With busy lives taking over, a holiday to the seaside is sometimes not enough to satiate our needs. A week by the pool may sound relaxing but by the time you’ve fully de-stressed it’s time to pack up and head back to start all over again. Step in the spa and wellness retreats. Specially designed to work with you on nutrition and your body, fitness and the mind, wellness retreats offer dedicated packages to work with you and leave you ready to tackle the world again. If you fancy something a little more low key then a spa hotel is simply an example of heaven on earth. Imagine spending your days soaking in the hot tub before heading to a treatment room to experience a soothing massage or aromatherapy treatment before sweating it out in the sauna. Eat, sleep and repeat. Bliss.
So, if you’re in need of a super-relaxing break this year then read on to discover the six best new spas and wellness retreats of 2020.
Velaa Private Island: New spa range and holistic wellness programme
Relax and rejuvenate at Velaa Private Island
Velaa Private Island lies at forefront of the wellbeing movement, leading the way to integrate health and wellness into all aspects of the guest experience. This year, the Maldivian resort will launch its brand new Velaa Spa and wellness programme. Drawing upon a philosophy based on the balance between body, nutrition, fitness and mind, the new Velaa Spa will include a range of new products and experiences, including three and five-day holistic wellness experiences with four different experiences made up of ‘The Detox,’ ‘The Relaxing,’ ‘The Rejuvenating’ and ‘The Fitness Reviver’ packages.
With an assortment of treatments unique to the island, the Velaa Spa has created a new spa menu of luxury massages and facials. A range of signature treatments include a Chardonnay body scrub and a green caviar facial, which uses a mixture of caviar, pearls, gold trace element and ultrasonic waves to create an ultra-luxury, rejuvenating experience. Velaa is delighted to announce the launch of its very own line of spa products and bespoke scents, Velaa Spa Products, inspired by the island’s flora and fauna. Alongside their own spa range, Velaa have launched two new lines of spa products: The first is the organically produced Kotoshina, originating from Kyoto, Japan and second is Dr Burgener, created by the celebrated wellbeing practitioner Dr Marc Burgener.
ThalassoSpa at Lindos Grand, opening May 2020: Vegan treatments with a view
Take advantage of the beauty of the resort’s natural surroundings at Lindos Grand
Officially opening in May 2020, Lindos Grand Resort and Spa, Rhodes will launch its brand-new spa, which sees ThalassoSpa and Natural Spa Factory join forces to create a collection of natural and botanical signature spa treatments for the face and body, including vegan-friendly treatments. Featuring a stylish internal-external pool, the resort’s new ThalassoSpa incorporates ancient Greek remedies in their signature treatments, with the use of oils, herbs, flowers and botanical plants sourced locally from the island. Couples are invited to indulge with private spa treatments, a selection of unique facials and tailored massages including sea-salt exfoliation and honey-body masks, all designed to promote inner well-being and rejuvenate the soul. The spa will also be offering unique vegan-friendly treatments including rosemary and guarana body masks, as well as a raw cocoa, coconut and coffee full body treatments.
Taking advantage of the beauty of the resort’s natural surroundings, guests of Lindos Grand can get closer to nature with beach-front yoga and horse-back riding, to hiking in the Greek mountains. As well as the ThalassoSpa, an open-plan gym offers floor-to-ceiling windows and suites offer undistributed ocean views with wrap-around infinity pools, inviting true serenity.
Emerald SPA, Maldives, now open: Treatments rooted in ancient healing
Emerald SPA brings a Balinese-inspired, healing wellness concept to this destination. Image Credit: R. Patti
Having officially opened in December 2019, Emerald Maldives Resort and SPA has now unveiled their new Emerald SPA. Situated on one of the quietest parts of the island, the spa brings a Balinese-inspired, healing wellness concept to this destination that is like no other. A real first in terms of spectacular design, the Emerald SPA is cocooned by lush canopies and palm trees, creating the feel of a Balinese jungle – a sanctuary within a sanctuary.
