Here are some top spa destinations and some luxury accommodation picks.
Discover the historic beauty of Budapest and indulge your mind, body and soul in mineral goodness bubbling up from 118 springs.
Relax at the five-star Corinthia Hotel Budapest on the Grand Boulevard and pamper yourself with free access to its Royal Spa. De-stress in the saunas, steam baths and hot tubs, clear your mind with an energetic workout in the fitness room or chill out with a mud or seaweed bath.
Guests can then round off the day with a selection of cuisines, Gourmet Hungarian, Asian and International while listening to sensual live piano music at the lobby bar. Situated in an ideal location, travellers are just 350 yards away from the UNESCO-protected Andrassy Avenue.
Step back in time and explore Bath’s iconic Roman Baths, while still indulging in 21st century luxury. Spa-goers can make the most of Thermae Bath Spa’s modern-day facilities with a beautiful rooftop mineral-rich pool overlooking the city.
Villa Magdala offers boutique luxury in the city centre, set in luscious green gardens and a short walk away from the iconic Pulteney Bridge. After a well-rested night’s sleep, guests can enjoy an award-winning breakfast with a complimentary Buck’s Fizz and healthy, home-made smoothies. The hotel is just a five minute walk from the famous Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and many shops and restaurants.
Aix-les-Bains, in the Haute Savoie area of the Rhône-Alpes region is situated on the shores of Lake Bourget, the largest and deepest natural lake in the country. This town has inspired several artists and became famous by world-known writers like Xavier de Maistre, Honoré de Balzac, and Alexandre Dumas.
Les Suites du Lac overlooks the beautiful Bourget Lake and is just a five minutes from the centre of Aix-les-Bains and the beaches. All the suites have an understated and contemporary vibe and feature panoramic views over the tranquil lake and gardens, which guests can admire from their terrace furnished with deck chairs.
You don’t have to go far to find a health spa in Bormio. The Terme Spa is located right in the centre of the town, which first opened its doors over 100 years ago, and has been offering mineral rich waters and amazing spa treatments ever since. If you love the idea of a soak in hot mineral springs, looking out at the snow-capped Alps, Bormio is for you!
QC Terme Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi is set in the beautiful ski resort and spa town of Bormio and offers over 30 free wellness services, including outdoor baths, hot tubs, saunas and Turkish bath. This luxury five star hotel is a prime example of Art-Nouveau architecture and the rooms have a panoramic view of the valley and mountains.
Hakone is one of Japan’s most popular hot springs resorts with more than a dozen springs providing hot water to the many bath houses in the area. Visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to baths and beautiful scenery as the town boasts views of the incredible Mt. Fuji.
Kinnotake is a traditional type of Japanese Inn and offers luxurious rooms with private hot-spring baths and spectacular landscape views. The rooms feature minimalist Japanese design and guests can tuck in to delicious traditional meals after a day unwinding in the hot springs.
Napa Valley, USA
At the top of Napa valley, Calistoga is full of relaxing hot springs, mud baths ( local speciality: volcanic hot ash), world class restaurants and of course the amazing Napa Valley wines. Nearby attractions include an artificial geothermal geyser known as the “Old Faithful of California” or “Little Old Faithful”.
Nestled just two miles from Calistoga Old Faithful Geyser, this lovely hotel offers four mineral pools and a spa and guests can even dabble in some on site yoga. Rooms feature stunning mountain views and guests can also make the most of the variety of spa treatments available. Castello di Amorosa Winery is just a mile away, offering incredible Wine Country cuisine.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Thailand is known for it’s exotic beaches and cuisine and also as the land of smiles. Famous for the traditional thai massage and spiritual origins it is the perfect place to get away and de-stress. Koh Samui is one of the most popular southern islands, it’s the largest in Thailand’s gulf and offers accommodation for the budget travellers to the luxury jesters. With palm-fringed beaches circling coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest it’s a paradise island.
Kamalaya is one of the best spa destinations on the beautiful thai island of Koh Samui. It is an award winning wellness sanctuary and holistic spa. Guests can enjoy relaxing in the sun next to the spas infinity pool which looks across the sparkling blue Andaman sea. The hotel is situated on the southern tropical beaches of the island so guests can easily take a stroll along the sand and watch some spectacular sunsets. Guests can choose from many therapies such as the popular Detox and Stress & Burnout, as well as Healthy Lifestyle, Personal Yoga Synergy and Emotional Balance.
The hotel’s emphasis is not on individual treatments but on the integration of all the services so the guests can have an unforgettable experience in a unique natural setting which gives the place a special energy.