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!
This wellness hotel in Austria feels like a futuristic dwelling clipped from the pages of some tech-laden science fiction universe. With stunning mountain scenery of the Ötztal alpine valley at its back, the thermal spa area is like nothing you’ve ever seen.
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.
Built in the style of ornate Mandalay palaces with Buddhist design motifs, the Dheva Spa in Chiang Mai’s Dhara Dhevi offers a spa experience rich with Eastern lore. Think Ayurvedic therapies, yoga, meditation, and herb-infused treatments.
Tucked atop a stunning hillside in a 19th-century villa, Espace Vitalité Chenot was founded by a famed acupuncturist and provides a serene brand of indulgence, its Eastern-inflected halls designed by Jacques Garcia.
With St. Lucia’s verdantly hued Pitons peaks rising behind it, Jade Mountain’s aesthetic appeal is undeniable. Built on a vertical ascent into the lush mountainside with bridges and floating platforms, this spa has natural and architectural beauty on its side in a very big way.
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).
This eco-friendly Colorado spa melds nature with luxury. Sweeping windows frame beautiful views of the hotel’s 19 acres of stunning Colorado Beaver Creek Mountain wilderness, the Eagle River flowing steadily nearby.
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.
Can't get away? Scroll to shop some at-home spa essentials.