Sometimes, you just need a break. Life can sometimes be tiring and debilitating, and so there’s no wonder you’re looking for somewhere to lay back. Rest assured that wherever you are, there’s somewhere beckoning for you to come and let go. Here are just some of the world’s very best spa resorts that you need to experience.
Hakone Ginyu, Japan
The Hakone mountains provide the perfect backdrop for this Japanese getaway. Hakone Ginyu is a spa resort set in a ryokan – a traditional inn that is usually family-run – that provides stunning views of the sprawling valley below, Audley highlighting the sweeping panorama that greets you, and rating the spa as “opulent”.
Hot spring baths beckon for you to come and relax outside as you quite literally soak in the atmosphere of rural Japan. That’s not to mention how the treatments here are hard to beat, as you’re able to choose from soothing massages, facials, reflexology and more. Once you’re done relaxing, you’re able to get out and hike in the surrounding area for unparalleled views of natural beauty.
Borgo Egnazia, Italy
This Italian experience has been recommended by many, including Conde Nast Traveller who go as far as to call it “a full-on immersion into mind-blowing healing methods”. Borgo Egnazia can be found in Puglia and is considerably more than just a spa – it is, as has been said, a place for healing.
Although you’re able to get the traditional treatments here in the form of massages and baths, there’s a focus on healing and cleansing that is unmatched by any other spa in the world. People come here to rid themselves of the effects of trauma and sadness and it works – you’ll come back feeling lighter and happier after being treated by yoga masters, psychologists and shamans that make for an unforgettable experience.
Yaan Wellness, Mexico
If you’re looking for an authentic Mayan getaway, this is the place to be. The director of this spa resort is Bobby Klein, a photographer who hung with world-famous rock bands in the 60s, and you’ll feel his energy channelled throughout Yaan Wellness, especially as you arrive to a one-on-one session with him.
The treatments you’ll receive here in Yaan are incredibly spiritual, and even if you’re not one for the perhaps whimsical nature, you’ll be surprised at just how powerful said treatments are. Klein’s intention for the retreat is to elevate you to higher states of awareness, and if you’re willing to let yourself go, you’ll see that it’s very easy as you relax in the setting of bright white sands and the beautiful Caribbean Sea.
Another beautiful beach hideaway is Thailand’s Amanpuri, set amongst flourishing palm trees on the island of Phuket. Considering the popularity of the island amongst tourists it’s hard to imagine such a tranquil setting but it does exist, and it’s here that you’ll find inner peace with the treatments on offer.
Andy’s Travel Blog talks of how the resort emerges from its surroundings as if it’s truly meant to be there, and makes for an immersive experience that only serves to add to the effect of your massages, baths and reflexology treatments. The staff here are known to be incredibly friendly, calming and welcoming, which makes for an even more enjoyable stay.
If you’re looking for a family holiday with a difference, Anassa is the place to go. It’s set near Polis in Western Cyprus and is renowned for its perfect harmony of tranquil spa opportunities for the adults and unadulterated fun for the little ones. You’ll be overlooking the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea as you escape to this gorgeous hideaway.
The spa treatments here in Anassa focus on being organic and natural, with algae body wraps and saltwater spray massages which makes for a much more authentic (and unique) opportunity to relax. In your room, you’ll find private whirlpools for a chance to unwind solo, but it’s the Thalassa Spa here that is the highlight – so much so that it has recently been awarded the title of Most Consistent High Performer.