There’s nothing like a great massage and some pampering ‘me’ time to de-stress and reinvigorate you while travelling, be it for work or pleasure. The team from Boutique Travel Blog have been lucky enough to have stayed in some outstanding spa hotels around the world, but which ones stand out as a cut above the rest? Here is our collection of the best spa hotels from around the world, everywhere from Peru to Myanmar to London.
Our Favourite Spa Hotels Around the world
Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada
by Jaillan Yahia, Savoir There
Harrison Hot Springs isn’t just the name of a spa, or even a hotel: it’s actually the name of an entire village and one of British Columbia’s best known spa resorts. This haven for relaxation is set amongst the stunning BC nature on a landmass virtually encircled by water – from the Harrison River and lake to the west and north to the more famous Fraser River to the south.
There are five natural hot spring-fed pools in which to relax and enjoy the steaming waters at the eponymous Harrison Hot Springs Resort Hotel, one of the best spa hotels available. Some pools are alfresco, so you can soak up the views of the mountains by day and the stars by night – the pools are open well into the evening and are supremely atmospheric in the darkness.
The indoor baths are set within a serene and tranquil environment that will leave you floating back to your room and there’s also a full-service spa onsite, if you want to add treatments to your stay.
This spa town is bordered by fertile farmland which gives ample opportunity for locally-produced farm-fresh fayre, there are 9 and 18-hole golf courses, hikes and boat trips to try, and this happens to be one of the best salmon fishing and eagle watching spots on the planet.
But most people come to Harrison Hot Springs Resort to simply unwind and soak in the hot springs which have been drawing visitors since the 1800’s.
Alila Diwa Goa, India
by Anna Parker, Penelope and Parker Travels
Nestled amongst the paddy fields and palm trees is the exotic design hotel, Alila Diwa. The spa here is quite incredible, and was surprisingly quiet on our visit. 90 minute treatments come as standard (why have a shorter one?) and are superb.
The spa is hidden away from the main hotel, surrounded by water gardens with dappled sunlight – a peaceful location. The staff are excellent at their jobs and, whilst my husband and I enjoy different strength of massage, we both had exactly what we needed. Even the after-treatment tea is top quality – I would almost return just for the tea!
Not only is the Alila Diwa Goa stunning and in a beautiful location, the massage I had here was the best I’ve ever had. And the value for money is quite incredible.
Discover more in Anna’s article Alila Diwa Goa, Luxury Hotel Review.
Tambo Del Inka, Sacred Valley, Peru
By Johanna Read, TravelEater.net
After hiking Machu Picchu, you need some down time. The ideal place to stretch out your stiff calves is at Tambo del Inka in the Sacred Valley.
The train from Aguas Callientes will take you almost to the door of this Starwood Luxury Collection hotel, one of the best spa hotels in the area, in the town of Urubamba. Their indoor-outdoor pool is one of the prettiest in South America.
Have a massage, a spa treatment, sauna, or just soak in the whirlpools looking out over the Urubamba River. At the Tambo del Inka, you’ll soon feel rejuvenated enough to continue your trip and tackle the hills of Cusco.
Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen
by Heather Cowper, HeatherOnHerTravels.com
For a fabulously luxurious Nordic spa experience check in to Kurhotel Skodsborg, set by the sea on the northern edge of Copenhagen. The hotel has been offering a relaxing wellness experience since the turn of the century when it was built as a Badehoteller or Bathing Hotel, but in recent years has been developed with state of the art spa and fitness facilities.
The spa is a light and airy oasis of calm, offering sixteen different water experiences inspired by nature – don’t miss the four seasons shower, with tweeting spring birds and the thunder-storms of autumn. After your aromatic and unbearably hot SaunaGus spa session you can cool off with a jump from the jetty into the Sound that separates Denmark and Sweden.
At Kurhotel Skodsborg, the delicious choice is the healthy choice, and foodies will love the fresh pressed vegetable juices, the healthy ‘Tea with Georg’ afternoon tea and the fine dining Restaurant by Kroun, offering gourmet Nordic dishes.
The bedrooms at the Kurhotel Skodsburg are decorated in the relaxing shades soft grey and blue of the sea and from your balcony you may just spot a white sail drifting across the horizon.
Discover more in Heather’s article, Kurhotel Skodsborg: A luxury spa hotel you’ll love in Copenhagen.
