Beauty treatments, aesthetic procedures, relaxing massages, deep cleansing facials, and more are available at spas across the globe. However, not all spas are created equally; while some are soothing and provide a relaxing respite, this list comprises the 10 most outrageous and extravagant spas in the world.
1. Evason Ma’In Hot Springs, Jordan
Jordan many not be the first place one thinks of when considering a relaxing and healing holiday. However, the Evason Ma’In Hot Springs Resort breaks all the rules. Set on the rich and healing Dead Sea and surrounded by natural mineral-rich hot springs, the Evason Ma’In Resort is exquisite. Directly beneath one of the natural hot spring fed waterfalls, is the spa pool and relaxation area. Accommodations include fine rooms and suites and dining is an international adventure rich with Jordanian, Arabic and European influences. The freshest ingredients are sourced from the resort’s own herb and vegetable garden. Guests can choose to dine on a cliff at the top of the Dead Sea with the lights of Jerusalem flickering in the distance.
The Six Senses Spa on property offers a wide array of treatments and rituals in this exquisite oasis. In addition to Jordan, the Six Senses Spas have additional locations in Thailand, Vietnam, the Maldives, Oman, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Greece, Paris, New Delhi, Portugal, Doha, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and London. Each of the spas takes advantage of their setting and surrounding culture and incorporates traditional therapies into their menu of services. In Jordan, their signature services include:
Hammam Ma’In Signature Journey – 3 hours – $380.00+. This treatment is designed to improve the cell metabolism and detoxify guests from the top of their heads, to the tips of their toes. Taking advantage of their proximity to the Dead Sea, rich minerals, and Dead Sea salts, and Dead Sea mud is used throughout the appointment as scrubs and masks. After a mud wrap, guests enjoy a private bath in a suite followed by a warm oil massage.
Sensory Hot Stone Experience – 90 minutes – $250.00+. This treatment incorporates a Tibetan ritual that massages the full body, including the face. Basalt stones are used to relax tight muscles and eliminate stress.
2. Como Shambhala Retreat At Parrot Cay – Turks & Caicos
The COMO Shambhala Retreat resort is housed on a private 1,000 acre island in the Caribbean. Guests enjoy a 1 mile long expansive beach and rest in rooms, suites and private villas with private splash pools overlooking the sea. This private resort blends activity, wellness, and the natural beauty of the area flawlessly. Adventure seekers enjoy water activities including deep-sea fishing, waterskiing, sailing, and much more. Guests can choose to enjoy gourmet cuisine using local and organic ingredients to create internationally inspired dishes at one of the two restaurants. If privacy is more to their liking, they can choose a private candlelit beach dinner.
This resort is really centered around the spa and wellness services. It is known for its Asian-inspired treatments and hands-on healing modalities. The spa includes a yoga study, outdoor Jacuzzi, Japanese Baths, and pavilions overlooking the sea. The treatment rooms are beautiful and inspire relaxation, and healing.
Two of their more indulgent services are:
Indian Head Massage – $160.00+. This hands-on healing combines traditional Eastern techniques with cutting-edge advancements in holistic healthcare. This treatment inspires relaxation and induces stress relief as expert hands massage the scalp and face.
COMO Shambhala Bath – $225.00+. This treatment is one of their signature treatments. It begins with the therapist dry brushing the body to encourage blood flow and exfoliation. This is followed by a salt and oat bran scrub that is infused with relaxing essential oils. After a rinse off, the COMO Shambhala Massage creates a sense of nirvana.
In addition to their spa in the Turks & Caicos, they have other retreat and spas in Bali, Maldives, Paro Bhutan, Bangkok, London and Singapore.
3. The Body Holiday – St. Lucia
St. Lucia is a rare volcanic island and is more mountainous than other Caribbean islands. The tropical climate and diverse culture is influenced by East India, France, England, Africa, and the surrounding Caribbean. It is an alive and active island filled with music and dance, and it hosts an internationally renowned Jazz Festival each summer. The Body Holiday resort is set on a private cove overlooking the sea. Everything one could desire for a relaxing holiday filled with adventure, beauty, and health is here. Guests can take part in the Coubaril Valley Tennis & Golf Academy, dive, water ski, windsurf, fence, play volleyball, and ride bareback through the sea to a quiet cove for lunch.
