#5 Carlisle Bay – St. Mary’s, Antigua
Melt into luxury at St. Mary’s Antigua, one of the finest choices for a winter getaway. Located on the stunning waters of the Caribbean, Carlisle Bay is a tropical paradise. With the rainforest falling behind the two-story, Blue Spa pavilion, you will feel peaceful. This is definitely a place for meditation and contemplation, with gentle strolls on the shores. The hotel offers a selection of treatments, with massage as their speciality.
#4 Colassae Hotel Thermal – Denizli, Turkey
For thousands of years people have enjoyed Turkish baths and Roman pools. Come to the place where Europe meets Asia, where ancient civilization called this place the center of the Roman Empire. Between bathing yourself in luxury, you can sight see in a dozen hot spots, including the amazing and unique hot springs of Pamukkale. It is a must-see if you are visiting Turkey, though here you will have little privacy. It is well touristed. Colassae Hotel Thermal specializes in thermal waterfalls and mud therapy. Its cuisine is quite spectacular, too.
Asia is a world of its own. Phuket is the perfect place to go if you want to experience the culture of the Orient. Clothed in tropical trees and wonders of the sea, the Banyan Tree Phuket aims to please every guest with its luxury services. The setting is stunning. Enjoy open air sunken tubs, for starters, or your own private Jacuzzi. Add your own private swimming pool while you’re at it. Banyan Tree Phuket is a bit of a paradise. It has been voted the world’s best in the past.
#2 Maia Luxury Resort and Spa – Mahe, Seychelles
The Indian Ocean off of Africa’s coast has to be one of the most coveted in the world. The setting is a real paradise. Seychelles is known for its luxury accommodation. But the Maia Luxury Resort and Spa sits atop most of them. It has only thirty villas, each with their own butler! What a job! The décor is so stylish and tidy, showing off the best Africa has to offer. Each villa is set in an ideal spot either on or overlooking the sea, making them all signature. The activities are endless, everything you would expect. Reward yourself with a massage in the award-winning gardens.
#1 One&Only Reethi Rah – North Mahe, Maldives
There can be no doubt. One&Only have done it again. For a truly divine, luxurious spa vacation you must experience the Reethi Rah. Set right out in the crystal Indian Ocean in thatched roof housing and teak floors, the One&Only provide the ultimate services. Relax with the silky waves reaching the shore in the spa gardens or lie in the open air pavilions. There are vitality pools, ice fountains and lifestyle showers. Experience the Maldives at their best.
Choosing a Spa Vacation Won’t Be Easy
A luxury spa vacation is a great choice. Good luck with your decision! You have a lot of options. Hopefully this list will get the energy flowing and you will gain a wealth of knowledge. Or perhaps it will be easy. Maybe you already know you want to snorkel or golf, ski or sight see. In any case, a spa holiday is an ideal Christmas gift that is sure to please.
By Jori Sams