All posts tagged: spa

Detox retreat: The Farm at San Benito

If you’re looking for encouragement to kick-start your healthy lifestyle come New Year, a stint at wellness retreat The Farm at San Benito ought to do it. Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, immerse yourself in daily yoga, meditation, Thai Chi and aqua aerobics sessions to get your body and mind into its most tranquil state. You’ll also flush out toxins with nutritious raw vegan meals and unwind in style with much-needed evening massages. (The Farm at San Benito in Batangas, Philippines. From £2,240 per person all-inclusive.

Turkish delight: Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul

For the ultimate in authentic Turkish bath treatments, there’s only one place to be. The Safira Spa at Park Bosphorus Hotel in Istanbul is the largest of any European hotel and features a stunning, all-marble Turkish Hamam complete with saunas, steam rooms and a pool. Indulge in their myriad of revitalising beauty rituals until the thought of winter simply melts away. (Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul, Turkey.

Naantali Spa, Finland

LET’S TAKE IT OUTSIDE If only all outdoor pools could provide such bliss and sense of wellbeing all-year round, through sunshine or snow. Down at Naantali Spa, along Finland’s south-west coast, is a traditional spa with a vast, open-air pool that is kept at 30-degrees, boasting stunning views of the natural Finnish woodlandscape. Built in a former monastery town, the spa maintains a sense of serenity and shouldn’t have any problem easing away all your stresses thanks to one Roman bath, five saunas and some 100-odd treatment options. (Naantali Spa in Naantali, Finland.

Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort, Morocco

SIMPLY SPA-TACULAR Not content with offering an authentic-as-it-comes hammam complete with multiple steam rooms and a marble table for top-to-toe exfoliation, the spa at Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort has introduced a new range of super-facials using products from luxury spa brand Carita to help guests prolong their sunkissed Moroccan glow. There are a dizzying number of treatment rooms (19!) so excuses are well, inexcusable, and if you’re lucky, you might find yourself in one of the double suites with a private Jacuzzi, facing stunning views out onto the beach and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. (Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort in Casablanca, Morocco.

The Moroccan Hammam at Urban Retreat

MOROCCO IN LONDON A haven from the bustle of the city, this opulent hammam spa helps to deeply relax the mind and body and detoxify the skin to leave you thoroughly re-energised. The first steam room will help you acclimatise to the heat whilst the second will see a hands-on cleansing and bathing ritual using marocMaroc products. This is followed by a snooze-inducing treatment and stretching exercise to release all tension from the body. You can then cocoon yourself in the lounge until you’re ready to face the world again. (The Moroccan Hammam. Urban Retreat at Harrods, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL. Rituals costs from £125)

Spa in the park: Pedras Salgadas Spa and Nature Park

We get it. You love being outdoors, in and amongst nature, but can’t quite bring yourself to set up camp. What you need is a few nights in one of these rather attractive modular eco houses in the middle of northern Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Spa and Nature Park. Wander along the park’s eight kilometres’ worth of pine and cedar woodland, discovering its natural springs and even a boating lake, but hopefully you should stumble upon the spa facilities which your stay lets you take full advantage of. Do a few laps in the outdoor pool, relax your muscles in the sauna, or warm up in the thermal spa which contains naturally occurring sparkling water. (From approx. £158 per night, per house.

A splendid spa: Nordik Spa-Nature, Canada

If size matters, you need to head to Ottawa, Canada where you’ll find Nordik Spa-Nature, the largest spa in North America. Here you can unwind to your heart’s content amongst the spa village’s eight saunas, seven outdoor baths, an infinity pool and salt water floating pool. What bliss! (Packages from £68,

Pools with a view

SWITZERLAND If your surroundings are as spectacular as those in St. Moritz, you can understand why Kulm Spa St. Moritz has made a feature of it in its £8m build. Relax in the outdoor pool and catch some of the crisp, therapeutic mountain air as you enjoy the view of the mountain peaks of the Engadine Valley overlooking the lake. Sensational. ———- TURKEY The outdoor pool at the D-Hotel Maris Turkey is perched high upon the Datça Peninsula which means that you can enjoy a swim against a magnificent backdrop of lush pine forests, wondrous mountain ranges and glittering crystal waters of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. This is a view you could just get lost in. ———- GREECE Set atop the Imerovigli cliffs, upon the Caldera is the Grace Santorini Hotel and its open-air infinity pool offering this sensational view from the north-west coast of the island. Prepare to have your breath taken away by the beauty of the Aegean sea against the colourful Greek sunset.