These are the Best Spas in the World for a Travel Break
So we all could use a break right? To be pampered, to unwind, to get the callouses filed, to replenish our energy. Ah the sheer sublimity of having a relaxing massage with hints of lavender or incense circling the space, whispers of harp music dancing as we meditate, and the natural breeze leaving us enchanted. This my friends is the power and pleasure of a spa experience. We travellers who drag our luggage, endure exhausting layovers, face budget accommodations with rarely decent bedding (I dusted my sheets off in one place I remember!), and write about our worldly adventures get it. In fact, we get it so well that we are sharing our favourite 13 spas around the world for you to try and feel regal while abroad. Check out the list below comprised of myself and my blogger friends that spans 4 continents! Hopefully you will get the rejuvenation you need and enjoy the pampering as much as we did!
1 – Serenity Spa – Koh Samui Thailand – Fill My Passport
This little touch of luxury within the rainforests of Koh Samui Thailand, takes guests to a paradise of sheer rejuvenation and purity. Enjoy a shower within the rainforest, a hot jacuzzi, massage with your choice of essential oils, facial, and lavender steam room. The pampering will suit your tired body after battling the Thai traffic and bustle to your overnight accommodation. Sip coconut flavoured tea as you await your treatments. Listen to the birds chirping around you as the water splashes the rock steps. Utter solace for the tired traveller! The tranquility was a mini version of Eden.
2 – Rudas Spa – Budapest Hungary
Rudas Baths were first built in the 16th century. Although this Turkish spa holds on to tradition by segregating women and men entry during weekdays, the weekend allows mixed gender. Luckily my boyfriend and I just happened to go on a Sunday. Without even knowing about the rules beforehand, we’d chosen the perfect time for couples to visit!
There are six thermal baths ranging from 16 to 42 degrees, a swimming pool, a sauna world, steam rooms and a wellness centre with jacuzzis and a big rooftop pool overlooking Budapest. At the weekend, we paid 5900 FT (€20) for everything I mentioned above. Massages are also available.
My boyfriend and I arrived around 6.30 pm, aching and hungover from the night before. Firstly, we relaxed together in the quiet and peaceful saunas. Then, we worked our way around the thermal baths, and sat in the empty steam rooms which reach up to 70 degrees. After, we tried out the hot tubs in the wellness centre.
The best was saved for last. We climbed the steps to the roof and sunk into the perfectly heated round pool with a 360 degree panorama view of Budapest. We stayed in there for nearly 2 hours, watching the day turn to night as the magical city lights came on along the river. It felt so cosy and romantic being in that pool while watching a storm roll in from the distance with occasional flashes of lightning. It didn’t even feel like anyone else was there. The intimate experience left us feeling closer and 100 x lighter than when we walked in.
3 – The Blue Lagoon – Iceland
On a trip to Iceland the Blue Lagoon is a must see. It’s so famous, that we had to see what the fuss was all about. We timed it for our last day in Iceland. We had a crazy busy road trip around the island for 2 weeks, and this was the perfect way to end our holiday. A nice, relaxing morning in the spa! I suggest going early, like we did, this way you can avoid the crowd! There was a lot of staff all around the building who could assist us, if we needed any help. The water temperature and depth was just perfect, so we had a long nice relaxing time just sitting in the water, discussing our highlights of our trip. We enjoyed the swim up bar as well! I’m a big fan of smoothies and my boyfriend was happy to have a bottle of beer. Don’t miss the silica and algae station for face masks. It’s fun and good for your skin! :
4 – Uroczysko 7 Stawow – Poland
The most amazing SPA we ever visited? Surprisingly, it is located in Poland, near Wroclaw! Uroczysko Siedmiu Stawow (in English: The Sacred Spot of Seven Ponds – how romantic is that?!) is a luxury hotel in a renovated sixteenth-century Renaissance castle. We stayed in a fabulous room with an outdoor hot tube, which kept us warm even thought it was a cold weekend in November! The interiors are impressive – so is the SPA. It’s been created in collaboration with one of the leading global brands, L’Occitane, specializing in plant-based body care products. The Lavender Treatment was a highlight of our stay – it included relaxing bath and soothing massage for couples. This is a place where we could come back every week to pamper our senses and experience real tranquility…
5 – Les Bains de Marrakech – Morocco
By Karen @ Wanderlustingk
In Morocco, the spa experience is both reasonable and luxurious. After doing some research, I chose one of the top rated spas in Marrakech: Les Bains de Marrakech. Together with my husband, we had a relaxing couple’s massage using argan oil for about $40 USD. You can also choose to get the traditional hammam experience, which includes sitting in a steam room and having an intense exfoliating scrub with traditional soap. I found the ambiance of the spa incredibly relaxing with its chic architecture, beautiful reflections of the ornate lamps, and minimal lighting. At the end of the treatment, you’re brought to a comfortable seat where you’re brought delicious cookies and fresh mint tea. My husband and I found the experience so relaxing and we both just enjoyed sitting enjoying the atmosphere of the spa after the massage. Les Bains de Marrakech felt like an oasis from the hubbub of the souk. For any spa lover, Morocco is the perfect place to get a relaxing massage.
6 – Bodywork in Seminyak – Bali, Indonesia
By Sandy @ Tray Tables Away
“Bodywork in Seminyak” remains one of my favourite spas in Bali and indeed the world!
