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Best Wellness Hotels for 2020

by Travelbag on 03 January 2020, 15:01PM

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A common New Year’s resolution is, “I’m going to take better care of myself”. Another favourite is, “I’m going to travel more” – so why not combine the two? Travelling and wellness are very much interlinked, as you take some time out from your everyday routine to reset and recharge. For some, that means spending a week relaxing on a beach, while others find their Zen with a sunrise yoga class or a therapeutic massage. However you want to stay refreshed in 2020, there’s a place for you. Here are eight of the best wellness hotels where you can kick-start a healthy decade.

 

Banyan Tree Lang Co – Vietnam

Find peace and tranquillity with the help of Banyan Tree’s renowned therapists. In central Vietnam, sandwiched between sea and mountains, Banyan Tree Lang Co invite you to try their relaxing spa treatments which use a unique blend of local cajuput oil, sesame oil and clarity oil to stimulate blood circulation and relieve joint pain. Take a shower under the trickling tropical rain mist, which soothes the skin and muscles with every drip, before therapists knead away historic aches and pains. A true luxury hideaway, Lang Co is made up of all-pool villas just a short sail away from three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 

The Byron at Byron Bay – Australia

Round out a beach holiday in New South Wales with a couple of days of R&R at The Byron. Step into the relaxed Australian ambiance and feel the stress of the real world slip away. Situated in landscaped tropical gardens, the hotel’s 92 standalone suites, decorated in cool whites and natural wood, are the perfect place to restore balance. Indulge in a range of treatments at the spa, combining techniques from around the world – from a Hawaiian massage to a Moorish mud mask – with indigenous products, such as the Jindilli lime blossom sugar scrub. Plus, the resort’s 45 acres of tropical rainforest are ideal for the Japanese art of Shinrin-Yoku – also known as forest bathing.

The Byron

BodyHoliday – St Lucia

“Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind.” That has been the mission of this award-winning resort since the Eighties, so their long-standing commitment to wellness is tried and tested. Sports and activities are at the heart of BodyHoliday philosophy. Yes, there is a spa – and a swish one at that – but guests are more likely to be running on the beach, practising yoga, sailing or scuba diving than to be enjoying a facial. And what a place to do it. The secluded sands of Cariblue Beach in St Lucia afford a sense of fun and a truly Caribbean ambience.

 

Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa – The Maldives

Privacy in paradise – it really doesn’t get much more secluded than a heart-shaped atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean. There are 132 villas at Shangri-La Villingili, each with their own pool or beachfront location, plus six restaurants to indulge in. And the fact they managed to fit in a nine-hole golf course is just showing off! But the CHI Spa will really suit those who have come on holiday to focus on wellness. There’s a strong Ayurvedic theme, reflecting the Indian heritage of the Maldives, so your mind and body will be treated in equal measure.

 

Amatara Wellness Resort – Thailand

Distinctly Thai in style, Amatara is a multi-award winner in the wellness world – and it’s easy to see why. While the Andaman Sea laps at a gracefully- curved beach, a holistic approach to health and wellbeing leaves guests rejuvenated by the end of a stay here in Phuket. Choose from a secluded Pool Pavilion or a Sea View Suite, and appreciate the expertly-applied Thai massage techniques and indulgent spa treatments.

Yoga at Amatara Wellness Resort

Hepburn Springs Escape – Australia

If you’re planning a trip to Melbourne why not end your city break with a few nights in nearby Daylesford, one of Australia’s few spa towns? Not only a wellness retreat but also an architectural marvel, Hepburn Springs puts the hip into healthy holidays. The stunning bedrooms are a mix of cool modernity and chic colonial style, while the spa lays on steam, hot water and refreshing mineral treatments. And the magnificent surroundings are as restful as a full body massage. Deep in the forest on the edge of the Hepburn Regional Park, you will feel at one with nature.

 

Six Senses Fiji – Fiji

If there’s a further flung island idyll than Fiji, we’d like to find it. On Malolo Island, you are – by definition – away from it all. But the surroundings give it something extra. You can expect villas with private pools, outdoor showers and baths, and your own deck from which to view the lush gardens and the calm waters of the South Pacific. And that’s before we even get to the spa. A strong focus on local, natural products combined with fitness sessions and yoga should see a new you emerge, blinking into the sunlight.

 

Anantara Kihavah Villas – The Maldives

A tiny little spot in the Indian Ocean, Kihavah has been refuge throughout the ages – Arab traders took shelter here on en route to the Far East. Today, you can do much the same, only in far more comfortable surroundings. Situated in a UNSECO Biosphere Reserve in the Baa Atoll, Anantara Kihavah Villas combines the classic appeal of the Maldives – with suites on stilts and an underwater restaurant – with a world-class spa. The treatment rooms are over the water too, so you can contemplate a bit of snorkelling while having a massage.

Underwater restaurant Anantara Kihavah Villas

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