Dreamy Destination Spas

As spring slowly dawns and finally brings an end to an awful winter, our thoughts are already turning to summer holidays and sunnier climes. Forget sunburn, Pina Coladas and overindulgence, wellness warriors in the know are using their hard earned holidays to recharge, relax and reboot.

Looking for some escape inspiration? Check out our round-up of the world's finest luxury health and wellbeing destination resorts. 

What's your dream healthy holiday? Have we missed anywhere that you think should be included? Let us know below!

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Image: anandaspa.com


Ananda - Uttaranchal, India

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Image: anandaspa.com

Overview

Set in a former Maharaja’s palace overlooking the holy Ganges, Ananda is nestled in the foothills of the mystical Himalayas, a location nothing short of magical. Given the resort’s proximity to Rishikesh, the purported ‘birthplace of yoga’, Ananda is heavily traditional influenced by the Indian sciences of yoga, Ayurveda and Vedanta which are carefully married with modern spa therapies which makes it the perfect place for total rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul.

Programmes

Available for between 5 – 21 nights depending on programme: Weight Management, Ayurvedic Rejuvenation, Detox, Yogic Detox, Yoga, Renew, Stress Management and Active.

Facilities and Activities

Set in 24,000 square feet, Ananda offers 20 treatment rooms, outdoor pool, saunas, steam bath, hydro therapy, yoga pavilion and a gym. Activities offered include yoga, Vedanta lectures, cooking classes, a 6-hole golf course, white water rafting, trekking, wildlife safari and art and culture programmes.

Spa Treatments

Ananda offers an extensive menu of over 80 body and beauty treatments all integrating the traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda contemporary Western spa approaches. The 24 treatment rooms provide space for Ayurveda, Oriental and European systems of holistic health and the spa houses a team of qualified nutritionists, Western & Ayurvedic physicians, spa therapists with knowledge of ancient Indian sciences and modern western treatments. The treatment menu is heavily influenced by Ayurvedic traditions and practices and tailored for your individual constitution (your 'dosha') but also includes more traditional massage, body, nail and facial options.

Cuisine

Ananda believes in the importance of bio-individuality when it comes to diet, a philosophy which, alongside the major tenets of Ayurveda, heavily influences their culinary offerings. The cuisine offered is rich in fresh natural and unprocessed foods low in fat and calories such as whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat dairy products.

Celebrity Guests

Uma Thurman, Heidi Klum, Ricky Martin and Oprah Winfrey.

Awards

Spa of the Year (North & West Asia), Asia Spa Awards (2013), Best Spa, Readers Choice Awards, Condé Nast Traveller, Russia (2012), Best Spa in the World & No. 1 - "Spa Retreats" category, No. 3 "Best Destination Spa" category, Condé Nast Traveller Reader's Spa Awards (UK) (2012), Best Spa for Yoga and Mind-Body-Sprit & Favourite Spa in India, SpaFinder Readers Choice Awards (2012), The Most Heavenly Hideaway, Tatler Spa Awards (2012).


COMO Shambhala Estate - Bali, Indonesia

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Overview

COMO Shambhala is an institution within the luxury wellness resort scene. The multi-award winning resort has been voted as Condé Nast Traveller's Best Destination Spa no less than four times. Nestled amongst the mountains and lush rice paddies of Ubud in Bali, the resort describes itself as a "completely immersive, 360-degree wellbeing experience".

Programmes

Guests can enrol on a variety of wellbeing packages such as Ayurvedic, Cleanse, Be Active, Stress Management, Rejuvenation and Oriental Medicine.

Facilities & Activities

In addition to any specific programme inclusions, the resort offers a range of complementary activities including pilates, yoga, estate walks, circuit training, meditation, qigong and rock climbing, complemented by lifestyle lectures such as 'The Art of Living', 'Intuitive Eating', and 'Secrets to Longevity' and Juicing Classes. The Estate also offers access to resident nutritionists and Ayurvedic doctors.

Spa Treatments

The amazing spa menu offers individually tailored treatments including multiple types of massage, facials for restorative skincare and authentic Ayurvedic programmes as well as Acupuncture and Hydrotherapy.

