Top 10 spas in the world

Calling spas one of life’s greatest luxuries is certainly an understatement. You’ve never heard of someone walking into a spa, only to come out feeling more tense, stressed or frustrated. The only complaint? That the spa session has regrettably come to an end.

While most choose to set aside a day for unwinding and indulging in spa treatments, others go all out on a spa-only holiday. Regardless, we’ve listed 10 of the top spas in the world that’s bound to leave you feeling rejuvenated, and wanting more.

1. One&Only Hayman Islands


The One&Only Hayman Islands’ spa has created an incredible menu by combining traditional and modern treatments. Surrounded by Australia’s most famed natural site, the Great Barrier Reef, the spa has also been greatly influenced by its surroundings. This spa is home to a very unique massage therapy that allows you to float on top of the ocean while enjoying a thoroughly soothing massage.

Recommendation: Ocean Dreaming massage

2. La Mamounia


Housed within the walls of an old Moroccan Palace in Marrakech, La Mamounia’s spa is a spectacular union of Moroccan style and Eastern culture. With a vast array of treatments to choose from you will feel like a queen as you relax in the spa’s indoor pool after your massage session. There are over 80 treatments to choose from and the spa only uses the best products from Shisheido, Wella and marocMaroc. Needless to say you are in good hands!

Recommendation: Mamounia Body Ritual

3. One&Only Reethi Rah


One&Only Reethi Rah’s spa is currently ranked as one of the world’s top 20 spas, and for good reason! Located on a private island in the Maldives, this spa fuses ancient healing philosophies with spectacular ocean views that allow for ultimate relaxation amongst stunning settings.

Recommendation: ESPA Energy Equalizer with Volcanic Hot Stones treatment

4. Amankora


Set in the heart of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Amankora  comprises five lodges spread throughout the country. Each has its own sumptuous spa that with excellent massage therapists, that really incorporate the use of local treatments and techniques. To visit these spas is quite a spiritual experience, and one that is uniquely Bhutanese.

Recommendation: Signature hot oil head massage

5. The Dhara Devi Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

In Thailand’s Chiang Mai region, Dhara Devi’s spa lies within a unique temple-like structure that is filled with Buddhist spirituality. By pulling treatments and ideas from all over the world, Dhara Devi has compiled a phenomenal spa menu that will ensure you leave feeling totally rejuvenated.

Recommendation: Lanna Massage

6. COMO Shambhala Estate


COMO Shambhala Estate, the hotel group’s flagship property, is the ultimate spa-resort getaway. Set amidst Bali’s cultural Ubud region dotted with vibrant rice plantations, hills and rivers, this spa is truly one with nature. Most importantly, Shambhala boasts a personal program that allows you to design your ideal spa treatments so that you really get the most out of the whole experience and completely unwind. A retreat in Ubud is always a rejuvenating experience, and all the more so at COMO Shambhala Estate

Recommendation: Abhyanga massage treatment

7. Four Seasons Resort Langkawi


The spa at Four Seasons Langkawi harnesses the ancient healing energies of the Langkwai UNESCO geopark that surrounds it by basing all their treatments on four elements: nourishment, water, light and air. Each of these treatments combine energies from the earth to re-invigorate your mind and body. Crystals, rocks and mud are used to target the nervous system and calm the body whilst rainforest water purifies the body.

Recommendation: Crystal face treatment with Electro-Crystal therapy

8. Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel


Complete with an actual waterfall, the Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel’s spa has become an innovative thermal spa that is surrounded by the beauty of Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula. The spa’s menu of in-water massages and beauty treatments is entirely based on applying the curative geothermal properties of the lagoon that keep your skin feeling smooth and young.

Recommendation: Authentic Silica Salt glow treatment

9. The Gleneagles Hotel


Enveloped by the astonishing beauty of the Scottish Highlands, this luxurious resort is an incredible retreat. The Gleneagles Hotel not only offers every activity you could think of, from falconry to fishing, but is also home to an award winning spa that offers an amazing selection of therapies and also has menus especially designed for maternity needs as well as men.

Recommendation: Signature Experience from Gleneagles

10. Six Senses Zighy Bay


Set between the mountains of Oman’s Musandam Peninsula and the beach of Zighy Bay, it goes without saying that Six Senses Zighy is one of the most unique resorts in the world. Awarded the ‘most effective reboot’ spa of 2014 by Conde Nast Traveller, the massage therapists at Zighy Bay will make sure that your mind and body are at peace, leaving you energized and ready to take on the surrounding mountains.

Recommendation: Wonders of Oman treatment

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Published 11th May 2016