A day at the spa may be the best possible antidote to the doldrums of winter. The next time those grey, drizzly days get you down, consider a little self-care at one of these superb wellness havens.
Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda, Italy
Housed in a 3,800-square-metre lair with six saunas, five relaxation areas and an indoor thalassotherapy pool, the spa at the Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda is a true sanctuary. Treatments draw on both Eastern and Western holistic healing techniques, as well as modern non-invasive medical technology for subtle aesthetic procedures. After a massage, guests can indulge in light, healthful Mediterranean-style dishes at Lefay Vital Gourmet.
The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland
The classic, cosy alpine ski lodge gets a luxe upgrade in the The Chedi Andermatt, a stylish haven in the Swiss Alps. Though there are plenty of opportunities for a chic après-ski with a bottle of bubbly here, the focus on wellness remains front and centre. Go for a swim with a jaw-dropping view of snow-capped peaks in the 35-metre indoor pool, then partake in a signature spa treatment such as The Chedi Jade Massage, in which two therapists work simultaneously using a blend of Thai, Lomi-Lomi, Swedish, Shiatsu and Balinese techniques.
Gleneagles Holiday Apartment – Guthrie Court, Scotland
Part of a sprawling complex that includes an immaculately maintained golf course, the Gleneagles Holiday Apartment – Guthrie Court has everything a leisure traveller could want. After a long day on the green, allow one of the highly trained therapists at the hotels spa to soothe sore muscles with an aromatherapy treatment.
Grotta Giusti, Italy
Since ancient Roman times, the verdant hills of Tuscany have been a favoured escape for well-heeled travellers seeking rejuvenation. Grotta Giusti‘s history dates back to 1849, when quarry workers uncovered an underground cave emitting detoxifying thermal steam. Today, guests come to relax in the natural hot springs. In addition to masseurs, expert nutritionists are on-hand to deliver bespoke dietary consultations.
Domaine de Manville, France
Situated in the heart of Provence against the backdrop of the Chaîne des Alpilles, Domaine de Manville is a plush haven complete with a Jacuzzi, hammam, sauna and heated pool. For those in need of a little extra pampering, The Manville Refining Ritual includes a subdermal tissue massage, a lymphatic draining massage, a scrub, a wrap and more, in order to sculpt, tone, and decongest the whole body.
Hôtel Molitor Paris, France
For more than six decades, the posh Hotel Molitor Paris has drawn urbane sophisticates with its peerless swimming pool and impeccably Parisian flair. With 12 treatment cubicles, a hammam and a sauna, the on-site spa is the ultimate way to unwind after a day navigating the bustling arrondissements.
Corinthia Hotel London, UK
With an army of naturopaths, acupuncturists, personal trainers and physiotherapists, plus the expertise of Dr. Barbara Sturm, the renowned aesthetics doctor, ESPA Life at Corinthia is a state-of-the-art operation for anyone hoping to look and feel better. From the black marble steam room to the private spa sweet, everything at the Corinthia Hotel London has an unmistakable air of opulence.
Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal
From Thailand to Vietnam, Six Senses hotels and resorts have a well-deserved reputation for top-notch wellness programmes. Nestled in one of the lushest regions of Portugal, the Six Senses Douro Valley is no exception. In order to tailor treatments to meet each guest’s individual needs, experts offer non-invasive medical screenings and skin analyses. Of particular note is their Sleep Upgrade program, which helps ensure higher quality REM cycles through a personal consultation and sleep tracking.
Meliá Salinas, Spain
Known for their sun-kissed sands and cerulean waters, the Canary Islands are about as relaxing as it gets. Located by one of the most stunning beaches on Lanzarote, the Meliá Salinas is a truly luxurious escape. While the wellness centre and whirlpool are not included in the all-inclusive rate, they’re well-worth the extra expense.
Rocabella Santorini, Greece
Europe’s glitterati routinely flock to this Greek isle, where Rocabella Santorini offers a roster of wellness options including sunrise yoga on the beach and a host of spa treatments. Brides and grooms hoping to freshen up and calm their nerves before the big day should check out the selection of wedding spa packages, which include everything from a diamond facial to a warm argan oil body massage for that nuptial glow.