One Aldwych, Covent Garden, London, England
by Suzanne Jones, The Travelbunny
One Aldwych sits in a prime position in London’s theatre district, close to Covent Garden. The Edwardian building originally opened its doors in 1907 as the newspaper offices of the Morning Post. Nowadays beneath this gorgeous hotel, where the presses once rolled, lies a haven of tranquillity, One Aldwych Health Club and Spa.
The serenity of the spa seems a long way from the bustle of the London streets not far above. A range of treatments are available, all using products from Spanish skincare specialist, Natura Bissé and British skincare brand Oskia. I had a wonderful 75 minutes of pampering with an Oskia facial which was totally indulgent and had my skin feeling fabulous. So fabulous that I bought some Oskia products to take home with me.
The subterranean, chlorine-free 18 metre pool has mood lighting and underwater music for a soothing atmosphere. A wonder wall transports swimmers with images of fluffy clouds and shoals of mesmerising fish. If you like to heat things up, there’s a steam room and sauna.
Gym access and spa treatments are available to hotel guests, members and non-members alike. Hotel guests also have 24 hour access to the 150 square metre, fully equipped gym.
Don’t forget to check out One Aldwych‘s epic Lobby Bar on your way out.
Discover more in Suzanne’s article, One Aldwych, a winter wonderland weekend break.
The Nirvana Spa at Bonsol Hotel Resort and Spa, Mallorca, Spain
by Kathryn Burrington, TravelWithKat.com
Tucked away amongst the pines on the hillside of the village of Illetas, just west of Palma, Bonsol is home to one of the best hotel spas, my personal favourite out of all those that I have visited around the world.
Reminiscent of a medieval castle, the public rooms are delightful and fascinating to explore, with beautiful antique furniture, suits of armour, ancient tapestries and the occasional sculpture from Thailand.
The hotel’s Nirvana Spa is beautiful, with a wonderful relaxation room, outdoor Jacuzzi and saunas. When I visited, I opted for an Abhyanga massage from their range of Ayurvedic treatments from India. So much more than simply a massage, Abhyanga works with your chakras, releasing any blockages so that energy can flow through your body. Interestingly, the points focused on during this type of massage are the same points used in Chinese acupuncture. The fact that these two disciplines developed completely independently from each other significantly adds to their credibility. The massage is relaxing as well as invigorating. I particularly remember how a feeling of complete calm washed over me as my expert therapist, Lisa, massaged my temples and the area of the third eye (just above the gap between your eyebrows). Afterward, I feel most serene yet still full of energy. I’m looking forward to returning to BonSol on honeymoon later this year – there’s no place on earth I’d rather spend it.
Discover more about the Bonsol Hotel Resort and Spa in Kathryn’s article, Finding my Nirvana in Mallorca.
Myanmar’s Inle Lake View Resort and Spa
by Alison Abbott Green With Renvy
When you can arrive at a destination by boat, it stands out from the crowd in my book, which is the first reason that this is on our list of best spa hotels. After venturing off the main lake and down an isolated estuary, a long boardwalk shaded by fronds and hiding white egrets leads to a champagne reception. Located within the Shan State of Myanmar, amidst some of the most beautiful and expansive mountain scenery in the country, guests will discover the perfect backdrop at the Inle Lake View Resort and Spa. The warm and welcoming eco-friendly property is close to nearby areas of interest, yet just far enough away from all else, making it an unusual sanctuary for a peaceful escape. This is a region that is developing quickly, trying to keep up with the tourism demand.
Of course, days filled with cultural visits and activities must come to an end; guests are able to retreat to the spa to enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation. Everywhere, visitors are greeted by floating flower arrangements. The petals create complex designs reminiscent of the tile-work of Gaudi.
Walking into a calmly lit structure filled with the aroma of flowers and essential oils allows for a sense of peace even before the treatments have begun. Guests can enjoy a menu featuring traditional and oil massages, essential oils, manicures and pedicures along with a separate hut offering a warm and relaxing jacuzzi to relax muscles that have spent the day in and out of a longboat. Luckily there is much to see in the special floating villages, markets and gardens of Inle Lake, otherwise it would be incredibly hard to leave this peaceful oasis.
You will undoubtedly find sanctuary in this special spot in Myanmar. The Lake View Resort and Spa is an oasis amongst the mountains and busy waterways. As the rapid growth continues in this area of the country, this hotel will remain a sustainable, secluded resort to recharge and relax while exploring all the area has to offer.
Discover more in Alison’s article, Finding Sanctuary Inle Lake View Resort.