Book in some proper TLC time this year with these stunning far-flung spa destinations. Your London commute never seemed so far away…
Words Joy Montgomery
Far-Flung Spa Destinations
SHA Wellness, Alicante
The super-exclusive SHA Wellness Clinic remains the first of its kind in the world. Located in the hills of Alicante overlooking the Mediterranean, its team is dedicated to improving health and wellbeing through a fusion of ancient Eastern techniques, the best of traditional therapies and the latest scientific advances in medical care.
Santani Wellness Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka
Named after the Sanskrit word meaning “in harmony with,” Santani is the luxury Ayurveda resort situated in Sri Lanka’s luscious rolling hills. The country’s first full-fledged destination spa, Santani’s programmes – which cover everything from Ayurveda and detox to yoga and spa – combine on-site pampering and rejuvenation with enlightened learning for healthy living long after you leave.
The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi
Hovering over the Andaman Sea, the spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi is a five-star paradise that draws inspiration from ancient Malaysian healing and beauty ceremonies. The island’s only overwater spa, it features six treatment rooms (three for couples; each with a view), a spacious deck, relaxation area and hammam.
Nestled on the west coast of Phuket, the Amanpuri resort offers both traditional spa therapies, using Thailand’s distinctive gentle healing art, and three to 14 night ‘Individual Wellness Immersions’, individually tailored programmes that aim to promote profound change in your life – whether that’s weight loss or a deep cleanse.
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
If crystal waters and pristine beaches are what you’re looking for then the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa is the place for you. The destination’s Jiva spa offers a wide variety of therapies and treatments – from classic body scrubs to Ayurvedic experiences – all with the world’s most picturesque backdrops.
Mondrian Doha, Doha
The Mondrian Doha opened its doors last year with the world’s largest ESPA spa – the first in Qatar. The striking spa is designed by internationally acclaimed Dutch designer, Marcel Wanders, and features separate spas for men and women, a heat experience garden and a traditional Turkish Hammam. A menu of six signature treatments is available, uniting the very best of time-honoured Middle Eastern spa therapies with modern, western practices.
Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam
The Six Senses Con Dao Spa at is set with the dramatic backdrop of the Lo Voi Mountains and surrounded by tropical gardens. It offers four indoor treatment rooms, three outdoor treatment salas, a Yoga and Meditation Pavilion and Hammam Treatment. The 90-minute Herbal Poultices massage is a particular highlight.