Last autumn Condé Nest Travell asked to his public to tell where was the incredible place/spas go to relax, detox and improve your well-being. They nominated them favourites, from urban day spas to hotel spas, exotic retreats to medical wellness centres.
Choices are rated according to criteria, such as ambience/design, body treatments, cuisine and service. The results were collated by Market Management, an independent market-research company, which then calculated an average score for each spa, out of a possible 100.
Here, as voted for them, Maison Valentina choose 10 in the whole world so you can get inspired with us.
It was the body treatments that stood out for you at Evason Ma’In Hot Springs. Built beneath a natural hot-spring waterfall near the Dead Sea, 264 metres below sea level, the spa utilises the natural properties of the mineral-rich waters in its therapies, which include scrubs, wraps, massage and facials
The design is important at ESPA Riga. The spa takes on the properties of the elements fire and water, illustrated in a mosaic of black crystal and a spectacular light sculpture. Treatments, too, take inspiration from the elements and incorporate techniques from Chinese, Indian, European and Balinese concepts.
t’s all about sun, glorious sun in this Indian Ocean archipelago, and guests at the One&Only Reethi Rah are encouraged to enjoy it safely. A Sun Spa Esthederm service prepares guests for exposure; treatment includes exfoliation, application of suncream throughout the day and a soothing after-sun treatment.
It was the seductive rich-red décor, detailed carvings and unique local artefacts at the Banyan Tree Spa in the Himalayas that really caught your eye. Accommodation is in traditional Tibetan farmhouses, which have been reassembled along the valley. Treatments are inspired by the local Himalayan healers of royal houses and monasteries; the spa’s signature treatment, Ringha Relief, is based on the Chinese Five Elements philosophy. It encompasses a combination of yoga, Chinese Tui Na (a massage to help energy flow through the body), Himalayan Gui Shi hot-stone therapy; an exfoliating Indonesian spice wrap, and a jasmine-green-tea bath to help soothe and relax aching muscles.
You rated Banjaran Hotsprings for its facials, such as the anti-ageing treatment that uses Black Cohosh to plump and repair skin, and the detoxing cranberry facial. Chinese medicines – acupuncture, cupping, Gua Sha (a scraping method) – and Ayurvedic treatments also feature widely on the spa menu, and guests can try traditional Malaysian ‘spa journeys’. The Ramuan Journey starts with a massage, followed by a hibiscus scrub and body wrap.
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Wellness is not taken lightly at the COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. As well as massage, guests can opt for a traditional cleansing ceremony, which begins with an immersion in the sacred waters at Tirta Empul temple at nearby Tampak Siring.
Underneath the new five-star Corinthia hotel, on the edge of the River Thames, ESPA Life is glamorous in black marble – all four floors of it. There are 17 treatment pods, a futuristic lounge, private spa suite, state-of-the-art gym, nail studio and a Daniel Galvin hair salon. Most dramatic of all is the ‘thermal floor’, where there is a black mosaic steam room, a steel swimming pool and an invigorating vitality pool.
Parisian women take the idea of effortless beauty to an art form, and one of their secrets is Guerlain’s home on the Champs-Elysées. Follow your nose up the gilded staircase of the perfumery to the spa, a luxurious space of white marble and white orchids in Paris.
The Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora appeared in them Gold List in 2010 and 2011, so it’s no wonder that its holistic spa is considered equally as impressive. Overlooking turquoise Pacific waters, on the edge of a lagoon, the spa aims to deliver a personalised service using natural, local Polynesian ingredients where possible and can even perform treatments in your own bungalow. Its Signature Spa Rituals include the 120-minute Deep Sea Purification, which begins with a sea mineral-infused body scrub before a detoxifying algae body mask, facial and finally an all-over application of moisturiser. The spa also has treatments exclusively for teens, private yoga sessions and a choice of personalised massages.
Considered one of the best medical spas in Europe, the SHA Wellness Clinic aims to improve and maintain guests’ mental and physical wellbeing by blending ancient Eastern philosophies with contemporary Western techniques. Most of its day-long programmes include a serving of healthy gourmet food alongside various treatments. The Renovating Day programme includes a shiatsu or reiki massage, a pure oxygen session, a revitalising wrap and a session in its hydrotherapy area, in the Turkish bath or thermal showers.
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