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The Best International Spa Destinations to Relax and Recover

two women enjoying a cup of tea at a spa
Chris Osburn
Written by Chris Osburn

We all feel it sometimes — the exhaustion of maintaining a fine work-life balance. So, it’s only natural that we would feel the urge to totally and utterly indulge in our own wellness of body and mind every now and then. Quite different from an escapist holiday, wellness travel lets us focus on ourselves without guilt. To help you restore your health and well-being, here are 6 of the best spa destinations around the world that will get you on the road to relaxation and recovery.

Ananda In The Himalayas – India

Few places in the world can compete with Ananda In The Himalayas, a luxury spa set in the foothills of the Himalayas overlooking the sacred Ganges. This location makes Ananda one of the ultimate destination spas in the world. It combines western wellness techniques with ancient Ayurveda methods and yoga to create an altogether holistic experience. Their wellness packages include detox, stress relief, and weight management. Arrive with the weariest of minds and bodies and leave revived and rejuvenated.

BodyHoliday – St. Lucia

view of mountains in st lucia

The Caribbean island of St. Lucia is home to BodyHoliday, an all-inclusive award-winning hotel and spa with an inclusive 50-minute daily spa treatment for all guests. With plenty of single rooms, it’s a haven for solo travelers. Treatments range from massages, body wraps, and hydrotherapy to a specialist skin clinic, infra-red sauna, and a dedicated Ayurvedic center. Whatever your particular health or fitness contention, there’ll be an expert on hand to help you.

Clinique La Prairie – Switzerland

This dreamy spa established in 1931 nestles between the snow-capped Swiss Alps and Lake Geneva. Its reputation for privacy and exclusivity means that it attracts Hollywood A-listers, heads of state, and the uber-wealthy. The spa’s signature revitalization programme is the unorthodox method of injecting tissue cells from lamb’s liver to stimulate cell rejuvenation. The state of your body will be thoroughly investigated with DNA, blood, body-composition, and heavy-metals tests (a testament to Swiss excellence!). Other treatments include weight management, plastic surgery, and dentistry. You will arrive and leave assured that Clinique La Prairie has an effective treatment for any ailment.

Kempinski The Spa – Budapest

an old thermal baths in Europe

Ancient Romans first indulged in Budapest‘s thermal waters almost two millennia ago. Now, we can carry on this tradition with a wide range of spa options available in the city. Kempinski The Spa in downtown Budapest offers 525 square meters of health and wellness with herbology treatments, massages inspired by seasons, Finnish saunas, tepidarium, indoor pool, and a health bar. The spa prides itself in having created wellness treatments inspired by the European cycle of seasons and draws on nature to restore the body’s equilibrium. Kempinski is ideal for enjoying some head-to-toe pampering and relaxation with friends.

Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik

spa at blue_lagoon

If you’re in need of a magical winter spa break then think no further than Blue Lagoon in Reykjavík, Iceland. Revitalise under the Northern Lights in the soothing mineral waters of this natural geothermal spa set among quaint fishing villages and endless lava fields. Take in the scenery while you treat yourself to an in-water massage by a Blue Lagoon therapist. Many travel operators in the region offer value-for-money packages that include transfers, local guides, and spa treatments.

Lucknam Park – England

spa in bath, england

With a spa heritage dating back to 8,000BCE, Bath is a renowned international spa destination. This UNESCO World Heritage city is home to a variety of spas offering wellness retreats for every budget. Lucknam Park in nearby Wiltshire is one of the best country house hotels set in a vast estate, complete with Michelin-starred dining and a remarkable spa complex. Treatments range from hot stone massages to personalized dosa rituals that take a deeply indulgent and holistic approach to wellness. Unlike many luxury spas, the hotel is family friendly with activities for children and even a restaurant that offers a children’s menu.

Where do you go to relax and rejuvenate? We’d love to read your recommendations for spa breaks around the world.


About the author

Chris Osburn

Chris Osburn

Chris Osburn is a freelance writer, photographer, consultant, and curator and the driving force behind the long running and award winning blog, Originally from the American Deep South, Chris has lived and worked all over the world and has called London home since 2001.