5 Global Spas to Inspire a Healthy New Year

La Prairie Spa, The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Island
Waheeda Harris
Written by Waheeda Harris

As 2016 has arrived, a new year means new goals for one’s self: regular workouts, eating more vegetables and fruit, and getting those eight hours of sleep. Making it a habit and sticking to it, day after day, there needs to be a reward: time at the spa!

For travellers finding themselves in these hot spots around the globe, indulge in some me time at these five spas to erase stress and reward a new year of committing to good health with the blissed out feeling of well-being.

SPA Aqueduto

SPA Aqueduto
Hotel M’ar de Ar, Evora, Portugal
The scent of orange trees greet guests at this modern boutique hotel before descending into the stylish spa located on the lower level. In the relaxing stone and wood reception area, choose from treatment options such as hot stone, ayurvedic, lymphatic or Vichy massage or a hydrotherapy circuit featuring sauna, Vichy shower and Turkish bath.

Recommended treatment: Aroma Soul treatment combining scrub, bath and massage inspired by India, Arabia and Mediterranean traditions to detoxify and invigorate.


La Prairie Spa

La Prairie Spa Grand Cayman The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Island
Passing through the water tunnel into the welcoming sanctuary of the largest spa on island, guests are transported into the silver surroundings, where employees offer tea, flavoured water and healthy snacks. The spacious five star spa offers a wide variety of treatments for face and body, all based on La Prairie products for relaxation, hydration and anti-aging.

Recommended treatment: Escape to Paradise: Travel Recovery to erase jetlag with a 60 minute Swedish massage and 60 minute signature facial.

Thalasso & Spa

Thalasso & Spa Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min Resort, Inle Lake, Myanmar
The laid-back environment of this resort encourages guests to de-stress in the spacious public areas and lush water gardens before arriving at the spa. Oversized water bowls filled with fresh flowers welcome guests into the tranquil treatment area, where face and body treatments are done on oversized padded tatami mats, shaded by colourful fabrics.

Recommended treatment: 30 minute foot reflexology and foot massage to detoxify and encourage circulation.

Secrets Spa by Pevonia

Secrets Spa by Pevonia Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa, Huatulco, Mexico
At this extensive all-inclusive adults only resort on the Pacific coast of Mexico, the best reason to leave the beach is a visit to the open air spa overlooking the resort. All spa guests are put through the anti-stress hydrotherapy circuit: time in the sauna, steam room and a quick cold shower and then soothing hydrotherapy pool stations, each with jets to target different areas of the body. The hour long water therapy helps to detox prior to the wide range of body or face treatments.

Recommended treatment: Water Lily Sun Relief to calm, soothe and hydrate skin overexposed to the sun.

Szechenyi Baths

Szechenyi Baths Szechenyi Baths, Budapest, Hungary
Found in Budapest’s City Park, the oldest spa of the city provides a place to swim and soak year round. Calcium, magnesium, sodium and sulphite are found within the two outdoor mineral pools, kept at different temperatures. Inside, a sauna, steam room, salt scrub and 15 mineral indoor pools keep guests busy; rent a cabin to spend a half day or whole day soaking away stress.

Recommended treatment: the Harmony Aroma massage (and time in the baths) will help stretch and soothe travel weary muscles.

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Waheeda Harris

Waheeda Harris

Waheeda Harris is a Toronto-based freelance journalist with a penchant for exploring our planet.

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