15 Unbelievable Hotel Spas to Add to Your Bucket List
There’s nothing quite like unwinding in a fancy hotel spa, especially one in an amazing destination somewhere far from home. Whether you’re in the wilderness of Chile or in the heart of Seoul, the world is filled some seriously indulgent and relaxing spa experiences. Here are 15 you should put on your travel bucket list.
Any spa experience is better with a view, and the Conrad Seoul’s impressive spa boasts sweeping vistas of the surrounding city from its treatment rooms and relaxation area. The attention to detail is above and beyond, especially with the massage treatments, which include tea before and after and a foot bath. There’s a couple’s treatment room for those traveling with a significant other, and those based in Seoul can even score a spa membership to relax daily.
Mandarin Oriental London
The recently re-opened Mandarin Oriental in London boasts one of the city’s poshest spas, with separate male and female saunas, steam rooms and vitality pools. One of the best elements is the Zen Colour Therapy Relaxation Area, where you can unwind before and after a treatment with a pot of tea. Opt for a Nescens body massage or facial (the Swiss brand is renowned for its anti-aging). It’s perfect for hotel guests, as well as anyone visiting London who can’t quite afford the pricey room rate.
Venture into the English countryside to find Chewton Glen, a luxury manor hotel with magical tree house rooms and an expansive spa. The highlight is the hydrotherapy spa pool, where you can soak with strong jets and in-water beds. There are also steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs, as well as an indoor swimming pool. Try the Salt or Cedar Back Recovery, which combines skin repair with a massage. If you like it, you can even take the spa home with you by snagging some products from the Chewton Glen Body Collection, which was created for the hotel by OSKIA.
The Retreat Hotel at Blue Lagoon
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is a popular wellness (and Instagram) destination, but travelers can also visit The Retreat Hotel’s Retreat Spa for specialty in-water treatments and private access to the healing waters. The geothermal landscape is relaxing in itself, but visitors can also pick from a long list of beauty and massage options, all of which use the signature silica, algae and minerals from the Blue Lagoon water. Be sure to visit the Steam Cave, an underground steam room with stone earth walls. Hotel guests can access the spa for free, while day-trippers can purchase a (worthwhile) four-hour pass.
Goa, India, is a super-popular destination these days, and travelers can find an afternoon of peace at the W Goa’s Spa by Clarins, which features six single treatment rooms and a double room for couples. The treatment rooms have individual steam rooms and showers, so you’ll never have to interact with another person (if you don’t want to). Book the Anti-Jet Lag Stopover, a face and body treatment, upon arrival to help deal with your exhaustion from the long flight.
Morocco has no shortage of fancy hotels, the Royal Mansour in Marrakesh might be the fanciest of them all. It looks and feels like a palace, so it’s no wonder the spa is bucket list-worthy. You can book a variety of treatments, from massages to facials. But the real draw is the luxury hammam, where you can opt for custom wellness rituals. When you’re done, splurge on a meal at La Table du Spa, which serves up detoxing dishes and teas.
Montage Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills is home to the Montage, where travelers can leave the loud, busy streets of L.A. behind. Obviously you’ll want one of the L.RAPHAEL’s anti-aging facials to help you look as young as a celebrity or you can spend a month’s rent on the Oxy Anti-Aging, Anti-Cellulite and Tightening treatment to fully transform into a younger, slimmer you. There are also saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools and relaxation lounges to make a whole day of it. How L.A. is that?
If you’re not dying to go to Amangiri, then you probably haven’t heard of it yet. The retreat hotel located in the Utah desert is a welcome oasis inspired by Navajo traditions and the four elements. There’s a sauna and stream room, as well as an outdoor plunge pool that looks out over the desert. Visitors can do yoga, get help from a wellness coach and basically just become a whole new person with Floatation Therapy done with water from the Dead Sea.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo
You’ll feel just like George and Amal when you embark upon Lake Como, Italy, where the T Spa at Grand Hotel Tremezzo gives off all those rich celeb vibes. Featuring ESPA products, the spa has an infinity pool (that, of course, gazes out over the lake), a hammam, sauna and yoga studio. It welcomes non-hotel guests as well, so don’t be afraid to venture over if you’re staying at a less fancy hotel. Get really crazy and book a treatment for two in the T Spa Suite, which features its own whirlpool tub, sauna and Turkish bath—you’re living that George and Amal life, aren’t you?
If you’ve ever dreamt of getting a massage while looking out over the sea, then Secret Bay’s Gommier Spa is your next holiday destination. The Caribbean resort, located in Dominica, built the tree house-like spa overlooking Tibay Beach and the brand-new Bwa Mang Wellness Pavilion, giving you views for days during outdoor yoga sessions. Indulge in a four-hand massage for some bonus relaxation or a custom facial.
A Turkish hammam experience is like no other, and the Raffles Spa at Raffles Istanbul features not one but three hammams, as well as solo and couples treatment rooms. It’s a place for a whole day—or two—with steam rooms, saunas, an ice fountain and hot tubs. There’s even yoga and Pilates, which you can practice before jumping in the vitality pool and then getting your nails done. Opt for the Anatolian Grace Hammam Journey, a two-hour treatment that also includes a traditional tea ceremony.
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
It might seem weird to book a massage that’s done with a cactus, but the spa at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Mexico offers deep-tissue experiences with Nopal and Hakalai cacti that are apparently super-antioxidant-rich. There are also skin-care and body rituals, pre-wedding treatments and couples’ spa time, which can be booked for after-hours for total privacy (hubba hubba). Try out some fitness classes with the personal trainers or just lay around in the pool.
Mara Bushtops Camp
There’s no better way to unwind from a safari than at a luxury spa in the middle of the Kenyan wilderness. The spa at Mara Bushtops, a five-star safari camp on the edge of the Masai Mara, features a tranquil outdoor pool, as well as a spa with body treatments and a tented fitness center. There’s a sauna and Jacuzzi for relaxing, but you might be more drawn to the cold plunge pool after a day out in the heat. Book a facial that uses Terres d’Afrique organic skin-care products, which are inspired by African plants.
This Maldives hotel has the world’s first underwater spa. It’s as cool as it sounds, with two treatment rooms that are fully submerged to offer views of the coral reef. The rest of the rooms are above water but still totally indulgent, and their Jet Lag Pure Massage is a good way to unwind from a long plane journey. There’s also a yoga pavilion and swimming pool, so you can stay fit as well as relaxed.
The Uma Spa at Tierra Patagonia, located in the heart of the Chilean wilderness, is a remote relaxation spot with serious mountain views. There’s an indoor pool encased in glass walls and filled with hydrotherapy jets, a hot tub, a steam room and a yoga studio (also with views). Book a body wrap or massage, especially if you’ve been hiking around Patagonia before arriving at the hotel.