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The World's Best Spa Experiences
The World's Best Spa Experiences

There is something to be said for throwing off the shackles of the everyday and enjoying a delightful spa break. In the luxuriant surroundings of the spa, sumptuous treatments and a keen attention to detail come together to produce a symphony of relaxation, although as with most things in this world, there are a select few spa experiences that are a cut above the norm.

Velassaru, Maldives
Sun-bleached, white sands, a spectacularly blue sky and the perfectly azure waters of the Indian Ocean form the backdrop of Velassaru. Located in the characteristically relaxing Maldives, this exceptional resort is designed in a minimalist manner that takes into account the island's jungle-like environment, but it is Velassaru's spa that truly makes this location.

Taking place in front of – and in some cases suspended over – the Maldivian oceanic panorama, the spa's treatments include massages, body treatments, facials, and the resort's signature rituals. These wonderful combinations of treatments last for hours, leaving visitors completely relaxed and rejuvenated.

Nayara Spa, Costa Rica
Deep within the jungles of Costa Rica sits the Nayaru Hotel Spa and Gardens, where visitors can enjoy one of the best spa experiences available. While the serene sounds and leafy aromas of the Arenal Volcano National Park filter in through the treatment rooms – each opens out to the dense rainforest – specialist therapists cater to the body's every need.

The resort's personalised treatments use local botanical ingredients and visitors can enjoy a menu of massages, skin care packages and facials that leave the body rebalanced and the skin glowing.

Amangiri, Utah
You might have thought the scorched, dry deserts of Utah would be the furthest place from which one would be able to find a relaxing retreat, but upon setting foot in Amangiri, this belief is instantly proved wrong.

Hidden in the bleached canyons and mesas of America's Grand Circle, Amangiri's wellness services take into account the ancient traditions of the Navajo tribes that once lived in the area, built around the four elements of earth, water, wind and fire.

The resort's structures are crafted out of pure white stone that appears to be wrought out of the surroundings, and it is here that the spa's yoga, massage and skincare treatments are held – a perfect place to calm the mind and reset the body.

The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, Thailand
More akin to a secluded eastern village than a resort, The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai is a one-of-a-kind travel experience. Hidden in the Thai countryside, yet close to the historic city of Chiang Mai, the spa and wellness services offered by the resort take on an inexplicably Thai character, inspired by the Lanna-style and palatial architecture that makes up the location.

The jewel in the crown of the resort's spa are the Ayurvedic programmes – based on one of the oldest forms of healing, developed some 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda brings together massage, yoga and meditation, a wonderful, calming line-up of treatments that go well alongside the global offerings presented by the resort's Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre.

Kempinski The Spa, Seychelles
Another jewel of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles are one of the best places in the world to unwind, and visitors to Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare on Mahé Island can enjoy the lavish surroundings of Kempinski The Spa.

Here, visitors can soak in treatments including scrubs, wraps, massages and signature seasonal rituals, each conducted alongside the sounds of lapping waves and light breezes that play through the island's lush tropical foliage.

If your mind feels stretched and your body overworked, a trip to one of the above spa locations could be just what you need in order to rebalance and reconstitute – you deserve it, after all. Alternatively, take a look at our wellness and spa offers for our spas around the world.

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