Wellness spa retreats are best experienced in the most remarkable places.
Known as Destination Spa, these retreats are innovative with eco structures which are not only stunning, but also beneficial for the guests and the environment.
The annual Global Wellness Summit identified Destination Spas; also known as Wellness Architecture, as a growing trend with a wave of health retreats and wellness hotels adapting a healthy-for-human standard.
Check out some of the best picks by Health and Fitness Travel, designed to restore, re-balance and recharge the mind and body.
New Zealand: Aro Ha
4 nights from $4,190pp twin share
Set amongst the Southern Alps of Glenorchy, you will feel like you are in a world of your own at Aro Ha’s stunning 21-acre paradise. Purposely designed to blend with nature, the structures only add to the spectacular skyline and scenic views of its sub glacial environment—no matter where you look, there is a postcard worthy vista that will take your breath away. Fulfilling an ethos of self-sufficiency, the retreat operates on a permaculture and sustainable framework, sourcing naturally available resources from its environment.
3 nights from $5,325pp twin share
Nestled on the shores of Vinh Hy Bay, Amanoi is a grandiose 100-acre property bordered by spectacular natural surroundings, with its own private beach, a serene lotus lake and majestic mountains gleaming in the background. You’ll find luxury in every detail of this five-star hotel, combining contemporary elegance with traditional Vietnamese architectural styles. Its pavilions, spa houses, and residences segue into the vast ocean, with some parts peeking through the valleys overlooking the peaceful green landscape of the National Park. Fittingly named, Amanoi means ‘a place of peace’ by its Sanskrit translation.
Thailand: COMO Point Yamu
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Panoramic views of the beautiful Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay envelops this world class wellness resort. Inspired by its surreal oceanic backdrop, Italian designer Paola Navone employed a palette of bright aquamarines to adorn its interiors and clean white spaces that reflect the absolute tranquility of the location. Incorporating a mixture of contemporary and authentic Thai design, you will see clear traces of Buddhist ideals and Thai artisanal techniques, with shades of golden orange (reminiscent of Buddhist monk robes) illuminating every corner, traditional wood tiling and lobster trap inspired lampshades at the restaurant.
Dubai: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
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Aptly constructed with a dynamic curved design resembling a breaking wave, Jumeirah Beach Hotel is an icon that adorns Dubai’s stunning coastal skyline. Its exterior made from aluminum and blue plated glass elegantly reflects the waves of the Arabian Gulf. This five star luxury wellness resort is one of the many distinguished works of world renowned consultancy WS Atkins and interior designer Khuan Chew, the same innovative creators of the Burj Al Arab, beautifully set adjacent to the hotel. It stands 93 metres high with 26 levels that comprise 598 ocean facing suites and rooms as well as 19 regal Beit Al Bahar villas that combines traditional Arabian elements and contemporary modern décor.
Italy: Lefay Resort and Spa
7 nights from $4,490pp twin share
Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda redefines luxury with its focus on space, harmony with nature, silence and discretion, keeping great attention to detail at its core. Its green inspired architecture and design supports an all-encompassing well-being experience, utilising the power of nature to promote personal health and wellness. Al fresco pamper options set in the midst of a therapeutic garden are at your disposal, as well as a relaxing and evocative saline bath where you can float weightlessly underneath an ambiently lit moon-like sculpture.
7 nights from $3,150pp twin share
The five-star Vilalara Thalassa Resort is a jewel in the crown of the stunning coastline of Algarve. Designed to give you nothing but the best in wellness and comfort, this retreat is purposely built to meld with its awe-inspiring backdrop of verdant cliff-tops, botanical gardens and endless ocean views. Spacious suites and apartments include a generous terrace and enjoy an abundance of natural lighting that emphasises its cool neutral shades. Newly redesigned and renovated, the two restaurants at the resort allow for a grand dining experience with dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
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