Dipping your toe into the delicious pool of a divine day spa is a keen experience for many of us who are inclined to indulge ourselves. Pampering our wellbeing with a green tea body wash or an extra virgin coconut oil cream is our reward for living. Having a skilled masseuse work her magic on our lithe bodies is how we best cope with the challenges of the twenty first century.
Head to Ubud in Bali and feast your senses upon the Como Shambhala Estate retreat. Perched on the side of a mountain in the rainforest, this rejuvenating Mecca has it all. Natural spring, delicious and healthy food, luxury villas, steam room, private pool and incredible programs to transform your life.
Still in Asia, try the Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. A truly majestic resort style spa, it is architecturally magnificent in the Thai tradition. It is modelled on the Mandalay Palace from Thailand’s ancient past. Experience the Kathi Basti treatment, where Ayurvedic oils are poured down your spine to blissfully ease tension and energy blockages.
Popping over to Hawaii and the Grand Wailea in Maui. This exceptional resort offers The Spa Grande with forty treatment rooms and hydrotherapy is their speciality. A waterfall massage will rock your world and the Roman whirlpool tub cleansed my soul.
In Germany the Caracalla Spa is in the traditional spa town of Baden Baden. Here the mineral rich springs have been soothing humans since Roman times. Upstairs at this spa they have a nudist policy, so be prepared to get it all off. Try the Black Forest Vital package with fir tree oil, mud wrap and thermal waters.
In India the Jiva Spa at the Taj Rambagh Palace in Jaipur will have you feeling like an empress. Lush garden setting complete with strutting peacocks and Mughal architecture. The spa offers traditional Ayurvedic treatments in a luxurious style. Try the honey and cream, body wrap; an almost erotic massage.
ESPA Life in London at the Corinthia Hotel is the premier urban retreat. Health and wellbeing are emphasised here with blood analysis, osteopathy services, traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathy and lots more. Opulent facilities and all the trimmings are here for the taking. The hot stone, back and facial treatment is a big wow.
In Switzerland, Therme Vals is mind blowingly stunning to look at and experience. Sixty thousand slabs of quartz have gone into the construction of this spa palace. Try the silent night bathing experience, looking up at the majestic Alps, with flower petals floating about you in a warm pool and then dip into the ice pool for just a moment.
Also very special are:
Mii amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona; Kamalaya at Koh Samui, Thailand; and One&Only Reethi Rah on the Maldives.