Reset and Restore: 7 Must-Visit Spas Around the World

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Holistic holiday-makers, rejoice! Take a momentary pause from reality and slip away to a place where you can unwind, retune and rejuvenate. This week’s The Edit brings you a collection of luxury locations around the world where the spa experience is indisputable and five-star indulgences remain uncompromised.


Calcot Spa

Cotswolds, United Kingdom

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Located in a quiet corner on the grounds of Calcot, a charming fourteenth-century farmhouse turned luxury country accommodation, sits the Calcot Spa. Just a short walk from the main house, and immersed amongst the Cotswolds’ rolling hills and lush greenery, it’s a space offering unparalleled rest and relaxation. A destination in and of itself, the spa’s facilities include seven treatment rooms offering everything from award-winning ELEMIS and CACI facial treatments to massages and manicures. Also worth mentioning is the indoor pool flooded with natural light, and of course the outdoor hot tub that sits alongside a crackling open fire is not to be missed. If you’re in need of a retreat that promises serenity and rejuvenation, this is the destination for you.


Ila Spa

Jodhpur, India

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This incomparable, world-class spa sets the standard for destination retreats. Located at the luxury Raas Jodhpur hotel, ila Spa is the first fully immersive experience conceptualised by the British skincare brand. Providing all-natural, organic skincare, the spa’s treatments unify the brand’s coveted products with the Indian region’s most profound natural products. Himalayan salt crystals, tuberose, jasmine and sandalwood, all sourced by local producers, are just a few of the ingredients used to complete the sensory journey. Dedicated to easing the stresses of modern day life, this ila Only spa will leave you feeling revitalised from the inside-out.


Aman Spa

Tokyo, Japan

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Experience relaxation without leaving the city at this urban oasis. Situated 34 floors up with soaring views of the bustling city below, Aman Spa embraces a Japanese approach to wellness – both in aesthetics and philosophy. The minimal interior (think grey-hued tiles, clean lines and a spot of greenery), and a treatment menu that fuses Kampo herbal therapies, Zen philosophy and meditation, promises guests an escape that will bring back balance to the body and mind. Whether it’s an aromatherapy massage or an acupressure facial, the immersive treatments at this peaceful sanctuary will have you forgetting the chaos underneath.


Clinique La Prairie

Montreux, Switzerland

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Nestled at the foothills of the Swiss Alps, this award-winning Medical Spa showcases the best state-of-the-art technology, restorative treatments and sophisticated spaces to offer an exclusive, results-driven experience. Since opening in 1931, the retreat’s facilities now include 12 treatment rooms, a private spa suite, indoor pool, jacuzzi and more. The clinic also uses Swiss Perfection products, a cosmetics range developed around extracts of the Iris flower root and its age-defying enzymes and proteins, in all spa treatments. Revered among generations of international guests, the clinic’s science-meets-holistic approach to wellness ensures a blissfully relaxing experience while promising visible, long-lasting results.


Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda

Lake Garda, Italy

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At the heart of Lefay Resort, a luxury 5-star hotel overlooking the tranquil shores of Italy’s Lake Garda, sits a temple of wellness where east meets west for an utterly bespoke spa experience. Spanning over 3,800 square metres of secluded bliss, the extensive treatment menu of massages, facials and sleep therapy also includes the exclusive Lefay SPA method. The method marries the principles of Classical Chinese medicine with Western science to create customised programmes tailored to each individuals’ needs. With wellbeing and holistic rejuvenation at the core of the spa’s ethos, paired with the picturesque surroundings, it’s a tranquil site to rediscover emotions and restore balance.


Lanserhof Tegernsee

Tegernsee, Germany

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A modern maven when it comes to health resorts, Lanserhof Tegernsee Germany does R&R a little differently. Underpinning the mountain resort and spa’s philosophy is digestive health. Specifically the FX Mayr method, a unique detox programme emphasising the regeneration of the intestines. Built around modern Mayr medicine’s six principles; rest, cleansing, training, substitution, exercise and mindfulness, you can expect colonoscopies, intolerance-testing, hypnosis and oxygen therapy to feature during your minimum one week, or recommended 14 day stay. With bespoke programmes put together by a reputable team of staff, the goal is to detox while instilling long-lasting behaviours so your newly acquired digestive health transcends the trials and tribulations of reality.


The Ranch

Malibu, USA

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Covering 200 acres of Santa Monica mountain terrain and the recipient of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Spas in the United States 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017, The Ranch Malibu is the perfect setting to recoup. The retreat, exclusively open to 18 guests at a time, is suitable for anyone looking to clear the mind and detach from reality (cell and WiFi service included). Getting back to basics and embracing the surrounding natural environment, each day includes eight hours of low-impact activity (hiking, naps, fitness classes and massages) and a 1,400 calorie plant-based, organic diet. The results-orientated programme, with dedicated staff on hand, ensures guests walk away having met their mental and physical health goals.

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