It’s time for a getaway where all you do is relax and get pampered! BTW, there’s one in Malaysia too.
NO 40 unbelievably surreal sights to see. NO hectic shopping sprees between different shopping streets to beat the closing hours. NO ‘the best [insert food name]’ to hunt for in every nook and corner of the country. The PLAN for this holiday is to just switch off, relax and unwind. If that’s what you’re looking for, this list of exceptional (and gorgeous!) hotel spas around the world from our friends at Agoda is your perfect guide!
1. Spa on the Rocks, Ayana Resort & Spa (Bali, Indonesia)
What could top an amazing spa treatment? An even more amazing view while you’re enjoying it, that’s what! Perched atop craggy boulders of the Ayana Resort with sweeping views into the Indian Ocean, you’ll be breathing a literal sigh of relief. From a hot shell massage to the lulur body scrub (once reserved for Javanese princesses) to packages that focus on stress relief or post-wedding rejuvenation (honeymoon destination, anyone?), you’ll be spoilt for choice!
2. The Barai Spa, Grand Hyatt Hua Hin (Thailand)
esigned by noted Thai architect and designer Lek Bunnag, this award-winning Barai Spa boasts of 18 treatment rooms spread across 18,500 square meters of lush beachfront property. Aimed to release stress, restore balance, invite beauty, and increase energy, you’ll find the treatments here to be based around the four elements of earth/air/water/fire. There’s even a custom-designed ritual for teens and expectant mothers!
3. Banyan Tree Spa, Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel (Thailand)
If you want the best of both worlds – a rejuvenating getaway AND a shopping escapade – look no further thanBanyan Tree Spa for an oasis within the buzz of Bangkok. Their emphasis on Eastern therapies have earned them a well-deserved reputation but what we love most is their full-day treatments that include delicious Thai cuisine! If time permits, do give their tropical rainmist a try – it’s a signature Banyan Tree combination of rain shower and steam bath.
4. ESPA Spa at Equarius Hotel, Resort World Sentosa (Singapore)
Hop over to our neighbour’s for a relaxing weekend of pampering! Known as the first in Singapore to have an authentic Turkish Hammam – a cousin of the Roman bath which focuses on water instead of ambient steam –ESPA will give you only one headache: choosing which facilities to try from its extensive offerings. Think soothing vitality pools, a forest onsen, saunas, steam rooms, a private garden or beach villa suite for signature treatments such as body balancing, hot stone, detox programs, and so many more.
5. The Spa at Mines Wellness Hotel (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
If you don’t want to go anywhere too far for a relaxing getaway, the Mines Wellness Hotel is a great place to go to satisfy your stressful needs. With a wide range of treatments and programs to choose from – Chinese Qi Gong, foot reflexology, Ayurvedic oil drips, an impressive array of body scrub “flavours”, etc – it’s no surprise that it’s billed as a one-stop wellness solution centre.
6. The Peninsula Spa, The Peninsula Hong Kong
After you’re done with traversing the busy shopping streets of Hong Kong, give yourself a(n extra) treat at the renowned Peninsula Spa where all 14 of their treatment rooms feature an amazing view over the iconic Victoria Harbour. While there is a full menu of massage styles and uniquely tailored half-day “spa journey” packages, high praise has been given for their Four Hands Synchronised Massage that sees two masseurs work in tandem for the ultimate rejuvenating experience.
7. Six Senses Spa, MGM Macau
Just because they have the world’s largest casino hub (seven times larger than Vegas), it doesn’t mean they won’t have a world-class spa. They do; and Six Senses Spa is superbly equipped with almost every type of treatment you can think of – Shiatsu/Tuina/Thai/Swedish/Balinese massage, facial therapies, wraps, acupressure, and so many more! But the two that guests rave about most is their flotation pool, with a 27% salt level, and the snow room, which cools the body and gives skin a wonderful tingly feeling.
8. Devarana Spa, Dusit Thani Manila (Philippines)
In the heart of Manila’s buzzing Makati business and shopping district, you’ll find various types of spa treatments and packages to suit your every need at Devarana Spa. Guests have scored their Pampering Programme quite highly with its offering of body scrubs, jet lag recovery treatments, and a half-day steam, bath, exfoliation, and reflexology massage.
9. Spa de Rome, Hotel de Rome (Berlin, Germany)
Many years ago, Berlin’s Dresdner Bank kept its gold and cash in a vault behind a 15cm thick steel door. Today, that same room has become one of the city’s finest spas. With a menu that includes a Hawaiian body scrub and massage, seaweed detoxification, a Russian honey massage and skin treatments specially designed for smokers, this is a definite must-visit!
10. The Spa, Dolphin House Serviced Apartments (London, UK)
Inspired by traditional Moroccan bathhouses that use mineral clay, salt, and steam treatments, The Spa focuses on every aspect to provide the ultimate relaxation. Using mineral-rich water drawn from Westminster’s only Artesian well, guests can enjoy a warm Hammam bath followed by a body scrub and oil massage. Next, choose from their signature treatments that include detoxification programs, scalp and facial rituals, or an oil or butter massage. Lastly, a unique blend of tea by renowned tea blender Alex Probyn will await you to finish off the pampering session.
Source & Photos: Agoda.com