From resorts nestled in the Alps to clinics overlooking the turquoise blue waters of the Mediterranean, these are the spas the rich and famous jet off to for some R&R.
Villa Stéphanie, Baden-Baden, Germany
Since Roman times, people have flocked to the healing waters at Baden-Baden, and this spa aims to take things a notch higher. The 15-bedroom Villa Stéphanie is the former residence of a German duchess and is designed to ease frazzled souls. There are a host of beauty, detox, wellbeing, medical and nutritional offerings, along with therapists, nutritionists and personal trainers ready to get you into shape. Plus the special ‘diet’ food here is as delicious as a fine dining meal. Oh, and if you really want to cut yourself off from the world, there’s an option to block all Wi-Fi signals entering your room. Now that’s guaranteed to give you some peace.
Lefay Resort & Spa, Gagnano, Italy
Between savouring a low-calorie Mediterranean fare and getting anti-cellulite massages, you can easily spend your days practising tai chi or just cycling around. What makes Lefay Resort and Spa unique, though, is the fact that it combines the knowledge of Chinese medicine and Western therapies. The good folks at Lefay discourage crash diets and instead enable you to make changes to your eating habits in a way that is nutritionally sustainable to your body. So if you’re suffering from insomnia or back-related issues or are just keen on losing weight (and wouldn’t mind getting pampered crazy along the way) this is the place to go.
SHA Wellness Clinic, Alicante, Spain
Famously known for having hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kylie Minogue and Naomi Campbell, this clinic is a regular haunt for celebrities. The wellness resort is popular for its health and beauty specialists that tailor-make everything, including bespoke health treatment plans to cure whatever ails you. Treatment plans include a blend of Eastern and Western therapies, including hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and macrobiotic and organic diets. The rooms here are as luxurious as any resort and the 320 square feet Royal Suite comes with its own swimming pool and heliport service. Along with its views of the Mediterranean sea, the wellness clinic also has outdoor and indoor pools, waterfalls, and tropical and Zen gardens.
The Chedi Andermatt, Andermatt, Switzerland
This is a luxury hotel and ski resort nestled in the Swiss Alps, surrounded by the breath-taking mountains in the Urseren Valley. The resort has 105 rooms, one of which is the luxurious Furka, a two-storey suite spread over 3552 square feet. The suite has it’s own personal spa with Jacuzzi and sauna. Heating, lighting, blinds, and music in all the rooms are controlled by an iPad, and there are fireplaces in all rooms. The resort has a mountain-facing 35-metre indoor pool, a 12 metre outdoor one, a walk-in cheese room and a wine and cigar library. The spa itself is massive, with multiple treatment rooms, a Finnish sauna, hydrotherapy pools, a plunge pool and a Turkish hammam. Popular treatments here include the extravagant The Chedi Oriental Ritual. The spa uses products from organic brands like Alpienne, Ila, and Ren and there are wonderful Acqua di Parma toiletries in all the rooms.
Evason Ma’In Hot Springs, Jordan
Situated 866 feet below sea level, the spa is located on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea, nestled in a rocky canyon. The spa utilises the area’s geothermal activity to great effect. There’s a natural hot spring waterfall that gushes from the cliff top above the main spa building and the spa offers many signature therapies that take advantage of the therapeutic properties of the mineral-rich waters. A true Middle Eastern oasis to rejuvenate your weary self.