A little indulgence and luxury never goes astray whilst on holiday, and there’s no better way to unwind than with a getaway at a top spa resort. Here is our list of some of the most luxurious spa resorts in the world. It’s enough to make you relaxed just reading about it.
Six Senses, Laamu – Maldives
At the Six Senses Laamu, you can enjoy a treatment in an eco-friendly environment. The absolute beachfront treatment rooms at the Six Senses Laamu are constructed from tightly woven tree branches. Start your wellness retreat with a workout at the fitness centre, with uninterrupted views of the crashing blue waves of the ocean ahead. Then, treat yourself at the spa with a Soneva Massage, where not one, but two therapists work together using five different massage styles for the ultimate in relaxation. The Six Senses Laamu capitalises on the stunning surroundings, with spa treatments including fresh-grown local produce, such as the Kurumbaa Kaashi Coconut Rub, which features a soothing fresh papaya wrap, sourced from local fruit.
Ritz-Carlton, New York City – United States
For the ultimate in big-city pampering, no city does it better than New York City, and the La Prairie spa at the grand Ritz-Carlton hotel. Try the unique white caviar facial and massage, to have your skin glowing at its absolute best. Despite the name, there’s nothing fishy about this, with other premium ingredients including caffeine, as well as three types of the iconic La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating System. For something a little more mainstream, the La Prairie spa at the Ritz-Carlton also offers a great pick-me-up for weary travellers, with a two hour Travel Therapy treatment, combining a Signature Facial and a choice of hour-long Deep Tissue, Swedish, or Aromatherapy massage, to soothe away any lingering aches and pains.
Movenpick Resort, Dead Sea – Jordan
A traditional village-style five star resort nestled on the banks of the world’s largest natural spa, and the lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea, the Movenpick Resort offers the complete wellness package, using the surrounding environment to full effect. Indulge at the hotel’s Zara Spa with a full body Dead Sea black mud body wrap, to cleanse and restore the natural minerals of the skin and promote circulation. Then, luxuriate in one of the spas many specialised pools – all featuring Dead Sea salt concentration – such as the whirlpool massage of the Hydro Pool, the Kneipp Foot Massage Pool, or simply unwind with a dip in the Infinity Pool, and watch the pink and orange hues of the sun as it sets gently over the sea below.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai – United Arab Emirates
The most opulent spa in arguably the world’s most opulent city is a must for any ‘best-of’ luxury list. True to form, the Talise Ottoman Spa at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray does it bigger and better than nearly anywhere else, with 42 treatment rooms, and even a snow room. This spa is literally a palace, designed in theme with the ancient Ottoman Empire, featuring stained-glass turquoise doors, elaborate hand-crafted marble interiors, and intricate mural paintings. The treatments themselves are just as impressive and indulgent, with a wide range of facials, massages and combined packages on the menu. Refresh your skin after a long journey with a 90 minute all natural, detoxifying body scrub, using live Spirulina Algae and active plant oils. Continue the relaxation amongst the extensive, beautiful facilities of the Talise, with an Arabian tea on the sprawling outdoor terraces.
Four Seasons Spa, Florence – Italy
For a facial treatments that’s worth its weight in gold – literally – enjoy a golden glow with a 24 carat gold facial at the Four Seasons resort in Florence. Gold is not only a precious metal, it’s also becoming increasingly recognised and utilised for its healing and beautifying powers, as it works to firm the skin and reduce wrinkles. Elsewhere at the Four Seasons Florence, treat yourself with a 2.5 hour experience, beginning with a hydrating floral water wrap and exfoliant, using the abundant purple irises flowers found in bloom all over Florence. Complete the indulgence with a full body massage with Italian extra virgin olive oil and olive oil cream and honey, in a special blend not found anywhere else in the world.
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