The Best Luxury Hotel Spas in the World

Well… this year’s been a lot.

During pretty much every week of 2020, we were bombarded with bad news from all angles. It’s been stressful and tiring, and we think we all deserve a bit of a break.

At long last, holidays and travel are starting to seem like reality rather than just a pipe dream. So, what better way to relax and unwind after such a stressful time than escaping to a world-class spa resort?

Here are some of our favourite destination spas from around the world, with beautiful destinations, unique treatments and activities, and a focus on complete body and mind bliss, we think they would make a great first stop in 2021!

Our list includes:

  • Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal
  • Kamalaya, Thailand
  • Ananda in the Himalayas, India
  • COMO Shambhala Estate, Indonesia
  • BodyHoliday, St Lucia
  • SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
  • Santani Wellness Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka
Woman doing Yoga, Kamalaya, Thailand

The Best Spas in the World

Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

The thing about a stay at Douro Valley is that the healing doesn’t just happen in the spa (superb as it is). The entire property is built for relaxation and reinvigoration.

The green valley setting is perfect for calming any frayed nerves after the emotional rollercoaster that was 2020. Come for massages and scrubs, stay for deep breaths of Portuguese country air and walks in the sun.

Six Senses hotels are known for their world class destination spas, and this one is worth the hype.

Six Senses Duoru Valley, Portugal
Relax in the beautiful indoor pool at Six Senses Douro Valley

Kamalaya, Thailand

Kamalaya invites guests to ‘feel life’s potential’ and after a year of lost potential, we can’t think of anything better.

With an emphasis on personal well-being and inner health, guests begin their experience with a personal consultation and a BIA (Bio Impedance Analysis). Then, a wellness expert will tailor-make a selection of treatments to meet your specific needs.

Whatever the treatment, your physical, emotional and spiritual needs will be taken care of – exactly what we need after a year of lockdown!

Kamalaya, Thailand
Enjoy an Asian Head Massage at Kamalaya, Thailand

Ananda in the Himalayas, India

If you’re looking for a relaxing escape in breathtaking surroundings, the best destination spa in the world for 2019 & 2020 has what you’re looking for.

Situated in the awe-inspiring Himalayan foothills of Northern India, Ananda is the perfect place to find peace. Especially when enjoying traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta with international wellness experiences, fitness and healthy organic cuisine.

With unique experiences like The Music Retreat, an uplifting 3 day experience of musical magic, whatever your soul yearns for you will discover it at Ananda.

COMO Shambhala Estate, Indonesia

COMO has a long-standing reputation for their stunning destination spas and wellness experiences in some of the most sought-after locations in the world, but at Shambhala, they really make a statement.

Another top choice for travellers looking for an awe-inspiring location, COMO Shambhala is nestled into a jungle enclave north of Ubud in Bali, where guests can unwind to a soundtrack of jungle ambiance.

With specialised workshops and therapies as well as treatments tailored specifically for you, you will be left feeling like pampered jungle royalty.

COMO Shambala Estate, Indonesia
Experience true relaxation at COMO Shambala Estate, Indonesia

BodyHoliday, St Lucia

What does BodyHoliday bring to mind? Is it a hotel with incredible spa and wellness facilities? Or a holiday of restful beachside bliss? Maybe it’s an action-packed adventure with plenty of exercise? Well… It’s all this and more.

BodyHoliday is kown as one of the best spas in the world. It promises; ‘Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind.’ This unique approach is built upon four pillars: relaxation, restorative beauty, exercise, and diet.

You can choose to do as much or as little as you like, but are guaranteed to leave refreshed and relaxed.

Hot Stone Massage at BodyHoliday, St Lucia
Aromastone massage at BodyHoliday, St Lucia

SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain

Allow yourself to be taken on a wellness journey using the SHA Method. With five unique health and fitness programmes to choose from, a stay here is a truly transformative experience.

Whether you choose Detox, Optimal Weight, Rebalance, Healthy Aging, or Intensive, you will be in the trusted hands of highly trained staff, who are always available to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

Leaving SHA Wellness clinic, you will not only feel completely relaxed, but also several years younger!

Lady in a pool at SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
SHA Wellness Clinic is the perfect place for relaxation

Santani Wellness Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka

Meaning “in harmony with,” Santani is a uniquely restorative Sri Lankan spa sanctuary where you will fall into harmony with your inner-self and outer surroundings.

With a staggering range of wellness programmes including Ayurveda, detox, and yoga classes, that are designed to be enjoyed alongside authentic pampering treatments and a focus on learning positive habits, the progress you make at Santani will follow you home.

Here, you can give yourself the opportunity to take a deep breath and find the inner-peace that we all deserve after such a taxing year.

Would you like to escape to one of the spas on this list? Contact us to speak to one of our Travel Specialist about arranging your relaxing luxury holiday.

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