Rooted in ancient healing practices, Emerald SPA offers a full range of Balinese, Ayurvedic and Thai based rituals in the privacy of 10 villa-style air-conditioned treatment rooms. From traditional Shiatsu Thai massages, aromatherapy treatments using medicated, herbal oils, Abhyanga massages that target appetite and insomnia, and practices designed to aid depression and lesson anxiety – the new SPA beautifully embodies a holistic approach. Luxury skincare brand Elemis is used in treatments, bringing its reputation and proven efficacy to the tailored wellness experience. Home to a relaxation area with an Indonesian style pool, steam bath, sauna and jacuzzi, Emerald SPA is a place of calm, connection and compassion.
Vie Hotel Bangkok, Thailand: Launching new, 100% organic spa
The city centre spa has a rooftop pool and a variety of signature packages
A city centre sanctuary in the heart of Thailand’s bustling capital, located a stone’s throw to Siam, the city’s upmarket shopping district, Vie Hotel Bangkok has recently opened one of the finest boutique spas in the city – VIE Spa by ORGANKIA. Offering 100% organic and natural spa treatments, this newly renovated luxury spa will offer a series of deeply restorative 150-minute signature packages designed for detox, calming, purifying and uplifting, along with an array of full body treatments, facials and scrubs. Each treatment emphasizes the power of aroma to unlock the senses through a unique blend of both calming and energising scents, designed to create a sense of balance amidst the busy city environment.
Conveying a sense of pure luxury, the VIE Spa boasts gold, white and bronze décor with six private treatment rooms as well as a specialised Thai massage room and couples’ rooms, as well as an expansive spa suite with a private jacuzzi, for ultimate relaxation.
Zen, Body and Mind Spa opening at Zafiro Palace Andratx: Personalised wellbeing in Mallorca
This all-suite, five-star Palace hotel holds a spa that invites guests to find inner peace
Summer 2020 will see the opening of Zafiro Palace Andratx, a new, all-suite, five-star Palace hotel within the Zafiro Hotels portfolio, that brings a breath of fresh air to the Mallorcan coastline. When it comes to wellbeing, personalised programmes and treatments will be at the top of the agenda at the Zen, Body and Mind Spa. Guests will be invited to find inner bliss with a selection of luxury massage cabins, a sauna, two spacious indoor swimming pools, complemented with a high-tech fitness centre.
The pinnacle of stylish, modern luxury, up against the backdrop of authentic, rustic Mallorca, Zafiro Palace Andratx presents a refreshing alternative for those in search of a destination where chic and contemporary design, modern amenities, breath-taking views and thoughtful service is deeply rooted in local traditions. Set in the charming village of Camp de Mar, sheltered by mountains and full of natural charm, the hotel is steps away from a blue flag, sandy beach and 10-minutes from the ancient town of Andratx, with its quaint narrow streets, rural heritage and sprawling farmlands alive with oranges, olives and grapes.
Santiburi Koh Samui, Thailand: New Spa Treatments and Wellness Packages for 2020
Relax with a range of unique treatments and holistic wellness packages
Situated on one of Thailand’s most secluded beaches, Santiburi Koh Samui’s Lén Spa is delighted to announce the launch of a range of unique treatments and holistic wellness packages for 2020, positioning itself as the island’s latest secret for an all-encompassing fitness and wellness retreat. Intuitively combining the finest modern-day wellness technology with traditional techniques drawn from the wisdom of Southern Thai massage, guests can recline with the knowledge that the highly skilled therapists will restore a profound sense of balance.
New treatments include the luxury intensive gold facial, using active ingredients to reduce wrinkles and improve skin clarity, bamboo amma sculpting treatments, using warm bamboo, sculpting oil and monsoon wrapsody, as well as a rejuvenating black mulberry body mask, and even a spinal Tibetan energy balancing treatment. Guests are also invited to treat themselves to the ‘Wonder of Life’ package encompassing seven hours of Lén Spa bliss with a hot stone massage, foot reflexology massage as well as a manicure and pedicure.