Every stay in Mr & Mrs Smith's spa-break-hotel collection is not only cucumber cool, but also filled with treatment menus, top-notch facilities and fitness-fostering extras guaranteed to unfurrow your brow and put a spring in your step. These are our ideal getaways with pampering a-plenty, from hammam-enhanced hotels and sleek city spas to Ayurvedic yoga retreats and mountaintop health centres…
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Glittering Sydney is all about laid-back coastal life, and QT Sydney hotel – with its quirky bar and day spa – is ideal for unwinding. Take the Manly Ferry from Circular Quay out to Layne’s pine-fringed home beach Manly for swims or surf classes. Order delicious pizza on the Wharf at Hugos Manly, followed by Adriano Zumbo’s famous macaroons (Shop 1a, 40 East Esplanade). Merivale is launching a hot new Latin American restaurant on the wharf this November, too. Iconic Bondi Beach boasts sociable sunbathing and surf. Refuel on seasonal produce at Sean’s Panaroma (270 Campbell Parade) or swing by Pompei’s (126 Roscoe Street) for artisan gelato. The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is jaw-dropping, and you can take dips at Clovelly or Bronte along the way; look out for artworks during spring’s Sculpture by the Sea. Finally, fly home from Sydney to the UK with Emirates.
Hidden in the heart of beachside Seminyak, The Amala’s a holistic retreat of sleek thatched-roof pads, plunge pools and herb-infused showers. Balis’ finest wellness gurus are at hand to soothe and restore with yoga and water Pilates.
Ubud Hanging Gardens’ villas, spectacular infinity pool and Balinese spa hug the steep hillsides of the Ayung River. Thankfully, there’s a funicular for those after a truly languid retreat.
Ringed by eight cloud-shrouded volcanoes and lush jungle foliage, MesaStila’s antique-filled villas are set in hectares of lovingly tended gardens. Watch the sunrise at Borobudur before indulging in an authentic hammam and coffee-infused spa therapies.
Tucked away in an upscale corner of Kuala Lumpur, Villa Samadhi’s Thai-styled rooms are set around an inviting lagoon-shaped pool; ladders from ground-floor terraces allow guests to swim out from their rooms.
Tiny Tioman Island can only be reached by boat. Perched over the South China Sea, Japamala Resort’s luxury tree houses and cliff-clinging chalets are the ultimate back-to-nature retreat, with courtyard Jacuzzis, secluded sun decks and overwater day-beds.
Set on a peaceful lagoon, romantic Gayana Eco Resort in Sabah even has its own marine research centre. It’s just the place for overwater plunge-pool petal-strewn baths à deux, if you’re into that sort of thing. And, let’s face it, who isn’t?
Weird and whimsical, Wanderlust is a vivid dreamscape of a boutique hotel set in the heart of Singapore’s Little India. No two rooms are the same – expect 29 flights of fancy inspired by pop art, origami and childhood fantasies.
Beachfront Fusion Maia Resort has stylish lodgings and smart dining down pat. Set within tropical gardens, its day spa is the largest in Hoi An and, irresistibly, all pampering sessions are included in the rate.
An Lam Saigon River is a quiet sanctuary of leafy gardens, river-watching rooms and zingy Vietnamese food. Make your lantern-lit entrance at dusk; the boat can whoosh you back to central Ho Chi Minh City in just 15 minutes.
Rustic but undeniably luxurious, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay’s boulder-perched villas are set in a secluded crescent-shaped bay; dive, spa or simply laze at this dreamy eco-friendly Nha Trang getaway.
Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa spawls across three heavenly seafront hectares; expect angelic masseuses, vanilla-infused cocktails and endless white sands at beachy, off the radar Mui Ne.
Style International desert luxury
Setting Palm-shaped island paradise
The spectacular One&Only The Palm resort, stretched out over the Persian Gulf on Dubai’s tree-shaped Palm Island archipelago, has all the indulgent service, spa treats and impeccable dining you’d expect from a luxury UAE hotspot, topped off with superlative sea and city views.
Cape Town is fast becoming a favourite destination to pop to for some serious beautifying. Not only is express cosmetic surgery a speciality, but it’s also a hub for holistic medicine. A short drive from Victorian-exterior country-style homestead Schoone Oordt in historic Swellendam, is the new Rainforest Day Spa. Applying a natural approach to health and wellness and first-class botanical products has helped made Rain the darling of New York City sybarites too – and they’re a tough crowd to please. To get a pampering truly in cahoots with nature, hit the thatched Wellness Spa at Etali in Madikwe; here you can enjoy an African ritual in soundtracked by elephants at the waterhole and weaverbirds on the window. Meanwhile, at the Bush Spas at Singita Sweni and Singita Lebombo, monkey oranges are the stars of the show – they rub these dried exotic fruits on your pressure points.
Style Italo-Arab urban retreat
Setting Private polo estate
Anyone familiar with Huvafen Fushi's attentive service and extensive facilities will know the drill: this Arabian sister property may be small but it's perfectly formed, with more spa therapies and activities than you could ever hope to try on one holiday. Watch polo on the terrace, sniff out bargains in Dubai's souks or get involved in some seriously hedonistic nightlife: just 20 minutes from the airport, Desert Palm is the perfect city-break stopover.