Borgo Egnazia, Italy
This luxury Puglia retreat offers more than just a blissful escape, as per the spa experts at Condé Nast Traveller. Through a variety of soul-nourishing treatments such as a sensory facial, music therapy, psycho-aromatherapy, a session with an Italian shaman and massage, guests are able to ‘reset their internal compass’. For this reason, Borgo Egnazia was named as the world’s best spa for ‘the most life-changing experience’.
Villa Stephanie, Brenners Park-Hotel, Germany
For anyone whose pace of life feels overwhelming, the prospect of a stay at this five-star pit stop is the equivalent of winning the health lottery. Villa Stéphanie, the little sister of the plush grande dame Brenners Park-Hotel, is where you can have a proper break. Offering a remedy to modern life, it provides world-weary travellers with a healthy sanctuary in which to unplug. Guests can disable their Wi-Fi and instead hook up to a high-tech medical programme with a team of cardiologists, gynaecologists, physiotherapists, opthalmologists and aesthetic dentists. There’s even pig stem-cell rejuvenation therapies, as per travel experts.
Raas Devigarh, Udaipur
An intoxicating stay awaits at the palatial resort of Raas Devigarh in Udaipur, Rajasthan. It took the title of ‘the most transformative programme’ at the spa awards. Not only is the hotel beautiful—an exquisite 18th-century palace with Marwari-horse murals, wooden swings swaying in courtyards and the sounds of ankle-bracelets jangling—but the Ila spa is a refuge of gentle goodness. At the spa, Denise Leicester, founder of British skincare brand Ila, has created ‘next-generation bespoke treatments’ called Devi Blessings based on chakras and ancient healing.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Thailand
The Mandarin Oriental is a Bangkok icon and has recently been revamped to mark its 140th birthday. A metamorphosis has taken place in its spa too. The setting remains the same—10 shadowy treatment rooms in a 100-year-old teak mansion haloed by frangipani—but new three-day retreats have added an extra dimension. Try the ‘Oriental Pampering’ programme to go full ‘Queen of Siam’ or for a more spiritual bent, try the ‘Life Balance Ayurveda’, which includes two sessions of mind-melting shirodhara and yoga one-on-ones. The spa’s signature rituals have also been updated to include digital detoxes (colouring books at the ready), rosemary-and-black pepper rubdowns and coconutty organic journeys, all of which appear alongside good old-fashioned Thai massages. Healthy food is on the menu too.
Yaan Wellness, Tulum, Mexico
Located in the wilds of Quintana Roo bush in Tulum, Yaan Wellness takes the crown for the best new hideaway. The rustic, ocean-front resort has Bedouin tents and beach cabins to kick back in and treatment styles come from local healers merging traditional herbal therapies with modern medicine. Therapeutic waters come from the cenotes and there are Mayan tribal rituals and massages on offer, too.
Rancho La Puerta, Baja California, Mexico
Nestled in the foothills of Mount Koochuma and blessed with a spiritually-infused atmosphere, this resort is described as the ‘oldest destination spa in North America’. Guests can let their eyes and feet wander over 4,000 acres of private grounds on morning hikes, pilates, boxing and boot camp activities. There is also a gym, swimming pools and a spa and meditation space for a full mind and body workout. Food served at the resort is delicious yet healthy, as per the Condé Nast judges.
Serenity seekers can immerse themselves in the coastal glamour of Amanpuri, a luxury Phuket retreat that comprises a series of villas scattered among a coconut plantation and overlooking the Andaman sea. With a focus on personalisation, guests’ programmes cover four themes—cleanse, mental awareness, and fitness and weight, as per Condé Nast Traveller. Treatments are diverse, varying from kick-boxing to massages, silent therapy and sessions with a former Buddhist monk.
Described by travel experts as ‘dependable’, the Anassa is a dreamy beachside hideaway in Cyprus with great food, family-friendly accommodation and a top-quality spa. There are five-day programmes such as ones focusing on anti-ageing and fitness or invigorating thalassotherapy options to choose from. As per the awards judges, the highlight is the newly introduced Anastasia Achilleos facial, which leaves guests looking flawless and feeling regenerated.