Whether you’re planning the trip of a lifetime or a short spa break, you need to read this. I’ve handpicked the best spas of 2013, which means, naturally, they have The Spa Man stamp of approval.
The Spa at Terre Blanche, Provence
The Spa at Terre Blanche, part of the Leading Hotels of the World is set in the picturesque countryside of Provence. Boasting sauna, steam, laconium and experience showers for men and women and also next to the 20 metre indoor pool, you are spoilt for choice. The pool is connected to an outdoor vitality pool and relaxation garden with sun loungers, where you can enjoy the warmth and scent of the spacious herb gardens.
12 treatment rooms, two couples treatment rooms (with private terrace) hair salon, boutique, gym and yoga studio – ensure you can easily spend a day here with plenty to do.
Terre Blanche is a 5 star Resort and one of Europe’s premier golfing destinations with two 18 hole golf courses. The food alone is worth a visit as there are four restaurants on site. If you’re ever in Provence, this should be top of your list.
Six Senses Spa, Hotel Arts, Barcelona
A must-visit if only for the view, the Six Senses Spa in Barcelona is perched on the top two floors of the Hotel Arts and provides panoramic views of the city, beach and Mediterranean Sea. Divided into separate male and female spas, the facilities include a hydrotherapy plunge pool, shower experience, steam room and a sauna that looks out across the sea. Two of the sauna’s wooden walls have been replaced with glass – the views are out of this world. It’s so rare for a hotel spa to have natural day light, let alone a view, this is one spa that is all about location, location, location. The shower area – again offers floor to ceiling views and the relaxation area has day beds and sofas, whilst outside on the deck there are sun loungers to hang out, catch some rays and relax – looking across to Montjuic, the port of Barcelona and Barceloneta Beach.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is a luxury destination in its own right (and works perfectly as a stopover en-route to Australia). The hotel offers everything you would expect from the Mandarin group and a treatment or two helps adjust your body to a new time zone with ease. The signature spa therapies are all expertly designed to help soothe mind, body and spirit and I found they helped relieve the symptoms of jet lag in an instant. Boasting six treatment rooms, including two couples suites, a separate manicure-pedicure station, a reflexology space and tea lounge for relaxation – it’s a delight.
Dark woods and lacquered panels set the mood with warm earthy tones, louvered shutters and subtle lighting; it’s calming, tranquil and absolutely perfect. The only thing missing within the spa complex are water facilities, but the rooftop pool is just outside – and it’s where I retreated to snooze after my treatment.
The Spa at Frankfurter Hof, Frankfurt
Frankfurter Hof traces its history back to 1872 when it first opened its doors. It had a complete renovation in 2012 which also saw the opening of the spa. Boasting 261 rooms, 42 luxury suites and a Presidential suite, you are sure to find a bed to rest your head, and then you must book into the spa. The Reflecting a touch of Arabian elegance, The Spa at Frankfurter Hof has an excellent choice of thermal experiences including: hammam, rhassoul, heated relaxation beds and a colour therapy mood room along with experience showers, sauna and steam. Whilst there’s no pool in the main spa, the couple’s treatment room has a private plunge pool and shower experience and for the price, is well-worth the upgrade. Definitely book a hammam and the Oriental Massage.
Spa My Blend, Le Royal Monceau, Paris
Le Royal Monceau is the flagship of the Raffles Hotel group in Europe and it was the home to the launch of the exclusive new spa concept from Clarins, Spa My Blend. It remains one of my favourite destinations of 2013. The spa is light and airy which made it welcoming and spacious and you would never know it is situated in the basement.
The centrepiece is the eye catching 28 metre indoor pool edged by an infinity mirror and covered by glass tiled skylights which are the base of the hotel pond above. Steam, sauna, laconium and ice fountain with accompanying watsu pool, modern fitness centre and personalised coaching for beauty, body, pool make this is a spa of substance. The treatment menu consists of the full Clarins Essentials and For Men – Face and Body, as well as the bespoke Clarins My Blend treatments.
I love it here and would run back today, given half the chance.
Selman Marrakech, Morocco
Just 10 minutes from the centre of Marrakech you will find Selman Marrakech. An exquisite location, an oasis in the desert with 80 metre outdoor pool, luxury suites, opulent designs and a purpose built spa following the Chenot method.
Built on 1200 m², the Espace Vitalité Chenot evokes the ancient Hammam of Istanbul. The Spa offers treatments using the specific and unique Chenot method mainly founded on the principle of Biontology.the central pool and relaxation area are worth it alone, but you will also find outdoor pools, plenty of hydrotherapy and heat experiences. It’s dark, secluded and absolutely perfect.