The hotel spa: a sanctuary of serenity amidst the hustle and bustle of travel. A place to indulge in pampering treatments and emerge feeling rejuvenated and restored. But with so many incredible hotel spas around the world, how do you choose where to melt away your stress?

Fear not, weary traveler! This curated list highlights some of the most luxurious and transformative spa experiences nestled within breathtaking destinations.

The Best Hotel Spas in Africa:

  • Babylonstoren | South Africa : A bamboo pavilion surrounded by lush gardens and calming leiwater channels creates a sense of serenity and connection with nature at Bablyonstoren’s Garden Spa. Just like the gardens that surround it, the Garden Spa embraces the changing seasons. Expect treatments and offerings that incorporate fresh, local ingredients and reflect the current time of year and a diverse treatment menu.
  • Tswalu Tarkuni | South Africa: Embrace the vast expanse of the Kalahari with a transformative spa journey centered on mindful practices and indigenous rituals using all natural products inspired by nature and bespoke scents exclusive to Tswalu.
  • Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge | South Africa: Combine your safari adventure with a rejuvenating spa experience overlooking the Sabie River. Treatments incorporate locally-sourced ingredients for a truly South African touch.
  • The Saxon | South Africa: In the heart of Johannesburg, find tranquility at The Saxon Spa. Unwind with a selection of massages, facials, and signature treatments in a serene atmosphere. This metropolitan spa is incredibly restful, with cascading water features and a signature fireplace. Additionally, each treatment begins with a mindfulness exercise with your Spa therapist. 
  • One&Only Gorilla’s Nest | Rwanda: Nestled in the volcanic foothills, this Rwandan sanctuary offers a unique spa experience. Enjoy breathtaking views of Rwanda’s jungle while indulging in treatments created exclusively for One&Only Gorilla’s Nest that combine African ingredients with modern techniques to rejuvenate mind, body, and soul.
  • Ol Jogi | Kenya: This private Kenyan wildlife conservancy boasts a spa that complements its breathtaking scenery. Luxuriate in massages, body wraps, and rejuvenating treatments after a thrilling safari adventure. Indulge in the Moroccan influences steam room, sauna, gym, and Jacuzzi while you're there.
Royal Malewane Waterside Spa South Africa Luxury Safari Property
South Africa

Royal Malewane

Immerse yourself in the lap of luxury at this award-winning safari lodge spa, offering treatments inspired by ancient African healing traditions. The Royal Waters Spa also includes a steam room, hot and cold African baths, and a hair salon.

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The Best Hotel Spas in Asia:

  • Ananda in the Himalayas | India: Nestled amidst the Himalayas, this haven of wellness offers traditional Ayurvedic treatments alongside Western spa therapies.
  • Wildflower Hall | India: Discover serenity in the majestic Himalayas at Wildflower Hall's spa. Treatments focus on holistic wellness, incorporating yoga, meditation, and Ayurvedic practices.
  • Four Seasons Chiang Mai | Thailand: Find tranquility on the banks of the Mae Ping River at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai spa. Treatments are inspired by Thai healing traditions and incorporate local botanicals.
  • Mandarin Oriental Tokyo | Japan: Experience unparalleled luxury at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo spa. Breathtaking city views complement a menu of rejuvenating treatments and traditional Japanese therapies.
  • evian®SPA Seoul at Signiel Seoul | South Korea: Indulge in a unique spa experience at the evian®SPA Seoul. Treatments incorporate the purity of Evian water alongside cutting-edge Korean beauty techniques.
  • The Datai Langkawi | Malaysia: Nestled amongst the rainforest canopy, The Datai Langkawi spa offers a true escape. Treatments incorporate indigenous ingredients and traditional Malay practices.
Como Shambhala Estate Spa

COMO Shambhala Estate

This award-winning spa brand offers a haven of serenity. The COMO Shambhala Estate spa is renowned for their personalized wellness journeys and innovative treatments.

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The Best Hotel Spas in Europe:

  • Spa Vinothérapie Caudalie at Les Sources de Caudalie | France: If the name sounds familiar, that’s because it was started by the same family that started the skin care line Caudalie. Located in the heart of France’s wine country in Bordeaux, Spa Vinothérapie Caudalie at Les Sources de Caudalie promises a one of a kind experience with its signature Vinothérapie treatments. Grape seed oil, known for its anti-aging properties, is a common element in these pampering experiences. 
  • Villa Dubrovnik | Croatia: Scheduled to reopen in June 2024 after a revamp, Villa Dubrovnik promises an even more luxurious spa experience. Nestled on the Adriatic Coast, this haven of tranquility offers breathtaking ocean views to complement its indulgent treatments.
  • Six Senses Douro Valley | Portugal: Nestled amidst rolling vineyards, Six Senses Douro Valley offers a spa haven that celebrates the bounty of the region. Treatments incorporate grape extracts and other local ingredients, while breathtaking views of the Douro Valley complete the picture.
  • Borgo Santo Pietro | Italy: A 13th century Tuscan villa lovingly restored into an idyllic country estate, this Relais & Chateaux property is something out of a Tuscan fairytale. Wander down to the 800-year-old spa building, once a bakery, for pampering in the expert hands of the spa therapists using products from Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, one of the oldest pharmacies in the world.
  • Brenners Park | Germany: Baden-Baden is one of the world’s most renowned wellness towns, and there is no better way to experience it than at the luxurious spa oasis of Brenners Park – Hotel & Spa. One of the founders of Europe’s spa movement, Brenners is best known for its unparalleled spa complex within the peaceful setting of the gardens and forest. Villa Stéphanie, an ultra deluxe five-floor spa extension featuring plunge pools, saunas, private gyms, a Roman swimming pool, hammams, and treatment rooms, enhances the wellness experience, and contains 15 oversized rooms and suites for those looking for a more intense spa retreat. 
  • Octant Furnas Hotel | The Azores: Lauded as one of the best spa hotels in the Azores, Octant Furnas Hotel provides a luxurious retreat on São Miguel, the Azores' largest island. What lends to this coveted title is undoubtedly its location within the Furnas Valley, home to the largest concentration of thermal waters in Europe. The spa therefore harnesses these geothermal elements in its outdoor and indoor swimming pools, spa treatments, and luxurious hydrotherapy circuit, which offers thermal baths, a sauna, a Turkish bath, and aromatic showers.
Iceland Summer Honeymoon HERO The Retreat Blue Lagoon

