A relaxing spa experience can reduce stress, relieve aching muscles and soothe sore joints. It is rewarding on so many levels physically, mentally, and emotionally. In the aftermath of the pandemic, wellness took on a whole new meaning, with many people seeking customized treatments instead of the old-school yoga and massage approach.
The world’s best spas include renowned retreats in Southeast Asia to luxurious resorts in Switzerland offering special programs to restore balance and indulge the senses. If you are looking for a few options, we rounded up some of the world’s best.
The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz has provided a unique spa experience since 1242 in an exclusive Alpine setting. Its health and wellness retreats include state-of-the-art thermal baths and customizable spa treatments. The resort’s luxurious thermal bath is an architectural masterpiece made from precious natural stone. The public bath offers special mineralization with temperatures of 36.5 Celsius to trigger positive reactions within the body. Its signature treatment program includes massages, facials, hand and foot care, and holistic treatments from Thailand, China, and India to detox the body.
Located in the heart of Manhattan, the Aman Hotel boasts a luxurious spa with cutting-edge wellness features and a science-based approach to improve your health. The 25,000 square-foot three level spa is open to guests and members. It features a range of treatments, including an infrared sauna, hot and cold plunge pools, and a cryotherapy chamber. A team of doctors, practitioners, and physiotherapists offer specialized assessments and diagnosis. Using high-tech tools that measure body fat, cognition, and the body’s minerals, guests can relax, unwind, and find a quiet moment in the chaos amid the hustle of New York City.
Gracing the beach town of Hua Hin, The Chiva Som resort and spa has a range of amenities, including natural wood saunas, local fine silks, and rejuvenating pools to promote a sense of balance and inner peace. It’s ideal location away from the distractions of the city provides a personalized wellness experience that caters to your needs. The resort offers genomic testing as part of its wellness program to optimize your nutrient intake, providing valuable insight into improving the quality of life. The medical wellness team provide supplements to optimize your nutrient intake and prevent deficiencies based on a rigorous testing process.
The Six Senses resort, located in the coastal town of Ibiza, offers a unique escape and treatments by renowned practitioners and fitness experts. The resort’s RoseBar program includes comprehensive screenings with services like hyperbaric oxygen therapy. It treats wounds and other medical conditions by breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized capsule to help the body restore itself and grow new skin, blood vessels, and connective tissues. It also provides tests that analyze the DNA to gauge how fast your cells are aging. With a growing range of packages, including IV infusions, oxygen therapy, and massages, the resort will roll out a new program to assess the body’s sleep cycle.
Indulge in an exquisite wellness experience and spend hours relaxing at the Adler Lodge resort on the sprawling plateau of the Alpe di Siusi. Built with raw timber, the resort and the dozen surrounding chalets available for rent have glass walls offering exquisite views facing the Alps. The mountain views are complemented by saltwater pools of local quartzite rocks filled by natural springs. Two pinewood saunas and jacuzzies complement your experience as guests recline and watch the steam rise into the crisp fresh air. The pinewood saunas are each filled with Tyrolean hay with a sharp dry earth scent. After a strenuous hike, go for Adler’s post-excursion massage, which uses Alpine arnica extract and mud to soothe tired legs.
The newly opened resort in the Maldives has a unique wellness concept rooted in four pillars: mind, skin, microbiome, and energy. The resort’s world-class spa experience includes a large salt room with illuminated pink Himalayan salt bricks, a yoga center overlooking the ocean, a techno-gym fitness center, and a boxing studio. As part of the spa experience, guests receive consultations before they arrive, three times during their stay, and post their trip. Among the several wellness programs are custom-made test to assess the health of organs and other body parts. Personal trainers provide individual exercises, including the resort’s most popular Watsu hydrotherapy, which combines massage, acupressure, stretching, and exercises in the spa’s thermal pool.
Aaron Levinson | Staff Writer