We’ve searched the finest spas of the world to bring you 10 great retreats that are sure to melt away any stress.
How does the idea of pampering yourself into blissful oblivion sound? From an inner oasis in London to alpine havens, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to relaxation, rejuvenation and head to toe pampering.
So whether you want to relax, detox and improve your well-being, or be massaged to your heart’s content, you’ll sure to find something in our top 10 guide.
1. Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona, Spain
Situated in the heart of this Catalan city, the Mandarin Oriental’s spa has 8 treatment rooms, an oriental steam room, a gym and a rooftop pool that beckons you for a dip. And once you’ve de-stressed, why not dine in the hotel’s Michelin-star restaurant?
2. Chewton Glen, New Forest, UK
This glamorous country house has won several awards over the years after impressing spa aficionados with its top class facilities. Highlights include aromatherapy saunas, crystal steam rooms, ten treatment rooms and a pool bar and lounge with a special menu bursting with healthy food.
3. Sugar Beach Spa, St Lucia, Caribbean
If you’re after a retreat with a difference why not head to this unique well-being centre? Treatments at this rustic spa are given in seven traditionally built treehouses. Top treats include bamboo massages, hot rock therapies, facials, body wraps, salt scrubs, polishes and holistic treatments.
4. Rome Cavalieri, Rome, Italy
Spa fans won’t be disappointed at this sumptuous Italian hotel. Home to four swimming pools, 10 themed rooms, an enormous Turkish bath and a unique range of pampering treatments from around the world – you won’t want to leave! And at the end of the day, you can withdraw to a Roman-style relaxation lounge and recline on cushioned couches like an emperor.
5. Over-Water Spa, Rangali Island, Maldives
If you really want to push the boat out then head to the Over-Water Spa on Rangali Island in the Maldives. One of two well-being centres at this resort, it’s set on stilts 50 metres from the island over a turquoise lagoon. The thatched roof centre has four treatment rooms, three of which have glass floors so you can watch the colourful fish and coral reef while getting those shoulders rubbed – ah bliss!
6. Pierre Loti Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey
Fancy being massaged to within an inch of your life? If the answer is yes, then this is the spa hotel for you! The traditional Turkish treatment starts off with a sauna to open up your pores, then you are washed and scrubbed by a fully trained professional massage therapist. And if that isn’t your cup of tea, the Spa Centre offers plenty of other treatments to help you unwind.
7. Bulgari Spa, London, UK.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the capital at this spa in Knightsbridge – less than a minute’s walk from Harrods. Set over two floors, you can be pampered in 11 different treatment rooms or wallow in steam baths, saunas, ice showers, a private spa suite and an 80ft swimming pool.
8. Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina, Switzerland
Just six miles from St Moritz and 1,800m above sea level, this cosy place of sanctuary has impressive panoramic views of the valley, pine forests and glaciers. Facilities include a relaxation area with a fire, a pool with a counter-current system and underwater music, a Finnish sauna and a steam bath in the form of a stone cavern. Just what you need after a hard day on the slopes.
9. Les Airelles, Courchevel, France
This slope-side hotel is a stunning place to while away the winter blues and is also home to the largest ski area in the world. One of only eight hotels in the country to be given ‘palace’ status, it’s considered above five stars by the French government. Most of the spa’s treatments use cellular technology, so they are perfect for those who are worried about the signs of ageing. But you’ll also find waterfalls, a swimming pool, a whirlpool bath, a steam room, saunas and a snow cave.
10. Vilalara Longevity Spa, the Algarve, Portugal
Fancy an exfoliating aqua thermal massage, an aroma-detox bath and a hot stone massage? We thought you might! These are just some of the treatments available at this popular spa that specialises in the use of sea water, muds, seaweed and sand to improve your well-being. There’s also a six-day anti-smoking “cure”, which may be of interest if you’re having trouble sticking to those New Year’s resolutions!