Top 10

Spas of Europe

Find your perfect pampering spa escape at one of these Leading Hotels of the World on the continent.


DISCOVER the power of the four elements at the relaxing destination spa in this modern hotel in cosmopolitan Limassol, in Cyprus.
UNWIND with an Ayurvedic-inspired treatment in the award-winning spa of this countryside estate hotel, just eighteen miles from London.
COUPLE a buzzing night in the famed nightclub of this legendary St. Tropez retreat with a rejuvenating treatment in its celebrated Sisley Spa.
TRY a spa treatment using luxury La Prairie or Ligne St. Barth products at this grand German getaway housed in a 300-year-old Baroque castle.
EXPERIENCE the famed Henri Chenot-designed facials in the spa of this Athenian escape overlooking the Aegean Sea.
UNDERSTAND how this landmark Capri hotel lives up to its name (it means 'here one heals') with a visit to the historic spa dating to 1845.
DRINK IN the warm Mediterranean sun and verdant landscape of this Mallorca mountain destination, complete with an award-winning spa and three swimming pools.
RELAX with a body or beauty treatment at the enormous 5,500-square-meter ESPA complex of this legendary hotel in Switzerland's Bernese Oberland.
REST after a day on the mountain and treat your body to a relaxing session in the six-room spa of this quintessential St. Moritz retreat.

Spa Retreats Around The World

Pulse: Specialist Spas

There are spas for gentle relaxation and indulgent beauty treatments, and then there are state-of-the-art complexes that focus on curative programs from weight loss and anti-aging to Ayurvedic therapies. These four Leading Hotels place the emphasis on all-round wellness.


Hotel Royal - France
Founded by the Evian Mineral Water Company in 19th century, the Hotel Royal epitomizes wellness. Set on a 47-acre park between the lake and mountains in the small French town of Evian, the hotel attracts luxury-seekers to its world-class spa, Evian Source. There are Ayurvedic rituals, which include an Indian skin scrub, Abhyanga massage and a shiny hair treatment, as well as an intensive five-day program offering everything from osteopathy to Reiki.


Taj Exotica Resort & Spa - Maldives
Nestled in the one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is a destination for romance and rejuvenation. In the Jiva Grande Spa, contemporary techniques blend with traditional Indian treatments to create complete wellness packages. Ayurvedic therapies are performed in the sanctuary pavilion, there is a yoga deck for sunrise practice, and healthy and organic dishes are served in the dedicated spa restaurant.


Acqualina Resort & Spa - USA
On Florida's Sunny Isles beach, Acqualina Resort & Spa is a Mediterranean-style retreat overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Its on-site, award-winning ESPA is an Ayurvedic sanctuary specializing in holistic and meditative treatments. There are volcanic stone therapies for restoring the body's chakras and massages specializing in body firming, as well as Reiki and reflexology.


Fuchun Resort - China
Set in China's inland lake region amidst a rolling hillside tea plantation, the Fuchun Resort has a natural air of calm that's reflected in its stellar spa. Inspired by the pristine surrounding environment, treatments focus on spiritual as well as physical wellness, with aromatherapy, shiatsu, tai chi and morning sessions of traditional Himalayan yoga on offer.

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, South Florida's quintessential luxury resort, is located on 4.5 beachfront acres and features 400 feet of stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline in tranquil Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. An intimate resort with impeccably appointed guest rooms and suites, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, offers guests expansive services and amenities including the first ESPA branded spa in the United States, the acclaimed Il Mulino New York restaurant, three oceanfront pools and an innovative AcquaMarine children's program. A true beachfront haven for couples and families, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach provides endless opportunity to relax and rejuvenate, while also offering easy access to South Florida's best shopping and nightlife.
Fuchun Resort
While most city dwellers tend to escape to the shore, Shanghai natives head inland to the beauty, rest and rejuvenation offered at the Fuchun Resort. The property, set amidst a hillside tea plantation in the lake district of Fuyang near Hangzhou, was inspired by a 13th-century painting by Huang Gongwang. A striking twopiece scroll, it depicts the same landscapes into which today’s resort blends so seamlessly. Serenity is also found within, at the renowned spa that offers sessions of Himalayan yoga. Active travelers will gravitate to the signature 18-hole Golf Club, a masterpiece course sculpted from the tea-covered hills. For all guests, a cup of the resort’s signature Mingqian Longjing tea enjoyed, in the amphitheatre at sunset, is an experience not to be missed.
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives is spread across a pristine beach and over one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives, with luxuriously appointed villas. Heralded for its culinary offerings, guests may dine in one of the resort’s restaurants, experience in-villa dining valet services or choose any location around the island for memorable al fresco private dining. A highlight of the resort is the Jiva Grande Spa – a private island sanctuary offering a range of Indian wellness signature treatments and rituals.

