If you like the idea of spending some time relaxing at a top spa or health retreat, why not go all out and really indulge your senses. To help you choose which one to visit, here is a list of what we believe are five of the top spas and health retreats in the world.
1. California Health and Longevity Institute, California, United States:
This is the ultimate in opulence! The California Health and Longevity Institute offers a wide range of holistic therapies, combining ancient Asian wisdom with Western awareness. This is a world-class facility where your personal Life Advisor will help you to devise a plan for your life, health and rejuvenation. Complete with numerous experts on hand including a health chef, this venue has an amazing 40,000-square-foot spa where you can be pampered to your heart’s content.
2. Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand:
The Chiva-Som International Health Resort is a stunning resort that is perfect for a luxury Thailand holiday. This sanctuary offers a variety of spa treatments along with physiotherapy, iridology, live blood analysis and electro-dermal screening. They also provide US qualified doctors, nurses and naturopaths enabling visitors who feel like a total rejuvenation to have specialist treatments such as botox injections and laser resurfacing. While in Thailand, make sure you rejuvenate your soul too by exploring some of the mystical ancient temples or meditating with monks.
3. Lausanne Palace and Spa, Lausanne, Switzerland:
This exquisite resort is sure to leave you spellbound! Imagine spending a week or two of total bliss in this spectacular palace, with breathtaking 360o panoramic views of the Swiss Alps and Lake Geneva. There are various refreshing treatments available here, from wellness, fitness, beauty – even an Aveda hair spa. To complement these treatments, the Yogi booster programme offers nutritional advice to help you create total health balance.
Enjoy an aromatic massage and rejuvenating facial treatment before venturing into the nearby town to explore the city and enjoy some well-deserved shopping. Make sure you add the Lausanne Palace and Spa to your luxurious travel itinerary.
4. The Grove, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom:
This prestigious escape is sure to impress even the most discerning traveller. An extraordinary estate, The Grove leaves most five star resorts way behind. Just a short drive from London, this Cosmopolitan Country Estate is located upon 300 stunning acres. The services offered at the award winning The Grove include state of the art leisure and sporting facilities such as an 18 hole championship golf course and a world class health and fitness centre. For your total pampering, spa treatments incorporate a delicate blend of aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and Ayurvedic philosophy. This is an ideal retreat that is adored by men and women from all over the world.
5. Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa, Gold Coast, Australia:
For the ultimate in 5 star resorts you can’t beat the Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa on the gloriously sun-drenched Gold Coast. This oasis retreat is nestled amongst 37 lush, tropical acres alongside azure waters and golden beaches – just the right atmosphere to begin your relaxing vacation. This resort boasts a spectacular 2.5 acres lagoon – as well as smaller lagoons hidden throughout the resort – a variety of elegant suites or villas to choose from and several award winning restaurants and bars. For your pampering, the resort’s Golden Door Spa and Health Club provides an array of sumptuous treatments. Once you are feeling re-energised and refreshed, you can enjoy an invigorating workout in the gymnasium, a game of tennis, swim in the lap pool or just put your feet up in the relaxation lounge. If you are planning a wedding, the Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa would be the perfect place to spend a luxury honeymoon.
There is no doubt that we all need some time out now and then, and what better way to refresh than by spending time at one of these exclusive health retreats? If you can’t decide which one to go to, perhaps you can take an extended vacation and visit them all!