As much as we love to travel in the name of adventure and exploration, nothing can beat a spa retreat. We'd never discourage you from treating yourself to a 50-minute massage at a neighborhood spa, and we'll always urge you to indulge in a luxurious pedicure, but it's safe to say that those short-lived treatments won't always deliver that much-needed jolt of rejuvenation. With this in mind, we decided to put together a list of the most luxurious destination spas in the world for therapeutic relaxation. Complete with unique spa menus that feature experimental, holistic, and interdisciplinary treatments, these luxe resorts will show you what it means to unwind while investing in your well-being.
Not only are they the six best spas in the world, but they're also in incredible locations, so you can choose to visit them solely for a week of spa indulgence or as a relaxing add-on to your travel adventures. Either way, the escape of your dreams awaits you. And for those of us who can't step away from our daily obligations for a week of pampering yet, you can at least get a mental vacation while you daydream about these world-renowned spa resorts. Scroll through to see which serene backdrop and treatment-centric getaway beckons you.
Ila Spa at Raas Devigarh in Rajasthan, India
Though there are endless reasons to visit Rajasthan, India, the Raas Devigarh Hotel is the most enticing for anyone seeking tranquility. Located in a breathtaking palace that dates back to the 18th-century, you'll feel rejuvenated and spoiled by the courtyards, food, and design on their own. But wait until you hear about the holistic spa treatment program available on site. Aside from gorgeous grounds and suites, it's also home to Ila Spa, which was created by Denise Leicester, the founder of British skincare line, Ila.
Standout Spa Features: Rather than choosing from a list of standard spa treatments (though these are available, too), Ila offers a unique package that you won't be able to get anywhere else in the world, especially since it takes places in a salt cave with naturally healing minerals and locally sourced materials. Specifically, Leicester took inspiration from the Hindu festival of Navratri, which is a nine-day celebration of the Goddess Durga. Raas Devigarh describes the Navratri-inspired therapy as "a bouquet of nine extremely special two-hour treatments designed to calm adrenals and recalibrate the entire central nervous system." You can choose to do the treatments in three-, six-, and nine-night increments.
Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah
Impeccably designed to embody the natural beauty of the surrounding boulders and planes, the Amangiri resort is the definition of luxe done right. Located in a cliff curve in Canyon Point, Utah, you'll look out at the expansive, geometric desert landscape awash in a rainbow of ochre, yellow, and pink. Amangiri also offers other unique adventures to enjoy in conjunction with your spa treatment, for example, hot air balloon rides, paleontology expeditions, kayaking, and painting outside of the broken arrow cave with an artist in residence.
Standout Spa Features: As it describes, "the Spa aims to reflect the healing traditions of the Navajo through the four elements of earth, wind, fire, and water." Aside from massages, scrubs, wraps, and yoga classes, the spa also offers flotation therapy to quiet sensory stimulation, assisted smudging healing rituals, and on-site fitness coaches to help you meet your health and wellness goals. The soaking pool is built into the existing stones, creating a meaningful spa experience in which you can't help but reconnect with the environment and bear witness to the natural beauty around you. "The large desert-view spa focuses on restoring hózhó, which means beauty, harmony, balance, and health in Navajo."
Cowshed Spa at Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, UK
>Though many of the Soho House facilities are only open to members, the Soho Farmhouse in the British countryside of Oxfordshire is open to anyone. And don't be fooled by its name; this resort is as hip and luxurious as it gets. If you enjoy impeccable design and pampering with a healthy dose of socializing, this is the spa vacation for you.
>Standout Spa Features: The idyllic property is sprinkled with stylishly converted A-frame farmhouses, from the several dining experiences, social venues, and private accommodations. For all your relaxation, grooming, shopping, and fitness needs, you want to find your way to the Cowshed Spa. There's an ice room for bath soaking detoxifications, mud therapy, and an indoor-outdoor pool that leads from a rustic, high-ceiling shed out into the serene lawns. Of course, it also offers every type of massage and facial imaginable.
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Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in St. Gallen, Switzerland
Here's another resort that people visit from all over the world to refocus and relax. Located in a small Swiss town in St. Gallen, Bad Ragaz Resort has two five-star hotels you can stay at while seeking medical treatment or unwinding at the world-renowned spa that specializes in interdisciplinary treatment plans. The remote setting and the gorgeous surroundings will put you in immediate vacation mode.
Standout Spa Features: The spa offers an herbal steam bath with Swarovski diamonds, phytotherapy, various anti-aging treatments, sauna Kinesiology, ultrasonic treatment, lymph drainage, and more spread between the Medical Health Center and Clinic and the Wellbeing and Thermal Spa. The thermal spa bath is a must-try. And even if you don't want to receive the treatment, you'll get to drink the thermal water since it streams right out of the tap in your hotel room.
Hotel Esencia Spa in Xpu-Ha, Mexico
Hotel Esencia is the beach hideout of your dreams. Nestled between Tulum and Playa del Carmen in the Mayan Riviera, this resort boasts a spacious property with scenic views and elegant, chic design everywhere you look. Though there are a few private villas, most of the guest rooms are in what used to be the mansion of an Italian duchess. Though you don't even need to step foot in the spa to feel like you're in paradise, you'll definitely want to once you hear about its signature treatments.
Standout Spa Features: Unsurprisingly, we want to try all the spa menus. There's a massage treatment for every kind of ailment, from insomnia to cardiovascular and nervous system issues and sunburns. There's a stress-relieving massage that releases tension by applying an ancient Mayan recipe with hot therapy on the specific pressure points, a lime-detoxification massage, and a few different body treatments that optimize your skin for the sun (or help you recover if you've gotten too much).
Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont
This charming, adults-only inn feels quaint and cozy, but it also offers all the luxe amenities you'd expect from a high-end resort, making Twin Farms the perfect getaway for anyone who prefers total privacy, traditional interiors (paired with an original David Hockney painting, of course), and homey vibes. Tucked away in a Vermont forest, there are a few cottages throughout the grounds, a customized daily menu, and an extensive spa list among plenty of outdoor activities.
Standout Spa Features: Experiment with alternative body therapies like Reiki energy healing, chakra balancing, and reflexology, or indulge in a fireside massage and various skin treatments. The spa also has unique treatment packages like a cure for jet lag that utilizes an Ayurvedic scalp treatment, muscle gel, and body brushing, as well as an emotional pampering treatment designed to uplift your mood.
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