9 of the best award-winning spa experiences

08 March 2019

Virtually every luxury hotel you stay at these days comes with its own spa and wellness centre, allowing guests to fully relax and rejuvenate during a break away.

Naturally, some hotel spas are better than others so here, we’re highlighting the very best spas and those that can proudly proclaim to be ‘award-winning’.

Armani / Spa, Dubai: Best in the world

The spa at Armani Hotel Dubai could be considered the best hotel spa on the planet right now after it scooped the title of World's Best Hotel Spa at the 2018 World Spa Awards ahead of facilities at Ocho Rios’ Jamaica Inn, Çırağan Palace Kempinski and Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg.

Situated in the incredible Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, as part of the first hotel imagined by the iconic fashion designer, the 12,000 sq.ft Armani / Spa offers tailor-made therapies aimed at meeting individual wellness needs.

One factor that helps elevate the hotel spa over its contemporaries is that by embracing the Armani lifestyle philosophy, it encompasses a series of unique spaces and facilities with sequential thermal bathing, personal fitness, creative spa cuisine and calming relaxation areas.

Read more: Our top 5 adventures in Dubai

HARNN Heritage Spa at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam: Best in the world in 2017

This award-winning hotel spa was crowned Global Spa of the Year at the 2017 World Luxury Spa Awards and Vietnam’s Best Luxury Spa Retreat the year after.

Treatments at HARNN Heritage Spa have been passed down through generations – as the name suggests - and focus on restoring the natural balance of the body and mind with inspiration taken from the practice of traditional Asian medicine and naturopathy.

Spa-loving guests at this resort can seclude themselves in the quiet mysticism of the spa in the one-bedroom spa lagoon villa tucked away on a private lagoon. Here, they can embark on several days of treatments that lavish the body, soothe the mind and evolve the spirit.

Pine Cliffs: Best in Portugal

There’s a lot to love about Pine Cliffs, so much so that we recently wrote at length what we love about this luxury resort. Aside from its charming Mediterranean feel, remarkable cuisine and amazing location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, it’s the stunning spa that is the jewel in the resort’s crown.

Pine Cliffs’ Serenity Spa was hailed as the best in Portugal at 2018’s World Luxury Spa Awards after it set itself apart with a class-leading wellness programme that comprises experience showers, sauna with Himalayan Rock Salt, ice fountain, relaxation areas, indoor hydro pool, a water treading Kneipp pool, steam bath, herbal sauna, outdoor jacuzzi and Hammam Turkish bath.

Guests can step up their wellbeing improvement efforts by opting into a programme that sees Pine Cliffs’ team care for you during your entire stay. Some of the schemes on offer focus on digital detox, yoga, fitness and self-healing.

Read more: What we love about Pine Cliffs Hotel

Rock Spa at Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife: Relax between the rockin’

‘Peaceful bliss’ probably isn’t what you’d expect from a Hard Rock Hotel but that’s precisely what judges at the World Luxury Spa Awards discovered as they named the Rock Spa at Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife Southern Europe’s Best Luxury Beauty Spa in 2018.

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife’s Rock Spa has got what it takes to help guests completely unwind with the chance to chill out in a private relaxation room, upgrade date night with a private couples massage or enjoy a glass of bubbly and bliss out in a hydrotherapy tub. Special treatments and massages, an exclusive spa suite and a huge 1,583 sq.ft indoor-outdoor area go further to justify its award-winning status.

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Etihad Six Senses Spa: Pre-flight pampering

Not all travel-related spa treatments have to happen at hotels as Etihad Airways and Six Senses prove with this innovative partnership.

First and Business Class passengers of Etihad Airways flying out of Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 3 can receive a refreshing spa treatment to ease pre-flight travel stress, with guests travelling in Etihad Premium cabins enjoying 15 and 25-minute tension-releasing massages, body treatments and balancing facials.

The Etihad Six Senses Spa took the title of World's Best Airline Lounge Spa at the 2018 World Spa Awards.

Keishi Spa Novotel Vines Resort, Australia: Best Luxury Boutique Spa

The team at Novotel Vines Resort are confident that the indulgent atmosphere and décor will make you feel more relaxed as soon as you walk through the doors of the Keishi Spa.

Named Best Luxury Boutique Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2018, Keishi Spa promises the ultimate boutique spa experience, with its experience therapist using premium beauty products from Babor, Aromatherapy Associates, La Biosthetique Paris and Fragonard perfumery to help enhance your overall wellbeing.

Why Etihad Airways should be your airline of choice to Australia

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Indonesia: Sea, sand, spa

If you need some sea and sand to complement your spa stay then the Ritz-Carlton in Bali should do the trick - this sea-inspired retreat came out on top in the Luxury Beach Resort Spa category at 2018’s World Luxury Spa Awards.

The spa’s hydro-vital pool offers nourishment and indulgence using water jets across five zones to focus on different parts of the body. The serenity zone uses an air-bubble bench to stimulate muscles and relax the body, while the reflex zone targets the soles of the feet with water to energise them and improve blood circulation.

The rejuvenation zone focuses on the entire body to alleviate muscle tension with the de-stress zone relieving muscle tension on the upper back and shoulders. Finally, the relaxation zone employs a massage lounger to gently soothe and calm the body.  

St. Regis Hotel Osaka - Iridium featuring Sothys: Japan’s finest

Sat on the 14th floor of the St. Regis Hotel Osaka, Iridium featuring Sothys serves as a sublime retreat and a welcoming oasis of pampering in the most inviting of urban settings.

Its Japanese décor is infused with French influence, while its luxurious service and treatments are carried out by aestheticians trained by acclaimed therapists from the Sothys Institut de Beauté in Paris.

Iridium featuring Sothys was named Japan’s Best Luxury Hotel Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards in 2018.

Japan - where tradition meets the future

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa: World-beating staycation spas

You don’t have to leave the country to experience a world-leading hotel spa and The Royal Crescent’s spa in the historic centre of Bath is a prime example of an outstanding staycation spa.

Named the World's Best Country House Hotel Spa at the 2018 World Spa Awards, the Spa & Bath House at The Royal Crescent Hotel pairs spoiling treatments with first-class facilities such as a 12-metre heated relaxation pool, vitality pool with massage jets, sauna, steam inhalation room and fully equipped fitness room.

Once the pampering treatments are over, you can hit the Taittinger spa garden and sink into soft sofas with a light bite or indulgent afternoon tea.

It isn’t the only UK-based spa worth knowing about either. At 2018’s Good Spa Awards, ESPA at Lucknam Park in Chippenham claimed the title of Best Spa in the South West, while The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village in Preston was named Best Day Spa.


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