In this spirit, we offer our favorite 10 most gorgeous spas in the world for your edification and inspiration. They are in no particular order, because when you have spas this beautiful, how do you choose between them?
Kai En Ciel at Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
This spa is so picturesque, it’s almost unreal. But it is quite real, and it’s in one of the most beautiful regions of the world: the Caribbean. Guests can choose to receive their spa treatments in their rooms, at the resorts’ boutique spa, or at the Kai Mer spa cottage.
Trust us: You’re going to want to pick the spa cottage. If you’re going all the way to St. Lucia, you should enjoy the sweeping views from the Kai Mer spa cottage, which overlooks the Anse Chastanet reef.
As with many high-end spas, the packages can be pricey, but the services make it worth the expense. The good news? Kai En Ciel offers complimentary yoga. This dream destination spa goes far above and beyond complimentary cucumber water (which we assume is also offered).
Luna y Mar, The Resort at Peregal, Cabo San Lucas
This luxury spa experience is for those who want a top-tier spa experience that also offers a connection to the Earth. Luna y Mar means “moon” and “sea” in Spanish, and many of this spa’s treatments are designed around those elements. Inspired by the different phases of the lunar cycle, the moon category features treatments representing the varying energies of the lunar cycle. The sea treatments, inspired by the ocean as the source of all life, utilize the therapeutic effects of the water, featuring ingredients like 100 percent organic seaweed and pure algae extract.
The decor at Luna y Mar is jaw-dropping, highlighting the atmospheric inspiration of the moon and the sea. Browsing through the photo gallery of Luna y Mar is enough to make you want to book a ticket to Cabo San Lucas … tomorrow.
Dheva Spa and Wellness Center, Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, Thailand
The Dheva Spa and Wellness Center is everything that you dream about when you dream about Thailand. You will melt over the ornate moldings and sculptures depicting sacred animals and Buddhist motifs. The interior of the spa boasts 18 treatment rooms, each with Thai silk, Asian antiques, polished teakwood, and marble tiles. If you need to find your center, the Dheva Spa is the place to visit.
Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Lhasa, Tibet
The Iridium Spa at the St. Regis in Tibet comes in at the top of the list, and by that we mean it’s up really high. Located 12,000 ft. above sea level, this 11,700-square-foot spa is expansive.
In 2011, The St. Regis was the first luxury hotel to open in Tibet. They were clearly serious about the effort. The Iridium Spa includes a meditation garden and offers traditional treatments with Tibetan flourishes. The showstopper is the swimming pool, which features gold-plated tile. Yes, you heard that right: At the St. Regis Lhasa, you can swim in a pool lined with actual gold.
Spa at Four Seasons Istanbul, Bosphorus
A luxury spa round-up wouldn’t be complete without at least one Four Seasons Spa. The Four Seasons, a name synonymous with luxury, knows how to deliver a top-drawer spa experience.
The Spa at the Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus stands out because of the way that it incorporates traditional Turkish hammam experiences, with a focus on water and steam as a point of relaxation and purification. This knockout spa will leave you feeling completely revitalized.
Royal Mansour, Marrakesh
Do you have Pinterest boards full of pristine white kitchens? Are you obsessed with the homes in a Nancy Meyers movie like Something’s Gotta Give? This is the spa for you! The Royal Mansour is a spa haven in the middle of Marrakesh, and is it ever a dream – a beautiful, white, monochrome dream. The intricate white wrought-iron frame in the atrium will make you want to hang out there all day, but it gets even better inside. The swimming pool, while not made of gold, stands in an orangerie – which is just fun to say. Their offerings put the treat in treatments with natural ingredients like dates, argan oil, and orange blossom.
Amangiri Spa, Utah
No, it’s not a mirage. This really is a pool of water smack in the middle of the desert. The Spa at Amangiri aims to reflect its surroundings, drawing inspiration from the healing traditions of the Navajo through the four elements – earth, wind, water, and fire. Amangiri is enormous in scope, spread across 25,000 sq ft. It offers a variety of treatments, including, massages, scrubs, wraps, and floatation therapy. Sign us up for this desert oasis!
Palace Spa, Gstaad Palace, Switzerland
Nestled in the Alps, the Palace Spa at the Gstaad Palace is warm, cozy, and as luxurious as you could possibly imagine. There’s a lounge with a fireplace – wear a robe or a sweater, but be sure to drink tea! – and the interior has been decorated with lovely, exposed wood. The decor makes you feel like you’re in another era, but with modern amenities. Win-win.
Located in one of Switzerland’s grand dame hotels, the Palace Spa gives you the best of both worlds: the sophistication of Old World elegance and a rustic spa escape.
Essere Spa, Siena, Italy
Calling all wine lovers: This spa is for you. The Essere Spa is located in a wine cellar, in the middle of the hilltop Castello di Casole, right in the heart of Tuscany. The Essere Spa touts the space as “dramatic.” This is not an exaggeration. Wander through this exquisite spa and marvel at the natural decor, including barrel-vaulted ceilings and meticulously restored stone walls. Essere also offers expansive views of the valley, in one of the most scenic locations in all of Italy.
The spa offers a variety of treatments featuring local ingredients, including rosemary, olive oil, and grape. This is one not to miss.
Astra Suites, Santorini, Greece
One of the landmarks of Santorini is the flat-roofed houses. The Astra Suites in Santorini features a breathtaking spa that is quintessentially Santorini in style. The bright and sunny suites of the hotel are perfectly situated alongside the island’s striking cliffs. The spa is likewise nestled in the steep cliffs of Santorini. Take a dip in the pool overlooking the Aegean Sea. Book a treatment – they have a variety that will entice even the most seasoned spa veteran.
With 10 jaw-droppingly gorgeous spas, it’s impossible to choose where to start. We’re starting a special savings account so that one day we can do a world tour from one spa to the other. Now that sounds like a dream vacation!