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5 Best Luxury Spa Hotels Around the World

by Lia Holloway on 13 February 2014, 10:02AM


Looking after yourself is so important. Every now and then, you should step away from your alarms, deadlines and daily stresses, and take some time out. A holiday is the perfect way to chill out – but a break in a luxury spa hotel is the cherry on top of the cake. Enjoy some peace and quiet in tranquil surroundings, and unwind with therapeutic treatments tailored to you. Sounds good, doesn’t it? To help you find a relaxing getaway, we’ve selected the top five luxury spa hotels across the globe. Have a look, and pick a spot for those ‘aaahh’ moments.


Maradiva Villas Resort, Mauritius

Situated along the idyllic soft sands of Mauritius, Maradiva Villas Resort provides a romantic escape in a discreet environment providing the perfect oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation. Not only is this a Leading Hotel of the World, Mauritius Leading Resort (World Travel Awards, 2010) and World’s Leading Luxury Island Resort (World Travel Awards, 2013), this place was also acclaimed as "best for detoxing" in Harpers Bazaar 2011.  So you know you're in good hands. The spa encompasses spirituality, mental balance and physical wellbeing to ensure that you receive a total holistic experience. Upon arrival a dedicated doctor, who specialises in Ayurvedic medicine, will consult on your Spa session to provide a personal, bespoke experience ensuring your optimal well-being. Treatments include aromatherapy, Eastern treatments, body scrubs and wraps. Guest can enjoy the sunrise every morning with an hour yoga session, tailored to suit their skill level, followed by a calming meditation session to start the day with a clear mind, as your tension slips away. 



Banyan Tree Samui, Koh Samui

Nestled in a private hill cove, Banyan Tree Samui provides the perfect picture of tranquillity. Banyan Tree therapists are trained at the Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Phuket to ensure they provide a consistently high level of service and knowledge. The Banyan Tree Signature Packages all include a soothing footbath and herbal drink with refreshments. Plus, as a unique point of difference, they also include 30 minutes of Calm Time to relish in your state of complete relaxation post-treatment. With treatments true to their Asian origins, you are sure to receive an authentic experience. Choose from full day pamper options to short sessions all uniquely tailored to meet individual needs. For an invigorating experience, try the Rainforest Indulgence. Begin your journey with a walk through a cascading shower after an exfoliating body salt scrub before a coat of detoxifying therapeutic mud is applied washed off with a Swiss Shower or Bucket Shower. Relax in the Sauna, and then receive a cool blood circulating rub-down from the Ice Fountain finishing with a soak in the Vitality Pool or a full body massage of your choice.



Radisson BLU Resort Denarau Island, Fiji

One of the most popular resorts in Fiji, Radisson BLU had excellent facilities and nearby attractions there is so much to pack into your time away including indulging at Harmony Retreat Day Spa. The spa utilises Fijian products from local plant extracts and flavours that reflect the tropical environment like moisturising coconut, soothing honey and sweet sugar cane. Choose from a range of massages, wraps, facials, pedicure and manicures to leave you feeling refreshed and well pampered. Continue your indulgence with Lomani Wai (Fijian for "in the water"), which is a dining experience where your dinner is served in an ankle-deep lagoon pool, creating a unique and intimate setting to enjoy your three course dinner under the stars.  The perfect way to round off the ultimate pampering day.



Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Located in the West Wing of the Emirates Palace, Anantara Spa is a vision of architectural beauty, abundant with Middle Eastern opulence. The soothing water elements, intricate mosaics and high domes create the perfect surrounds for luxury pampering. Boasting opulent Moroccan-style Hammam, Jacuzzis, steam and sauna rooms, whirlpool baths, invigorating ice cave, couples suites, private Thai suite, vichy room and spa cabanas on the beach; there is a revitalising experience to suit all preferences.



Beach House Iruveli, Maldives

In the midst of Haa Alift Atoll, Beach House Iruveli is blessed with idyllic white sand beaches and warm azure waters. Guests are invited to enjoy the Maldivian way of life through cuisine, culture and traditions. Maldivian healing rituals incorporate the four elements and these are reflected in the treatments available at De’Spa. A calming ambience is created by the earthy décor with wooden accents that welcome nature inside. Treatments involve indigenous herbalism, ayurveda and aromatherapy to provide a holistic approach to your well-being ritual. Guests of Beach House Iruveli receive a complimentary Jet Lag Massage (20 minutes) to get a taste De’Spa and begin their reinvigorating journey. A range of fitness and well-being classes are also available to balance your mind, body and spirit including yoga, pilates, gym workouts, boot camp and meditation. You will never want to come home.



Carlisle Bay, Antigua

Find your holiday glow at this luxury beachside resort in stunning Antigua, overlooking turquoise waters, white sandy beaches bordered by an emerald rainforest, Carlisle Bay provides the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing escape. Blue Spa combines modern sophistication and Caribbean hospitality in a tranquil rainforest setting. They offer treatments that mix the exotic scents of honey, mango & citrus with a range of international massage techniques. The dedicated Yoga pavilion is used for group and private sessions in the tropical gardens, with tennis courts and a gym also available for total wellbeing experience.


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