You tell us… Invigorating massage with Alpine views? A mud treatment for two? Serious anti-ageing facial? A bit of a swim and a loll in the sauna? Whatever your spa style, you'll demand nothing less than excellence.
Ubud in Bali is arguably the world capital of wellness retreats, and Como’s flagship spa hotel stands head and deeply relaxed shoulders above the rest. The estate is renowned for its holistic back-to-nature approach, and promises to soothe, relax, cosset and revivify – while surrounding you in totally tropical, thatched-pavilion, wall-to-wall waterfall luxury. East meets West in the Ojas spa, with therapies running the gamut from Ayurveda and anti-ageing to Thai massage and stress management.
'This spa has a magical quality to it that just makes you want to be there and never leave'
Tamara Lohan, Mr & Mrs Smith co-founder
'I love how the spa is anchored around herbs '
Simon Westcott, Mr & Mrs Smith's Asia-Pacific MD
'Overwater bungalows; tattoo artists; dancing-feet massages… Wow. This spa is special'
Juliet Kinsman, Editor-in-chief, Mr & Mrs Smith
'I loved the entire connection to water; both the natural setting and water-oriented facilities'
Andrew Goetz, co-founder, Malin + Goetz
Beautiful decor and layout that appeals to all the sense? Soothing, unobtrusive soundtrack? Forest views from your treatment room? Alfresco treatments on the beach?
Whether it's a technically brilliant facial or a muscle-soothing massage, the Best Spa Hotel doesn't just go through the motions: it's an expert in its chosen field. Therapists should be intuitive and knowledgable, spa menus will be well-considered and flexible, and the end result should leave you relaxed, radiant and restored.
We know you'll agree when we say we also need nice changing rooms, with pristine robes and plenty of products to hand; water, tisanes or juice to sip; a warm welcome, gentle instruction when we need it, and an invitation to linger as long as we like.
Artfully tiled hammams, column-flanked pools, state-of-the-art spa suites, ocean-view yoga pavilions, heated treatment beds… all things we love.
Does the spa use an exceptional product range, an iconic beauty brand, or craft its own signature blends? Has it cherry-picked the best available for each treatment type, be it a manicure or a body wrap?
The best hotel spas reflect the ethos of their setting: it's not an afterthought but a natural extension of the property's outlook. Think Napa Valley mustard seed, Tuscan viticultural products, hot tubs on the piste or thalassotherapy by the sea…