There’s nothing like a trip to the spa to leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated, but vacation season calls for extra special pampering and your standing Saturday massage appointment just won’t cut it. We’ve rounded up our most luxurious, most exotic spa getaways from destinations all around the world to give you a must-try list like no other! These spas are famous for their unique and lavish treatments that are anything but predictable. Expect far flung locations, sensual treatments and indulgent service that will make you feel like true royalty.
This list wasn’t easy to compile. We considered hundreds of spas, wellness centers and hotels but only the most and unique places made it to our exclusive list. This bucket list of spas will take you on the ultimate roller coaster ride of rejuvenation. Maybe money can’t buy happiness, but it can definitely buy a luxurious spa treatment and that’s almost the same thing!
18. Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center at the Hotel Café Royal, London
Luxe treatment – Sodashi Crystals Body Massage: $280, 90 minutes
Described as an urban retreat this spa prioritizes a holistic approach to wellbeing above everything. The treatments aren’t just temporary fixes, but they aim to promote health, happiness and fulfilment while improving personal balance. The spa uses the four natural elements to create experiences where the body mind and soul are aligned. Located at the Hotel Café Royal in London, the spa is an oasis of peace and wellbeing in the midst of the bustling city.
Australian skincare brand Sodashi is considered to be one of the purest spa ranges in the world and Akasha now offers 8 treatments including the Sodashi Crystalus Body Massage from this brand. The 90 minute massage uses ancient Australian healing stones and crystals to influence your mind, body and spirit and bring you total harmony. This treatment leaves you feeling relaxed, balanced and rejuvenated and will set you back by about $280. The 90 minute treatment concludes our list of most unique spa treatments in the world.
17. Spa del Rey at the Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, California
Luxe treatment – Diamond Experience Cryo-Repairing Lifting Facial: $325, 90 minutes
Located near Santa Monica, Spa del Rey is 7,000 square feet of pure serene bliss complete with eight treatment rooms including one couple’s spa suite along with a full-service manicure and pedicure salon. Stunning views of the marina and the fresh ocean air of the Pacific make this a great escape from the glitz and glamor of LA.
Spa del Rey’s Diamond Experience Cryo-Repairing Lifting Facial uses an intensive mio-facial lifting massage and exclusive ingredients rejuvenate and regenerate skin. The “cold lifting” penetrates deeply in the skin to repair damaged DNA, and hydrates and brightens skin to give a youthful appearance. The facial is a 90 minute experience and costs $325 winning the penultimate spot on our list.
16. Bulgari Spa at Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London
Luxe treatment – Cellular Exclusive Lift Concept: $1,415, 80 minutes
One of the largest spas in central London, the Bulgari spa reflects an Italian design aesthetic that is inspired by the luxury label’s history. The spa offers an unparalleled range of services and treatments and functions like the calm center in the midst of a stormy, busy city. The spa is open to guests of the hotel but also offer membership programs for non-guests seeking to experience some of their exclusive treatments.
The spa offers a series of Swiss Perfection Cellular Facials and among these is the Cellular Exclusive Lift Concept. It targets skin aging on a multi-dimensional level, improving the firmness of skin while promoting cellular renewal. Wrinkles are smoothed away and skin appears visibly lifted. The 80 minute facial is a bespoke treatment and takes into account the various requirements of the guest’s skin as well as environmental and lifestyle factors that affect the skin. It is priced at a staggering $1,415. The most expensive treatment on this list lands the sweet 16th spot.
15. Remède Spa at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi at Nation Towers
Luxe treatment – St. Regis Splendor: $990, 4 hours and 30 minutes
At the Remède, your indulgence is the Spa’s number one priority. The very first spa in the UAE, Remède is known for their personalized treatments and dedication to ultra-luxurious treatments. From facials and massages to spa packages and exclusive body treatments, the spa’s wide range of services is a huge part of their popularity.
The spa’s elaborate St. Regis Splendor package is a journey of pampering that begins with a face and body microdermabrasion treatment that sloughs away dry damaged skin while improving the appearance of imperfections like uneven skin tone, scars etc. An exfoliation of the skin with exotic enzymes aims to soften and brighten skin as warm aroma-therapeutic paraffin is painted over the face and body, allowing the advanced ingredients to nourish the skin. Peptide rich body buttes leave your skin feeling silky smooth while a mask tailored to suit the needs of your skin and a vitamin filled oxygen mist give your skin a radiant glow. After a healthy lunch at the Spa Café the relaxation continues with 50-minute muscle relaxing warm stone massage. The entire treatment lasts for 4 hours and 30 minutes and costs $990. The use’s first spa may still be the best, a commitment to luxury gives the Remède Spa the number 15 slot.