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon

Bathe in the otherworldly beauty of Iceland's Blue Lagoon geothermal spa at The Retreat. Treatments harness the healing properties of the silica-rich waters, while the surrounding lava landscape creates a truly unique atmosphere.

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The Best Hotel Spas in Latin America:

  • Tambo del Inka | Peru: Journey to the heart of the Sacred Valley and discover serenity at Tambo del Inka's spa. Treatments are inspired by ancient Inca traditions and incorporate local plants and minerals.
  • Nayara Springs Tented Camp | Costa Rica: Surrounded by lush rainforests and cascading hot springs, Nayara Springs and Tented Camp offer a spa experience unlike any other. Treatments incorporate volcanic mud and thermal waters for deep relaxation, while the stunning natural setting provides a true escape.
  • SB Winemaker's House & Spa Suites | Argentina: In Argentina's Mendoza wine region, indulgence takes a whole new meaning. Here, the spa suites themselves are the spa! Enjoy a private spa experience with in-room treatments surrounded by breathtaking vineyard views.
  • Tierra Patagonia | Chile: Tierra Patagonia's indulgent Uma Spa is a grand retreat that boats an indoor swimming pool with cascades and a glorious view of the Torres del Paine, an outdoor Jacuzzi for those who enjoy the fresh air, as well as soothing custom massages using local stones. 
Chile Vik Chile

VIK Chile

Immerse yourself in the world of Chilean wine at VIK Chile's spa. Treatments incorporate grapes and other locally-sourced ingredients for a truly unique experience. Their exclusive luxury wine bath is a one-of-a kind experience that soothes sore muscles and delights the senses. 

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The Best Hotel Spas in the South Pacific:

  • Saffire Freycinet | (Australia: Embrace the rugged beauty of Tasmania at Saffire Freycinet's spa. Treatments combine indigenous ingredients with innovative techniques, offering a true connection to the island's natural wonders.
  • All three Rosewood/Robertson properties in New Zealand: New Zealand's breathtaking scenery provides the backdrop for a luxurious spa experience at all three Rosewood/Robertson properties. Each spa offers unique treatments that celebrate the local Maori culture.
  • InterContinental Bora Bora | French Polynesia: Experience paradise pampering at the InterContinental Bora Bora spa. Overwater treatment bungalows allow you to unwind amidst the turquoise waters, lulled by the gentle lapping of waves.
  • Kokomo Private Island | Fiji: Seclusion and indulgence come together at Kokomo Private Island's spa. Enjoy bespoke wellness experiences in a breathtaking setting, surrounded by crystal-clear waters.
Australia Qualia


Perched on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, qualia's spa embodies Australian luxury. Soak in the stunning views while enjoying rejuvenating therapies and personalized wellness consultations.

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The Best Hotel Spas in North America:

  • MII amo | Arizona: Secluded in the shadow of Sedona’s famous red rock spires, Mii amo’s award-winning spa treatments offer decadence in the desert. Boynton Canyon is the backdrop for soulful therapies, meditation, and yoga practice. Included on the menu: Native American-inspired arts, Reiki healing techniques, aural photography, and hypnosis. 
  • Miraval | Arizona: Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and the stunning Sonoran Desert have informed the Life in Balance spa menu at Miraval, a luxurious retreat near the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tuscon. Try the Qi Grounding treatment, a melding of acupuncture and craniosacral therapy designed to return your mind and body to its true center. 
  • Post Ranch Inn | California: The emerald hills and azure waters surrounding Post Ranch Inn beckon you to surrender to serenity. Ker & Downey Designer Devon Chapman describes the property as “the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.” The inn’s spa menu features intuitive healing arts therapies, fire ceremonies and skin treatments with ingredients sourced from the California coast. Try the wildflower face-and-body treatment, infused with local lavender, rose, jasmine, and calendula essences. 


Carved into the dramatic Utah landscape, Amangiri offers a spa experience that is both luxurious and restorative. Treatments incorporate desert botanicals and ancient healing practices, while the infinity pool provides breathtaking views of the canyons.

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