Editor's Choice: These are the SPA insider tips of the editors
Excellent spas abound - but some manage to stand out, be it for their design, their special treatments, their views or their illustrious guest list. These spas convinced the editors.
28 October 2021
Kranidi 213 00, Greece
T: +30 2754 772888
The sheer size of the complex and the fact that each villa has its own garden and private pool mean that as a guest you feel as if you are alone in the resort. There are 38 pavilions and four villas to choose from, the largest of which, Villa 20, stands on an area the size of three football pitches - more privacy is hard to come by. Ed Tuttle's clear design language, so typical of Aman, blends almost seamlessly into the island architecture; the "Amanzoe" looks like an ancient Greek temple. The spa, inspired by the holistic approaches of the Greek physician Hippo krates, combines nutrition, exercise, sport, massages and baths with modern tools and treatments. Only natural products are used. Especially recommended: the Ana tripsis Spa Journey. The "Amanzoe" SignatureTreatment provides inner peace - but all it takes here is a day by the pool.
Mandarin Oriental Marrakech
Route Du Golf Royal, 40 000 Marrakech, Morocco
T: +212 5124 298888
Olive groves, fragrant blossoms, magnificent gardens and an enchanting view of the picturesque backdrop of the Atlas Mountains make this luxury hotel, just a few minutes' drive from the lively "Red City", an oasis of calm. The architecture skilfully combines traditional Moroccan elements and modern amenities - not only in the luxurious villas and suites, but also in the spa. This is reminiscent of a sacred building and extends over 1800 square metres with a very open architectural concept. The oriental heritage is upheld in traditional hammam applications, baths and treatments. These are joined by outstanding treatments from Asian wellness traditions. Each Wellness Experience begins with a comprehensive consultation with an expert. A fitness centre and yoga studio are also on offer, as well as a hair salon, beauty salon and couples' treatment room.
Bodufushi, Raa Atoll, Maldives
T: +960 658 4385
It may not have opened yet, but can already confidently join here, because: You can expect great things. The Joali brand already stands for excellence and uniqueness, but with "Joali Being" the company has gone one better. Located on a sister island of the "Joali Resort" in the Maldivian Raa Atoll, an oasis of health and well-being is currently being created - in harmony with nature. Together with Professor Gerry Bodeker, Harvard expert in traditional and integrative medicine, a wellbeing concept has been developed based on the following four pillars: Mind, Skin, Immune System and Energy. The aim is to give the guests a new feeling of self-knowledge and lightness. The stays are planned accordingly: Five to 30 days are the duration of the individual programs, which are only tailored to the guests after a consultation and a comprehensive counseling session.
ION Adventure Hotel
Nesjavellir, 801 Selfoss, Iceland
T: +354 578 3720
The Icelandic "Ion" offers everything that discerning guests want from a stay in a design hotel: inspiring architecture, first-class service, Nordic chic rooms and excellent
Kitchen. And all this meets nothing, because the house, located just an hour from Reykjavik, offers absolute tranquility and the endless natural beauty of Iceland right on the doorstep. Through the large panorama windows the view falls into infinity. After an exciting day out, relax in the Lava Spa - it's not very big, but it's pretty spectacular. After all, it's not often you get the chance to sit in the warm waters of a pool fed by its own geothermal spring while it's freezing cold outside and the Northern Lights are glowing in the sky. Especially cool: Some decorative items in the hotel are made of lava.
Put Trstenika 19, 21000 Split, Croatia
T: +385 21 303030
The new SPALATO Spa at the 5-star Radisson Blu Resort & Spa in Split, which covers an area of over 2,600 m2, boasts beautiful panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and offers an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Guests relax in the steam room, sauna area, pools or private spa. Stylish treatment rooms, tailor-made treatments and fitness facilities complete the offer. Based on the elemental values of SPALATO Spa - water, air and stone - the unique Mediterranean spa design, created by Vienna-based BWM Architects, puts guests in a relaxing mood just by looking at it. In the treatments, these three elements are also the ingredients that bring the mind, body and soul back into harmony. The energizing Signature treatment with sea gemstones and a spirulina facial treatment or the massage with sea shells take you on a Mediterranean journey for all the senses. The two high-tech wellness innovations ICOONE® and OXYJet Laser distinguish the selection of exclusive top treatments at the SPALATO Spa.
15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, France
T: +33 1 43163030
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel - these are just a few of the high-profile guests who considered the "Ritz Paris" their second home; the latter even lived at the "Ritz" for 35 years. No wonder, after all, the fine art of living is celebrated under the glass roof of the Bar Vendôme, in the cosy atmosphere of the Salon Proust over tea and in La Table de L'Espadon just as much as in each and every one of the luxurious suites. Excellence continues at the Ritz Club Paris, where guests enjoy holistic treatments and bespoke treatments with French beauty brand Biologique Recherche. They also work out in a gym with state-of-the-art equipment, with a personal trainer if desired; group classes provide variety. The pièce de résistance at the Ritz Club Paris is the swimming pool with its 800,000 hand-laid mosaic tiles.
This article appeared in the Falstaff TRAVEL issue SPA Special 2021.