A spa getaway is the finest way to reconnect with your girls over mud masks and herbal tea. If a weekend of gossip and seaweed wraps is not sending you into a daydream coma, look at these sensational spas guaranteed to kick your vacation planning into full gear.
Aqua Dome Tirol
LANGENFELD, AUSTRIA[caption id="attachment_4212" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] A sparkling winter scene a the Aqua Dome. Photo courtesy of Aqua Dome[/caption]
Surrounded by the mountains of the Tyrolean Ötztal valley is the four-star stunner, the Aqua Dome Tirol Therme Langenfeld. Girls, get ready for the drool-worthy sauna, beauty salon, solarium, and soothing Balinese treatments. The hot springs are also a must. The modern rooms of the hotel are adorned with warm, wooden elements and Alpine edelweiss-patterned linens.
MILAN, ITALY[caption id="attachment_4206" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] A futuristic design take on the spa. Photo courtesy of Boscolo Hotel Milan[/caption]
The urban luxury Boscolo Milano hotel houses the city’s largest spa — and most sensational. The hotel’s bright design, elegant mirrors, aluminum frames, and contemporary “made in Italy” flair runs from the lobby to the guest rooms to the spa. The spa offers walls with kaleidoscopic spheres, waterfalls, a sauna, plunge pool, a 50-foot screen with relaxing images and music, Turkish beauty and wellness treatments such as an exotic full body exfoliation with honey (yum?).
Tschuggen Grand Hotel
AROSA, SWITZERLAND[caption id="attachment_4189" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Unexpectedly sculptural in the mountains. Photo courtesy of Tschuggen Hotel.[/caption]
The Tschuggen Grand Hotel is situated in the picturesque landscape of the Swiss Alps. Its spa oasis is connected to the hotel by a spectacular glass walkway. The architects combine stone, glass, wood, and light to create the distinctive environment for its swimming pool, 11 spa treatment rooms, gym, and sauna.
BAIERSBRONN, GERMANY[caption id="attachment_4208" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Swim outside in the dead of winter. Photo courtesy of Hotel Traube Tonbach.[/caption]
The Hotel Traube Tonbach lies in Baiersbronn in Germany’s Black Forest. You can relax in the 90-degree seawater swimming pool or in one of the facility’s nine wellness rooms where you can enjoy a fragrant floral sauna, an ice crystal igloo dip (yes, it’s an igloo), or an authentic herbal scrub.
Huvafen FushiAn idyllic spa scene in the Maldives. Photo courtesy of Huvafen Fushi.[/caption]
In North Malé Atoll in the Maldives, the hotel Huvafen Fushi is surrounded by turquoise blue sea, white coral beaches, and exotic flora. The property houses the world’s first underwater spa (Lime Spa), allowing guests to relax amidst the drifting coral and tropical sea life and enjoy natural treatments and ingredients native to the Maldives. Oh did I mention it’s in the Maldives?
Ventana Inn & SpaIn search of Zen in Big Sur. Photo courtesy of Ventana Inn & Spa.[/caption]
Big Sur’s iconic Ventana Inn & Spa, housed on 243 acres of luscious meadow and forest, is the perfect place for a completely zen experience. The rustic location along California’s Pacific coast is an ideal setting for a spa getaway. The spa offers hot stone treatments, Reiki and Chakra balancing, detoxifying seaweed body wraps, and a diverse array of massages and facials.
Burj Al Arab
DUBAI, U.A.E[caption id="attachment_4210" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] You won’t get this view anywhere else. Photo courtesy of Burj Al Arab.[/caption]
Located on the beach of the Arabian Gulf, the Burj Al Arab is an icon of modern Dubai. In the regally decorated, gold-adorned lobby, guests are welcomed with rosewater, dates, and coffee. At the Arabian-style Talise Spa, you can indulge in invigorating treatments such as the Caviar Facial, which nourishes your skin with rich (and expensive) proteins.
.[caption id="attachment_4249" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Wake up in the Swiss mountains. Photo courtesy of The Cambrian.[/caption]
The four-star The Cambrian hotel is situated in the Swiss village of Adelboden, at the foothills of the Sierra Wildstrubel. Each of the 71 hotel rooms has views overlooking the rugged mountainous terrain. The pool on the hotel’s rooftop is the highlight of the property. The spa incorporates heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a well-equipped gym, relaxing treatment rooms, and a Finnish sauna with steam bath and rain shower
Hotel Parador de Alcalá de Henares
MADRID, SPAIN[caption id="attachment_4203" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Spa time in a former monastery. Photo courtesy of Hotel Parador de Alcalá de Henares. [/caption]
Hotel Parador de Alcalá de Henares is housed in a magnificent former monastery dating back to the seventeenth century. You can choose from a variety of spa treatments such as a candles massage or full body massage with extracts of diamonds, sapphires and malachite.