Physical and spiritual well-being
It is time to spoil yourself and take a break from this fast-paced world, in which due to the daily stress, physical wear, together with spiritual wear, we are taken to the limit of tiredness and illness. So, on this occasion, we recommend taking a breather at any one of these spa options in so-different destinations where you can find rest, diverse treatments, relaxation, good diets, spiritual meditation, but above all, tranquility. So we begin this tour of the 8 main spas in the most varied of locations.
Namale Resort & Spa
Nestled on the edge of a rainforest rich with waterfalls and private, palm-fringed beaches, Namale — The Fiji Islands Resort & Spa whispers seclusion, intimacy and luxury. This exclusive resort boasts 16 Fijian-stylebures and grand villas, as well as a range of exhilarating activities. At the spectacular Namale Spa & Sanctuary, a glass-enclosed wellness center on a volcanic cliff overlooking the Koro Sea, prepare for a new you as you’re pampered to a state of bliss.
Nearly endless recreational choices can be enjoyed on shore and at sea with two resort swiming pools, Jacuzzis, tennis, basketball, volleyball and more. Hit the waves with snorkeling, waterskiing and kayaking. Hike or bike the surrounding landscapes, discover the area with a visit to a traditional Fijian village, and take part in a kava ceremony. This is a place where time is measured by drumbeat instead of a clock and every day begins with a hearty “Bula!” (“Good morning!”).
Namale features a choice of 16 uniquely designed bures boasting such features as private decks and two-person spa tubs, plus two opulent Grand Villas. The Bula House villa has a balcony, mini-movie theater, floor-to-ceiling windows and the use of two adjacent guesthouses. Dream House, the other Villa, sports a large private deck and wading pool. The Namale Spa and Sanctuary offers indulgent treatments performed in large private rooms or on the outside decks overlooking the sea, as well as a hydro/aromatherapy area with Jacuzzi, four soaking tubs, dipping pool and steam room.
Guests can do a lot of activities and the area is considered one of the world’s top five diving spots, You can visit the Kava Bowl Entertainment Center and also pay a visit to nearby Savusavu reveals volcanic steam rising from the rocky beach.
Adler Thermae Spa & Wellness Resort
For centuries, Italians have been “taking the waters” in Bagno Vignoni. With its healing thermal pools and ethereal setting, the small Tuscan village makes an ideal locale for Adler Thermae Spa & Wellness Resort. Built in the style of an ancient rural villa, the hotel serves as a centrepiece for your unforgettable healing experience. From typical Tuscan cuisine to regional wines to a unique range of saunas and thermal baths, la dolce vita is elevated to an entirely new level.
This family-owned property features a bounty of incomparable wellness experiences, including the Grotta Salina (an underground salt bath) and the Artemisia herbal steam room. You can tone your body in the Argillae Rasul Mud bath or restore lost energy in the Grotta del Filosofo. When you’re not unwinding in the olive tree wood sauna on the lake or indulging in a soothing massage, you might mountain bike, horseback ride or stroll to the abbeys, Renaissance villages and vineyards of the Orcia Valley.
The ancient Etruscans and then the Romans were very much aware of the curative powers of the waters at Bagno Vignoni, a little spa with a great thermal bath tradition. The Medici Prince Lorenzo the Magnificent and Pope Pius II both took the waters at the famous thermal baths on the Via Francigena. Just a few minutes’ walk from idyllic Bagno Vignoni, ADLER THERMAE now continues this old spa tradition with modern luxury in a beautiful natural setting.
Blue and green – the colours of relaxation, vitality and harmony. Enjoy the bubbling water in the spacious pools surrounded by the green hills of Tuscany. Our ADLER AQUAE World awaits you for relaxing baths and regenerating saunas and the pampering Spa treatments of our ADLER SPA will make your stay unforgettable
A unique combination of rugged scenery and refined architecture is the setting for Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts. Set in the Berkshire Mountains, the centrepiece of the spa is the exquisitely restored Bellefontaine Mansion. Built in 1897 as a replica of Le Petit Trianon, Bellefontaine once welcomed New York’s aristocracy; today it welcomes all guests seeking total rejuvenation and relaxation. With the guidance of trained professionals, build a program that combines fitness, nutrition, preventive health care and spiritual growth to help you realize a greater sense of wellness and health in your daily life.
Enjoy the beauty of the Berkshires by heading outdoors for tennis, kayaking or cross-country skiing. Inside, select from over 40 fitness classes ranging from kickboxing to yoga, or take time to meditate on life with Tai Chi or a Breathing Class. After you have stretched your muscles and your mind, remember to pamper them with a restorative massage or a soothing body treatment. At the end of a full day you will relish the gourmet food that is as nutritional as it is delicious.
The rooms and suites at Canyon Ranch are furnished with New England charm and modern luxuries, offering the utmost in comfort to make your stay a constant pleasure. Canyon Ranch gives you the space and guidance to find joy in healthy living, not to mention a glow that looks as great as you feel.
Savor a taste of Canyon Ranch in luxury day spa setting you’ll never forget. Reenergize, relax, linger awhile in one of the 126 rooms and all the Spa services in the same place.
Designed to mirror a traditional Balinese village, Amandari blends luxury with insight into everyday local life. The name means “peaceful spirits,” and you’ll indeed find soothing for your soul as you linger in this idyllic property set on an escarpment overlooking the Auying River Gorge. Relax in the open-air lobby designed after a wantilan—village meeting place—or unwind in the spa, where open-air bales surrounded by a lotus pond seem to float peacefully above the water.
