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Cultural Relaxation

Nothing helps guests ease into a holiday like a visit to their hotel's spa—and these Leading Hotels of the World boast treatment facilities that revive jet-lagged arrivals, while introducing visitors to their new surroundings.
poolside after a spa treatment and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean views and cabana-side smoothies at this family-friendly Miami Beach hotel.
a toe into the thermal spring waters of the indoor pool of this hotel located in the city that is a perfect point from which to explore the Rhine Valley.
while having a Coconut Rub and Milk Ritual wrap at this exclusive Caribbean enclave.
in the energizing Scottish spirit by booking a Highland Fling hydrotherapy treatment at this luxurious hotel adjacent to one of the world's most famous golf courses.
between the Laconium and the private hammam at this retreat set amidst the rolling hills of Provence.
chakra balancing treatments in the 89,000-square-foot spa, adjacent to the jungle, at this beachside Riviera Maya resort.
Miami's hottest spa to your room when you book this cool hotel's 10,000-square-foot penthouse with city and water views, a pool and Jacuzzi.
for a night of tango dancing with a hammam and yoga class at the spa of this contemporary-cool hotel in Buenos Aires.
Some scholars claim the word “spa” to have derived from the Latin sanitas per aquam, meaning "health through water." And while the Romans were certainly aquatically minded (they did invent the aqueduct and communal baths) and brought their tradition of healing to all corners of their empire, it was the Swiss who refined our modern concept of spa culture. For centuries, Switzerland has had a focus on health and wellness, which these Leading Hotels of the World embrace and continue to cultivate.

Leading Spa Tschuggen Grand Hotel

Arosa, Switzerland

Founded in the early 20th century, the Tschuggen Grand Hotel today is known for its ultramodern Mario Botta–designed Tschuggen Bergoase spa. The 5,000-square-meter, four-floor complex is built directly into the mountain (28,000 meters of gravel were removed for its construction) and connected to the hotel by a glass walkway. Another star designer, Carlo Rampazzi, conceived the vivid interiors, notable for their spectacular mix of color, texture and pattern. The Graubünden landscape provides its own magical scenery, and at 1,800 meters above sea level, the hotel is an ideal base from which to enjoy outdoor activates from Alpine and cross-country skiing and horse races on a frozen lake, to hot-air ballooning and delta gliding.

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Leading Spa Beau-Rivage Palace Lausanne

Lausanne, Switzerland

Set on ten acres of private gardens on the shore of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, the Beau-Rivage Palace exudes serenity and history. During the early 20th century, the Belle Époque hotel was the scene of two peace-treaty signings. Today, it attracts international attention with its two-Michelin-star restaurant, Anne-Sophie Pic au Beau Rivage Palace. Three other restaurants offer local fusion, Japanese and Italian cuisine, while the 75,000-bottle wine cellar contains many vintages from the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Lavaux vineyard. The Cinq Mondes Spa has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, nine treatment rooms and two tennis courts.

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Leading Spa Lausanne Palace & Spa

Lausanne, Switzerland

Since opening in 1915, the Lausanne Palace & Spa has been one of the city's social hubs, providing a meeting place for locals and an escape for visitors. With unsurpassed views of Lake Geneva and the Alps, the hotel offers a natural sense of wellness in sync with the acclaimed CBE Concept Spa. Programs are tailored to a guest's specific needs, and the healing properties of the indoor pool, sauna and hammam are complimented by traditional and ancient therapies. Under the helm of one-star Michelin Chef Edgard Bovier, the Palace's kitchen offers various cuisines, from Gourmet, Parisian, Mediterranean to Japanese. To round out this culinary experience, guests will enjoy wines from nearby Lavaux World Heritage site in our private Cellar or the chef's exclusive olive oils.

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Leading Spa Le Mirador Kempinski Lake Geneva

Mont Pelerin, Switzerland

Le Mirador Kempinski Lake Geneva offers one of the most spectacular panoramic views in the world. Located on Mont-Pèlerin, it overlooks beautiful Lake Geneva and the magnificent Alps, the Rhone Valley and terraced vineyards of the Swiss Riviera. Most of the suites feature a spacious terrace. Dining options include award-winning French cuisine at le Trianon, modern Mediterranean cuisine at le Patio, typical Swiss style ambiance at Au Chalet, and the Horizon restaurant with a lavish breakfast buffet and show kitchen. Guests will be pampered at the Mirador’s unique Givenchy Spa that offers specific signature treatments including massages, body and skin care, beauty treatments and a fully-equipped Medical Center, for regeneration and nutrition.

