For A Time-Honoured Healing Ritual: Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, Maldives
Set adrift on a remote island, at Anantara Spa, you can indulge in a range of holistic treatments that are guaranteed to be the best investment for your mind and body. The six private treatment suites are set off against the bluest waters in the Indian Ocean and even have a porthole on the floor to see fishes and marine life swim past as you are lulled into a tranquil respite from the world. Here, an Ayurvedic massage is probably the best you will experience outside of India. Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old natural science that offers pathways towards health and harmony. The Abhyanga Shirodhara 90-minute massage is a combination of an Ayurvedic-style massage and the spa’s signature third-eye treatment using warm, herb-infused oils to induce a state of calmness. After Zek Milk is massaged onto the body, a steady stream of warm medicated oil is poured onto the forehead to restore your forgotten sensations, revitalise the central nervous system and relieve mental tension.
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For A Romantic Treat: Armani Hotel Milano, Italy
Set in the centre of Milan’s fashion district, Armani Hotel Milano perfectly combines the glamour of high fashion with the allure of the ancient city, making it perfect for couples who appreciate the finer things in life. Be it a short stopover or an extended stay, each of the 95 rooms and suites are tastefully decorated in neutral shades of beige and grey, and well-equipped with an array of lavish comforts and amenities, including Armani furniture and top-of-the-line entertainment. For an instant pick-me-up, try the MU Body Massage at the Armani/SPA. Designed to instill calmness and serenity in the mind and body, this treatment uses slow and firm strokes applied with jasmine body oil to deeply relax and rebalance.
For An Alternative Healing Experience: Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
In addition to the usual facilities like a sauna and pool, the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, which is located within Amsterdam’s Conservatorium Hotel, truly lives up to its name, offering a private Hammam, meditation, Watsu (an amalgamation of “water” and “Shiatsu”) and even Reiki—making it the go-to destination for total wellness. Book yourself the 90-minute Cocooning Scrub & Massage Ritual the next time you visit Amsterdam. Fully executed using luxurious Anne Sémonin products, your body is first polished with an exquisite blend of sea salts, white sand, pink quartz crystal powder and aromatic oils to reveal softer, smoother skin. A customisable massage follows to relieve stress and reawaken your senses.
For A Head-To-Toe Organic Experience: Park Hyatt Bangkok, Thailand
A sanctuary located in the heart of Bangkok, a visit to Pañpuri Organic Spa is just what weary bodies need. Comprising eight intimate treatment rooms, the holistic space is a tranquil oasis of chic cream tones, heightened with the calming aroma of lemongrass and lavender. Its motto, “Everything that touches you is organic”, is translated onto everything from the bathrobe to the final cup of soothing tea before you depart. Using hypo-allergenic, natural plant-based ingredients, the spa’s organic products deliver potent results right from the first touch. Try the 90-minute Personalised Massage, which allows you to choose your oil, your preferred style of massage and the area you want to concentrate on. Be sure to set aside extra time to indulge in the spa’s facilities, which include crystal steam rooms, laconium dry-heat rooms, whirlpools and experience showers.
For An Urban Getaway: Four Seasons Hotel Seoul, Korea
Strategically located just steps away from Gyeongbokgung Palace, Four Seasons Hotel Seoul is a peaceful hideout in the heart of the city. A must-try when you visit The Spa, The Purifying Experience is a complete healing session that cleanses the skin, purges the body and clears your mind. Arrive at least an hour prior to your scheduled appointment and begin with the hot and cold pools to boost your circulation. Next, your therapist performs a traditional Korean scrub with a loofah mitt to slough away dead skin cells before a marine nutrient-rich seaweed wrap cocoons your body, ridding it of toxins and infusing it with minerals. After the seaweed wrap has been thoroughly cleansed from the skin, enjoy a restorative deep tissue massage, hair and facial mask as you feel every last bit of tension melt away.
For A Post-Ski Antidote: Aman Le Mélézin, Courchevel, France
At 1,850m above sea level in the French Alps, Courchevel is one of the premiere skiing destinations favoured by the super elite. Catering to its well-heeled clientele, the Aman Spa at Aman Le Mélézin offers holistic rituals for a wellness experience like no other. Try the Le Mélézin Signature, a 110-minute rejuvenating spa journey that’s perfect after a day on the slopes. Beginning with dry brushing to give your body a circulatory boost, a hot stone massage ensues to knead away muscular tension and eliminate lactic acid build-up to soothe aches. Lastly, a deeply nourishing facial rounds up the treatment as it replenishes skin with much-needed moisture and antioxidants to withstand the Alpine elements.
For A Complete Japanese Immersion: Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Japan
Checking into Grand Hyatt Tokyo is the key to a restful stay in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. All 387 rooms and suites are decked out in rich mahogany furnishings with subtle Japanese aesthetics incorporated for a modern luxe finish. At the end of a long day exploring the city, why not visit the Nagomi Spa for some much-needed TLC? Try the Nagomi massage, a unique experience created exclusively for the spa, which combines ingredients like ginger and yuzu with deep-tissue techniques. This improves circulation and relieves muscle tension to restore balance and calm—perfect for shopaholics and business travellers alike.
For Being In Harmony With Nature: Gloria Manor, Kenting, Taiwan
Formerly a presidential guesthouse, Gloria Manor is an eco-luxe retreat nestled amidst the lush greenery of Kenting National Park. Sustainable materials have been used in every part of the construction of the hotel, including local bamboo for the furnishings, and its unique location situated between mountains and beaches means there are endless exploration options for the adventurous. Sign up for a therapeutic yoga programme overlooking the vastness of the verdant landscape or book a slot at the Spa by Valmont. Combining the efficacy of the premium Swiss brand and the spa’s unique butterfly back massage technique, you are guaranteed a soothing session as you are embraced by the elements.
For Total Skin Rejuvenation: The St. Regis Macao, China
Perched atop the 38th floor, Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Macao provides panoramic views of Macao’s stunning Cotai Strip. A world away from the buzz of the city, your rejuvenation journey begins the moment you enter this tranquil space. Try the Flawless Diamond Treatment, an all-inclusive session that first begins with a purifying peel to prime skin for maximum absorption of the products that follow. Next, your therapist performs a Gemstone Facial Massage and Eye Revitalising Treatment to restore the skin’s glow by promoting microcirculation. A Youth Diamond Mask then drenches your skin in anti-ageing ingredients for instantly smoother, brighter and firmer skin.
For A Tribute To Korean Traditions: Park Hyatt Seoul, Korea
Situated in the upscale Gangnam area of Seoul, there is no shortage of luxury shopping, fine dining and gallery-hopping when you stay at Park Hyatt Seoul. Its guestrooms are among the largest in the city, and each is outfitted with spa-inspired bathrooms, including a deep soaking bath so you can take in the city’s skyline as you luxuriate in the tub at the end of a hectic day. Or book the Korean Balance massage to re-energise and recharge yourself—paying homage to age-old Korean palm and elbow massage techniques, this treatment enhances circulation and works out knots deep within the muscles to alleviate aches and invigorate your body.
Additional reporting: Kenneth Goh