Spa settings are, by definition, relaxing, but these five spaces take it to the next level to be absolutely spectacular. Click through to see why they made our list!
With an intimate outdoor area that has an unbelievable view of the Pacific and little pots of herbs and flowers that are actually hand-harvested for the treatments, the Crystal Temple at Nicaragua’s Mukul Resort might lose relaxing spa-goers to all of the excitement that goes on right outside of its doors. Luckily, the magic on the inside—the dramatic domed roof, sparkling chandeliers and natural quartz crystals—is equally as intoxicating, setting the stage for some serious energy-healing treatments that you won’t want to get up off the table from.
It’s kind of hard not to have totally beautiful spa bliss in Bali, but AYANA Resort and Spa successfully takes it to the next level. Overlooking and totally surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Spa on the Rocks Villas (there are two) are luxuriously appointed thatched roof pavilions set a little further off the main spa for total privacy.
This entire Italian spa is really all about the power of hydrotherapy, and in no place is that as apparent as in the Grand Duke’s Thermal Grotto, a small natural cave accessible only via tunnel. The intimate space features a thermal waterfall, a pool dug from the rock and stone seats for a decidedly traditional take on the steam bath.
Giving new meaning to the term “desert island,” Cavalli Island Retreat and Spa is the ultimate choice for those looking to get away from it all in a luxurious hideaway setting. Situated in the picturesque South Pacific islands off the coast of New Zealand, the spa’s exclusive-use retreat hosts only one party at a time (pricing is intended for couples, but additional adult-and-child rates are available by request). And “roughing it” is out of the question: Cavalli provides guests with the services of a master chef, spa therapist, butler and an activity coordinator, along with unmatchable amenities and options. The entire spa is spectacular, and guests are granted dawn-to-dusk access to it and its therapists.
With striking marble, pure white stone, textured wood panels and unexpected lights, the hammam at ESPA Spa, D Hotel Maris, is a traditional take on the Turkish bathing ritual with modern touches. The peaceful setting lends itself as a very popular place to receive one of the spa’s signature Hammam Rituals, or just a serene spot to sit for a moment in absolutely silence.
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