But while 21st-century innovations and amenities may garner industry buzz, nothing beats the simple pleasure of a stunning location. After all, what better way to unplug and recharge than to be surrounded by infinite sky and sea, by seemingly endless mountains, or by the colors of the Caribbean?
These Leading Hotels of the World boast incredible settings—and their spas make the most of them.
The spa at the western Mauritius Royal Palm Hotel
acts as a respite from the region's famous sun and sand. Treatment areas are set among rainforest-like greenery, tranquil pools and thatched roof open-air pavilions. Guests often stay in the relaxation area long after their treatment has finished, in order to extend their state of blissful calm.
Cape Town's 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa
is set against a backdrop of the famed 12 Apostles pinnacles that feature so prominently as part of Table Mountain National Park, and affords spectacular views of the coastline, sea and sky above the southern tip of the African continent. The spa menu includes treatments such as a pine-and-rosemary-infused body wrap, administered in glass-walled pavilions.
The 70,000-square-foot wellness center at Miami Beach's Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa
is set in a sleek high-rise on the beach and provides uninterrupted vistas. Typical of Miami, a visitor's experience can be centered around new age and innovative treatments, exercise classes and excursions, such as life management courses, food sensitivity testing and Chinese medicine. For those looking for more traditional offerings, the spa also has such amenities as a Finnish sauna, herbal Laconium and thermal heated loungers.
The One&Only Ocean Club
in the Bahamas nurtures all senses before, during and after a spa treatment, thanks to its seaside location. Waves lapping the sand, and wind rustling through palm trees, are the only sounds guests hear while enjoying a floral foot bath, massage treatment and soothing tea ceremony offered in the tranquil and flower-filled garden.