Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok
With spa therapists trained at a Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Phuket, Bintan, or Lijang, and treatments that use herbs like lemongrass, cloves, and coriander to calm and rejuvenate, no wonder this city hotel spa continues to reign supreme. Book one of the spa suites, located between the 19th and 20th floors, and have your treatment in the en-suite spa room.
TOP 25 INTERNATIONAL
|1. Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand||10. Kinan Spa at Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya, Mexico||18.(tie) Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru|
|2. Four Seasons Resort, Bora Bora||11. Les Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, Monaco||20. CHI Spa at the Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai|
|3. Cinq Mondes Spa at Beau Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland||12. Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, Thailand||21. Spa at Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden, Germany|
|4. Esperanza Resort & Spa, Los Cabos, Mexico||13. Ancient Cedars Spa at The Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada||22. Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Indonesia|
|5. Clinique La Prairie Clarens-Montreux, Switzerland||14. (tie) Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||23. Oriental Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand|
|6. Dior Institute Au Plaza Athenee, Paris, France||14. (tie) Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux-Martillac, France||24. (tie) Peninsula Spa, Hong Kong, China|
|7. (tie) COMO Shambhala at Parrot Day, Turks & Caicos, British West Indies||16. (tie) Spa & Hammam at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey||24. (tie) Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada|
|7. (tie) Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand||16. (tie) Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, Costa Rica|
|9. Banyan Tree Spa Phuket, Thailand||18. (tie) Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand|
Olive Oil IQ
Spa & Hammam at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
The new Epicurean Hammam treatment at this 170-room property overlooking the Bosphorus incorporates ingredients such as olive oil and yogurt, both of which are heavily used in Turkish cuisine.
The 60-minute cleansing ritual starts with the traditional hammam, followed by a 15-minute foam massage with olive oil soap (you can refresh with a delicious olive oil ice cream popsicle after this step) and then, a strained yogurt and rose water body mask. The treatment concludes with a honey yogurt drink to hydrate the body.
Kinan Spa at Maroma Resort & Spa
Even the massage beds face east, symbolizing new beginnings, at this Riviera Maya resort spa, which uses indigenous ingredients and draws from ancient Mayan healing practices. Case in point: the Temazcal, which begins at dusk with chanting and meditation. Next, heated rocks are doused with herb-infused water to create steam, followed by an application of aloe vera. Conclude by plunging into the sea.
Relaxing in the Rainforest
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
This 50-room property near the Arenal volcano in Costa Rica, which has won major points for impeccable service and its rainforest surroundings, debuts a spa and villa pavilion this fall, where the already popular volcanic mud baths, coffee scrubs, and chocolate massages will still be on offer.
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At Auberge’s Esperanza resort in Cabo San Lucas, rotating guest fitness and yoga instructors lead complimentary group beach boot camps, yoga, and zumba classes.