An essential attribute to any spa experience is knowing you’re receiving only the best, so when you say to yourself in your head “does it get any better than this” you can relax knowing it really doesn’t! To ensure we always provide nothing but the best for our clients, we’ve worked with Conde Nast to deliver the 2017 Conde Nast Spa awards. Hosted at the luxurious Lanesborough Hotel on the 1st of February we featured only the best spa retreats, bootcamps, medical spas, yoga retreats, detox and weight loss programmes from around the world, so here’s an in depth look at some of the nights winners:
Most Life-Changing Experience - VAIR SPA AT BORGO EGNAZIA, Italy
Located on the beautiful coastal region of Puglia, Vair Spa offers a unique experience focussed on improving its guest’s wellbeing. The spa offers a range of programmes including its unconventional “Sport and Spa” programme that features outdoor training sessions, aromatherapy, Roman baths and even a spot of juggling!
One of the stand-outs of the spa is their wellbeing focused programmes, with psychoaromatherapy, music therapy and personalised massage, Vair is renowned for its effectiveness in emotional healing and therapy.
Healing Holidays exclusive offer: 4 night fitness retreat at Borgo Egnazia from £1,130 pp sharing. Book now with Healing Holidays to receive our special “Stay Four nights pay for three” offer.
Most Effective Medi-Spa – Villa Stephanie at Brenners Park Hotel, Germany
Villa Stephanie has won its award for many reasons, one of the most important being is their understanding. The spa is set up directly to your needs, the staff understand that not all treatments and therapies will work for each individual.
The first step to improving your wellbeing is getting to the bottom of any existing issues, this involved private consultations with Villa Stephanie’s various experts and professionals. With cardiologists, physiotherapists, gynaecologists, ophthalmologists and aesthetic dentists thoroughly available throughout your stay, no issue will go undetected.
Whilst this all sounds very technical and medical, don’t threat there’s still plenty of time for relaxation, therapy and pampering, in fact these consultations are all in place to determine which treatments will work best for you. A full spa is available for your use with other activities available such as skiing and hiking.
Healing Holidays exclusive offer: 7 night classic detox retreat £2,930 pp sharing. Book now with Healing Holidays before August 2017 to receive a £75 spa voucher or a 'Stay 7, Pay 6 nights'.
Most Transformative Programme – Raas Devigarh, India
Sometimes you don’t just want a change, you need a change. The stress of day to day life combined with other external factors can leave many of us in a lesser place than we want to be, and perhaps as a more hardened version of ourselves than we remember. Raas Devigarh is the ideal destination to turn your life around and get back to, or even discover a relaxed, centred and better you. The destination is an 18th century palace, decorated beautifully to create a serene safe haven for all who visit. Raas Devigarh prides itself on offering natural, ethical and sustainable treatments including a body scrub using 200-million year old Himalayan salt, and Damascena rose oil containing 38 damask roses per drop. Many of these treatments are known as the Devi Blessings, all based on the Indian festival of Navrati: 9 nights of self-reflection representing the 9 months a child spend in the womb.
Healing Holidays exclusive offer: 5 night blessing programme from £2,499 per person, including flights, transfers, accommodation and programme.
Most Outstanding City Spa - Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand
In the midst of the bustling city, The Mandarin oriental has achieved the impossible and created a calm and relaxing getaway. With marble floors, stunning foliage and an abundance of history, the 19th century hotel has only got better with age as it continues to be one of the most in demand destinations in Thailand.
Providing a truly revitalising experience, the Mandarin oriental offers an array of treatments and activities to achieve the perfect balance of feeling both relaxed and energised. One on one Yoga, Thai Chi and Pilates are just a few of the activities on offer to release bad energy and encourage a peaceful mind. The Spa Studio however may well be the piece de resistance with 4 extravagant treatment rooms featuring; reflexology, warming head and shoulder massages, specialist facials and much more.
Another hidden gem is Thailand’s first Bastien Gonzalez Mani:Pedi:Cure Studio with synchronised hand and get polishing, advice on diet and wellbeing and even a masterclass on growing old gracefully.
Healing Holidays exclusive offer: 3 nights from £1,399 pp sharing.
Best Fitness Regime – Rancho La Puerta, Mexico
A destination spa full of history, Rancho la Puerta has come a long way since guests had to bring their own tent to stay in when it first opened in 1940! The spa is not just full of character but also beauty over its 4,000 acres of private grounds filled with a variety of stunning flowers and wildlife to keep you inspired and uplifted even after the most gruelling workouts.
Setting the tone for self- improvement and fitness, you’re handed a pedometer as part of the welcome package upon arrival. Activities available include scenic early morning hikes, Pilates, boxing and boot camp. This is not to say that a bit of rest and relaxation isn’t possible, swimming pools, gyms, meditation space and spa areas are all easily accessible for when you feel the need to unwind.
Perhaps one of Rancho La Puerta’s finest assets is its staff. From upbeat dance instructors to insightful specialists the spa is full of personality and all perfectly maintaining its original ethos thanks to the late founder Edmond Szekely’s wife Deborah and their daughter Sarah Brightwood.
Healing Holidays special offer: 7 night Barefoot and Blissful programme from £4,599pp sharing, including flights, transfers, accommodation in a Ranchera, full board, and all treatments and activities according to the Barefoot and blissful spa programme.
Best Bespoke Retreats – Amanpuri, Thailand
Amanpuri is the perfect destination for those who know what they want, a retreat that truly focusses on individuals needs and focusses solely on wellbeing and fitness. Amanpuri doesn’t offer any detox programmes, instead targeting a more comfortable experience for their guests throughout their stay with a wide variety of vegan food available at all times.
The classes available are allowed to focus on the individual as only 8 participants are allowed in a session at a time, meaning those running the classes can give guests the attention and guidance they need. This attention to the guest is especially highlighted through the immersion therapy programmes.
The different immersion therapies are based around Weight-loss, Cleansing, and Fitness. Each programme is tailored to the guest’s individual needs; tailored diets, therapies, and exercise guarantee you’ll get the full benefit of the immersion experience with effective results. Each programme ends with a consultation to ensure that your results are sustained and continue even after leaving the resort.
Healing Holidays exclusive offer: 7 night fitness retreat from £7,349 pp sharing, including flights, transfers, accommodation, full board, and all treatments and activities as per the Fitness programme.
The award winning retreats featured above are only a few of the luxurious holidays on offer, be sure to order your free copy of the Conde Nast 2017 Spa Guide and see more award winning destinations in our Conde Nast Traveller offers page.
If you’re interested in booking any of the destinations mentioned above or would like more information on them feel free to submit your enquiry here or call on 020 7843 3597.
My only small complaint, which didn't turn out to be a problem in the end, was that I wasn't informed about the fact that we needed at least 6 months ( I think it was) left on our passports after we had already booked and paid. It might have been a complicated situation if it had turned out that we didn't have that amount of time left on the passports."