The World’s Dreamiest Stress-Melting Spas

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With international borders slowly opening back up and travel becoming normal again, what better place to escape for a long getaway than stress-melting spas. Conde Nast Traveller published a list of “The Best Destination Spas in the World 2021”, based on people’s votes for the Readers’ Choice Awards 2021.

Below are the top five relaxing getaways in the world:

Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand

Originally built with the intention of being a private residence for a rich and famous figures, the 25 year-old spa has been attracting celebrities and royalty since day one. The 54-room spa offers 200-item menu of treatments, with everything from acupuncture to crystal massages performed flawlessly. Among the spa’s regulars are Serena Williams, Madonna and Kate Moss. The devotion for excellence is so strong that the staff consists of 85 doctors, beauticians and body specialists that cater to the needs of up to 108 guests.

Vana in Uttarakhand, India

India’s finest spa tucked away in the middle of the forest, where only mother nature can be heard. A unique spa experience with “ritualistic therapies rooted in ancient holistic cultures,” as described by CNTraveller. With everything from an Ayurvedic wing and natural therapy center to a Tibetan medicine center, with the promise to leave stress-free on a physical and emotional level. Spa staff address health issues with from a holistic perspective taking into account mind, body and soul.

Ikbal Thermal Hotel & Spa in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey

The hotel is located inside an open air outlet mall making it the perfect destination for relaxation, retail therapy and cultural exploration in Turkey. The facility consists of a thermal spa, wellness center, physical therapy and rehabilitation center with a women’s only section. Ikbal is the caters to a variety of visitors, whether they are staying for business or pleasure, alone or with the family. For guests with kids, the facility has a children’s club, play area, private Turkish baths for families, indoor swimming pool with slide, outdoor and indoor pools for children.

Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort in Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

The Swiss icon has been a crowd favorite since the 1800s with a breathtaking view of Lake Lucerne. The spa got a USD586 million revamp in 2021. The getaway feeling starts when guest hop on a boat for a half-hour lake crossing then a wooden carriage ride on a 19th century funicular railway. This spa is all about appreciating the beauty of nature from any spot in the facility even the sauna, steam room, indoor lake-water pool and heated outdoor infinity pool. Visitors also come for medical care and rehabilitation treatment five full-time doctors and 23 rooms with hospital-grade beds and 24-hour on call nurse.

Como Shambhala Estate in Bali, Indonesia

Only 10 kilometers away from Ubud, Como Shambhala’s guests are welcomed in an open-walled reception area, where they can see dragonflies, hear frogs and sip on ginger tea sweetened with local honey. Upon arrival guests are given advice on what food to eat and treatments to sign up for. Since 2005, devoted visitors have been booking stays to lose weight, detox, sleep better and fast. Considered one of the world’s best stress-melting spas, this estate’s 30 rooms and villas have been described by CNTraveller as “gentle cocoons of soft light.”

Source and Photo Credit: CNTraveller

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