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These days, creating a lifestyle centred on wellness goes far beyond healthy eating and daily sweat sessions. In addition to personal fitness studios and customised meal plans, luxury consumers have access to some of the most innovative minds in the industry and science-based health hacks designed to help you live longer. For a truly restorative experience, we rounded up our favourite new spa openings for wellness-seekers around the world to replenish the body and spirit from the inside out.
From the ancient art of Ayurveda — implemented at India’s Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa — to the cult-favourite cleansing facials at Tierra Santa Healing House in Miami Beach, these hot spots for healing await your arrival.
Read on for the six sensational spas seeking to elevate your well-being in the sun-soaked desert to the Thai shoreline.
1. Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
The Thai province of Krabi on the shores of the Andaman Sea is home to the royal family’s summer palace as well as one of the most exquisite treatment suites in a country renown for its spa culture. The Harmony Suite at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is a 1,200-square-foot sanctuary that includes Thai massage beds, a changing area, a spacious veranda overlooking a lagoon, a steam shower, and a whirlpool for two. Guests can choose to have their treatments indoors or outdoors. The suite is the ideal place to indulge in the resort’s newest offering: the two-hour Spiritual Shiro-Four Hands Signature Treatment for two (about RM1089 per person). The ritual begins with a foot bath and consultation for each person, continues with a 75-minute four-hand massage and Shirodhara oil treatment, and concludes with a 45-minute traditional Thai foot massage. Butlers tend to resort guests’ needs, should one require a nibble or a glass of wine while relaxing.
2. Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa
It’s been just over a year since India’s famously elegant Oberoi Group debuted their first wellness destination property, The Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa, in the forested outskirts of the North Indian city of Chandigarh. And while the resort was an instant hit, the reveal of the 12,000-square-foot spa came a tad bit later, launching its comprehensive menu of physician-led Ayurvedic wellness programs along with Chinese- and European-style treatments and facilities just this winter.
The spa’s design is quintessentially Indian, with symmetrical reflecting fountains and courtyards done in the traditional char bagh style favoured by the Mughals. The grounds also feature an east-facing yoga platform on one end designed for yoga sessions practiced in the soft light of the morning sun. Breaking from this Indian tradition, however, is the Roman-inspired bath complex — which is one of the property’s most attractive features. The airy space is outfitted with twin men’s and women’s bath circuits, each with its own infrared sauna, aromatherapy steam room, and warm marble tepidarium.
The ancient art of Ayurveda certainly takes centre stage at Sukhvilas, and the destination spa offers customised programmes lasting up to three weeks designed to help guests detox, lose weight, or simply unplug from the overstimulation of digitally dominated life all under the care of the resort’s resident Ayurvedic doctor. Treatments here range from the signature dinacharya — which involves a variety of traditional cleanses like medicated eardrops and inhaling herbal smoke — to meditation sessions guided by the sounds of live sitar recitals.
3. Miraval Arizona
The venerable mind-body resort, Miraval Arizona has unveiled its new Retreat, a resort-within-a-resort that offers the property’s top accommodations and most exclusive wellness experiences ever. Miraval’s famed Life in Balance Spa is the greatest allure for Retreat guests, who can experience all that the acclaimed spa has to offer without leaving their villas. Dial-in for a Thai massage on your private terrace or an anti-aging facial in your spa-like bathroom. Or tap into the resort’s conscious-cooking curriculum and arrange private consultations with a team of nutritionists.
In the evenings, guests of the Retreat can make use of in-room aromatherapy diffusers, private hot tubs, and cell-phone “sleeping bags" to ward off modern-day distractions and achieve total relaxation. Come morning, wake up and repeat.
4. Six Senses Fiji
Malolo Island, Fiji
Located on 120 acres lush with native Baka trees and swaying palms, the property is the newest resort from Six Senses, providing summer chasers with the brand’s signature mix of adventure, fine dining, and luxe private villas. Just 24 pool villas (the smallest of which is a palatial 1,200 square feet) are perched on the sandy shoreline and tucked against jungle gardens—each boasting teak interiors, local handcrafted carvings, and king-sized beds with plush white linens set beneath wood-beamed pitched ceilings.
The renowned on-site spa focuses on each guest’s health and well-being, providing customised programmes with mindfulness training, specially tailored menus for nutritional needs, and, of course, an extensive menu of restorative spa treatments. To further fuel themselves for days out on the water, guests can sample a variety of foodie indulgences, including farm-fresh vegetables grown on-site, seasonal fruit, and organic ingredients at the resort’s restaurants, cafés, or local pizzeria.
Come sundown, they can sip away the evening at the Tovolea Bar and Lounge, where cocktails flow endlessly and visions of turquoise waters and violet skies abound.
5. Waldhaus Flims
Waldhaus Flims first opened in 1877, a belle-époque masterpiece that today remains the grand dame of the Alps. In 2017, the historic property was relaunched with a modernised new look that upgraded the existing architecture and added 21st-century charms like new technology, contemporary furnishings, and, most impressively, a sleek glass-and-stone spa.
This 30,000-square-foot spa comes with the requisite European indulgences: saunas and steam rooms, hot springs and hammams. But the environment is hardly that of the traditional spa house: Minimalist Japanese-inspired design informs the hot and cold rooms, with vibrant coloured walls and soothing stone floors adding to the mellow and austere atmosphere. An all-white relaxation room features slivers of windowed walls for meditative moments among the nature just beyond. A glass-enclosed swimming pool (fed by hot springs, of course) is perhaps the spa’s most futuristic feature, a magnificent cube resting atop a stone façade with 180-degrees of the distant Alps.
6. Tierra Santa Healing House
Though the name translates to “holy ground healing house," you don’t have to be a soul-meets-body yogi to appreciate the experience at Faena Miami Beach’s 22,000-square-foot Tierra Santa Healing House spa. In fact, there are just as many beauty and skincare offerings as there are “healing arts." The spa has partnered with both all-natural cult-favourite Naturopathica (cleansing facials are standouts) and French heritage brand Biologique Recherche (try the micro-needling treatment) to give its treatments a science-backed kick. But if you want to explore the traditional culture of South American healing or holistic therapies led by world-class physicians, this is definitely the place to do it.