The Wellness Centre is the resort’s hub for restorative beauty treatments, exercise, and relaxation. Unlike most spas, included in the base price of your stay, guests enjoy one beauty treatment each day. Additional treatments can be added, as desired. Each day, guests choose from one of seven possible included treatments including the Lucian Lime & Ginger Scrub, the Aloe Vera Body Wrap, a relaxing Full Body Massage, an Aromapure Facial, a Deluxe Coconut & Spice Massage, a Hydrotherapy Treatment, their signature Hand and Foot Zone Therapy, or their Nurturing Mother-To-Be Massage. Additional treatments include:
Thalgomince Warm Body Wrap – 50 minutes – $235.00. This body wrap utilizes the best the sea has to offer including marine and plant extracts that break down fatting deposits, strengthen the skin, and improve the elasticity.
Ocean Memory Marine Sensation Ritual – 2 hours – $400.00+. This treatment ritual begins with the exfoliating and purification of the skin with algae petals, followed by a relaxing warm oil massage. The Tingly Algae Moussa Mask follows and encapsulates guests in a warm and calming experience. After a rinse off, the Ocean Memory Cream is applied to nourish and hydrate the body.
Visit: The Body Holiday – St. Lucia
4. Hayman Island Resort – Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Hayman Island Resort is set on the most awarded private island in Australia with the perfect front-row seat to the magnificent and wondrous Great Barrier Reef. This resort offers the best in privacy and is ideal for adventure seekers looking to explore the Reef, and the surrounding areas. Fine dining, the exquisite setting, and the beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites make the Hayman Island Resort a perfect destination getaway.
The spa is accredited as one of the Leading Spas in the world. It is a wellness-oriented oasis with luxurious appointments and features. Wellness experts perform an extensive holistic analysis on each guest and then create a treatment and wellness plan for the duration of the stay. This place of natural beauty inspires restorative peace and relaxation. Known for their indulgent spa menu, some of the signature services include:
Caviar and Pearl Rejuvenation Facial – 2 hours – $320.00. This revolutionary facial includes caviar and pearl extracts that improve the skin’s elasticity and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. A firming facial massage is followed by a thermal lifting mask that reveals a fresh and radiant complexion. In addition, this treatment includes a foot scrub and massage, a scalp treatment and a hand treatment.
Ocean Massage – 90 minutes – $400.00. Ever dreamed of being massaged while floating in the ocean? At Hayman Island Resort’s spa – you can. A therapist performs a relaxing massage as you float in the tranquil waters surrounded by the gentle tides and tropical fish.
In addition to these extravagant treatments, the spa has created treatments Just for Him and the Spa Teen & Kids. For men, services include facials, pedicures, and their signature Back Pack that is a rich healing mud applied to the back to relieve pain and aches. Teens and kids can enjoy specially designed facials, spa parties, manicures, pedicures and hair services.
5. Beau Rivage Palace Spa – Lausanne, Switzerland
The Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland is idyllically set on the banks of Lake Geneva; an area of sweeping vistas, history, and culture. This historic hotel offers first class service, exquisite fine dining, and a wide array of rooms and suites overlooking the port of Ouchy on Lake Geneva, with the Swiss Alps in the background.
The Beau Rivage Palace is home to the world renowned Cinq Mondes Spa Paris, member of Leading Spas, and known for its unique concept of incorporating the best treatment and beauty rituals from across the world. The spa includes a Tropical Rain Walk, a Turkish Bath, a swimming pool, saunas, and private Suites Pluie De Fleurs for relaxation. Known for the Rituels de Beaute du Monde, all treatments and products are formulated from natural and organic ingredients and do not contain paraben, phenoxyethanol, silicon, mineral oil, or any artificial colors. This spa is known for their over-the-top and extravagant treatments including:
Royal Taoist Ritual – $475.00. This traditional beauty ritual includes a Japanese bath ceremony with flowers, a refining aromatic scrub of rare spices, a Taoist massage, a Taoist Fountain of Youth Facial, and a revitalizing and lifting leg ritual.