Cuisine

A number of the curated wellness programmes have specific dietetic requirements built-in, but for general guests, COMO Shambhala's signature cuisine is inspired by the 'living foods' school of thought. The resort claims that "this maintains the nutritional integrity of the original foods’ essential enzymes, vitamins and minerals and allows you to benefit from the ‘life force’ of specific ingredients - many of them raw". Ingredients are organic and locally sourced whenever possible, and the resort actively accommodates food intolerances or other specific dietary requirements.

 Celebrity Guests

COMO Shambhala has serious A-list credentials – Daniel Craig supposedly got in shape for Casino Royale here.

Awards

All Natural Treatment (Warm Muscle Wrap Category) Harper's BAZAAR Spa Awards (2014), Spa Cuisine of the Year, AsiaSpa Awards (2013) Best Spa Hotel ), The Smith Hotel Awards (2013), Best Destination Spa and The World's Top 100, Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards (2012 and 2013), Best Destination Spa, Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Spa Awards (2012 and 2013), Destination Spa of the Year - Asia & Australasia, World Spa & Wellness Awards (2013), Best International Spa (Second Prize), The Sunday Times Travel Magazine Readers' Awards (2012), Destination Spa of the Year, AsiaSpa Awards (2012), Top 3 Best Spa Retreat, World's Top 30, Luxury Travel Magazine Gold List (2012).


Miraval Resort - Arizona, USA

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Overview

Set in the splendid isolation of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona, Miraval is a luxury destination retreat dedicated to wellbeing and relaxation favoured by America’s jet-setters and A-listers in need of some time out.

Programmes

Girls Getaway, Inclusive Package, Discover Miraval, Authentic Circle Exclusive.

Facilities & Activities

Set within 400 acres and surrounded by mountains, the resort offers a range of activities and classes including yoga, meditation, circuit training, boot camp, TRX, spinning, trail running, equine therapy and horse riding, tennis, hiking, biking, and a high rope challenge course.

 Spa Treatments

Miraval offers over 100 spa treatments including Ayurvedic treatments, speciality body work, massages, facials, body treatments, salon services, and unique treatments such as Spirit Flight, Qi Journey, and Taiz Sensorium.

Cuisine

Seasonal, ‘mindful’ and healthy low calorie cuisine.

Celebrity Guests

Oprah Winfrey, Katherine Jackson, Ellen and Mel Gibson.

Awards

Top 10 Best Destination Spas Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Poll  (2014), 10 Best New Spas in North America, Fodor's Travel (2013), Best Wellness Spa in North America, The Spa Traveller Readers' Choice Awards (2013), World's Best Wellness Resorts, USA Today (2013), 8 Best Spa Getaways Around the World, ELLE World's Best Spas (2013), Top 5 Best Destination Spa, Travel+Leisure World's Best Awards (2013).


Chiva-Som - Hua Hin, Thailand

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Overview

Now in it’s fifteenth year, Chiva-Som is a regular in the Condé Naste Traveller’s 'Best Destination Spa' lists. Hidden away within 7 acres of tropical beachfront gardens, Chiva-som is around 185km south on Bangkok in the royal resort of Hua Hin. Chiva-Som which means “Haven of Life” is a pioneer in combining traditional Asian therapies with cutting-edge Western health and wellness developments.  Chiva-Som’s holistic health modalities include Traditional Chinese Medicine, the ancient Indian system of Ayurveda, Western Naturopathy, energy therapies and many more.

Programmes

Chiva-som’s structured detox programs include: A Taste of Chiva-Som, Art of Detox, Eternal Youth, Fitness, Inner Peace, Natural Healing, Spa Pampering and Weight Management.

Facilities & Activities

Chiva-som offers 70 treatment rooms as well as comprehensive resort facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a kinesis studio, gym, watsu pool, flotation pool, bathing pavilion with kneipp bath, and the usual sauna, steam, and Jacuzzi offerings. A full complement of activities are offered including Tai Chi, Qi Kong,personal training, yoga, pilates, meditation, TRX, Zumba, boot camp and gyrokinesis biking, tennis, sea kayaking, and golf.

