The World's Most Unusual Hotel Spas

26 January 2016
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Everyone appreciates a hotel with a spa. However, some places go beyond the traditional massage and Jacuzzi, delivering experiences that often outshine everything else to do with the accommodation (and sometimes the holiday)

From communist banyas and volcanic wellness caves to underwater retreats, let's take a look at the most unusual hotel spas in the world.

Homestead Resort, Utah

Homestead Resort spa It’s all about the show-stopping crater soak hot tubs at this resort’s spa. A machine pumps warm mineral water straight from the crater into the pools (Picture: © Weston Fuller)

Lenin Spa At Hotell Gastis, Varberg, Sweden

Lenin Spa This is a copy of the Bolshevik revolutionary’s favourite banya in St Petersburg, which has since closed. The Art Deco hot tub features several rather severe-looking Lenin busts (Picture: © Weston Fuller)

Chodova, Chodova Plana, Czech Republic

Chodova Plana Expect dark beer baths, hot grain packs, and hop-based cures at this brewery-meets-hotel-meets-spa (Picture: © Weston Fuller)

Aroma Boma Spa At Ulusaba, Kruger Park, South Africa

 Aroma Boma spa It sits on a koppie that once provided the area’s ancient Shangaan warriors with the ideal lookout point. Nowadays you can enjoy a massage while watching elephants and leopards in the savannah below (Picture: © Weston Fuller)

Jiva Spa Boat at Taj Lake Palace, Rajasthan

 Perhaps it’s only natural that this luxury floating hotel should feature a boat spa anchored in Lake Pichola. Four indian aromatherapy experiences to choose from, followed by a soak in ‘that’ bath (Picture: © Weston Fuller)

Chocolate Spa at The Hotel Hershey, Florida

Chocolate Spa Cocoa massages, chocolate ‘immersion’ treatments, and choco-dipped coconut mani-pedis are just a few of the sweet-themed spa experiences on offer here (Picture: © Weston Fuller)

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Nammu Areas Spa at Vincci Seleccion La Plantacion del Sur, Tenerife

Nammu Areas Spa Located in a volcanic cave. The ‘Canarian Circuit’ package is also suitably strange: mineral-themed treatments, followed by a banana face mask (Picture: © Weston Fuller)

Lime Spa At Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

Lime Spa The world’s first underwater spa, complete with panoramic views of a bustling Maldivian coral reef (Picture: © Weston Fuller)

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Hotel, St Lucia

Sugar Beach The hotel offers an extraordinary spa with tree house treatment rooms perched above the forest floor (Picture: © Weston Fuller)

Wine Oil Spa at Villa de Laguardia, Alava, Spain

 Wine Oil spa Innovative wine oil treatments using local produce are the focus here. The signature experience: massages with oil from macerated grapes (Picture: © Weston Fuller)

Kurhaus Marienkron, Monchhof, Austria

Kurhaus Marienkron Cistercian nuns run the show at this Catholic spiritual spa that forms part of Marienkron Abbey. Wooden crosses are the main decoration in the treatments rooms; gymnastics and qigong sessions with the Sisters are not to be missed (Picture: © Weston Fuller)

Spa Evangeline At Epicurean Hotel, Florida

Spa Evangeline A boutique hotel with a focus on fine dining, and a food-themed spa to match. Think whole milk facials and Bourbon on the rocks foot treatments (Picture: © Weston Fuller)

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