Top 10 Spa Retreats Abroad
We all live increasingly busy lives, if it’s not work or your side hustle it’s trying to make enough time to see your family, catch up with friends and squeeze in travels on top of that! It can sometimes be hard to disconnect from a world that is so constantly connected, and for many of us the digital world is our livelihoods which makes it near enough impossible to ‘switch off’. But have you ever considered visiting a wellness retreat for your next travel trip?
Sure, we all love booking a spontaneous city break where there is much to keep you busy with but it can be exhausting all the same. So why not try and get the best of both worlds? A trip to a relaxing retreat can be just what you’re looking for. A place to truly unwind and take a much needed digital detox! And if you just can’t help but want to head out and explore then don’t worry! These retreats offer not only a sanctuary of peace and quiet, but gorgeous surroundings to discover if your feet get a little itchy…
1. Capri Palace, Italy
Perched overlooking the stunning gulf of Naples, if you’re after a spa with a view then this is certainly it! The Capri beauty farm and medical spa offers a whole host of treatments and has a specific interest in wellbeing. The setting is just perfect if you’re looking for tranquillity, enjoy the sound of the waves crashing against the rock front as you relax on the balcony. For explorers, you can catch a cab to nearby Capri which offers equally breath-taking views and plenty of local restaurants to order a delicious bowl of fresh pasta. I’d recommend Terrazza Brunella for a lovely, romantic setting!
- Website: www.capripalace.com/en/
- Phone: +39 081 978 0111
- Address: Via Capodimonte, 14, 80071 Anacapri, Isola di Capri NA, Italy
2. Fusion Maia Resort, Vietnam
For pure indulgence, this boutique hotel resort offers a wide range of all-inclusive spa treatments. Yes that’s right, all treatments are included in the price of your room so you can kick back and enjoy a pamper without awaiting a bill at the end of your session! Positioned just a few small steps from the ocean, this hotel offers stunning views, as well as an impressive infinity pool. Enjoy relaxing sauna rooms, yoga on the pavilion or why not have a stroll through the resorts private boutique garden?
- Website: www.maiadanang.fusion-resorts.com
- Phone: +84 236 3967 999
- Address: Võ Nguyên Giáp, Q. Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 557276, Vietnam
3. Six Senses Douro, Portugal
This is definitely one for any yoga bunnies out there, with plenty of chances to take part in the resorts special meditative yoga. Enjoy this 19 acre resort equipped with ten treatment rooms, a stunning outdoor heated pool, tennis courts and gym! Overlooking the River Douro, you can enjoy gourmet food from the resorts restaurant and taste wine made from the surrounding valley’s wine makers. As part of the six senses visiting practitioner program, the resort features over 100 of the world’s best wellness practitioners and experts.
- Website: www.sixsenses.com/resorts/douro-valley/destination
- Phone: +351 254 660 600
- Address: Quinta Vale de Abrão, 5100-758 Samodães,Lamego, Portugal
4. Jumeirah Port Soller, Majorca
If a clifftop hydrotherapy pool doesn’t already have you sold then maybe you’ll enjoy the hillside views, modern décor and outdoor Pilate’s sessions. This resort is a great option for keen cyclists, with many spectacular views and trails to explore if you’re after a little adventure. The hotel itself is intimate, perfect if you’re seeking peace and quiet! Spread across 11 buildings, all connected by stunning scented gardens, it provides ultimate tranquillity for those that usually lead hectic lives. You’ll never want to leave!
- Website: www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/mallorca/jumeirah-port-soller-hotel-and-spa
- Phone: +34 971 63 78 88
- Address: s/n, Carrer de Bèlgica, 07108 Port de Sóller, Illes Balears, Spain
5. The Bedford Lodge, Suffolk, UK
Breathe in that fresh countryside air in this Suffolk based retreat. Mixing classic with contemporary, this spa and hotel is set in a stunning Georgian building with gorgeous grassy surroundings and gardens. The spa itself has 10 stunning treatment rooms, offering everything from specialist massages to signature facials. You can also enjoy lunch and something fizzy on the hotels garden terrace. Or if you really want to wind down there’s always the rooftop hot tub! Relax and gaze into the stars on a summers evening, pure bliss. The retreat is also home to the well-known award winning Squires Restaurant, great for foodies!