Balinese Princesses Ritual Sojourn – $600.00. To find your inner exotic princess, look no further than this ritual treatment. It includes the Japanese bath ceremony, followed by a polishing Papaya scrub, the Five Flowers Ritual Illuminescence Facial, a back massage, a manicure and a pedicure.
6. Terme di Saturnia Spa Resort – Tuscany, Italy
The Terme di Saturnia Spa Resort is built in the ancient heart of Tuscany. The colorful countryside is rich with culture, history and archeological significance. The fine dining, golf and superior service, make this one of the leading resorts in the world.
The Ultimate Spa transcends the typical concept of a spa and features a vast choice of innovative and restorative treatments. Thermal springs dot the landscape above the resort and feed it with naturally enriched water. The geological formations provide a respite for visitors and guests and naturally purify the water. In addition to typical restorative and relaxation treatments, the spa offers extravagant treatments and therapies including:
Saturnia Four Hand Massage Shower – 1 hour – $110.00+. This ritual shower is like none other. The natural thermal waters in the Roman bath soothes muscles and the mind while four hands carefully massage the body in unison.
Saturnia Gold Facial – 110 minutes – $380.00+. This extravagant facial features 24 carat gold; pure gold contains extraordinary natural healing elements to spur the production of collagen and elastin in the skin.
In addition to spa treatments, aesthetic medical treatments are also available including acid peeling, Biorevitalization, medical assessment, thermal treatments, nutrition counseling, and Physiotherapeutic techniques and practices.
7. Beverly Hills Hotel – Beverly Hills, California
Old Hollywood glamour never goes out of style, and it is evident in the 12 acres of lush fragrant gardens and, luxurious design, and private setting. The property allows guests to choose from a variety of rooms, suites, and private bungalows. Gourmet dining is available throughout the property and exciting entertainment options abound.
Home to the La Prairie Switzerland Spa, this spa has been at the forefront of the anti-aging revolution for the last 50 years. Cellular facials, massages, wraps, and other therapies combine to create a restorative oasis in Southern California. Treatment rooms and steam rooms feature state-of-the-art innovations to pamper the body and the mind. Signature indulgent treatments include:
Caviar Luxury 2.5 hours – $475.00. This treatment includes their signature 60 minute Caviar Massage followed by a 90 minute Caviar Firming Facial. Skin is revitalized and reinvigorated with the application of Skin Caviar Luxe creams.
Platinum Rare Facial – 90 minutes – $410.00. Platinum is one of the rarest and most healing elements on earth. Platinum restores balance to skin and helps to protect delicate cells from damage. While the Platinum Facial is being conducted by a therapist, a second therapist conducts a foot bath and hand treatment.
White Caviar Illuminating Facial – 90 minutes – $1,000.00. Caviar helps skin to move towards a clearer complexion, free from future age spots and pigmentation. This treatment features a Cellular Peel, Hand and Foot treatment, and a caviar intensive eye lift treatment. In addition, guests are treated to three Golden Caviar products to take home to continue the healing.
8. The Golden Door Spa – San Marcos, California
Located on 377 acres of beautiful western slopes of Southern California, the Golden Door Spa is a Zen-inspired oasis filled with Japanese gardens, stone walkways and luxurious design and amenities. Accommodations are inspired in the Japanese tradition and each features a private bath, a meditation area, and a private moon-viewing deck. A spa wardrobe and is included and daily laundry service makes your visit carefree.
Unlike the other spas and resorts on our list, The Golden Door Spa is a resort wholly focused on fitness, health and beauty. As a member of the Destination Spa Group, guests can be assured that their visit is to the highest of standards. Instead of purchasing treatments singularly, The Golden Door focuses on providing 7 days of healing, wellness and treatments throughout the year.
