The spa industry is set for a big year in 2018 with great places to escape to for health, wellness and relaxation. In the UK there continues to be huge investment in country house hotels and we will see the unique partnership between Champneys and Marella Cruises from May 2018. Angsana (renowned throughout Asia) makes it European debut in Corfu in Greece. It really is a big year.
You are already spoiled for choice, now there’s even more on offer as properties look to raise the bar for spa in the UK and abroad. The first opening is LUX* Grande Gaube which just sneaks onto this list (opening late December 2017). So, it’s hot off the press and benefiting from a total overhaul. Here’s where to spa in 2018! The best new spa openings in 2018 including: UK, Europe, Asia and the Indian Ocean.
The best new spa openings in 2018: UNITED KINGDOM
Kohler Waters Spa at The Old Course Hotel, Scotland
Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel has relaunched its spa and fitness offering with a new £8m renovation and extension. This is very exciting news and revitalises one of the most renowned spas in Scotland. It sees Phytomer, Voya and Comfort Zone join as spa partners (three of my favourites) and Skin Regimen makes it debut in the spa in the UK too. It has just opened so you can book ahead to ensure you are first amongst your friends to shout about it.
Designed by architects Sedley place, the 2,300sq m (25,000sq ft) spa, facility includes thirteen treatment rooms – including two couple’s rooms, two wet treatment rooms with KOHLER bathing experiences, a 20m indoor swimming spa pool, a hydrotherapy pool for therapeutic bathing, steam room for deep muscular relaxation and detoxification, experience showers, refreshing Ice fountain, cold plunge pool and a Finnish sauna. There is also a rooftop garden with hot tub. It’s very big news and I’m hoping to visit soon.
The Spa at South Lodge, West Sussex
The Spa at South Lodge near Horsham in West Sussex is going to be huge. It will be an impressive addition to this large country house hotel. Said to be 4,120m² in size, this luxury spa promises to make the most of its natural landscape. The spa will extend over two floors with a third level of extensive outside terracing in a natural suntrap.
Set into the natural contours of the land, The Spa will complement the landscape with a grass and sedum roof and green oak cladding. Designed with sustainability in mind, bringing the outside in and extending the spa out into the grounds. Terraced sun decks, an outside natural swimming pond and hydrotherapy pool. It features floor to ceiling windows in the gym, thermal suite and indoor infinity pool. Complementing this will be a restaurant and outside snack bar for poolside refreshments.
Opening Mid 2018
Beaverbrook is a luxury country house hotel within easy reach of London. A reported £90m has been invested into this massive project to transform, what was once the country estate of media mogul Lord Beaverbrook. A spa with indoor and outdoor pools, steam room, sauna, hammam and nail bar is also in the works for the Main House, and expected to be open very soon. The Coach House Spa has been designed by one of the world’s finest glass architects and artists, Brian Clarke. Inspired by the English countryside, the Spa promises a relaxing, warm and tranquil interior environment created by leading interior designer Susie Atkinson. We are promised mainly natural English beauty products to complement the ethos of the Spa. Watch this space.
Open early 2018
Gisborough Hall, Yorkshire
Gisborough Hall has revealed detailed plans for its new multi-million-pound spa development featuring woodland spa. woodland spa setting will overlook the beautiful Cleveland Hills. Gisborough Hall dates back to 1857 and the grade II-listed country house was fully restored in 2002 following investment by the Gisborough family, who privately own the hotel.
The spa, which will include an 18-metre indoor pool, an outdoor hydro-pool, a variety of heat experiences with relaxation space, nine treatment rooms, an extensive gym and a fitness studio. The new spa will offer a full range of spa days and membership packages, as well as providing the facilities to all hotel residents.
Opening end of 2018
The Langley, Buckinghamshire
The Langley will benefit from a multi-million pound conversion to open a 2,000 spm spa in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside. The 41-room hotel, situated on 500 acres of land is part of Marriott International’s Luxury Collection of hotels and will be just a 40 minute drive from the heart of London. It will occupy two historic buildings; a Grade-II listed mansion that was formerly the hunting lodge of the Duke of Marlborough, and the 18th century The Brewhouse, previously used as stables and a brewery.