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Leading Spa Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

Montreux, Switzerland

The Fairmont Le Montreux Palace opened in 1906 and has set a tone of elegant luxury ever since. The peace-keeping Montreux Convention was signed here in 1936, Vladimir Nabokov was once a guest, and in Funky Claude’s Bar, formerly known as Harry's New York Bar, Quincy Jones cooked a special chicken dish that remains on the menu today. Funky Claude’s Bar is the perfect place to appreciate live music and a wide choice of cocktails. Montreux Jazz Café, directly inspired by the ambiance of the legendary music festival, is a not-to-be-missed spot with a generous cuisine. The Lounge, with its cozy atmosphere, welcomes you for a morning coffee, a light lunch, or even a late-evening snack, while La Terrasse du Petit Palais is the ideal place to admire views of Lake Geneva over a light meal during the summer. Business travelers are well looked after in fifteen state-of-the-art conference rooms, and the Willow Stream Spa is a tranquil spot for all guests to unwind in the massage and relaxation rooms.

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In the last decade, spas - and spa goers - have become increasingly sophisticated. There are interior designers outdoing each other in creating pampering settings. Hotels featuring specialty spa wings and suites are no longer uncommon. And many travelers take into account the treatment menu as much as they do the sightseeing when planning a trip.

Leading Spa Royal Palm Hotel

Grand Baie, Mauritius

Adrift in the Indian Ocean to the east of Madagascar, Mauritius is known for its dizzying beauty and tranquil isolation, both of which inspired the island's oceanfront Royal Palm Hotel. Sheltered on the northwestern coast amidst lush gardens, the property is laid out so that all the suites face the lagoon, where guests enjoy complimentary water sports. Its pristine stretch of beach is as sparkling white as the uniforms of staff who know guests by name and can organize everything from a table at the gastronomic restaurant, La Goelette to helicopter island tours. While the resort's acclaimed spa, amenities and activities are decidedly 21st-century, the views of the crystalline sea and the palm-lined coast could be plucked straight out of Bernadin de Saint-Pierre’s 18th-century novel, Paul et Virginie, set on the island.

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Leading Spa 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa

Cape Town, South Africa

Named for the ruggedly beautiful mountain range that towers behind it, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is characterized by clean-lined design and luxury. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean where the sea meets the sky, the hotel, with its brilliant white façade, is used by sailors as a nautical navigation point. Cape Town lies just fifteen minutes away by complimentary shuttle, and outdoor activities include walks and picnics in Table Mountain Park, helicopter tours and whale watching. Equally tempting is a salt-glow rub or a pine-and-rosemary-infused body wrap in the Sanctuary Spa. Enjoy a sundowner on the terrace at sunset before dinner at the award-winning Azure, and drift off to the sounds of the ocean in an airy room done in contemporary Cape style with all the classic European comforts.

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Leading Spa The Carillon Hotel & Spa

Miami Beach, United States

The Carillon Hotel & Spa, the first of its kind, will enchant you with its exquisite design and matchless ocean views. Redesigned by renowned David Rockwell this classic of Miami Modern architecture is situated on more than 750 linear feet of pristine white beach and is convenient to both South Beach and Bal Harbour. This luxury all-suite hotel, an oasis of warmth and tranquility, features the largest and most beautifully appointed Spa and Wellness facility in South Florida. Located in one of the world’s most vibrant cities, at The Carillon Hotel & Spa you will find endless ways to reawaken your spirit and refresh your soul.

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Travelers seeking holistic activities for mind, body and spirit will take pleasure in the fact that Laucala Island Resort offers a wide range of spa treatments. From the moment you step into the spa’s reception area, you will be warmly greeted with a fresh fruit drink or soothing tea, both of which are made from the fresh fruits and natural herbs and spices found on the island. You are then presented with a selection of Laucala’s homemade scents, and are invited to choose a favorite from among floral, citrus, earth, or mint aromas. Your choice of scent is then combined with the island’s virgin pressed coconut oil to create a personalized holistic product. The spa is comprised of four private villas, each with a large outdoor terrace complete with a deep soaking tub overlooking the ocean. Expert technicians offer a multitude of treatments that are sure to transport you to new level of relaxation. Two of the villas are specifically designed to feature the latest hydrotherapy treatments, and all are open to the tropical sea breeze.

Leading Golf Laucala Island Resort

Laucala Island, Fiji

Set upon 3,500 exclusive acres Laucala private island resort is set amidst coconut plantations, sandy beaches, rich green mountains and breathtaking natural beauty. True luxury is appreciated in the privacy of the resort’s villas widely spread on the northern tip of the island. Seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living creates an inspiringly relaxed yet luxurious atmosphere. Laucala shows its most ethereal side in an iridescent kaleidoscope of sporting and cultural activities. Diving in a unique underwater world, rain forest tours, horseback riding, surfing, golfing on the 18-hole championship course, or meeting native artists. Whether you choose to dine in your villa or to visit one of Laucala’s five restaurants and bars, you enjoy dishes based on the freshest produce.

The resort prides itself on an integral philosophy, incorporating elements of the entire island into each guest’s experience, and offering products and ingredients raised and grown on the island.

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