Park Hotel Vitznau is your every dream of a Swiss spa come true, with its views of the crystalline Lake Lucerne and impeccable facilities: a Finnish sauna, biosauna, solarium, tepidarium, an ice grotto, indoor and outdoor whirlpools, and a special room for foot baths. There’s also a 71-foot-long outdoor pool and an aquarium with 30 species of fish. Vitznau La Prairie treatments bring serious Swiss attention to detail and major results. Among the best is the 90-minute Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Age-Defying Facial, in which therapists massage the eyes and face with clear and rose quartz crystals, and the three-hour Swiss Bliss Treatment, which includes the application of La Prairie’s Skin Caviar cream to both face and body.
At 20,000 square feet and illuminated by hundreds of candles, Borgo Egnazia’s Vair Spa feels like a world of its own. Mixing ancient and modern influences, Vair (which means “true” in the local Pugliese dialect) includes Roman baths, a flotation tank filled with water and salt drawn from nearby beaches, a sauna, and Turkish baths. Among the most innovative treatments, the Spirt course offers a two-hour experience that begins with a washing ritual on stone beds using rosemary-and-lavender-scented water, and finishes with a mud and ice massage. For a more intense experience, Vair has added an Iyengar yoga retreat, where guests eat just two meals a day in preparation for a 16-hour fast, take yoga classes, and participate in a Spirt purification treatment.
The House of Wellbeing at Villa Stéphanie, set in a private park adjacent to Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden, Germany, takes a distinctly ambitious approach with dozens of services for beauty, detoxification, nutrition, emotional balance, and even medical care. Visitors can lounge in the hammam or work out in a kickboxing class, and recover with an hour-long Shiatsu massage. For a restorative option, the 60-minute Sisley Phyto-Aromatique Facial provides deep massage along with serums containing plant extracts for skin elasticity and protection, lavender and marjoram to calm, and vitamins to soften and hydrate.
Providenciales, British West Indies
On a private Turks and Caicos island, COMO Shambhala Retreat at COMO Parrot Cay brings an Asian sensibility to the Caribbean. With nine treatment rooms spread across 12,000 square feet, the spa offers everything from Thai massages to Ayurvedic weight-loss plans, with a program led by resident practitioner Dr. Parth Mahajan, an expert in stress management and a devotee of yogic science. For guests wanting pure pampering, the two-hour COMO Shambhala Bath includes dry brushing followed by an application of shea butter, almond-, coconut-, and macadamia-nut oils, and concludes with an invigorating bath and a relaxing massage.
Suitably grand for its majestic setting, the 30,000-square-foot Spa Guerlain at Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace — Versailles has 14 treatment suites, multiple steam rooms, two fitness centers, a sun deck, a 2,100-square-foot heated indoor pool, and anti-aging treatments worthy of Marie Antoinette. The hour-long Orchidée Impériale Black Treatment uses Guerlain’s patented BlackimmuneTM technology to boost the keratinocytes and Langerhans cells, which fight epidermal damage. Traditional ingredients play an important role here, as well. The 90-minute Honey Repair Treatment features microdermabrasion, a purifying massage, and the application of Abeille Royale Serum, formulated from pure Ouessant Black Bee Honey and Guerlain-exclusive Royal Jelly.
Laamu Atoll, Maldives
Sometimes the best therapy is a good night’s sleep, and the Maldives’ Six Senses Laamu delivers it with its two-hour Sleep Well Journey. Beginning with guided meditation and breathing exercises, the sleep-focused experience continues with a facial massage to stimulate the pineal gland, followed by an Ayurvedic nasal oil containing more than two dozen herb and flower essences said to stimulate the nervous system. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the spa’s airy treatment “nests” provide a supremely relaxing setting for the 24K Gold Age-Defying Facial, which uses Indian jasmine flowers to encourage cell renewal and promote collagen creation, as well as 24K gold to enhance skin vitality.
Miami Beach, Florida
Befitting its cosmopolitan Miami Beach location, The Spa at The Setai by THÉMAÉ mixes French sophistication with Japanese aesthetics and traditions. Priding itself on providing guests with a cocooning experience, the spa is highly exclusive, with just four treatment suites, all of which overlook the hotel’s three pools and the ocean. Each is decked out with double beds, shower, steam room, and terrazzo soaking tub. Of special note is the decadent Setai Ceremony, which combines a relaxing, deep back massage with an anti-aging facial, detoxifying tea-leaf cleansing mask, collagen mask, acupuncture, and a body-brush massage. This being Miami, the treatment is completed with an application of gold dust.