From a Mediterranean getaway to a reboot in the Austrian Alps, and a traditional Temazcal experience in Mexico—this is the new and improved bucket list of best wellness retreats and spas around the world. By Jasmine Kaur
Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort, Mexico
Holiday in a villa that brings the ocean to your bedroom, laze around in infinity pools, whirlpools, or river, or savour a new cuisine every day at its restaurants, the 502-room Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort has much to offer. Located in the gated Playa Mujeres community, the resort is on a private beach. The Mayan-inspired 16,000-square-foot Dreams Spa by Pevonia has a traditional Mayan sauna called Temazcal and a Watsu pool for underwater massages. T+L India recommends their all-inclusive Unlimited Luxury experience that includes dining, activities, accommodation, and spa experiences.
There really is a Sherwood Forest, and no, Robin Hood and his merry men aren’t the ones offering spa treatments. The Aqua Sana is actually a nature-inspired spa with six zones that offer 26 experiences, including outdoor hot tubs, steam rooms, courtyard pool, foot spas, and treetop sauna.
This Caribbean oceanfront resort, on Anguilla’s Shoal Bay East, offers modern-day luxuries coupled with island traditions. The ancient healing practices of the Taino community are reflected at its spa that has a range of holistic treatments, including rejuvenating facials, marine salt scrubs, tropical scrubs and massages, rainfall showers, and a vitality pool.
The amphitheatre-shaped resort faces the Aegean Sea. Stay at the seaview Double Duplex Suite that has a private pool, a balcony, a terrace, and a lounge. At the Myrthia Thermal Spa, you can relax in the thalassotherapy pool with warm sea water or get the Greek-orange deep hydration treatment. It also has a spa menu for kids with massages, facials, and pedicure and manicure.
Located on a private island in the Indian Ocean, Six Senses Zil Pasyon boasts 30 pool villas. A favourite among travellers, it is known for its local and African treatments such as deep tissue massage, Afrique mystic facial, and sleep-with-me body treatment.
Relax in the private beach house and bungalows at the Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Florida to experience luxury at its best. Indulge in the ultimate spa experience with the Ocean Spa Custom Massage, Coral Calm Soothing Facial, Key Largo Signature Massage, and a range of other wellness treatments.
Aja Malibu in the Santa Monica Mountains takes new-age healing to the next level. The resort spa is set
in a crystal cave and has acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, massage, energetic light treatments and binaural beats, and shamanic healing on the menu. It also boasts an infrared sauna and an ozonated Jacuzzi.
Set on a sunny plateau surrounded by the Tyrolean Alps, deep forests, and vast meadows, is this wellness centre in Innsbruck, Austria. The recent makeover gave it a new curvilinear building as well as spa facilities such as a bathhouse and a saltwater pool. It boasts detox treatments, mental training, vital ageing, movement therapy and a host of beauty programmes. A must-try is the Lans Med Concept signature programme that is tailor-made for each guest. The plan requires a minimum seven-day stay for detoxification and purification.
The walled city of Cartagena now has a new member to its list of wellness retreats. The Aurum Spa by boutique hotel, Casa San Agustin is a salute to the ancient city. The gold and natural accents in the spa add a local touch, which is further heightened by local ingredients and practices employed here. The Cartagena Coffee Body Treatment is a must-try.
Opened recently, this is the only natural thermal spa within a hotel in the United Kingdom. Spread across two floors, the 1,300-square-metre Spa Village Bath has direct access to thermal waters through three therapeutic pools. Signature treatments are hot stone treatments, aromatherapy, and Reiki.
Surrounded by idyllic paddy fields, this tranquil resort in Bali overlooks Mount Batukaru. It features lavish private villas and a wellness spa with treatments such as acupuncture, meditation, neurotherapy, and longevity procedures that are meant to leave a lasting effect.
Le Blanc Spa Resorts, Mexico
This is a place where the desert meets the sea. Revitalise yourself with the complementary hydrotherapy facilities at the resort spa that is based on the traditional Greaco-Roman ritual of combining hot and cold contrasts.
Renowned vegan chef Matthew Kenney has introduced this wellness getaway in the garden island of Kauai, Hawaii. Body detoxification, plant-based meals, and meditation form the basis of this health retreat.