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Top Picks: The Perfect Destinations for a Luxury Spa Vacation

We have handpicked a fascinating selection of luxury spa vacation destinations that combine the best in wellness treatments with luxuriant touches – a stay here will leave you refreshed, mind, body and soul.

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Author: Akhila

A luxury spa vacation is all about indulging your senses and pampering your body and mind to emerge refreshed and revitalized. From onsens in Japan to a luxurious Turkish hammam experience, your options are aplenty. Here are the top luxury spa vacation ideas designed to help you heal and replenish in style.  

Hot springs in Arenal, Costa Rica
Hot springs in Arenal

CENTRAL AMERICA

Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens
Arenal, Costa Rica

Right in the heart of the rainforest at the Arenal region and minutes away from Costa Rica’s most famous volcano, lies a perfect oasis of tranquility. For a luxury spa vacation, cocooned in nature, The Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens is the place to be. Its 50 casitas and villas are surrounded by unparalleled views of an emerald forest. 

Enjoy a massage in one of the many private open-air pavilions fitted with Jacuzzis and outdoor showers. The various treatments on offer here are inspired by nature: the massages use organic coffee sourced from nearby farms while the scrubs and wraps use volcanic mud sourced from the surrounds. Let the sights, sounds and scents of this pristine location envelop you for a truly rejuvenating luxury spa vacation!

SOUTH AMERICA

Las Islas
Barú Island, Colombia

Just a short speedboat ride away from Cartagena, lies the popular beach destination Barú Island, known for its virgin appeal, sandy beaches, stunning views of the Caribbean coast, and the Las Islas resort. Luxury is the buzzword at its treetop or sea level bungalows – which is elevated a notch higher at the indulgent beachfront Spa Niña Daniela. 

Las Islas Hotel, Barú Island, Colombia South America

La Islas’ range of wellness treatments on offer is exactly what you need to revitalize both mind and body during your luxury spa vacation. Opt for a massage or a thalassotherapy-inspired (using seawater) body wrap in one of their treatment rooms, or book an alfresco service, to completely immerse yourself in your natural surrounds.

The Spa also offers cutting-edge neurostimulation technology for you to experience the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation during your luxury spa vacation. The saltwater pool and Jacuzzi invite you for a relaxing soak after your treatment, as do the luxurious Turkish bath and a sauna.

AFRICA

The Ocean SPA Lodge
Msambweni, Kenyan Coast

After an exhilarating Kenyan safari in the Masai Mara, rejuvenate with a luxury spa vacation at the exclusive and exotic The Ocean SPA Lodge. Nestled away on the serene Msambweni beach, a stay here is as much about enjoying a beach vacation on the Kenyan coast as it is about immersing yourself in an authentic health and wellness experience.

Fringed by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the Spa is the perfect place to reinvigorate your mind and body. The therapies draw from ancient knowledge such as ayurvedic massages, together with the latest contemporary techniques.

Enjoy a swim in Kenya’s largest infinity pool and healing therapies using the Indian Ocean seawater, relax under the invigorating stream of a rainforest shower, and tone up under the jets of the hydro massage pool.

The Royal Mansour
Morocco

Expect luxury like no other – that’s what you will get in a hotel built by 1200 artisans, who were given carte blanche when it came to budget. This air of luxury extends to the fabulous Spa at The Royal Mansour – spread over three floors, it’s hard not to be mesmerized by its delicate iron-fretwork, murmuring fountains, marble floors inlaid with swirls and petals, aromatic fragrances and an expansive central atrium lined with fountains and arches. 

Luxury Spa Vacation - Morocco, Africa

There are ten spa rooms and a royal hammam room, and the range of therapies offered are just as luxurious as the surrounds –  a Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by renowned hand and foot expert Bastien Gonzalez, Dr. Hauschka and Sisley line of treatments, and MarocMaroc offerings, with natural Moroccan ingredients. But for the ultimate luxury experience, the hammam awaits.

At the hammam you can experience traditional bathing rituals amid hot marble chambers, body treatments such as exfoliation with a kessa massage mitt, detoxifying body masks followed by a soaping ritual with black soap and orange flower water, ending with a dip in the plunge pool.

