Dream Spa Breaks To Book Now
- Words by
- Bibby Sowray
- Edited By
- Polly Knight
There’s nothing quite like a restorative spa break to bring you back to life. Whether it’s a week-long stay in a far-flung part of the world or a simple one-night or weekend getaway in the UK, a spa is the ultimate treat. We’ve tracked down six of the best in the world to book now, each one a little slice of indulgent heaven.
Housed in a former cow barn in the stable yard, The Newt’s spa boasts an indoor-outdoor pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna and salt steam room, as well as a pond for wild swimming, which leads to an idyllic enclosed garden. An array of restorative treatments is available, from massages and hammam experiences to facials and manicures, and there’s a rasul chamber in which you can self-administer mud treatments. The hotel, a golden-stone Georgian building known as Hadspen House, and the surrounding gardens are also spectacular, making it a spa experience you’ll relish and remember for years to come.
Courchevel may be the ultimate skiers paradise, but if après-ski is just as important to you as the slopes, then Ultima Courchevel Belvédère is the place to book. The hotel’s expansive spa comprises indoor and outdoor swimming pools, jacuzzis, hammams, saunas, snow machines, fitness rooms and beauty amenities, including hair salons and treatment rooms. It even offers The Ultima Escape, a month-long retreat of personalised and targeted treatments that address the mind, body, gut and soul. The perfect reset after a long, hard winter.
There’s nowhere quite like the Maldives if you’re looking for an opportunity to escape the rat race and move at a slower, more peaceful pace. At Joali Being’s spa, Cure, on Bodufushi island, every treatment is designed around the ‘Four Pillars’: mind, skin, microbiome and energy, and blends modern science with ancient wisdom for a contemporary holistic approach to wellbeing. You’ll find an array of facials, massages, body treatments and even in-depth wellness ‘journeys’ and visiting expert healers on offer. Paradise with added benefits.
Picture the perfect Tuscan hotel and it’s probably something like Borgo Santo Pietro. Built on the site of a former healing village and set in a 120-hectare estate that comprises gardens, vineyards, a working farm, a cheese dairy and a springwater river, it’s a peaceful place to relax and unwind as the scents of rosemary, lavender and roses fill the air. The spa is every bit as dreamy. All products are supplied by Seed To Skin, the hotel’s own natural skincare brand, and formulated in a custom-made lab just a stone’s throw away. Every session starts with a fresh tea infusion and a private consultation, followed by an oil ritual using an essence plucked from Borgo’s healing gardens – where you can even ask for your treatment to take place if you wish.
If a trip to the heart of the original Wild West is on the agenda, you can’t go wrong with the luxurious Amangiri in Lake Powell, Utah. The hotel itself looks like it’s been carved out of the wild desert landscape, and its wellness programme, including yoga on the rocks, takes full advantage of the breathtaking setting. In the vast Aman Spa, there’s the usual massages, facials and body treatments available, as well a wealth of meditation and mindfulness practices and the resort’s signature hours-long treatments, such as The Nourishing Formation, which encourages the healing of emotional and mental wounds. A wellness retreat in the truest sense, you’ll come away feeling like a new person.
If you’ve been lucky enough to visit Heckfield Place in Hampshire before, you’ll know it’s somewhere you’ll never forget. From the refined, warm interiors (possibly the most ’grammed of any hotel in the world) to the little touches that set it apart from other hotels, it really is unlike anywhere else. Its spa, The Bothy by Wildsmith, is no exception. Situated through a secret door of the walled garden, it’s every bit as magical as it sounds. The treatments are holistic and wellness-driven, incorporating methods such as kinesiology and reflexology, and all sessions are tuned into our circadian rhythms to optimise wellbeing. You’ll also find a show-stopping pool with views of the Heckfield estate. You won’t regret a reservation here, even if it’s just for one night.