The most extravagant luxury spas
Stress at work, short nights, and leisure activities and sports can hardly be reconciled, so every one of us should take a short break now and then. Especially the cold season is perfect for a relaxing wellness weekend. youDRESSED takes you to the most extravagant luxury spas around the world.
Hotel Arts – Barcelona
A short trip to Barcelona is exhausting? Not if you spend your time at Hotel Arts. The tallest building in Spain runs the “Six Senses Spa”, and those who relax here can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view. On the 44th floor of the glass tower, there is a rooftop spa with an excellent view over the city and the Spanish coast. And of course, there are plenty of wellness offerings. In addition to a sauna, a hammam, a hydrotherapy pool and an ice fountain, it offers luxurious treatments such as an innovative body scrub with diamond dust. In the evening, Enoteca Paco Pérez, a restaurant with two Michelin stars, serves fresh fish and excellent wine.
Soneva Kiri – Thailand
Luxury is given a new meaning at the Soneva Kiri Resort in Thailand. Those who stay here will be picked up by private plane and have a personal butler for their concerns. This high-quality hotel not only offers an exceptional dinner in a bamboo bowl, but also has a comprehensive wellness program with open-air wax massages at the beach, as well as yoga and meditation classes.
Jungbrunn – Tannheimer Tal
You don’t have to travel far distances to find a luxury spa. In the Tannheimer Valley in Tyrol, the hotel Jungbrunn is located. There are several reasons why the hotel won the 2014 “Wellness Aphrodite” – also known as the Oscar of Spas. The spa temple features a brine grotto, an infrared cave, a sauna, a 3D sauna with mountain panorama and a whirlpool with magnesium brine. The alpine lifestyle hotel is named after the spring that flows under the building, and that is stylishly integrated into the spa’s relaxation room with the help of a glass tube. In addition, it feeds the panoramic natural pool where you can cool off after a dip in the outdoor Jacuzzi whilst enjoying the view on the mountains.
The Greenwich Hotel – New York
The Greenwhich Hotel is located in the centre of Manhattan and is run by none other than Robert de Niro. The hotel includes the so-called Shibui Spa. This is the place the New Yorker Society visits to relax and escape from the turbulent city life. With a lot of wood and bamboo, the design of the spa reminds of a Japanese farmhouse. The spa’s signature massage is the 60-minute “Drunken Lotus” massage, which mainly helps with dehydration and jet-lag using sake-soaked towels, jojoba, cucumber and essential oils.
Marqués de Riscal – Spanien
In the hotel Marqués de Riscal and the corresponding spa Vinothérapie Caudalie in Spain, everything is about wine. The hotel is located in the heart of the Rioja vineyards in northern Spain, and the whole concept of the hotel is inspired by this area. The building was designed by celebrity architect Frank O. Gehry and reminds of a grape. This theme also continues in the spa: peelings with grape seeds, brown sugar and honey, a special bath in a wine barrel or the popular body wrap, where you will be spread with a mixture of Merlot grapes, honey and wine and then wrapped in towels. At this spa, you get very special applications.
Amangiri – Utah
Desert and water do not match? Yes, they do! In Amangiri, Utah, you can find a real spa temple. In the middle of the canyons, there is a hotel which aims to reflect the healing traditions of the Navajo culture through the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water. Whether massages, scrubs, wraps or flotation therapies, here you will find everything you need for optimal relaxation – and more.
This post is partially based on an article on Focus Online.
Source of cover picture: YouTube/Happy Traveler