Given all the extraordinary destinations and accommodations involved on a B&R adventure, the thought of establishing a top-ten anything is a bit of a moving target. This is especially true when it comes to the choosing the best hotel spas, as the demand for spa therapies continues to grow wherever we go. For the moment, though, we’ll suggest you consider these ten extraordinary facilities, all of which provide their own resident techniques to help you relax and rejuvenate.


Il Boscareto, Piemonte, Italy
As you float in the pool gazing out wall-to-wall windows on the stunning surrounds, you ponder what treatment is in store next: a massage, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, the Frigidarium, or the Emotional and Reaction showers. Then staff arrive, pull back the wall of windows to create an open air pool, and you decide to soak a little longer while contemplating the many wonders of Piemonte. 

Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy
Any spa that dedicates itself to couples massage—whether with a friend, partner, parent or sibling—understands that the pleasure of relaxation is best enjoyed in the company of others.The Casanova Wellness Centre at the legendary Hotel Cipriani (fondly referred to as the ”Chip” by many) in Venice has this and far more in store for guests looking to embrace la dolce vita. Might we suggest the treatment room with the aquatic coloured fibre optics on the ceiling?

Les Près d’Eugénie, Aquitaine, France
Then there are those places that verge on the magical… here, amidst a meadow, in the water and herb garden, shaded by a large oak, is “La Ferme Thermale”, a remarkable hot springs where, among a varied selection of treatments, you can enjoy a white mud bath fashioned from mother of pearl, and experience an underwater massage while supine on a heated marble slab.

Kasbah Tamadot, Marrakech, Morocco
Any journey to Morocco must include a hammam, a traditional cleansing ritual that involves cleaning, purifying and softening the skin. Given the opportunity to indulge such a custom in the Asounfou spa, surrounded by the abiding comforts of the Kasbah Tamadot, is an experience not to be missed.

Mas de Torrent, Catalonia, Spain
Three levels of spa services and a world of treatment options await, all the while letting you gaze out at the surrounding landscape of the pretty Baix Empordá. A progression of treatments may be just your thing, from the ground level where the steam bath, sauna, hydrotherapy pool, cold water pool and treatment rooms reside, to the fitness area level and then to the swimming pool and sunroof terrace on the top floor. Have a preferred massage? Choose from Chinese reflexotherapy, Japanese acupressure Shiatsu, limbering Thai style, or Ayurvedic and Usui Tibetan Reiki energy flow, among others. 

Patios de Cafayate, Salta, Argentina
The gentle art of rejuvenation offers a taste of something luxuriously local here in one of Argentina’s main wine-producing regions. Drawing on the ancestral treatments of the Calchaqui culture, the Winespa imparts all the benefits of the grape while introducing guests to the enhancing qualities of other local products, including carob tree, cactus and molle.

Torre Maizza, Puglia, Italy
The hotel’s Aveda Spa is the perfect way to wind down after a day in the saddle wending your way through the villages of Puglia. For its treatments the spa incorporates organic herbs and exotic fruits, including moss, yucca, aloe vera, chamomile, lime and essential oils, while for those more in the mood for massage can choose from ayurvedic, water mattress, shiatsu or reflexology options. The perfect pre-dinner diversion.

Evason Ma’In, Jordan
Many venture to this part of the world for spiritual strength, and with this classically designed spa, they can now devote some time to the more earthly pleasures. The spa incorporates a natural hot spring and draws on the therapeutic qualities of the nearby Dead Sea. Picture the cascading water of a natural hot spring waterfall spilling down into the main pool and relaxation area, revitalizing your body in the mineral rich waters and enjoying Asian and Six Senses signature treatments. Yes, heavenly.

Le Couvent des Minimes, Provence, France
Give yourself over to the full treatment in Provence with a session at this former monastery. Working in conjunction with L’Occitane, the spa has developed a full menu of body treatments based on the scents and sensations of the Mediterranean. After a day riding the roads of Provence and sampling the cuisine of this region, it is a perfect warm-down, and anything but monastic.

Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
The quintessential spa experience in Vietnam, the Six Senses Spa draws on a number of traditional Vietnamese treatments in pampering guests and nurturing wellness. The spa is set beside a gentle waterfall, the consoling sounds of the water working in tandem with aromas of essential oils and incense to create a haven of calm. Options for tai chi and yoga are also available for those who take a more active approach to restoring their sense of balance.





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