Part of loving and accepting ourselves involves spoiling ourselves now and then. One experience that I often recommend to my clients is a spa day. If a whole day isn’t possible, then a spa visit for a massage is still good. I decided to put together some amazing spa venues to encourage/inspire you to indulge in a little pampering…
1) Como Shambhala – Bali
This beautiful spa in Bali has a resident Psychologist and is where Donna Karan comes to rest and rejuvenate. The Como Shambhala spas can be found in London, Singapore, Miami beach, Bangkok, Bali, Bhutan,Maldives and the Turks and Caicos islands in the Caribbean.
Picture: COMO SHAMBHALA
2) Ciel Spa – SLS Hotel. Los Angeles
Indulge in a special blend of spa tea or agua fresca and delectable treats (think: fruit skewers and white chocolate chip, dark chocolate and matcha green tea brownie bites), prepared by the hotel’s notable chef José Andrés. Depending on your choice of treatment, your therapist will guide you to one of the five treatment rooms or couple’s suite. Opt for the Eve Lom facial (90min/$225)—this is the only spa in LA that carries the luxury UK brand’s beauty products—for immediate, visible results. Your esthetician starts the personalized treatment by asking you about the music selection, comfort of the bed (the custom massage beds are equipped with music technology and can fit to your body with a touch of the remote control) and explains the seven steps of the treatment.
I have stayed at this hotel and it is wonderful. Unusual decor, friendly staff and a rooftop pool. I recommend it and would love to go there again.
3) Banyan Tree Hotel Spa – Phuket
Many rooms come with a dedicated ‘in-villa spa’. A spa package in a pool villa, including daily massage, costs from £375 per room per night. I’ve been lucky enough to visit this spa and it was the best spa I have been to, to date. Amazing!
Photo by Unique Hotels Group
4) Pennyhill Park, Surrey United Kingdom
The range of treatments is vast, and are carried out in the suites upstairs from the communal areas. They use Elemental Herbology as their in-house product and offer everything from tanning to sports massage.
5) Bamford Haybarn Spa – London
The Bamford Body Signature Treatment consists of shiatsu, meridian and Swedish massage, reflexology and yogic breathing, using Bamford Body Collection products made from organic ingredients.
Discover The Berkeley’s rooftop open-air pool on the 8th floor with sun loungers to bask in the warm weather and admire views of the London skyline. New for 2014, the Bamford Haybarn spa is one of the best new spas in London.
6) Ushvani – London
Throughout the spa the hibiscus flower features alongside original carvings and sculptures, which have all been commissioned from craftsmen in Malaysia. Facilities include showers laden with nutmeg and ginger scented hot air and a lovely hydrotherapy pool.
7) Intercontinental Bora Bora resort
The glass-floored overwater bungalow treatment rooms at Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort’s Deep Ocean Spa are known for simultaneous pampering and marine wildlife-watching. Treatments such as the Deep Sea Hydromassage Bath and “Tahitian Wave” scrub are infused with Pacific Ocean water and inspired by Polynesian traditions. Beachgoers can also book an After-Sun Care service or Deep Regenerating Sun Treatment to soothe and repair burned skin.
8) L’Auberge Del Mar – California
Located “in the heart of Del Mar” on California’s coast, all treatments at the largely open-air Spa L’Auberge are enhanced by Pacific breezes and “spectacular ocean views that take your breath away.” Outdoor relaxation areas and ten private rooms house services that include the Rosemary Sea Salt Scrub and the Seashell Antioxidant Facial. Natural, locally-sourced ingredients also nourish stressed-out skin during the detoxifying Seaweed Body Wrap treatment, which pairs intensive exfoliation with two essential oil massages.
9) Assawan Spa and Health Club – Dubai
For an unmatchable experience, and for those who desire the ultimate in royalty treatment, a visit to the Assawan Spa on the 18th floor of the Burj al Arab will be an unforgettable one. With luxurious interiors, strongly reminiscent of the ancient Middle Eastern hammams and bathing pools, the Assawan Spa is equipped with the most modern amenities including infinity pools, Jacuzzis, saunas and steam rooms. With a spectacular view, guests can also enjoy complimentary use of the Assawan Amphitheater with a balcony on the 18th floor where guests can relax after a massage. Amongst the spa’s many well known treatments are the Burj al Arab Caviar Facial and the Burj al Arab Caviar Body Treatment that use exquisite caviar guaranteed to brighten even the dullest complexion.
10) Ananda Spa, Ananda in the Himalayas- India
Ananda is a short drive from Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga and The Beatles’ interest in transcendental meditation, in the far north of India. Its location, setting – in manicured grounds overlooking the powerfully snaking Ganges – and its unfailingly kind and gentle staff give it a special healing energy, and its programme of yoga, Ayurveda and Vedanta is as emotionally uplifting as it is physically effective. It would be impossible to go for a week and not leave feeling on top of the world
11) Great Jones Spa – New York
With its stunning three-story indoor waterfall and sleek, subterranean wet lounge, Great Jones Spa made a splash with the fashion crowd when it opened in fall 2004. Since then, the feng shui–designed spot has added an organic-juice bar next door and augmented its already lengthy treatment menu with offerings like purifying “skin food” facials using the cult organic product line, Alkaitis. In the decadent, five-step Red Flower Hamam treatment—offered at only a handful of city spas—clients are first cleansed with Moroccan mint tea, then scrubbed with coffee, olive stones, and lemon, painted with clay, and finally massaged and hydrated with tangerine-fig butter. The coed spa (a favorite of grooming icons like Brooke Shields) features nearly a dozen massage and skin-care rooms, but the real star here is the water cure on the lower level. Free for spa visitors with tabs over $100 ($50 for those not purchasing other treatments), the luxe setup boasts a plant-filled atrium adjacent to a hot tub, cold plunge, river-rock sauna, and chakra-light steam room
12) Gwinganna Health Retreat – Australia
This is your space to breathe, relax and nourish your body and your spirit. With spectacular scenery, fresh mountain air and an extensive range of activities, presentations and seminars you will leave feeling refreshed and refocused. Gwinganna is a health retreat with exceptional facilities including two swimming pools, a large experienced team of experts and the unique concept of afternoon Dreamtime. Gwinganna is the ideal choice to restore your life’s balance.
Ecotourism certified, connect with supportive professionals who will teach you resilience in the modern world, and choose how much or how little you wish to do. A stay combines organic living, spa, movement and relaxation with delicious organic cuisine and vital wellness seminars in a dedicated low tech environment. Fully Inclusive packages are from two to seven days in length.
These 12 amazing spa venues are paradise on earth.
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