5 of the Best Hotel Spas on the Planet

May 18, 2016 by First & Business

Everyone deserves to be spoilt, to be pampered and to indulge in a bit of ‘me time’. Well what if you could enjoy all of that whilst staying in some of the most beautiful locations on the planet? Flight Centre First and Business’s Kat Townsend has been lucky enough to have stayed in some of the best spas in the world, perfect for losing yourself and discovering that inner Zen.

Now it’s your turn to do the same. Go on, treat yourself and fall head over heels for some of the best hotel spas around the world – as picked by Kat:

Nira Spa at Shanti Maurice, Mauritius

Nira Spa at Shanti Maurice, Mauritius

Nira Spa

WHERE? Shanti Maurice, Mauritius

Set amid nearly two acres of unashamedly indulgent spa perfection, the Nira Spa at the Shanti Maurice in Mauritius is a tropical haven that needs to be experienced to be believed. With four distinctive spa stations – ‘The Holistic Bio Experience’, ‘The Indian Experience’, ‘The Oriental Experience’ and ‘The Fitness & Wellness Experience’ – there is an experience to meet all of your rejuvenation needs. And there are plenty of treatments and classes to choose from too: we love the  Hatha Yoga Session and the Tranquillity Face & Body Ritual in particular.

One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

One & Only Spa

WHERE? One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

Set apart from the rest of the resort, this tranquil spa is encased by lush, manicured gardens, complete with private treatment villas and relaxation pavilions that boast dramatic ocean views. Here it’s all about the bespoke service, tailoring treatments to each individual. From a private couples’ spa experience, to lavish body rituals, this spa could not be more special.

COMO Shambhala

COMO Shambhala

COMO Shambhala

WHERE? COMO Shambhala Estate Ubud, Bali

The COMO Shambhala Estate is not just a hotel – it’s a spa resort, through and through. Everything from dining to activities to the wellness programme has been designed with rejuvenation and wellbeing in mind. In addition to the resort’s comprehensive spa treatments, staff also belief that adventure and cultural discovery is a crucial part of the holistic approach. If you want a total recharge and refocus, this is the spa for you.

A Thai massage at Chiva-Som

A Thai massage at Chiva-Som

Niranlada Spa

WHERE? Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand

From the meaning ‘eternal beauty’, Niranlada Spa is the perfect blend of traditional and advanced spa treatments. Begin your spa journey in the Water Therapy Suites where you’ll benefit from restorative heat treatments while sipping local lemongrass tea. Next you’ll choose from an extensive menu of treatments, think relaxing massages and invigorating hydrotherapy treatments. For the more adventurous or those with specific ailments, there is even a Medi-Spa where fully-trained doctors will take you through a full consultation and treatment plan.

Sandy Lane, Barbados

Sandy Lane, Barbados

The Spa

WHERE? Sandy Lane, Barbados

In a league of its own, this marble-decked spa is the definition of grand, with opulent stairs leading you to the treatment rooms and water therapy areas. Treatments at Sandy Lane are derived from wellbeing traditions and philosophies from across the globe, drawing on Caribbean, North America and European influences. This makes for a truly immersive experience. But what makes this spa really special is their Rhassoul – an oriental steam room open to the sky, where you are covered from the neck down with pink kaolin clay. The room then uses its thermal features to leave the skin hydrated and refreshed. This unique experience is one of the only ones of its kind in the Caribbean – certainly something to write home about!


Our Escapes range of luxury holidays features a plethora of hand-picked spa hotels, just like these. To find out more, speak to one of our Travel Experts or visit us in-store.


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