Top 5 International Spa Hotels

27 August 2012

Every now and then one deserves a little pampering - some me time dedicated to absolute rest and relaxation. For unsurpassed luxury combined with rejuvenation, a dedicated Spa Hotel could provide the perfect antidote to the stresses to modern life.

Here are our top five International Spa hotels.

 Sandy Lane Spa Treatment Room. Image courtesy of Sandy Lane Hotel Co. Limited

Sandy Lane - St. James, Barbados
Oozing sophistication, Sandy Lane on the Caribbean Island of Barbados is situated within an ancient mahogany grove overlooking a stunning white sandy beach shaped in a crescent. On offer are 112 rooms and suites; as well as a magnificent five-bedroom villa. Holiday-goers enter the Spa through a jaw-dropping marble reception area before being led via an impressive staircase into the private treatment rooms. Overall the services on offer are infused with Barbadian warmth and generosity.

The Legian Bali - Seminyak, Bali
The Legian & The Club at Legian is an all-suite hotel that raises the bar for Indonesian luxury accommodation. The resort is located besides a picturesque beach and takes full advantage of the Balinese natural beauty. The Spa is open seven days a week until 9pm and the therapists use traditional heading techniques in their selection of therapeutic massages and beauty rituals.

Hayman - Hayman Island, Australia
Spectacularly located on a private island within the iconic Whitsundays, Hayman is an Australian luxury resort worthy of consideration. After a day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, return to the hotel's Spa to peruse the extensive treatment menu. Signature rituals, as the resort calls them, include an Ocean Massage, Hayman Spa Arominerale Ritual and a Couple's Aromatic Cocoon.

The Datai - Langkawi, Malaysia
Located on the north-western tip of Langkawi Island, The Datai is surrounded by ancient tropical rainforests and a secluded beach. The resort effortlessly blends the region's natural beauty with modern luxuries to produce a unique accommodation experience. Signature treatments in the hotel's Spa include a Datai massage, warm stone massage and a Balinese massage.

The Nam Hai - Hoi-An, Vietnam
For your next holiday dedicated to relaxation, consider checking into the Nam Hai located in the northern Vietnamese city of Hoi-An. The resort features 60 beautiful villas and 40 pool villas where each structure occupies its own landscaped garden and offers views of the South China Sea. The Spa complex is actually eight treatment pavilions that appear to float effortlessly above a koi filled lagoon. 

Lyndon Barnett

Guided by curiosity and a sense of adventure, Lyndon travelled independently to 69 countries on six continents. As such, travel is Lyndon's only addiction. He enjoys with equal measure - scaling the peaks of a South American mountain at altitude, attending opera in a European Opera House or hunting for a bargain in an Asian market.