There are spas, and then there are extraordinary spas – those that tantalise with something a little bit special and out of the ordinary. We love nothing more than enjoying some ‘me’ time and there is no better place to indulge in that than at a spa. Therefore, here we list our top 5 most interesting and quirky spas around the world:
1. Chocoholic’s Paradise:
The luxury British chocolate company, Hotel Chocolat, has transformed St Lucia’s oldest cocoa plantation into a chocoholic’s dream. Located in the cocoa groves of the Rabot Estate, this 4* Plus hotel offers a myriad of treatments using the cacao bean. They create unique potions and lotions on the estate in fresh, small batches ready to invigorate and pamper, scrub and massage at their CoCoa Juvenate Spa. Where better to relax than in a spa surrounded by the intoxicating scent of cacao as you dive into an infinity pool overlooked by the impressive Piton mountains. Even better, it is an adults-only paradise for a truly relaxed vibe.
2. Tropical Tradition:
Recognised as the Continent winner in the March 2014 World Luxury Spa Awards, the Banyan Tree Spa Vabbinfaru in the Maldives is the epitome of paradise. This 5* Plus hotel offers a range of treatments based on traditional Asian healing philosophies. They also use locally grown coconuts in a selection of their products.
3. Mayan Healing:
Experience traditional Mayan healing rituals in this extraordinary 5* spa. Every aspect has been aligned with the stars and all the treatment rooms have massage beds that face east, to represent new beginnings. Experience a Temazcal ritual; an ancient ceremony performed at dusk which involves heated rocks doused with herb-infused water to create an aromatic steam. Aloe Vera is then applied to the skin to soothe and nourish, and after the sun sets you plunge into the sea, feeling revived & refreshed.
4. Spa Rituals:
This unique 5* romantic retreat provides the backdrop for some of the oldest health rituals in the world. There are eight ‘healing huts’ here which provide a range of different treatments from China, Japan, India, Thailand, Bali and Malaysia. The treatments are designed to combine physical and spiritual well-being with a specialist Chinese, Ayurvedic and Malay consultation at the beginning of your stay. The resort itself occupies an entire 300-acre private island with breathtaking beaches and undulating rainforests, making it the perfect hideaway for a relaxing escape.
5. All Spa Inclusive:
This stunning 5* spa resort is Asia’s first all spa inclusive resort. This means that all treatments are included at no extra cost (alongside their ‘breakfast anywhere, anytime’!). Their programme of ‘seven daily practices’ outlines a way of living naturally, with nourishing cuisine, practical ideas and spirit-lifting activities to provide guests with the tools to bring balance to their lives. A place to both lose yourself and find yourself all in one trip.
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