14 Insane Luxury Spas Calling Your Name
We know food tourism is a totally thing, and we know visiting places with great historic and cultural importance is a thing too. But what about booking a plane ticket with the sole purpose of finding a bit of relaxation and serenity? It’s safe to say we would not object. To serve you your daily helping of unabashed eye candy and aspirational relaxation, we’re rounding up the most breathtaking luxury spas around the world. We’ll take a one-way ticket, please!
Dubai’s foremost luxury hotel (it has been called “the world’s only seven-star hotel”) also boasts one of the most stunning, serene spa experiences in the world. The uninterrupted view of the Arabian Sea from the sail-shaped hotel’s 18th-floor Talise Spa is only matched by the next-level indulgent services on offer.
One of the most visited sites in all of Iceland, this geothermal spa with glowing aqua-blue waters and nourishing silica mud is set in one of the most striking natural landscapes. Services at the spa range from simple access to the pools to unique treatments and in-water therapies. Naturally, it’s on our bucket list.
This picturesque and peaceful five-star spa on the coastal Sea Islands chain is something of a sanctuary: The 65,000-square-foot space includes a massive pool room with vaulted ceilings and grand archways and an indoor-outdoor garden with waterfalls and greenery galore.
Bali is known for its off-the-chart levels of relaxation and serenity, so it’s no surprise that Maya Ubud, one of the Indonesian island’s top luxury hotels, should have a truly beautiful, om-inducing spa. Imagine treatment centers encircled by dense volcanic forests as far as the eye can see.
Mii Amo Spa’s full name is Mii Amo Spa at Enchantment Resort; does that give you a little clue as to the nature of this escape? Nestled into the red rocks and trees of central Arizona, this haven is a breathtaking, architecturally striking hideaway with the type of energy you’ll want to write home about (or, come to think of it, keep as your very well-kept personal secret).
Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld lends a minimalist modernism to the savvy beachfront retreat of Punta del Este with the Spa Fasano at Hotel Fasano. The limestone structure, set strikingly amid the rough Uruguayan landscape, houses steam and sauna rooms, traditional Japanese soaking tubs, gardens, and more.
Constructed into the hillside of Graubünden, Switzerland, with mountain peaks looming majestically overhead, this spa of thermal baths was actually named a national monument way back in 1996. Built by (then mostly unknown yet now famed) Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, Vals Thermal is a breathtaking architectural feat with a side of holistic goodness.
French designer Phillippe Starck brings his signature flair for grandeur to the Viceroy Miami’s royal spa. With crystal chandeliers, antique French furniture pieces, and endless surfaces of white Carrara marble, this spa is nothing short of whimsical fantasy.
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