It s a big place with a lot of staff and i love their no-nonsense approach to bookings. Everything seems to work like a well oiled machine. It can get very busy so make sure you book at least the day before if you can.
The spa menu is extensive and they offer all the usual treatments. Massages are very good and are conducted in private rooms. Feet and hand treatments are performed outside on the long verandas or on the rooftop, unless they are combined with hair treatments in which case you will be near the basins.
My favourite combo is a Cream Hair Bath ( hair treatment with a gorgeous head, neck and shoulder massage) which costs US$16 or $21 with a blow dry. You can even get a pedicure at the same time too- 3 or 4 ladies working on you at once. HEAVEN! ”
7 – Rapolano Hot Springs & Bagni San Filippo – Italy
In Italy I was lucky enough to visit 2 spas. The first, Rapolano Hot Springs, is a spa in Tuscany that utilizes the natural thermal water in their therapeutic pools. There are several different pools available for use, and the surrounding area is quite beautiful, making it the perfect relaxing day trip from Florence .
While I had an excellent time in Rapolano, my favorite “spa” in Italy actually isn’t a spa at all, but a natural hot spring called Bagni San Filippo. The best thing about this thermal area is that it is totally off-the-beaten-path. When I arrived there was hardly a tourist in site, and the few people at the springs were all Italian. The springs are tucked away in the forest and there are several pools of varying temperatures to check out. You’ll also have the chance to see some pretty cool sulfur deposits like the “fosso bianco”, or white whale. My favorite part? Sitting in a hillside “personal” pool while using the natural sediment as a mask! A must if you have some extra time in Tuscany!
8 – Hammams in Andalusia Spain
As I was putting together my 10 day itinerary for the south of Spain, I wondered what else I could do besides roam around cities like Malaga and Seville and eat tapas everywhere. I thought it would be a nice idea to relax and maybe get a massage. I looked for hammams in Andalusia and I found a whole bunch. I checked my schedule and managed to go to 2! Once in Cordoba and once in Granada.
Each experience was completely different. One was in the evening after a long day and the other was in the morning, right before I left the city. I was struck by the amazing feel of both places. Trickling water fountains, soft voices and oriental music. Andalusia is known for its Arabic past and the hammams in Andalusia are really in the Moorish style of the old days. Mosaics, tiles and different water basins, it was a real treat to submerge myself in the warm waters of the hammams.
To top things off, at the end of each of my visits, I got a massage. In Cordoba I got a relaxing massage, while in Granada, I got a Kessa massage that scrubs all your dead skin away. After each of the massages I felt rejuvenated and refreshed!
9 – Thermae Bath Spa – Bath, United Kingdom
Taking inspiration from the original Roman settlers who used Bath’s natural hot springs as a place of rejuvenation some 2,000 years ago, Thermae Bath Spa is the ultimate place to unwind within the southern English city of Bath.
There’s three swimming pools, including a heated rooftop pool (probably the only place you can swim outside in the south west in Winter) where you can gaze over the impressive rooftops of the beautiful city of Bath.
One floor down, there’s four large steam rooms all with different aromas including lavender and eucalyptus. They’re a great spot to visit if you have a cold or just need to give yourself a TLC!
And of course, there’s lots of extra treatments to have within the spa. Whether you want a facial or a massage, you’ll be sure to find a five star treatment at Thermae Bath Spa.
10 – Araamu Spa – Sun Island, Maldives
Araamu Spa is located on the island paradise that is Sun Island in the Maldives. And although it is located on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is actually the 3rd biggest spa in South East Asia!
With over 50 different spa treatments to choose from, received in one of 14 luxurious outdoor treatment gardens, each containing a sunken bath or Jacuzzi, outdoor shower, steam room and a traditional massage pavilion complete with two treatment beds, you’re welcome to visit solo, or as part of a couple and the Araamu Spa is the ultimate in relaxation.
11 – The Bamford Haybarn Spa, Daylesford UK
By Rosalie @Rosalie Goes
The Bamford Haybarn Spa is part of the Daylesford Farmhouse complex, nestled deep within the Cotswolds. You can choose from an extensive list of treatments that include jade stone massages, reiki, clinical massages, reflexology, and life coaching.
But Daylesford offers more than just massages and facials – it’s a total escape from it all. After your complimentary yoga class, you can go on meandering countryside walks, borrow one of their teal bicycles to cruise around the country lanes, and picnic in the poppy fields with baskets filled with their organic produce fresh from The Farm Shop.
The Trough, just adjacent to the spa, serves traditional English cuisine under the watch of world renowned chefs. And at the end of the day, you can retire to one of their picturesque honey coloured, thatched roof stone cottages that the Cotswolds are famous for.
Despite being just an hour’s journey from London , Daylesford Farmhouse feels a world away, making it an ideal weekend break. Even if you’re coming from farther afield, Daylesford makes a great base for exploring the rest of nearby villages. But regardless of where you’re coming from, after a few nights of fresh country air at the Bamford Haybarn Spa you’ll feel relaxed and rejuvenated in a way you’ve never felt before.
12 – Caldea Spa – Andorra
They say the best things come in a baker’s dozen. And with that notion, the 13 spas here will have you pampered, relaxed, and feeling like the royalty you deserve. Breaks from the stress and constant movement of travel can be incredibly rewarding and I hope you have just as wonderful experience as we had!
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