The spa will feature a cryotherapy centre and gym in partnership with personal trainer to the stars, Matt Roberts. There will be eight treatment rooms, a VIP treatments suite and a women’s-only thermal area.
Opening date TBC – 2018
The best new spa openings in 2018: EUROPE
Champneys Spa aboard Marella Explorer
Spa at sea aboard the latest ship in the Marella Cruises fleet, Marella Explorer. Customers will experience ultimate relaxation in the new, state-of-the-art on-board spa. Typical of UK Champneys resorts, the luxurious spa will feature a full treatment menu, including facials, body wraps, massages, manicures, acupuncture and more, as well as a salon, wellness centre and stylish relaxation room that boasts comfortable beds complete with stunning panoramic views. The boat will initially travel around Europe and then across the globe after the summer season of 2018.
Opening May 2018
Angsana Corfu, Greece
Angsana hits Greece! The sister business of Banyan Tree (I’m a huge fan) Angsana Corfu is situated 12km south from the town of Corfu and offers a choice of 199 rooms, suites and bungalows with magnificent views of the mountain or the sea. Enjoy delectable spread of different cuisines from Pan Asian to international cuisines in our restaurants. Enjoy dining underneath the stars at our rooftop lounge bar or have a beachfront dining at our beach club.
Angsana Corfu offers a wide variety of facilities, including outdoor and indoor swimming pools, state-of-the-art gym and yoga deck. Children will have a great time in the kids club and kids pool. Relax and rejuvenate at the award-winning Angsana Spa that offers 16 treatment rooms including outdoor spa pavilions.
Opens: Summer 2018
Gennadi Grand Resort, Greece
Overlooking the Aegean, Gennadi Grand Resort promises to set a new standard for five-star hospitality in the Greek islands. Part of Lindos Hotel Group, this eco-friendly luxury resort will have 266 rooms and suites. The resort’s spa will offer signature rituals, facials and body treatments to promote inner balance and harmony. The fitness centre will offer yoga, aerial yoga, Pilates and aqua Pilates, aqua aerobic, tennis, beach volley and many other water sports to keep all ages entertained.
Opens in May 2018
Four Seasons Hotel Athens at Astir Palace, Greece
Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens will offer the best of both worlds: a laid-back seaside escape, just 30 minutes from the historical city centre. Discover the wonders of ancient civilization at the Acropolis, then return to Four Seasons to unwind and relax.
Featuring 303 guest rooms, suites and bungalows with classic views of the Aegean Sea. Three pools and two private beaches cater for the sun-seekers, while The Spa beckons with treatments inspired by the ancient teachings of Hippocrates. And there will be eight restaurants, lounges and bars – you won’t go hungry.
Opening: Summer 2018
Ikos Dassia, Corfu, Greece
Set to raise the bar in Corfu when it opens in 2018, Ikos Dassia is framed by fragrant woodland with dazzling views across the turquoise Ionian Sea. Contemporary Mediterranean style meets traditional Greek hospitality here, with elegant accommodation, sumptuous dining and a spa offering treatments from Parisian beauty experts Anne Sémonin.
opening May 2018
Euphoria Retreat, Peloponnese, Greece
The Euphoria Retreat promises guests a unique spa philosophy which blends Greek and Chinese philosophies and medicines, as well as extensive spa facilities and range of transformational programmes and retreats. Located 2.5 hours drive from Athens and less than an hour from Kalamata, Euphoria Retreat is situated on the edge of the Byzantine town of Mystras, a 13th century Unesco World Heritage site.
Opening: May 2018
The best new spa openings in 2018: INDIAN OCEAN
LUX* Grand Gaube, Mauritius
LUX* Grand Gaube has had a makeover – a lux one. Situated on the northern coast of Mauritius, the resort is being completely reimagined by British interior designer Kelly Hoppen, promising a design palette that combines an eclectic mix of colourful prints, retro chic furniture and lots of greenery.
