23 Beautiful Luxury Spas Around the World

With design and beauty given just as much consideration as the massages, facials and wellbeing treatments on offer, these beautiful spas around the world cater handsomely to all


Newly opened in London, The Lanesborough Club & Spa aims to be the capital's most exclusive hotel health club. Members and hotel guests can enjoy treatments with fitness-training experts from Bodyism; there's a private restaurant serving appropriately healthy dishes; and a vast beauty area provides treatments by a celebrity facialist. Picture / Supplied

In the Seychelles, Six Senses Zil Pasyon's vast new spa is spectacularly placed amidst the immense, age-old boulders that hug the Felicite Island shoreline. Treatment and recreational areas make the most of this beautiful setting, with the yoga pavilion and wet area set on top of the rocks. Picture / Supplied

Each luxury resort in the Maldives has an impressive spa, but the facility at Velaa Private Island is special. One of only four My Blend by Clarins spas worldwide, it offers finessed treatments using products that are matched with clients' skin types. The setting is idyllic too, with treatments taking place in thatched cottages that stand on stilts above shimmeringly clear water. Picture / Supplied

Visitors to incessantly busy London benefit more than most from quiet time to destress and reflect. London’s best spas include a number of different options to cure (almost) all ills. Among them is the Corinthia London hotel's Espa spa, shown here. Picture / Supplied

In Utah, the stark Amangiri spa takes advantage of its desert setting, with views over arid plains and craggy rock faces. Treatments reflect the holistic principles and healing traditions of the Navajo people who inhabit the Four Corners area, where Amangiri is situated. Picture / Supplied

Taking an holistic approach to fitness, Como Shamabla Estate in Bali offers "wellness programmes" that take care of every aspect of guests' wellbeing. Care is taken with cuisine (nutritionists are on hand to advise on what's best), exercise is integrated into daily programmes, and outdoor yoga classes capitalise on the soothing setting. Picture / Supplied

Set in a standalone, 2500sq m building, the Royal Mansour spa is a sanctuary in the middle of Marrakech. Guests enter through a cavernous glass atrium, within which stands an impressive white, wrought-iron frame, reminiscent of a giant birdcage. The spa’s swimming pool stands in an orangerie, fountains are filled with roses, and treatments use local natural products such as dates, argan oil and orange blossom. Picture / Supplied

At the stylish and subtle Four Seasons Sayan resort in Bali, guests can try all manner of alternative treatments (from a water purification ceremony to anti-gravity yoga) alongside the expected range of indulgent facials and effective massages. Picture / Supplied

The Iridium Spa at the St Regis Lhasa hotel in Tibet will be appreciated by guests who make the effort to get there - it's positioned 12,000ft above sea level. Spread over 11,700sq ft, the spa includes a meditation garden, numerous Tibetan flourishes and traditional treatments and, perhaps most impressively, a gold-tiled swimming pool. Picture / Supplied

The Chedi Andermatt spa is one of the most striking in Europe. Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, it features multiple pools, an exceptionally well-equipped gym, free fitness classes for guests and treatments using products from SpaRitual, ila, Ren and Alpienne. For those who really want to find a sense of sanctuary in this Swiss resort, its sprawling Furka Suite is the best place to stay. Picture / Supplied

In the spa town of Baden-Baden in Germany and directly beside the town's lauded Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Villa Stephanie is one of Europe's most medically advanced spas. Treatments are developed in response to tailored medical checks, nutritionists are on standby to develop special menus and extensive fitness facilities include a private gym. Picture / Supplied

In Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, The Scarlet Hotel takes peace and quiet seriously - it's for adults only. Facilities at the hotel's spa include an outdoor reed-bed swimming pool carved into the rocks, an Ayurvedic spa with chrysalis-inspired sleeping pods, outdoor log fire-heated hot tubs and the large sea-facing terrace shown here. Picture / Supplied

In Alicante, SHA Wellness Clinic is seriously focused on improving guests' health rather than just providing them with a few days' R&R. Residents here can dine on macrobiotic, organic dishes; an on-site health clinic deals with a range of ailments; and a recent refurbishment saw the development of a new dentistry unit. Picture / Supplied

By anyone's measure the Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre at the Dhara Dhevi resort in Chiang Mai in Thailand must count as one of the world's most beautiful spas. Taking up 3100sq m, the complex is embellished with ornate mouldings and sculptures depicting sacred animals and symbolic Buddhist motifs; the interior includes 18 treatment rooms decorated with Thai silk, polished teakwood, marble tiles and Asian antiques. Picture / Supplied

Thailand provides innumerable wonderful spas, but few match the grandeur of that found at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. Guests reach the refuge by boat and are cossetted by expert staff in treatment rooms beautifully decorated in traditional Siamese style. Picture / Supplied

Set in the Bavarian Alps, Lanserhof Tegernsee is one of Europe's most advanced health facilities - as well as a well-equipped spa it offers medical facilities and a coterie of health professionals on site. But just as enticing as its crisp, clean aesthetics are the surrounding mountain views, beautiful forests, and tranquil lakes. Picture / Supplied

Housed within the former headquarters of Bank Austria, the handsome Park Hyatt Vienna references its heritage with clever touches such as the gold bars that line the floor of its subterranean swimming pool. The Arany Spa also incorporates a swish wet area with sauna and steam room, and six treatment rooms. For complete indulgence, guests might also wish to stay in the hotel’s immense penthouse suite. Picture / Supplied

The United States' first South American-inspired spa, Tierra Santa spa at Faena Hotel Miami Beach, draws from Latin American ingredients and beauty rituals and techniques to provide a credible alternative to the city's many established fitness and beauty spas and salons. Picture / Supplied

Another Maldivian resort, Maalifushi by Como's spa is spread across a collection of thatched villas and overlooks a starfish-studded lagoon. Picture / Supplied

At Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorous, guests can indulge in a traditional Turkish hammam experience in complete comfort, or they may prefer to laze by the indoor pool, choose from the comprehensive range of treatments, or order something from the light and nutritious spa menu. Picture / Supplied

Switzerland's Gstaad Palace is one of the country’s grande dame hotels, but its spa is a lithe-limbed young beauty. Decked out in granite and wood, it offers a number of advanced treatments rarely available elsewhere, as well as extensive leisure facilities. Picture / Supplied

A modern and stylish addition to Switzerland's long-standing Kulm Hotel, the Kulm Hotel spa comes complete with sauna, steam room, indoor pool, outdoor pool and more, but it's perhaps its setting that's most impressive. It looks out at a rugged, soaring stretch of the Swiss Alps and, below, the expansive St Moritz lake which freezes over in winter and glistens alluringly in summer. Picture / Supplied

Also in the Maldives, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru’s vast spa includes this outdoor space that provides an atmospheric setting for its On Supti Night Spa Ritual. After having an outdoor massage (should the weather allow), couples are left alone to have a floral bath in this private woodland clearing. Picture / Supplied

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