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.
All honey-hued stone on the outside and clean-lined Scandi-chic on the inside, this recently opened retreat has quickly won ardent fans, becoming a bit hit with Cotswolds spa-goers. The candlelit infinity pool may be its centrepiece, but the rhassoul-mud room, fragrant thermal suite, Veuve Clicquot nail bar and host of Temple Spa treatments are equally tempting.
‘You’re completely at one with nature: treetop treatment suites and outdoor hydrotherapy coupled with incredible Ayurvedic massages make for a complete rest for body and mind’
Lisa Stokes, Spa Spy
‘I love that the package is inclusive of all holistic services, and has locally made products; and I love the diversity: yoga, eco beach walks, bicycling, private Jacuzzis… Awesome’
Matthew Malin, 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…
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