Whether you’re already thinking about winter sun or just want a boost from the winter blues, these spas are 10 of the best to add to that travel bucket list…
New to Spabreaks.com this year, The Montenotte Hotel in County Cork combines contemporary style in its interior design with historic elegance, particularly when it comes to its unique Victorian sunken garden. The hotel has wonderful views of the city but the peace of a country house hotel – the perfect escape for a romantic mini break!
Thus called because of its historic links to the region’s salmon fishing past, where the fish was preserved under ice before being shipping to market in Dublin, Ice House Hotel is now a contemporary hotel using lots of glass to make the most of its river and woodland views. The spa area is all about relaxation rather than working out, and in particular the outdoor hot tub taking in the magnificent views is a real treat. Make sure you indulge in a seaweed bath while you’re there!
Warm and tranquil with spectacular views from its clifftop position, Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel and Spa is surrounded by the UNESCO Heritage Serra de Tramuntana mountain range and offers guests both sea and mountains, food from around the world, local wines, and a spa with treatments using natural ingredients such as citrus, almonds and olive oil.
A luxurious and contemporary hotel with views of the sea and showcasing the best of the Algarve, Anantara Vilamoura Resort is the Anantara brand’s first hotel in Europe. When it comes to leisure, Anantara has a spa, a gym, three outdoor swimming pools and is a mere seven minutes from the beach. One of the outdoor pools is adult only, then there is also an indoor vitality pool, a sauna, Turkish bath, yoga and Pilates classes, and a full-time in-house personal trainer ready to help.
Originally built in 1743 for the Grand Duke of Tuscany, over the years Bagni di Pisa has hosted royalty, dignitaries and celebrities, and it remains as dedicated to unparalleled service as it ever has been. Retaining its 18th century charm with frescoed ceilings, extravagant furnishings, floral gardens and captivating nature in abundance, its five star spa includes thermal pools, a gym, thermal muds and a Cave built in the early 700s, where a small waterfall creates a warm and humid environment that stimulates the senses.
This famously exceptional Maldivian hideaway sits amongst the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. All about the carefully thought out details it is laid back and romantic, sophisticated but easy going. Carefully thought out details include the option for dining in the jungle, dolphin spotting, and villas with their own private pools.
A luxury hotel by CURIO – A Collection by Hilton, La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena sits in a former Medieval village around 75 minutes from Florence. The hotel is set across various buildings so it still has a village vibe, and the restaurant is undeniably romantic. The whole resort is geared towards relaxation, but the spa takes it up a notch with therapeutic waters of an outdoor thermal pool, supplied from a local spring and infused with natural minerals.
Fly from Bangkok to the almost untouched island of Koh Kood and you will find this environmentally friendly luxury sanctuary. Villa accommodation is combined with excellent food in a variety of options – from slow food dining on the clifftops to lantern lit romantic evenings. The luxury spa offers herbal baths and silk facials, and when you’re not busy relaxing you might choose to snorkel amongst the coral reef at Koh Rang Yai National Marine Park or go kayaking through the rainsforest.
A longstanding favourite and a brilliant family friendly hotel, Aphrodite Hills is surrounded by an 18-hole championship golf course and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The five star hotel has 290 rooms, each with a balcony or terrace, as well as villa accommodation, and offers a wealth of sports facilities, spa facilities and treatments. More like a village than a hotel, it also has shops and 11 bars and restaurants on site.
Sitting on Venice’s sparkling Jesolo beach, Almar Jesolo Resort and Spa is a multi award-winning hotel where each room has its own private terrace and the design throughout is contemporary and chic. Very much an adult hotel, the Almablu Spa is an extensive space with a 70 metre outdoor pool, a wellness area with extensive thermal facilities and a seafront hot tub as well as treatments using their own product line and all rooted in Chinese medicine.
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