The property will feature 186 rooms and suites complete with LUX* Sleeptight mattresses and private sundecks with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.
There will be a brand-new spa (fantastic news) with a Wellness Concierge and meditation expert on hand. I’m loving that Carita is the new results-driven skincare brand and that Murdock London is introducing a range of barber services for men. As always, the food is expected to be exquisite, offering a range of world-class cuisines plus the variety of ‘reasons to go LUX*’. My favourite is the red phone box to phone home.
Due to open December 2017
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island will be the only resort on this remote coral island. On the outer edge of the Indian Ocean’s archipelago, Desroches Island is located among the Amirantes Islands, a 35 minute flight southwest of Mahé, in the Seychelles. Boasting 8.7 miles of pristine white-sand beaches, lush coconut groves, crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs, the island is a remote and tranquil oasis just five degrees south of the equator. Featuring beach suites and private residences this will be total luxury. The spa will offer bespoke programmes from the six-suite spa offering locally-inspired treatments and wellness classes.
Open in early 2018
LUX* North Male Atoll, Maldives
Set on the intimate Olhahali Picnic Island, just 30 minutes from Male, LUX* North Male Atoll promises guests a totally unique contemporary style of architecture which offers sleek South Beach-style penthouses on the sand, or over-water, all elegantly styled by Singapore design group Miajia.
For the first time in the Maldives, each residence will feature a 120 m2 roof terrace – a magnificent private deck, elevated five metres above the pristine water, with large penthouses home to their own spas, pools and fitness suites.
The resort will also provide Big Green Egg BBQs, a rooftop bar, cinema and SONOS, a yoga plinth, starlight jacuzzis and outdoor games for the ultimate sky lounge, as well as all the usual LUX* touches. Of course there will be a spa.
Opening April 2018
The best new spa openings in 2018: ASIA
Six Senses Krabey Island, Cambodia
Six Senses Krabey Island is being built on its own Cambodian island and will feature 40 pool villas on the naturally landscaped 30-acre isle. Guests will arrive at the mainland reception before the short boat transfer to the island. Sihanoukville Airport in the south of Cambodia is less than a 10-minute drive from the mainland jetty. With two restaurants plus a deli complete with ice cream parlor you won’t go hungry. But it’s the spa where the main action will be. Six Senses Spa Krabey Island will feature the Six Senses specialty menu as well as several ancient Cambodian healing traditions and multi-day rejuvenation journeys, Six Senses Integrated Wellness, detox, yoga and workshops.
Opening mid to late 2018
Rosewood Phnom Penh
Rosewood Phnom Penh will occupy the top 14 floors of a sleek new building in the heart of Cambodia’s capital. Soaring 188 meters into the sky, the iconic building takes the form of a rising dragon oriented toward the east, offering unobstructed panoramic views of the city, including the fabled Mekong River. Expect classy rooms and restaurants and Sense, the Rosewood Spa located on the 33rd floor with six treatment rooms, indoor lap pool, fitness studio and a nail studio.
Opening 1st Quarter 2018.
COMO Uma Canggu, Bali
COMO Uma Canggu promises to be sleek, sophisticated and secluded. Set on the south coast of the Indonesian island of Bali, the resort will feature 53 rooms and suites, 66 one-, two-, and three-bedroom private apartments, including 12 penthouses with private pools. Designed in typical modern Asian style it will boast COMO’s legendary Shambhala Retreat. You are in for a treat.
Opening February 2018
The best new spa openings in 2018: PACIFIC
Six Senses Fiji
Six Senses Fiji on Malolo Island, known for its idyllic crystal waters, mountainous landscape and excellent climate. The property enjoys a 650m stretch of pristine private beach, two restaurants, three bars plus a gourmet deli and water bottling plant. The cuisine will feature sustainably-sourced ingredients gathered from local markets and fishermen as well as the resort’s own garden. Activities on offer will include all water sports imaginable plus a well-appointed Six Senses Spa, gym, club house and kids club. The 66 residences and all facilities will be 100 percent solar-powered by the first microgrid in Fiji to use Tesla batteries.
Opening March 2018