ASIA

Song Saa Private Islands Resort
Cambodia 

Song Saa is a carefree, luxurious paradise in a remote archipelago, which reflects the stunning beauty of the Cambodian coastline with an extensive selection of spa and wellness treatments on offer. Experience a complete oneness with nature during your luxury spa vacation here – expect spas with no walls; little sanctuaries spread across the island, where treatments take place ensconced in the beauty of nature.

The spa philosophy embraces the Buddhist tradition of metta bhavana – the cultivation of loving-kindness and offers a range of ‘stillness’, ‘healing’ and ‘blessing’ treatments, which draw from its underlying philosophy, as well as massages inspired by Cambodia’s Khmer culture. You can also enjoy a series of exclusive Night Spas under the starry skies. 

Amatara Wellness Resort
Phuket, Thailand

Panoramic sea views as far as the eye can see, welcome you on your arrival at Amatara Wellness Resort, which is nestled on a peninsula overlooking the bay. Add to the mix, the resort’s peaked roof pavilions, lush gardens, and a range of comprehensive programs and you can expect nothing short of complete tranquility and rejuvenation on your luxury spa vacation here. The resort offers all-inclusive wellness retreat programs, which combine accommodation, organic and nutritional food, along with personalized wellness and leisure activities.

While the Amatara Detox incorporates a specific detox diet plan, supportive detox treatments, soothing massages and supplements to facilitate the toxin-cleansing process, Amatara Yoga is akin to your personalized yoga retreat. There are also programs that focus on weight management, sleep as well as a family wellness program among others.

Ananda Spa
Rishikesh, India

Surround yourself in the uplifting natural beauty at Ananda Spa, an award-winning luxury destination spa resort in India. Set at the Himalayan foothills overlooking the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges Valley, Ananda is arguably one of the best destination spas in the world. From British royalty to Hollywood stars, all have made a beeline to seek rejuvenation at Ananda. Expect traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta integrated with international wellness experiences, fitness and healthy organic cuisine.

There is quite possibly no better place to do yoga than here, surrounded by scenic mountains, lush forests and crisp cool air. There is no compromise on luxury either: expect flat screen TVs, hot tubs, walk-in closets, gazebo seating, private pools and comfortable beds that allow you to luxuriate after a day of healing.

All treatments are customized to individual needs – massages soothe amid birdsong, sensuous aromatherapy and Himalayan crystals heal, while ayurvedic treatments help you detox during your luxury spa vacation. 

Four Season Resort Bali at Sayan
Sayan, Bali, Indonesia

From Hollywood star Julia Roberts to the Obamas, few have been able to resist the lure of this serene and exclusive spa resort tucked amid the lush Ayung River Valley. So what is it that makes a luxury spa vacation here so special? For starters, all therapies and treatments take place in self-contained spa villas that are designed to appear as though they are floating above a serene lotus pond.

All treatments have a deep connection to spirituality and wellness and involve the use of ancient Balinese rituals, holistic treatments and spiritual practices aimed at balancing and restoring inner energies. Its seven signature treatments are focused on realigning the chakras. And for the ultimate relaxing experience: you can take an afternoon ‘air nap’, during which you will be suspended from the ceiling of the bamboo Dharma Shanti Bale, the meditation center, in an aerial silk hammock, surrounded by the tranquil Sayan Valley.

Exterior view of a guest villa at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan Hotel in Ubud, Indonesia

Kowakien Tenyu
Hakone, Japan

Expect a tranquil luxury spa vacation at this traditional ryokan (Japanese Inn) nestled amid the stunning Japanese Highlands. From its scenic viewpoints where you can relish views of the sunrise to its infinity onsen (traditional hot springs where the Japanese relax and bathe), the hotel is all about harmonizing with nature. The Spa offers a wide variety of treatments, ranging from a series of massages that use a blend of western and eastern techniques, aromatherapy, and oriental plants as well as facials.  

The pièce de résistance is undoubtedly luxuriating in the onsen. Located on the sixth floor, the natural open-air hot spring offers uninterrupted views of the mountains around you. Feast your eyes on them as you enjoy an indulgent soak in the mineral-rich waters. Another onsen on the fifth floor is set amid a lush forest, complete with a cascading waterfall. Bliss!

Contact our destination experts at Enchanting Travels for more such luxury spa vacation destinations!

Let us craft a rejuvenating and relaxing luxury spa vacation just for you!

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