Spa Treatments

With over 85 therapists offering over 150 treatments marrying traditional holistic elements with a state of the art medi-spa offerings, the options are endless. Alongside Thai massages, body wraps, facials and Oriental foot rituals, they also offer Che Nei Tsang, Mind Training, Shiatsu, Watsu, Reiki and many others. The recently renovated Niranlada Medi-spa also offers state-of-the-art aesthetic assessments, treatments and minimally invasive cosmetic surgery.

Cusisine

Chiva-Som’s spa cuisine has won a number of awards for its culinary spread. Expect fresh and unprocessed ingredients with a focus on low fat, lower calorie food with some vegetarian and wheat, gluten, dairy and sugar-free dishes. Many of the detox packages include a structured meal program supervised by Chiva-som's naturopathic practitioners and holistic medical staff.

Celebrity Guests

Elizabeth Hurley, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Maria Sharapova.

Awards

Favourite Spa in Asia, Best for Weight Loss, Best Healthy Spa Cuisine,Best for Eco Spa and Favourite Spa for Yoga, SpaFinder Wellness Readers’ Choice Crystal Awards (2013), Top 5 Best Honeymoon Resort, Fodor’s Travel Poll (2013), Luxury Travel Magazine 2013 Gold List, Top 25 Spa Hotels & Resorts in Asia, Smart Travel Asia Best in Travel Poll (2013), Enduring Excellence Award, Tatler Spa Awards (2012), Top 5 – Favourite Destination Spa, Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Awards (2012), Top 5 – Best Spa, Ultratravel 100 Awards The Telegraph, UK (2012).


SHA Wellness Clinic - Alicante, Spain

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Image: Shawellnessclinic.com

Overview

SHA describes itself as “a wellness clinic dedicated to improving people’s health and wellbeing through a fusion of ancient oriental disciplines and revolutionary western techniques”. Selling itself as a clinic rather than a resort, despite being perched on a mountainside overlooking the Mediterranean, SHA is less your typical “wellness” resort and more like a super slick futuristic hospital.

Programmes

Alongside its various general programmes SHA offers specific programmes including: Weight Loss, Intensive Detox, Anti-Stress, Stop Smoking, Sleep Well, Absolute Rejuvenation. SHA also offers a series of targeted aesthetic rejuvenation treatments including: facial, corporal, biologic natural, hand, integral and male rejuvenation.

Facilities & Activities

SHA provides a range of outdoor activities such as biking, climbing, golf, horseback riding, bird watching, jogging, Nordic walking and tennis and water sports including sailing, canoeing, kayaking, diving, snorkelling, swimming, windsurfing and fishing, as well as yoga and pilates. They also offer personal training sessions, lifestyle coaching and spiritual lectures. The resort’s bespoke hydrotherapy area also offers therapeutic pools, physiotherapy and hydro-massage beds, an invigorating pool, tepidarium, sauna, calidarium, and several themed areas including relax, chromo-therapy, music-therapy and a zen-garden.

Spa Treatments

As a medi-spa, SHA offers access to specialists across the areas of general medicine, natural therapies, sleep disorders, anti-smoking, aesthetic medicine as well as laboratory and genetic diagnostic services along side the more traditional offerings. On the treatment side offerings include various massages, water therapies aromatherapy, colour therapy, craniosacral therapy, hot stone treatments, hydrotherapy, lymphatic drainage, osteopathy, physiotherapy, reflexology, reiki and shiatsu.

Cuisine

The cuisine at SHA is based on a fusion of Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine with strong macrobiotic influences. SHA's goal to provide guests with a healthy diet based on organic and ecological products grown on-site but it can be quite strict.

Celebrity Guests

Simon Cowell, Kylie Minouge, Naomi Campbell and various fashion editors recovering from the stresses of Fashion Week.

Awards

Condé Nast Johansens, Knight Frank Award for Outstanding Excellence and Innovation (2014), Best European Destination Spa by Condé Nast Johansens (2012), Best Spanish Spa, SpaFinder (2012), Best Medical and Beauty Spa, FIT Health & Wellness (2011), Best International Medical Spa, Condé Nast Traveller (2010).