydro Peptide Hydration Therapy treatment with nourishing pineapple ceramides and the Age-Defying Facial using the restorative powers of 24-karat gold leaf.
Mythical Greek Hideaway in the Southwest Peloponnese
Connect with your inner god or goddess at The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino, a beachfront beauty overlooking the crystal-clear Ionian Sea. Enjoy gourmet restaurants, two world-class 18-hole golf courses and the award-winning Anazoe Spa, where treatments combine the best of ancient wisdom and modern science.
Lulled by the murmur of nearby waves and soothed by scents of the spa’s herbal garden, you’ll bliss out with innovative light therapy and thalassotherapy treatments — including oleotherapy olive-oil massages and cupping techniques dating back to the fifth-century-BC originator of modern medicine, Hippocrates.
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THE MIDDLE EAST
Revive Yourself at a Luxe Dubai Spa
The award-winning Saray Spa in the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai will leave you feeling on top of the world with its range of world-class treatments using bespoke products. It’s purely coincidental that the expansive spa is also located in the world’s tallest hotel.
Inspired by the inns located along ancient silk routes once frequented by weary travelers looking for rest and rejuvenation, Saray offers a range of treatments to restore and pamper. With nearly 40 options, picking one might be a tough task. From a Cleopatra Milk and Honey Ritual fit for a queen to a Jet Lag Reviver suited to a modern-day high-flyer, everything imaginable is covered.
Treat Yourself Like a Parisian in Qatar
Get a feel of ultimate French beauty and pampering at the Sisley Paris Spa at the W Doha. The largest outpost of the Parisian luxury cosmetic brand brings to the Gulf its extensive range of treatments based on in-depth research and expertise in phyto-cosmetology, the healing and restorative properties of plants.
The spa’s anti-aging treatments are sought after, and for good reason. And the cream and gold spa interiors accentuated with pastel pops and floral motifs set the tone for slowing down in the best way possible.
See the complete list of the best hotel spas in the Middle East.