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11 Unique Spas for Your Next Break

Hotel spas can be good, great or downright average. Here we celebrate the best of the best, spas with a dedication to wellbeing and something to make them absolutely unique. These are the best hotel spas for your 2022 break.

1. The Dior Garden Spa Pop-up at Hotel Splendido, Portofino

Dior’s popup spa is open until September 30th

A doyenne of the Italian Riviera’s luxury hotel scene, the glamorous Hotel Splendido is known for its fabulous spa and photogenic saltwater infinity pool.

For summer 2022 they’ve added Jardin des Reves, a garden spa by Dior. It will be the most fashionable place in Italy to do wellness, until the pop-up closes on 30th September 2022.

The hotel gardens host two Dior spa gazebos with signature face and body treatments.

Dior have also transformed two decks of the exclusive Bagni Fiore beach club and launched a limited edition of the Escale à Portofino perfume, entitled ‘Splendido Edition’.

2. The Best Hotel Spa Owned By a Czech – Six Senses Kaplankaya Resort

Six Senses Kaplankaya
Bodrum is the destination for this outstanding spa hotel

Welcome to Six Senses Kaplankaya, in Bodrum, Turkey. Operated by the world’s leading hotel spa brand, Six Senses, yet owned by a Czech and extremely popular with trend-setting Czechs.

Expect state-of-the-art spa facilities and spectacular sea views, the ethos of serenity and comfort, meditation zones and truly restorative retreat.

3. An Overwater Spa Hotel in the Snow – Arctic Bath

An ice bath that’s actually in the ice

The Scandinavians make spa treatments part of their daily routine. In a wild Arctic Circle location, Arctic Bath floats on river water during summer. It’s frozen in place throughout winter.

So jump into a natural ice bath, after a toasty dip in your free-standing bath, and the all important Swedish sauna time. Oh, and look up at the aurora borealis while you’re here.

4. Family Spa Time at Schlosshotel Fiss, Austria

A great hotel spa destination every month of the year

Great spas and family holidays don’t usually go together. Schlosshotel Fiss finds the balance, with its SHF Family Spa alongside a full range of adult-only wellness.

Schlosshotel Fiss is an adored favourite among our clients, a ski-in ski-out resort with a 5000 sqm spa and outdoor saltwater jacuzzi.

5. Therapeutic Waters of The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland

Stay at The Retreat and you have a private area of the famous Blue Lagoon

Iceland’s mineral-rich waters are best experienced at The Retreat, a haven powered entirely by geothermal energy. There’s a lava-walled steam room, exclusive spa eatery and suites with private geothermal pools.

Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most famous destination and the main pools become crowded. The Retreat is separate and gives you all the spa bliss, without other people. Stay here and part of the famous Blue Lagoon is private to you.

6. Tropical Wellness at Joali Being, Maldives

Welcome to the word’s first nature immersive wellbeing resort

Opened in 2021, JOALI BEING is quickly becoming the world’s leading wellness retreat. Here the incredible spa facilities are only the start, on a private tropical island where the villas are larger than almost anywhere else in the Indian Ocean.

Everything is designed around the four pillars of mind, skin, microbiome and energy, everything is dedicated to your lasting wellness.

7. Drive to the Sanctuary Forestis in the Dolomites, Italy

Forestis was formerly a sanatorium built by the Austrian monarchy

A space that feels safe, spiritual, calm and separate from the world around, where stresses float away on the wind. That’s the uber-stylish, hyper-luxurious Forestis Dolomites, a sanctuary eight hours from Prague by road.

It’s nature that dominates the spa. Pure spring water, fresh mountain hour, endless hours of sunshine and the combination of Dolomites stone and wild forests. Get one of the two penthouse suites with their private rooftop pools and saunas.

8. The Subtropical Oriental Spa Garden…in Europe

Not the scene you would imagine on a Spanish island

Hotel Botanico combines the benefits of a volcanic setting with traditional eastern philosophy. It doesn’t look like a European spa but it’s located on the island of Tenerife.

Steeped in tranquillity, the spa in the exotic Oriental gardens is remarkable, receiving numerous awards as Europe’s best hotel spa.

9. Europe’s Most Scenic Spa, the Burgenstock Resort & Alpine Spa, Switzerland

The spa pool with an alpine view. An 8-hour drive from Prague.

Jaw-dropping alpine views from an outdoor pool. A spa garden high in the Alps. Over 10,000 sqm of alpine spa and a view from just about everywhere. Spas don’t come much bigger or more scenic than the Burgenstock, a place to escape to any month of the year. It’s only eight hours by road from Prague.

10. A Remote Spa in the Pacific Ocean

A private villa with a view of Otemanu is one of the world’s most luxurious ocean experiences. Find it on the island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia. where the best choice for spa lovers is InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa. It has a deep ocean spa and it’s the only Thalasso Spa in the Southern Hemisphere.

Massages come with tropical fish via glass floors, at a spa situated on its own coral reef lagoon. These are the best spa facilities in the South Pacific.

11. Experience a Six Senses Hotel Spa

The remote Six Senses Douro Valley

We could easily fill this article with Six Senses properties. They’re our favourite hotel brand for both spas and sustainability. For its remote desert location we love Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman. Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives is very special for its marine conservation.

However, our number one right now is Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal.

A decidedly chilled out, peaceful kind of place, a 19th-century quinta filled with secret tunnels and gardens, with a magnificent spa in the heart of wine country.

Your Next Spa Break

From Mauritius to the Alps, the Arctic Circle to the Caribbean, we have a handle on all the world’s best hotel spas. These 11 are only suggestions to get you started. Ask for personal advice and we’ll show you just how rejuvenating a holiday can be.

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