When the colder weather creeps up on you, it’s time to start planning your winter escape. We’ve rounded up a list of the world’s best dream spa destinations. Visit volcanic hot springs, Nordic lagoons, tropical paradises and exotic sanctuaries for the ultimate healing holiday.
One&Only Spa Cape Town, South Africa
The spa’s Essence of Earth and Ocean Experience provides pampering using the beauty of the beach. Inspired by the generous South African seashore, the treatment incorporates seaweed wraps, sea salt scrubs and warmed sea shell massages. The treatment also uses therapeutic plants inspired by indigenous rituals while relaxing Rooibos tea is served to enhance the whole experience.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Immerse yourself in the geothermal seawater of the Blue Lagoon, one of the world’s most natural baths. The mineral enriched water is renewed every 40 hours, avoiding common bacteria and the need for chemicals. The naturally invigorating Icelandic backdrop is the perfect view during an in-water massage before the warm waterfall gently cleanses a pure white silica mud wrap away. Your skin will be totally rejuvenated.
Gellert Spa and Bath, Hungary
Hungarian baths are one of the most famous and ancient in the world, influenced by Roman, Greek and Turkish traditions. The Gellert Spa in Budapest opened in 1918 but its thermals baths have been used for thousands of years. It is among the most recognized spas for its Art Nouveau dé©cor, stained glass windows and mosaic tiles. The spa’s history and culture is as stimulating as the offered treatments.
The Oriental Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Thailand
Fresh herbs are delicately combined with sesame oil and milk to create a harmonious herbal body wrap treatment. To get there you cross the Chao Phraya River, leaving all worries and stress behind you, and though you’re still in the bustling city of Bangkok, you feel transported to your very own world.
Tabacon Grand Spa and Thermal Resort, Costa Rica
With hot springs made up of 97% rainwater and heated by the Arenal Volcano, the Tabacon Resort remains one of the most luxurious and eco-friendly spa’s in the world. Many treatments utilize copper, iron and sulphur found in the volcanic mud to improve circulation and purify the skin. Other raw ingredients such as papaya, coconut and mango are used for exfoliation and reducing redness. Costa Rica’s lush vegetation will heal your body both inside and out.