Need a bit of rest and relaxation? Consider a spa vacation to help calm your mind, body and soul. As people focus more on their health and well-being, the spa and relaxation vacation becomes more popular. Spa vacations are not just for the rich and spoiled – in fact, as more hotels feature spas in their amenities the concept of a spa getaway becomes more affordable to travelers of any budget.
Below is a selection of our favorite Spa Resorts
Spa qualia – Australia
Spa qualia is perfectly situated to catch the soft sea breezes and take in the tranquil views of the Whitsundays, making it the ideal place to unwind. The spa treatments are thoughtfully designed to re-balance the synergy between mind and body and to capture the essence of Australia.
qualia relaxes the mind and spoils the senses, with discreet service, superb facilities and the most luxurious private spa.
Mukul Beach Spa & Golf Resort – Nicaragua
Set between the trees and a stunningly beautiful four-mile stretch of white sandy beach, this secret hideaway provides plenty of pampering, villas with pools, a special spa, beach club and an 18-hole golf course together with the opportunity to discover more about the nature, culture and people of Nicaragua.
Ocean Club – Bahamas
With exceptionally gracious standards of service, One&Only Ocean Club welcomes guests with unparalleled luxuries and indulgences.
Set in Versailles-style gardens and themed after a colonial-era estate, this luxurious resort offers fashionable rooms, suites and villas with ocean views and secluded beach.
Sandy Lane – Barbados
Considered the premier address in the Caribbean – a haven of tranquility, a luxury romantic retreat or the perfect location for families who desire the finest holiday experience with endless possibilities for recreation. The Spa at Sandy Lane is a world in itself. A stunning marble reception area and rapturous staircases lead you to treatment suites, changing rooms and water therapies.
Reethi Rah – Maldives
Here on idyllic sandy shores, succumb to the expert care of therapists trained in ancient healing philosophies and modern-day sciences. Luxurious treatment villas, nestled beneath thatched roofs each with spectacular ocean views, provide the perfect tranquil space for your individualized, holistic wellness journey. One&Only Spa by ESPA is an all-encompassing experience with swirling vitality pools, crystal steam rooms, saunas and stimulating ice fountains.
One&Only Cape Town – South Africa
Spa island? Yes, please. Located in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with captivating views of Table Mountain, the spa sits on its own lushly landscaped private island in the center of the Victoria & Albert Waterway. Holistic experiences are tailored to “unwind, balance and uplift,” the three cornerstones of the spa’s philosophy. You will love the scenic relaxation room, sauna and steam facilities, singles and couples treatment villas, showers with three different water settings, two vitality pools and full-service salon.
The Peninsula – Bangkok Thailand
The Peninsula Bangkok, along the west bank of the Chao Phraya, appears to exceed expectations of even the most discerning travelers. The Peninsula Spa, within a three-story, colonial-type building, sets a certain spa-going precedence, from the lavish design (with hints of Thai silk fabric, red brick, and wood) to the bespoke menu combining Ayurvedic, European, and Thai disciplines.
One & Only Palmilla – Cabo Mexico
Renowned as Mexico’s premiere destination spa, offers an expansive program of ancient healing techniques combined with cutting-edge therapies. Pampered guests choose from a rich menu of Massage Therapies, Wellness Experiences and One&Only Palmilla Signature Rituals for an unrivaled journey of personal rejuvenation and renewal. Each of the 13 private treatment villas offers a beautifully appointed air-conditioned massage pavilion and open-air garden.
Lodge at Kauri Cliffs – New Zealand
Guests “feel like royalty” at this plantation-style lodge on the North Island. Mixing Greek Revival and a South Carolina plantation house, the perfect-scoring design centers around blue and blond hues amid dark-oak English and European antiques. “Beautiful rooms,” done in light colors with a country feel, garner a perfect score. Staff deliver perfect-scoring service—”they made us feel like we were the only guests they had to take care of the whole time we were there.” Perfect-scoring activities include “one of the prettiest golf courses in the world.”
Canyon Ranch operates two luxury destination health spa resorts at Tucson, Arizona; and Lenox, Massachusetts. Canyon Ranch also operates SpaClub locations with primarily day spa facilities on land and at sea. At every Canyon Ranch venue, they remain true to healthy lifestyle goals and vision.