Mövenpick Resort & Dead Sea Spa (Amman, Jordan)
Everything about the Mövenpick Resort is in perfect keeping with its setting on the edge of the Dead Sea: from the architecture - it's built in the style of a traditional Arab village - to the panoramic pool that seems to melt into the sea itself, and the services and therapies available at the spa - rejuvenating mud baths, yoga sessions, meditation and relaxation rituals... It's pure indulgence to bathe in the spa waters and a delight to pamper yourself with any of the treatments on offer. But, it's even more thrilling to look out over the sea from the Tranquility Room while pondering the strange sensation of floating in the salt waters with their renowned curative properties.
Begawan Giri Estate (Bali, Indonesia)
Set in the emerald hills, among the rivers, jungles and paddy fields of Bali, we find this residential health retreat comprising a dozen villas and accommodation in the purest Indonesian style. The furniture and decor is exquisite, as is the service: at each residence, a personal butler provides the icing on the cake of self-indulgence. The Source spa is located on the Ayung River and offers treatments inspired by Balinese rituals. One of the most luxurious is the Mandi Lulur treatment, which combines traditional massage, body mask and flower bath. In keeping with the spirituality of the region, you can practise yoga, enjoy energy therapies, or attend healing sessions taught by experts.
Seiryuso Inn (Shizuoka, Japan)
If you are lucky enough to get the chance to travel to Japan, this is one place not to be missed. A kingdom os silence, cupped by mountains that surround it. This is a traditional ryokan specialised in the art of onsen, the ritual of Japanese baths. Surrounded by traditional gardens where willows and bamboos grow, there are a score of rooms and suites as well as a number of pavilions. Dressed in the traditional yukata (cotton robes), bathers can relieve their stresses by taking steaming baths, where water temperatures reach 40 degrees in baths of slate. Spa treatments such massage, shiatsu and reflexology can be enjoyed in the privacy of your room.
Blue Lagoon (Grindavik, Iceland)
Twenty minutes drive from the airport, and one hour from the capital Reykjavik, this lake, set amidst spectacular mountain scenery, is among the most photographed places in the country. The show is provided thanks to a nearby power plant that creates a reservoir of natural thermal waters with beneficial minerals - ideal for people with skin problems - and a temperature ranging between 38 and 43 degrees. After bathing under the waterfalls and relaxing in the sauna, a visit to the Blue Lagoon should include a steam room session, a tour of the lava caves, and, finally, a massage or aquatic body treatment.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso (San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico)
Traditionally, the four elements - earth, water, air and fire - formed the foundation of Baja California's ancient holistic healing rituals; today, they are the basis of treatments offered by the exclusive Las Ventanas al Paraiso spa - "the windows onto Paradise". Techniques include those used by the ancient Mayans and other healing therapies: physiotherapy, herbal medicine... Star among them is the purification of the desert treatment. The evocative space embodies the rich architectural tradition of Mexico, with adobe walls, limestone floors, wall paintings and colourful tiles, hand-carved doors and overflowing pools that reflect the blue of the sea. The exclusive suites overlook the Cortez Sea; some are right on the beach, and all are equipped with a telescope for stargazing. The most exclusive accommodation is in the Spa Suites, designed specifically for spa treatments, with terrace, Vichy steam shower and a complete exercise studio. One exquisite detail is the possibility of enjoying a massage on the beach or aboard the hotel's own yacht. There are even anti-stress massages available for pets.
If those aren't enough for you, try one of these other suggestions:
The Chedi (Muscat, Oman); Shambhala at Parrot Cay (Turks and Caicos archipelago, British West Indies), Bulgari Hotel (Milan, Italy), Bedarra Island (Queensland, Australia).
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