Women’s Weeks – 7 days – $8,000+. Women’s weeks combine fitness, beauty, and relaxation. Upon arrival, a personal fitness trainer meets with guests to determine the goals of the week and creates a customized fitness plan. In addition to fitness classes, hiking abounds on the property. Fine cuisine sourced from the organic garden on property and cooking classes round out the experience. Each day, guests enjoy an in-room massage while herbal wraps, manicures, pedicures, makeup lessons, and a professional skin analysis is available during the stay.
Men’s Weeks – 7 days – $8,000+. The Men’s weeks are a bit different than the Women’s weeks, but still combine fitness, relaxation and wellness. A variety of programs are available including Boot Camps, Martial Arts, and more. These weeks combine personal services, massages, skin care, fitness and more.
9. Eldorado Hotel & Spa – Santa Fe
The historic and elegant Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico is just steps from the Santa Fe Plaza. The area is home to art galleries, museums, and fine food. This pet friendly resort features exceptional services, superior amenities and exceptional services. A wide array of rooms and suites are available and the rooftop heated pool is an ideal space to relax after a day on the town.
The Nidah Spa located on property and is world renowned for the variety of luxury services and treatments. Massages, facials, exfoliations, wraps, and anti-aging treatments are included and this spa takes advantage of the cultural beauty rituals and treatments of the surrounding area. Organic preparations soothe sore muscles and restore the mind. Nidah Spa also offers special treatments for men and for teens including massages and facials. Local native ingredients are used in a variety of indulgent treatments including:
Chocolate Mole Wrap & Massage – 80 minutes – $180.00. This treatment features a combination of a healing and detoxifying wrap followed by a relaxing massage. The essence of chocolate and the natural caffeine in the chocolate along with the chilies help to encourage skin revitalization.
Spun Gold Massage – 80 minutes – $180.00. Gold is believed to help purify the body and encourage the development of new collagen and elastic in the skin. In this massage, the body is massage with a spun gold compound to relax and rejuvenate the body and mind.
Golden Nidah Spa Package – $550.00+. In addition to individual treatments and therapies, guests can choose to select a getaway package that includes accommodations and treatments. This package includes a Spun Gold Massage and a 24K Gold Massage, followed by body brushing, and a massage with warm stones. After the treatment, Spun Gold Dust Body Lotion is rubbed into the body.
10. Spa at the Peaks – Telluride, Colorado
This state-of-the-art spa is housed in The Peaks – A Grand Heritage Resort and Spa – surrounded by 14,000 foot Rocky Mountain peaks. Telluride is the perfect haven for a summer or winter getaway and outdoor activities abound throughout the seasons. With over 309 inches of snowfall annually, winter sports enthusiasts enjoy skiing, boarding, and much more on the terrain. But, snow is not all; Telluride also averages 300 days of Colorado sunshine per year.
The 42,000 square foot Spa at the Peak includes Roman Tubs, Jacuzzis, saunas, eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, pools, a fitness center, a meditation lounge, an oxygen inhalation room, fine cuisine, and relaxing treatment rooms. Indulgent is the only way to describe this spa and the experience. Spa services include typical findings, but are complemented by the indulgent experiences:
O2 Repair Facial – $160.00, 60 minute treatment. This facial is excellent for the rehydration of skin. The treatment is a proprietary formula of 87 different minerals, vitamins, enzymes and amino acids that are combined with live oxygen to make skin radiant and smooth.
Ritual For Two – $550.00, 2.5 hour treatment. This is the spa’s signature couples experience. Both parties receive a 75 minute aromatherapy massage and a 30 minute Foot Nirvana exfoliating and moisturizing treatment. While relaxing in the private Couples Suite overlooking the breathtaking views of the peaks, couples enjoy wine with cheese and crackers or champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.
In addition to the Spa at the Peak, individuals can choose from a variety of laser services at the attached Laser Center at the Peak. Three to five night stays include options for liposuction, dermal fillers, Botox, and more. Recovering from a laser procedure at the Peaks Resort in Telluride after any of these services spurs rapid healing in one of the most beautiful places on earth.