Round Up: Family Getaways & Spa Escapes

With the promise of rejuvenation and calm, spa escapes tend to be more hot stones and chanting than sand castles and crafts. Several Leading Hotels of the World, however, provide entertainment for both children and parents, with activities-filled kids' clubs and state-of-the-art spa complexes.


The formula works especially well on the sun-kissed beaches of the Caribbean and Mexico. On Barbados, families at the Sandy Lane hotel can drop kids off at the Treehouse Club before escaping to the spectacular 47,000-square-foot spa with its hydrotherapy and Rhassoul treatments. At the One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas, children age four to twelve can learn to bake in the KidsOnly cooking school or chill out in the movie room while parents find a different sort of relaxation in the Balinese-style spa. In Mexico's Nuevo Vallarta, the Grand Velas resort keeps kids occupied with arts and crafts, beach activities and movies from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., leaving plenty of time for grown ups to enjoy a stimulating 'wind ceremony' treatment in the spa.


In Europe, the Anassa Hotel on Cyprus boasts the popular Smiling Dolphins Club and a dedicated crèche for babies as young as four months old. New parents can retreat to the indoor pool, steambaths and 18 treatment rooms at the on-site Thalassa Spa. In the USA, Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York, is known for its kids club, Kamp Kanu, which focuses on nature-oriented experiences. While children explore, adults are easily lured to the 5,800-square-foot Lake Placid Spa, offering everything from maple butter massages to Whiteface Peak facials.

Anassa
Anassa means ""queen"" in Greek and indeed, the setting of this Mediterranean resort is fit for royalty. Located on Cyprus’s sparkling coast, near Akamas and close to the Baths of Aphrodite (where the goddess of love met her doomed lover Adonis), the hotel exudes romance. Its white-washed villas, styled to resemble a Byzantine village, rise starkly against the blues of sea and sky. Rooms make the most of these dazzling vistas: all with balconies or terraces and many have private plunge pools. The setting is enchanting, with landscaped gardens set on a hillside that spills down towards the Mediterranean. There's a fitness center and a slew of activities to choose from, but many just come for relaxation and pampering, especially at the Thalassa Spa, a Roman-stylehealthretreat that offers restorative programs."
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
The Grand Velas is located in Riviera Nayarit, Nuevo Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific coastline, an area known for consistently perfect weather conditions (it's sheltered by the Sierra Madre Mountains). Naturally, this serves as a stunning backdrop to the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, an all-inclusive beachfront resort facing Banderas Bay. Kids are catered to with their own pool and activities such as treasure hunts, cooking classes and piñata making (they even have their own spa treatments). If adult travelers have the urge to do more than soak up the rays by the tiered infinity pool, the resort offers beginning-level scuba classes, beach volleyball and bike tours. Interiors are done in a contemporary style with teak furniture, private terraces and plunge pools, providing plenty of room to spread out and take in the sun-drenched setting.
Sandy Lane
Barbados was under British rule for more than 300 years, explaining the moniker "Little England." Today the Anglo imprint can still be seen in such popular activities as cricket and polo, but it has blended with Bajan flair—a winning combination. The best of both worlds is showcased at the fashionable Sandy Lane. The resort, which opened in 1961, ushered in a rebirth of Barbados when it emerged from a complete transformation in 2001. Guests feel coddled from the moment they check in; not at a desk but in their spacious rooms with blue-drenched vistas. Everything is over-the-top luxurious: there are three golf courses and the island's largest and most renowned spa, but the warm service and a relaxing beach scene keep that unmistakable Barbados balance of barefoot-chic.
Whiteface Lodge
Considered by many one of the best hotels of its kind in the country, Whiteface Lodge is nestled in Adirondack Park. This six-million-acre recreation area in upstate New York has drawn nature lovers for decades (visitors have included Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Vanderbilts and Marjorie Merriweather Post). In the heart of the park on Lake Placid, the lodge evokes the region's 19th-century heyday with a wood-beamed exterior, cozy carpet-strewn sitting rooms and cast-iron fireplaces. Amenities and services are decidedly 21st-century, as is the focus on family travel. The resort offers every imaginable activity for kids, including scavenger hunts, bowling and canoeing, and Kanu restaurant has an extensive menu for its little guests—the next generation of Adirondack converts.
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