3 spectacular destination spas

These spas have been carefully created to demand your full attention; immerse in three R&R retreats that count as destinations in their own right


I’m looking for…

…A resort ‘on-the-rocks’, rugged yet relaxed...
Ayana Resort and Spa, Indonesia
The crashing of waves, an awakening Balinese sea breeze… The appeal of Ayana is apparent, and it is little wonder that the luxury cliff-top resort is the choice of those vowing to relax. Sea-surrounded, each spa villa is constructed from merbau wood with a thatched roof, within which soothing treatments such as anti-aging facials and volcanic lava massages are administered (while more than 10 restaurants make this private-beach property truly self-sufficient).

…A cutting-edge spa 
with top nutritionists
Villa Stéphanie, Germany
Head to this Baden Baden ‘Villa’, directly connected to Haus Julius (a Brenners Park mansion, with the aura of a private home). Reboot with a healthy diet, while discovering a 500-square-metre sauna, Turkish hamma, gymnasium, and a styling lounge for beauty. The main draw though is one of the most advanced spas in the world: sport and philosophy, with a personalised physio and preventative medical care. They call this destination ‘e-smog free’, so it also doubles up as a digital detox.

…Ancient palaces and 
luxurious colonial mansions
Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, Thailand
This stunning resort in Thailand’s ‘Rose of the North’ is inspired by the historic Lanna Kingdom. The resort is a masterpiece: opulent accommodation (within palace-like structures) is complemented by an acclaimed restaurant and of course, the spa. The 3,100-square-metre wellness centre is crafted from ornate sculptures and within, balance both body and mind. Enjoy a broad variety of European, Asian and North African relaxation therapies, as well as Indian holistic treatments.


Dhara Dhevi