Here, just outside the country’s artistic capital of Ubud, sumptuous accommodations climb the scale of lavishness to reach a pinnacle in the fivepavilion Amandari Villas with its own two-tiered swimming pool. Crafted largely of teak, The Restaurant opens onto fresh breezes as it gazes over the green-tiled pool and gorge. Between savoring appetizing nibbles and indulgent spa treatments, escape to the trio of modest shrines at the sacred spring-fed pool nestled between the resort and river below.
This Spa with 30 guest rooms an offer all the Spa services and amenities, limo airport transfers, massage, mountain view, pool, balcony, garden view, Health Club/Fitness Center. The spa is the epitome of true relaxation, with its specially formulated body treatments and open-air Mandi Lulur massage bale overlooking lotus ponds.
It has an extraordinarie ubication in the center of Bali, sorrounded by rice plants and mountains in the middle of the forest. It was recognized as Worlds best 2006 Award Winner.
Swirled in the sacred mists of time, nestled in the Himalayas is Ananda, a world class Destination Spa. Once the residence of Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal, it is dedicated to today’s traveler, who is looking for innovative ways to restore and rejuvenate his energies.
The 21,000 square foot spa offers an extensive menu of over 79 body and beauty treatments, integrating the traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda with the more contemporary Western spa approach. The spa experience strives to achieve the ultimate harmony between the physical and the mental realms of the individual. With unique focuses on the traditional Indian sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda, Ananda Spa creates the skillful synthesis between age-old therapies and modern spa technology. The personalized therapy and activities programs is designed to meet individual needs and health goals – de-stress, detoxification and cleansing, deep relaxation, anti-aging, weight & inch loss, while also offering guidance in the areas of nutrition and exercise.
20 treatment rooms with specialised areas for Ayurveda, Oriental and European systems of holistic health, a team of qualified nutritionists, Western & Ayurvedic physicians, spa therapists with knowledge of ancient Indian sciences and modern western treatments - all gently guide you towards a better lifestyle. At Ananda-In the Himalayas, the calming integration of lush greenery, fresh mountain air, Himalayan spring water, the luxurious therapy rooms overlooking the holy River Ganges and the mystifying Himalayas, provides the ideal environment for rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul.
Fregatte Private Island
Tha name of the Island comes from the bird that lives here and is the pirate of the air - unable to swim or land on water - it uses a combination of speed and skillful manoeuvres to steal the ‘loot’ of other seabirds.
A 20 minute flight from Mahé, Frégate rises 125 meters out of the Indian Ocean - a tropical paradise which covers three square kilometers and is the most remote and secluded of the Seychelles granite islands. Like the bird after which it is named, Frégate symbolizes nature at its most inspirational. Four degrees south of the equator, Frégate is an island of outstanding natural beauty; giant granite boulders rise from the powdery white sand of seven beaches, protected by granite barriers.
Construction of the resort was subject to strict regulations to safeguard the environment and the preservation and protection of the island’s unique flora and fauna continues to be amongst Frégate’s main priorities.
With no more than 40 guests at any one time, guests are invited to experience the rare treat of luxury, security and seclusion within the natural beauty of a tropical island setting.
It is secluded, but not out of this world. It is precious, but not beyond our means. It is fragile, but not untouchable.
Uma Paro a place for perfect contemplation. In autumn 2004, COMO Hotels and Resorts opened Uma Paro, a 29-room hotel offering five-star comfort and singular style in the wildly beautiful Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.
Uma Paro is an inland retreat, dedicated to Uma’s understated philosophy of quiet comfort in inspiring, culture-rich locations. It is also a place for adventure, where the landscape and people won’t fail to uplift you.
Retreat at Uma Paro is Bhutan’s first significant holistic health spa. Not only has this once closed country only recently opened up to foreign visitors, but Bhutan is perfectly suited to COMO Shambhala’s way of thinking. It is an ancient Buddhist kingdom where the practice of yoga and meditation forms part of many people’s daily lives. It therefore has a resonance that’s unique.
The Retreat’s substantial facilities make use of its inspiring location, with an open-air yoga pavilion overlooking the Paro Valley. Views include pine forest, villages, fields and rivers set into a mountainous enclave. Standing at 2,300 meters on a 38-acre hilltop site, the altitude lowers blood pressure and pulse rates, allowing clients to lose weight more easily and sleep more soundly.
The Estate occupies the former property known as Begawan Giri, created by Bradley and Debbie Gardner in 1998, with an extraordinary 23-acre (9.3 hectare) location on a jungle-covered riverbank a 15-minute drive from the inland town of Ubud. In 2004, the COMO Group assumed management and majority ownership, and have since changed the property to launch it anew – with a completely altered purpose – supported by substantial health facilities and extended accommodation, allowing The Estate to become the world’s first full-service residential health retreat. The Estate’s specific site utilizes water from The Source, a natural spring locally revered for its healing properties. And the Estate’s architecture has been overseen by Cheong Yew Kuan, who designed the original Begawan Giri. Interiors of the COMO Shambhala health facilities and new accommodations – these include five one, two and threebedroom Villas, three two-bedroom Garden Villas, and two onebedroom Retreat Villas (each with a private therapy room and pool) – are by Koichiro Ikebuchi.
Facilities, which include Ojas (the principal treatment area), Shikara (where the Consultants and the COMO Shambhala Activity Centre are located), and Kedara (the water gardens positioned beside the river Ayung, and providing four further treatment rooms with rest areas, baths, showers and hot tub) use water from The Source the Estate’s natural spring.
In total, there are nine treatment rooms (including three for couples), an outdoor hydrotherapy area, swimming pool, yoga room, Pilates studio and a separate male/female steam and sauna, a fullyequipped indoor gym with dramatic views, an outdoor jungle gym with a climbing wall and four consultation rooms.
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Tel: 9138 3023
Text: Jolanda Bonazzola de BCD Travel ± Photo: Jolanda Bonazzola de BCD Travel / Cortesía de los spas.