The first annual World Spa Awards took place on the 14th September, celebrating the most exclusive spas in the world which offer the best in luxury treatments. From 24 carat gold facials to state of the art cryotherapy chambers, this is the most exclusive pampering available. Big winners were named across hotels in the Middle East and Europe, whilst Thailand was given the coveted position of best spa destination on the planet. These were chosen based on votes taken from the general public and industry experts. Let’s take a look at some of these heavenly retreats.
Best Hotel Brand: Talise by Jumeirah
Talise is the spa brand of the exclusive hotel group Jumeirah which covers 20 worldwide properties including the only seven star hotel in the world, the Burj Al Arab. At this hotel, for the hefty price tag of £1,230, guests can enjoy a couples massage followed by a romantic moonlit swim in a private infinity pool, complete with champagne. At the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi in the Maldives, over-water treatment rooms overlook the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean. At the hotel’s only property in Germany, guests can indulge in a signature scrub treatment using honey collected from beehives on the hotel’s rooftop.
Situated on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, this stunning retreat specialises in thalassotherapy which was founded here. This treatment is based on the combined rejuvenating properties of seawater, marine mud, magnesium salt and the sun. This is known for its effective cure against muscular problems, skin ageing, water retention and stress. All this is offered in breath-taking surroundings with tropical gardens, several pools and a Turkish bath. Guests can even enjoy some pampering in a treatment area in the middle of the pool.
Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Bundjalung region in Australia, Gaia Retreat and Spa is a haven of pure relaxation. The word Gaia coming from the Greek mythology term for Mother Earth. It’s no surprise that this hotel took the award for best day spa with an impressive offering of treatments from lymphatic drainage to reiki healing. Their signature steam room is also used for many of their therapies including a bay sea salt and mineral polish.
A 24-carat gold radiance facial is one of this spa’s more unique therapies which took the award for best spa signature treatment. Guests can expect to pay £330 for this 90 minute treatment where micronized gold sheets are massage into the skin with the help of nano mist technology. The treatment also features skin cleansing and a relaxing scalp massage. The 1,500 sqm Emirates Palace Spa also includes an ice cave, two steam rooms, a Jacuzzi and heated marble.
Costing over £55 million to build, this medical spa in the Bavarian Alps offers the finest medicinal and healing methods. The approach uses Mayr therapy with each guest assigned a consulting physician to create a tailor made health plan. This can include seaweed body wraps, yoga, deep tissue massages and enemas.
This hotel is set in a beautiful location in south-eastern Vietnam with endless tropical gardens, lined by the Lo Voi Mountains. A wellness retreat offers traditional ayurvedic therapies and a unique yogic sleep programme. This full body, relaxation treatment brings about a deep meditative state of consciousness. The hotel also has a focus on conservation efforts with a bay protection programme and feeding ground for the endangered marine mammals, dudongs.
This 32 acre island located six miles east of the bustling Qatar capital is a sanctuary where guests can indulge in over-water spa treatments. Most notable is their two-hour Oriental Turkish Bath Ceremony. A deeply rejuvenating polish and foam massage on heated marble is followed by a Charme d’Orient massage. Alternatively, the In-Villa Slumber Guru Experience lets you enjoy a candlelit back, neck and shoulder massage from the comfort of your room. Before falling asleep on your 1,000 thread count Egyptian cotton, you’ll be given a herbal tea and home-made cookies.
Nestled amongst the historic Port Hercule in Monaco, this opulent retreat welcomes the rich and famous. The spa features a cryotherapy room with two cold chambers at temperatures as low as -110C. This form of therapy is said to aid relaxation and recovery from muscle injuries. It’s also known for helping sufferers of sleep disorders and reducing the symptoms of jet lag.
This all-men’s spa is situated in the heart of Saudi Arabia’s capital offering wraps, massages and scrubs. For £190, guests can enjoy their signature facial using protein rich caviar alongside a multi-acid peel to improve skin moisture. This capital city is also home to the Al Faisaliah Spa which took the award for best female spa.
Passengers of the Norwegian Escape cruise ship can enjoy one of the largest spa’s at sea with an impressive selection of state of the art facilities. Mandara Spa also features an extensive treatment menu including everything from acupuncture to teeth whitening. There’s also a sauna with breath-taking views of the ocean and a snow room which stimulates blood circulation.
Etihad Airways are leading the way in luxury air travel offering passengers three-room private suites on some of their aircraft. This ethos has been carried through to their pre-flight service in the exclusive lounge of Heathrow airport. Their eye treatment is especially popular which uses acupressure and lymphatic movements to rejuvenate the area.