- Website: www.bedfordlodgehotelspa.co.uk
- Phone: +441638 676130
- Address: Bury Rd, Newmarket CB8 7BX
6. La Clairière, France
Set in the breath-taking forests of Alsace, La Clairière is set in beautiful natural surroundings, far away from busy public transport areas, bustling shops and crowded streets. The spa is very much the focal point at this wellness retreat, with views out onto the forest, steam baths, a Finnish sauna, whirlpool and plunge pool, to name a few. As well as the extensive spa facilities the resort is also home to two swimming pools, yoga sessions for all levels and there is also forest paths that are ideal for hiking and mountain biking.
- Website: www.la-clairiere.com/en/index.html
- Telephone: +33 (0)3 88 71 75 00
- Address: 63, route d’Ingwiller 67290 La Petite Pierre, Parc Naturel Régional des Vosges du Nord, Alsace, France
7. Layana Resort, Thailand
Situated in the stunning Koh Lanta, this adults-only spa is a little slice of heaven. A stylish resort, this is ideal for those that are looking for an exotic getaway! If you struggle to relax for longer than a day or so then this perfect for you as there is still lots to keep your mind occupied with. Have fun with the resorts list of activities that include kayaking, motorcycling, snorkelling, scuba diving, and island discovery tours – and that’s not even half! Whether you want to relax or get stuck into sports, this resort has it all.
- Website: www.layanaresort.com
- Phone: +66 75 607 100
- Address: Sala Dan, Ko Lanta District, Krabi 81150, Thailand
8. Aphrodite Hills Resort, Cyprus
It’s definitely all about location with this resort! The spa itself is located on an elevated part of the hotel, above the Mediterranean Sea offering spectacular views from the outdoor pool! Cyprus itself is a fantastic location, offering beautiful weather, outstanding hospitality and historical points of interest if you wish to explore the island. It’s definitely one to add to your travel bucket list.
- Website: www.aphroditehills.com
- Phone: +357 26 828000
- Address: 2 Aphrodite Avenue, Kouklia 08509, Cyprus
9. Le Blanc Resort, Mexico
Based in the beautiful Cancun, this adult-only spa resort offers the perfect environment for unwinding with little distraction (and no children!). With 19 impressive treatment rooms, private suites and an extensive menu of treatments, it will be more than easy to spend the day being totally pampered. This resort also offers a state of the art fitness centre, and holds various fitness classes including Pilates. Soak up that Caribbean sunshine and listen to the waves gently crashing together. Top tip – head to Du Mexique for delicious French cuisine with a Mexican twist!
- Website: www.leblancsparesort.com
- Phone: +1 800-986-5632
- Address: Boulevard Kukulcan Km.10, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancun, JAL, México, Zona Hotelera, 77500 cancun, QROO, Mexico
10. Lake Austin Spa Resort, Texas
Situated in the Texas countryside, the Lake Austin spa resort offers a sanctuary for rest, health and renewal. This retreat focuses greatly on wellbeing, and runs various different programs as well as a range of different fitness classes, boot camps and meditation sessions. If you’re looking to give your health a boost and seek nutritional advice then this is the place to go. The spa gardens are particularly stunning and offer a peaceful wander around the site and up to the lagoon area. Life is definitely much slower paced here, but if that’s what you’re after then you can’t ask for much more.
- Website: www.lakeaustin.com/spa-resort
- Phone: +1 512-372-7300
- Address: 1705 S Quinlan Park Rd, Austin, TX 78732, USA
By Tilly Jayne
Tilly is a UK based style and travel blogger, hopping her way around the best cities in Europe! Her favourite city break destination so far is Rome, but enjoys nothing better than a relaxing weekend at the spa.