Thinking about taking a relaxing holiday or spa break? If you’re in need of some inspiration, or just want to dream, then take a look at our list of the top 10 spa destinations in the world.
For a spa destination a little closer to home, look no further than the UK itself. With luxury hotels and spa retreats throughout the country offering a range of extravagant treatments and package deals, you’ll be spoilt for choice. But for the perfect spa break Bath, in Somerset, makes a relaxing and beautiful backdrop for your spa experience. Discover the roman-built baths and the city’s natural thermal waters, the only place in the UK where this can be experienced.
Known as the ‘City of Spas’, Budapest is home to more thermal springs than any other capital in the world and its famous Szechenyi Baths is one of the largest natural hot spring baths in Europe. Budapest is the perfect place to experience a modern spa break in a beautiful and historic setting, thanks to the many roman-built baths in the city. Spend your day out in the open air enjoying the views of the beautiful city architecture around you.
Whether you’re visiting a hammam (steam room) or relaxing at a riad in Marrakesh, Morocco offers an exotic spa experience that’s second to none. Choose from the traditional treatments available, including mud masks and a black soap made from crushed olives and olive oil, and unwind in the beautifully decorated resorts while sampling the fresh and invigorating Moroccan mint tea.
Turkey is known for its famous Turkish baths and makes the ideal destination for a spa break. Home to some unique spa resorts unlike any others, here you can indulge in relaxing treatments and take in the breathtaking views. Stay in the cave hotels in Cappadocia, ancient settlements carved directly out of the rock, for a really magical spa experience.
Jordan’s Dead Sea attracts visitors from around the world thanks to its therapeutic properties; its water and mud are rich in minerals, making it a popular spa destination for its unique and soothing treatments. Famous ancient visitors to its waters include Queen Cleopatra and King David, and many people travelling to the region consider a spa day here a must.
Birthplace of yoga, India is the ultimate destination for relaxation, meditation and spiritual enlightenment. Unsurprisingly, India has some fantastic spa resorts in some of the most stunning locations in the world. Whether you’re looking for a traditional spa experience, a luxury yoga retreat or an invigorating wellness holiday, India is the place for you.
Home to ancient temples and tropical beaches, Thailand is an indisputable choice for a luxury spa break thanks to its long history of spa treatments and, of course, the ubiquitous Thai massage. Founded in ancient Chinese and Indian medicine, this therapeutic massage is the perfect way to relieve stress and tension, combined with the amazing scenery that Thailand has to offer.
Relax out in the open air, far away from the busy urban scene, in one of the spectacular spas located in the Maldives. Offering the most serene and tranquil of spa experiences, the Maldives are the perfect choice for panoramic sea views, offered by the many over-the-water villas. Some of the best spas feature pavilions with glass floors, or completely underwater treatment rooms, so you can watch the fish while you relax.
Soak up the Caribbean sun in the beautiful island of St. Lucia and take advantage of all that the island has to offer at one of its beautiful spa resorts. Surrounded by waterfalls and unspoiled rainforests, you can enjoy a healing mineral bath or mineral-rich mud treatment. The hot water baths in Soufrière are world renowned for their healing and stress relieving abilities.
It would be hard to find a more relaxing location for your holiday than Bali, with its jungle spa resorts, beaches and coral reefs. This island paradise offers traditional relaxation therapies and spa treatments in lush, tropical gardens, with sea water therapy pools and underwater massages available at the most exclusive resorts.