Hotel comparison site Trivago, recently published a list of some of the world’s most stunning spas housed inside truly spectacular hotels around the globe. And after perusing through some of these spectacular retreats I couldn’t help but share my delight at finding out about these wondrous treasures. So, for those already in need of some serious TLC and pampering, and for those simply curious as to where in the world they could head to in case they ever needed re-balancing of the chakras, I dedicate this post and guide to the most awesome spa hotels in the world. I’ve hand-picked the top five myself, in no particular order, but all ultimately seductive and especially ideal for a romantic couple’s massage – see for yourself and pick your favourite.
LIME Spa at Huvafen Fushi – The world’s first, one and only underwater spa
We start off with my personal top favourite, which in its in own spectacular way I believe to be the most unique – where else on the planet are you going to enjoy a massage or beautifying treatment while being submerged several feet underwater, observing cute sea creatures swimming right by you from the panoramic glass windows? Only here, could you make this surreal dream a reality.
Inviting you to try something new and different with innovative treatments and enticing settings, the LIME Spa is part of the Huvafen Fushi resort in Maldives’ North Male Atoll and the underwater treatment room is the spa’s signature feature. Under the LIME Light Crystal Ritual you get to enjoy a heavenly underwater experience where, for 180 minutes you’ll be embracing the essence of these paradisiacal islands thanks to the use of local ingredients such as lime, coconut and mineral elements in an extraordinary massage named Anne Semoine’s Radiance Ice Cubes. After this session, you’ll be taken to a peaceful pod from which you’ll be sipping relaxing herbal teas while viewing exotic animal sea life swim you by. A truly heavenly treat for the senses!
Talise Spa at Burj Al Arab – The most lavish spa at the world’s most luxurious hotel
From the most unusual to the most sumptuously lavish and decadent of all– the Talise Spa at the world’s only seven-star hotel in Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach. Here you’ll not only be made to feel like royalty amidst spectacular surroundings, imposing columns and polished marble floors and walls, but you’ll also get to enjoy sweeping views perfectly accompanied by truly unique treatments, such as the extravagant Caviar facial, believed to strengthen the skin thanks to the rich proteins found in this sea delicacy.
Grandeur, opulence and absolute indulgement are some of the words that could only be used to describe the palace-like setting of this magnificent spa. Dramatically perched 150 metres above the sea and featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows affording the most spectacular views, the light-flooded treatment areas of the Talise Spa offer the perfect backdrop for enjoying the most varied range of luxuriating treatments.
The Spa at Ventana Inn – California’s wildest retreat for nature lovers
From exotic tropical sea life and ultimate luxury to the breathtaking beauty of wild natural surroundings, here we’ve got one astounding gem that will wow nature lovers. The perfect place to escape to and run away with a loved one, the Spa at Ventana Inn in Big Sur, California is beautifully encircled by 243 acres of verdant meadows and forest, backed by dramatic cliffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean – it’s hard to picture a more enticing location in which to lose yourself and be treated to a range of soothing treatments.
The spa menu is just as exciting as the location, with an extensive array of options that go from hot stone treatments to detoxifying seaweed body wraps and even a Reike and Chacra balancing experience, to get your body and soul in tune. There’s also a wide selection of facials and beautifying treatments too, and exclusively for lovers there’s even three spa packages specifically conceived and designed to bring you and that other someone closer together for a romantic experience.
The Spa at Boscolo Milano – fashionable design and contemporary touches
After going through tropical paradises, palatial spas and natural retreats we now arrive to one of the most fashionable spas in the world and it couldn’t be found anywhere else than at one of the world’s most acclaimed fashion capitals – Milan, Italy. Right on the city’s central district of Golden Quadrilateral, you’ll find the luxury Boscolo Milano Hotel, rising among the crowd with its bright colours and striking interiors, all depicting contemporary Italian flair.
The ultra-modern spa is a work of art in itself with an eye-catching design that evokes serenity and beauty in soft pastel colours. Undulating columns, walls and ceilings with kaleidoscopic spheres and mirrors, a brilliantly-lit plunge pool, waterfalls and a 50-feet-long screen playing soothing music and images – it all adds to the amazing, one-of-a-kind experience. From the extensive menu you can select Turkish treatments, beautifying facials and signature specials such as the 100 per cent honey full body exfoliation. All this and more awaits you at Milan’s largest, most extravagant spa.
The Spa at Hotel Traube Tonbach – a wondrous wintry paradise in the Black Forest
So far, all of our spa picks have been in sunshine-filled exotic or city locations but for our very last entry we have a totally different backdrop – the snow-capped scenery of Germany’s Black Forest. For a totally different experience you could be de-stressing and rejuvenating whilst surrounded by wild and icy landscapes, the likes of which are hard to come across in your lifetime.
All the while you’ll be staying in a true oasis of calm and peace, a hotel exquisitely designed to blend in with the woody surroundings and offering exclusive perks such a 90-degreee seawater swimming pool or an ice crystal igloo dip. Other amazing treatments at the spa include an authentic herbal scrub, detoxifying body wraps and fragrant floral sauna.