Four standout destination spas
Written by Ayesha Khan
Fancy a getaway for some serious pampering and self-evaluation? These four destinations are sure to offer a luxurious respite from the daily grind.
COMO Shambala Estate, Indonesia
With its exacting blend of revitalising spa treatments, healthy cuisine, and adventurous walks through the Balinese jungle, COMO Shambala Estate is an all-encompassing wellness destination. Choose from an array of ancient holistic therapies, from a Taksu massage to a Javanese Royal Lulur bath. Between treatments, relax beneath the trees in the estate’s shaded water garden. A series of multi-night, customisable programmes is also on offer, including a fitness programme, a cleanse, an Ayurvedic plan, and a rejuvenation programme.
SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
Whether you come to SHA for medical conditions or to relax, there is a host of aesthetic and health-related programmes to choose from, including a ‘sleep well’ programme and targeted treatments such as facial rejuvenation. The spa facilities include an expansive hydrotherapy area, and a state-of-the-art medical clinic with its international panel of doctors which allows for a holistic approach to the various programmes. The spa’s cuisine has been developed by Spain’s most celebrated chefs to illustrate the many benefits of the macrobiotic diet.
Canyon Ranch, USA
Although this multiple-award-winning US wellness resort’s headquarters is in Arizona, picturesque outposts around the country are equally inviting. From a guided meal plan to an array of engaging activities, fitness classes, calming massages, and Eastern healing therapies, Canyon Ranch’s mantra is that SPA stands for Special Personalized Adventure. A dream team of the country’s leading physicians, nutritionists, and psychologists, as well as regular visits from celebrated authors, add to the allure of Canyon Ranch.
Velaa Private Island, Maldives
One of only four spas in the world to team up with Clarins to offer MyBlend, an exacting skincare regimen tailored to spa goers’ skincare needs, this idyllic island getaway features treatments in thatched-roof over-water spa pavilions. There’s an extensive array of yoga and meditation classes that perfectly complement Ayurvedic and Eastern-inspired treatments. For those interested in pursuing a more active itinerary, there’s a golf academy, an array of water sports, and tennis and squash facilities.