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6 luxury spas for travellers who want to focus on their wellbeing

Wellness is one of the fastest-growing sectors in travel, so where are some of the best places for your clients to experience it? We found six unique spas sure to soothe. 

Wellness is one of the fastest-growing sectors in travel, so where are some of the best places for your clients to experience it? We found six unique spas sure to soothe. 

Cutting-edge design

LA-based art collector and event organiser for some of the world’s biggest brands, J. Ben Bourgeois, tapped one of Mexico’s top architects to help him create ZihFit (main image and below) – an eight-bedroom sanctuary on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

 A new, holistic haven in Zihuatanejo, the ethos of the retreat is to offer guests “transformative wellness”.

Six-night retreats explore traditional medicine, locavore cuisine, exercise regimens, mindful meditation and a sacred cacao and Temazcal ceremony.

Mornings begin with yoga sessions to views of Zihuatanejo town and its bay, while afternoons and evenings feature a range of fitness and dance classes from the high-intensity Tabata and Zumba to the rhythmic bachata and salsa under the stars.

The stunning interior at Zihfit Retreat
The stunning interior at Zihfit Retreat

Nature-based treatments

Like something straight from a storybook, Coquillade Provence is a resort enveloped by vines and olive trees with six residences, the oldest dating back to the 11th century.

Here, in the French region of Provence, the vines are used in the new wellness program. Vinotherapy is the use of grape-based oils and scrubs as part of the spa menu. Treatments also include lavender from the property.

La Coquillade, Provence
Coquillade Provence

Therapeutic waters

You’re bound to please the fussiest of spa enthusiasts with this sprawling hydrotherapy spa and resort in Colorado, where there are 25 pools with healing spring waters.

The spring at The Springs Resort was discovered hundreds of years ago by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and has long been known for its healing powers.

The ‘mother spring’ is said to be the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring with 13 minerals and elements.

After taking a dip, guests can try the new Therabody Rapid-Recovery treatments (for relaxation and rapid muscle recovery), a massage, facial or body scrub.

Indigenous treatments

Located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean is reason enough to want to visit Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel, Anguilla. But now there’s another reason.

This exclusive oasis has a new spa in collaboration with Guerlain. Cap Juluca Spa by Guerlain draws inspiration from the Indigenous Arawak tribe.

Guests can choose from a list of exclusive treatments from a face and body experience that incorporates an ocean tambour and ice bubbles, to a multi-sensorial body and facial treatment featuring a face mask of pink quartz.

Book it around the wellness series, which ranges from must-visit yogis, nutritionists, and plant-based chefs.

Cap Juluca Spa
Cap Juluca Spa

Long known as a place of healing, wellness and yoga, Bali never disappoints when it comes to wellbeing breaks.

At Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Mandapa Spa offers treatments that draw on ancient practices, using locally sourced products, including sessions with local healers.

Choose from natural healing traditions, bodywork therapies, and energy healing.

The riverfront spa also has a yoga pavilion, meditation temple, vitality pool, 24-hour fitness centre, saunas, and relaxation areas.

And a new ‘disconnect to reconnect’ program takes guests through vibrational sound therapy, chakra balancing, mindfulness movement routines, and breath work.

Farm therapy

Nestled on an almost 15,000-hectare working cattle ranch and luxury resort in Greenough, Montana, Resort at Paws Up provides an instant feeling of calm.

There are more than 50 activities across 160 kilometres of trails on the property.

Have a treatment in a white tent on an expansive meadow by a babbling brook. Choose from massages, facials and IV hydration therapy.

When guests aren’t enjoying treatments, weeks could be spent exploring the property, with nothing but nature as your neighbour.

For more information, visit Zihfit, Coquillade Provence, The Springs Resort, Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel, Anguilla, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, The Resort at Paws Up.