10 Incredible Wellness Spas and Resorts Around the World

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7 August 2020

From Lake Garda and Bali to the canyons of Utah and puppy therapy in Santa Fe – these award-winning wellness spas and resorts will reset your health and maybe even kickstart positive habits.

Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda, Italy

Situated on the banks of Lake Garda, surrounded by lemon-tree groves, the award-winning Lefay Resort and Spa is dedicated to holistic wellness and personalised health programmes. Blending eastern and western medicines and therapeutics, its extensive range of treatments is designed to address everything from insomnia and ageing to posture and toxins. By checkout time, you’ll feel brand new.
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Free WiFi
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa, Jamaica

Within the Jewel Grande’s gargantuan 30,000sqft (2,800sqm) spa, you’ll find the Caribbean’s only Himalayan salt room – a relaxing space washed with a sunset-like glow that’s reputed to aid skin conditions, provide relief from respiratory issues and promote healing. If that’s not intriguing enough, book a session in the Signature Quartz Therapy Ritual Room, which uses amplified frequencies transmitted through quartz beads to help balance energy in the body.

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Free WiFi
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

When you arrive at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, you’re greeted by a calming personal spa concierge, who provides a thorough breakdown of the resort’s vast health offerings. Check in to one of its extra-fancy wellness suites and enjoy an in-room exercise kit to rival your gym – think dumbbells, a yoga mat, resistance bands and a Technogym exercise bike. Also included are a personal training session and a massage for each guest, an elaborate menu of waters (from coconut to alkaline), an aromatherapy kit, organic skincare products and an LED lamp with a clock timer to help reset your circadian rhythm.
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Free WiFi
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Como Shambhala Estate, Bali

Billed as a residential health retreat, Como Shambhala aims to help guests make a permanent lifestyle shift that lasts beyond their stay. In a lush jungle just outside Ubud (itself a wellness hotspot), the resort’s setting sets the scene for guided hikes, whitewater rafting and outdoor workouts. If you want something more intensive and tailored to you, the Be Active, Cleanse, Ayurvedic or Bespoke wellness programmes, all led by in-house experts, will make over your body and mind.

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Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Full-service spa
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Ojo Santa Fe, USA

Ojo Santa Fe, USA

Ojo Santa Fe (formerly Sunrise Springs Spa Resort) is not your mother’s spa. This Santa Fe resort boasts an on-site spiritual guide, a hypnotherapist and animal-guide communicator, horticulture classes, CBD massages, integrative-medicine counselling and even a Puppy Patch (playing and caring for puppies from a local shelter). If a week spent indulging your curiosity around all things woo-woo sounds appealing, this is the resort for you.

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Amangiri, USA

Your blood pressure instantly drops when you check in to Amangiri, a luxurious spa resort that wraps itself seamlessly around southern Utah’s apricot rocks. Spend quiet days at the spa working toward hózhó – which translates as harmony, health, beauty and balance in Navajo – and evenings stargazing. If your stay fortuitously coincides with the full moon, you can even partake in the resort’s outdoor moonlit yoga class beneath the mesa’s dramatic silhouette.

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Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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  • Santé Wellness Retreat and Spa, South Africa

    Many people visit the Western Cape for its vineyards, but you’re more likely to be undertaking a detox program when you stay at the region’s Santé Wellness Retreat and Spa. This wellness sanctuary uses “high-tech and high-touch” modalities for an all-encompassing approach to healing. You could take a yoga class, followed by a visit to the Health Optimizing Clinic to dig into the science of your health, and then check into the Bio-Energy Centre to rebalance your vibes using electromagnetic waves, chromotherapy and crystals.

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    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Smoke-free property

    Out of the Blue, Capsis Elite Resort, Greece

    Out of the Blue, Capsis Elite Resort sits near the seaside village of Agia Pelagia and Heraklion on the northeast coast of Crete. This five-star wellness destination offers holistic treatments, therapies, yoga programmes, detox courses, fitness and more. A few days of pampering here will relieve any stress and physical tension you’re ready to offload.
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    Free WiFi
    Full-service spa
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    Salcombe Harbour Hotel and Spa, England

    This fabulous spa hotel in pretty Salcombe, on the Devon coast in England, has a hydrotherapy pool, steam room, sauna and the signature HarSPA Marine, Mind & Body, which includes a foot soak, a full-body brush, body massage, a facial and a scalp massage. The Salcombe Harbour Hotel is also a perfect base to enjoy the great outdoors – whether that’s kayaking in the sea, or hiking along Devon’s dramatic coastline.
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    Free WiFi
    Restaurant
    Full-service spa
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort and Spa, Germany

    Nowhere does medieval chateaux quite like Germany, and this one has evolved to become a spa resort on the country’s north coastline, in the resort town of Wangels overlooking the Baltic Sea. Whether it’s time out alone, as a couple or a family, this 17th-century property has everything needed to guarantee a relaxing break you’ll never forget. There are 10 treatment rooms in the 21,528sqft (2,000sqm) spa, along with a hammam, a heated indoor-outdoor pool, a cold-water pool and an outdoor saltwater whirlpool. Even by German standards, that’s quite something.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Full-service spa
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge

    Josh Taylor contributed additional reporting to this article

    These recommendations were updated on August 7, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.