As well as being the birthplace of yoga, India has long been recognised as a haven for meditation, and spiritual enlightenment in general. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that India is home to some truly impressive spas, in some breathtakingly beautiful locations.
The Dead Sea’s mineral-rich mud and salty water make for some unique and impressive spa treatments, as do the blissful Evason Ma’In hot springs. Once you’re all relaxed and rejuvenated, you can also enjoy discovering beautiful Petra.
You may think that simply being on one of Antigua’s unspoiled white sandy beaches would be relaxing enough in itself. However, if you’re seeking some extreme relaxation, check into one of the Caribbean island’s spa hotels. Antiguan spa techniques include the use of local ingredients, such as seaweed, coffee and waterlily.
Whether it’s a Turkish bath which appeals to you, or relaxation at a spa on the beach in Agadir, Morocco is the perfect destination for an exotic spa experience. Local products include sesame oil and almond powder, which are often used in the unique traditional treatments.
Dubai is famous for the effort it puts into being the best for everything. So it goes without saying that their spas are going to be world-class. Whilst almost all the major hotels in Dubai will offer some sort of spa retreat, if you look a little further you will find spa resorts off the beaten track, such as Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa in the middle of a protected natural desert.
5. Saint Lucia
From the mineral-rich mud of the Soufrère volcano, to healing mineral baths, Saint Lucia uses elements of the island’s natrual landscape to enhance the spa experience. With stunning scenery and characteristically St Lucian beaches and waters, you can hardly fail to feel rejuvenated after a spa trip to this beautiful island.
With a long tradition of spa treatments, including the world-famous Thai massage, Thailand is one of the best places in the world for a spa break. With everything from sea-view treatments to retreats high in the mountains, there is such variety in Thailand, the choice is yours!
Bath has been a prime destination for the spa experience for centuries. As the only place in the UK where you can experience natural thermal waters at the Thermae Bath Spa, Bath is the perfect place for a spa break. London is home to a wide range of swish hotels offering spa treatments, whilst spa retreats in the countryside, like Champney’s, are ideal for really getting away from it all.
All the big hotels in Mauritius have fantastic spa facilities, along with the breathtaking beauty of the island itself. You could hardly wish for a more idyllic location for chilling out and restoring your energy and wellbeing.
Treatment rooms in the Maldives are often open air, and are pefectly situated to provide scenic views of the beauty all around. The Maldives is home to many over-the-water villas, so your accommodation is likely to be as destressing as the treatments in which you indulge.