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Top Ten luxurious Spa Resorts

Charitable Travel’s luxury expert Lizzi Trimble shares her top recommendations Spa Resorts with a touch of luxury

This is a feature from Issue 9 of Charitable Traveller. Click to read more from this issue.

1. Bahia del Duque, Tenerife

Lizzi says: “Great for a short break, this palatial hotel is central for shopping and perfect for getting pampered in colourful surroundings.

Nestled above Tenerife’s Del Duque Beach, this hotel sits in 16 acres of lush gardens. A cluster of colourful turreted buildings with picturesque palm-shaded patios are surrounded by cool swimming pools. Enjoy 21 bars and restaurants and a large range of watersports. Bahía Wellness Retreat is surrounded by aromatic gardens, and boasts open-air treatment cabanas, an outdoor thalassotherapy circuit, a hammam and a huge gym.

2. Mandarin Oriental, Canouan

Lizzi says:“This upmarket boutique hotel has a wonderful spa and is so worth the high price tag.”

St. Vincent and The Grenadines’ Canouan Island is a magnet for the A-list, like this elegant resort. Colonial-style suites and Italian-style villas are strung along a powdery beach and there’s a championship golf course and marina. The spa’s treatment rooms are nestled into the hillside looking out to sea. Programmes combine meditation and yoga with activities like paddle boarding or hiking. There’s also tennis courts and a gym.

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3. The BodyHoliday, Saint Lucia

Lizzi says: “The ultimate spa and fitness resort. As part of the price of your stay in this luxury all-inclusive is one spa treatment a day and myriad activities.”

‘Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind’, is the promise here. The resorts vast activity programme includes golf, tennis, archery, and water skiing plus classes like yoga and aerobics. There’s a Scuba Shop, Sailing Club and a WellFit Trail dotted with workout challenges. Enjoy Ayurvedic therapy using ancient Indian techniques or classic treatments from French Spa Brand Thalgo, plus a skin clinic and beauty salon.

4. Hammock Cove, Antigua

Lizzi says: “This adults-only-all-inclusive has 41 stunning white villas with private plunge pools, a three-tier infinity pool, and an impressive spa

A new kid on Antigua’s northeast block, Hammock Cove is next to Devil’s Bridge National Park with its limestone arch and ocean geysers. The resort prides itself on gastronomy (Chef Marco Festini’s restaurant is Michelin-starred) and personalised service. Tranquillity spa Body and Soul has five treatment rooms offering pampering face and body therapies, a cold plunge pool, sauna and water-facing yoga pavilion. There’s also a salon with a blow dry bar.

5. Four Seasons Resort, Mauritius at Anahahita

Lizzi says: “Thanks to the relaxing company of its resident giant tortoises, you won’t fail to slow down and rejuvenate at this lagoon-side oasis

This secluded resort is set within acres of lush greenery and the stylish villas come with a private garden and a pool. The spa has a plant-filled relaxation area looking over the lagoon, while exotic gardens house the healing plants used in signature treatments like the Let It Go Eight-Handed Massage. There’s also body scrubs, detox wraps, reiki and yoga, various beauty treatments, and sports like tennis and boxing on offer.

6. Fonteverde, Tuscany

Lizzi says: “This palatial resort sits on a natural spring which gives it serious regenerating powers.

Nestled in the rolling hills and cypress woods of Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia between Rome and Florence, this historic healing destination comprises a grand Italianate hotel filled with classic furniture and oil paintings and a modern wellness centre. As well as luxuriating in the thermal pools, you can enjoy facials, massages, a sauna, Turkish baths, and a Kneipp circuit, where hot and cold water features boost circulation. Activities include Nordic walking and suspension training while food is rustic, nourishing Tuscan.

7. Tia Wellness Resort, Vietnam

Lizzi says: “Previously Fusion Maia Da Nang, TIA is a response to the pandemic and a shift in focus from relaxation to wellness.

Situated on a handsome beach in central Vietnam, the resort has private pool villas with courtyard gardens. All-inclusive plans incorporate elements like spa treatments, plant-based meal plans (but you don’t have to go vegan), activities like tai chi, a Breathwork Masterclass and a Creative Workshop where activities like collage-making aim to promote authentic expression.

8. Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Lizzi says: “ “It’s worth the hike to get to this well-kept secret – an oasis resort with stunning views”

Arrive by speedboat, 4WD car or paraglide in to this remote resort set between craggy mountains and the opal blue fjords of Oman’s Musandam Peninsula. Styled like a traditional village, the stone dwellings house villas and suites. Sandy paths lined with date palms and lime bushes lead to the serene spa which has an Arabic hammam and ice cave. Activities include guided hikes on mountain trails, kayaking and archery.

9. Song Saa, Cambodia

Lizzi says: “This spectacular private island is the perfect place to detach from the world.

Spread over two of emerald isles in Cambodia’s Koh Rong archipelago, this eco-luxury bolthole established the country’s first marine refuge. Private open-air sea pavilions dot the islands and offer treatments like a coconut oil ritual or Khmer leaf herbal massage. Book a spa treatment under the stars or a personal training session. Experiences include paddle boarding, a Buddhist blessing or a Khmer cooking class using sustainable ingredients sourced from local communities.

10. W Dubai The Palm

Lizzi says: “W hotels are quirky, trendy and for the young at heart and this fun hotel with its funky resort is no exception.”

Looking like a cluster of retro cruise ships shipwrecked on a sandbank, this resort’s unique selling points include celebrity chefs Massimo Bottura and Akira Back; pool cabanas, cocktails and DJ Sets at the glamorous WET Deck and the SoBe rooftop bar, sporting wraparound views and Miami Vibes. At the futuristic Away Spa you can be revived under neon lights or relax in a whirlpool bath. Book a massage, scrub, facial, manicure, pedicure or make-up service. Zany fitness classes include aerial yoga and pole training!

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Click here to visit our World of Luxury, or call Lizzi today on 020 3092 2558

This is a feature from Issue 9 of Charitable Traveller. Click to read more from this issue.