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World’s Most Luxurious Spa Vacations

Spa vacations are gaining more and more popularity by the minute. They allow people to tend to their aches and pains, relax, take care of their appearance, and much more. While an ordinary beach vacation does offer a chance to take a break from reality, it doesn’t offer the same level of TLC as you will receive at a Spa. So if you have decided in favour of the Spa for your next vacation, where should you go?

The Spa at Coworth Park in Berkshire, England
This is the most eco-friendly spa you could find anywhere. Natural light floods the entire building all throughout the day and there is a plethora of available organic and natural treatments. On top of enjoying amazing procedures, you will be able to indulge in mouth-watering, yet very healthy dishes at the Patisserie.

The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, France
If you want to feel like royalty, this spa is the easiest and most amazing way to do it. Everything from the interior to the treatments and the cuisine is absolutely astounding and filled with elegance and sophistication. Massages, facials, body scrubs, hair treatments, dining… everything is breathtaking and certainly worth its price.

SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain
This clinic is renowned as one of the best European medical spas, offering a chance for spa-lovers and for those with health issues to experience true bliss. The treatments include the best from all over the globe, from traditional Chinese acupuncture to cutting-edge Western ultrasound. All of this is accompanied by serene surroundings and mouth-watering cuisine.

The Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily
This is an amazing resort where guests can enjoy a wide range of detoxing, anti-ageing and fitness treatments, mostly involving Mediterranean products and ingredients like mud, seaweed, seawater and olive oil. The resort offers many additional amenities such as swimming pools, beauty centres, bars, saunas and more.

The Peninsula Spa by ESPA in New York, USA
This spa offers an amazing chance to enjoy the bustling city of New York from a calm and relaxing environment. The treatments cater to a wide range of needs and come from European, Ayurvedic and Asian traditions. There are even some exclusive treatments which you can’t find anywhere else and are definitely worth their money.

The Ananda Spa in the Himalayas, India
The perfect place for those who want to experience the true wisdom of the ages, this spa offers amazing Vedanta and Ayurveda yoga programs which are bound to leave you relaxed and refreshed. You will be surrounded by magnificent views and cared for by welcoming staff, all of which will take you to a dream world you never imagined even existed.

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Malaysia
This spa is mostly known for its amazing facials which can take years off your skin. But its other treatments are also amazing – you can enjoy anything from acupuncture and Chinese Gua Sha to traditional massages, body wraps and Ayurvedic treatments. The staff are highly renowned for their care for their guests so you are guaranteed an amazing experience.

The One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives
This spa focuses mainly on the amazing benefits of the sun, and the staff make sure that all guests get enough of it. The treatments are mainly aimed at preparing your body for the exposure and tending to it afterwards. The spa is also renowned for the luxury accommodation and the amazing oceanic views guests can enjoy from their rooms.

The COMO Shambhala Retreat in Bali
This spa is very tradition-oriented and not only offers its guests various treatments, but actually makes them feel and understand how connected their bodies are to nature. You can indulge in various types of massages, take yoga classes early in the morning, or just enjoy the beautiful and well tended gardens.

Despite the expensive price of a spa vacation, nothing can top the feeling of complete rejuvenation. Visiting such a resort doesn’t just take care of your body, but also takes care of your soul. Although it’s absolutely worth the expense, you won’t always have to pay full price for your spa. From time to time, either the spas themselves or the travel companies will promote special offers and it’s worth being patient in order to get your luxury vacation at the best price.

 

Rita Rova is a luxury holiday writer for discount code website, LoveMyVouchers.co.uk – where you can find the latest travel deals from top UK companies online.

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Australia’s Best Health Retreats

Whatever your health issues, whether its stress, weight loss or you simply need to cleanse your mind– sometimes the best medicine is to get away. Below we shall look at four of Australia’s best health retreat destinations for uninterrupted, healing bliss.

Golden Door Retreats – Hunter Valley and Queensland

Golden Door has two health retreats and three spas across Queensland and New South Wales.

Enjoy at treatment at the Gold Door Retreat
Enjoy a relaxing treatment at the Gold Door Retreat

Situated in the picturesque Hunter Valley is The Golden Door – Elysia, one of Australia’s best health retreats. The retreat runs a range of relaxing health and wellness programs to unveil “a healthier, happier and motivated you.” There are weekend, 3-day, 5-day and 7-day packages to choose from as well as single treatments.

The Golden Door Health Retreat Queensland boasts an unrivalled location in the heart of the state’s Hinterland, just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Surfer’s Paradise.  Spoil yourself with their exquisite menu of spa treatments such as a Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, reiki, herbal volcanic heat wrap and organic body revitaliser.

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Samadhi Spa and Wellness Retreat – Daylesford, Victoria

Regularly listed in the top 10 Australian health retreats, Samadhi Spa and Wellness Retreat offer the ultimate relaxation and indulgence experience.

Samadhi Retreat is situated just outside of the picture-perfect town of Daylesford in Country Victoria. You can choose to visit for as little as a half or full day with packages such as: ‘Half Day Balanced Lifestyle Retreat’, which includes guided meditation, therapeutic massage, use of the spa and more; or try the ‘Full Day Rejuvenation Retreat’ and spoil yourself with an invigorating head and scalp massage, oriental butterfly eye treatment and more.

Samadhi Retreat: Life doesn't get much better than this!
Samadhi Retreat: Life doesn’t get much better than this!

For longer stays, accommodation is everything and more that you’d expect from this world-class retreat. Think peaceful, tranquil and simple décor in amongst quaint lush gardens.

Gaia Retreat – Byron Bay, NSW

Where better place to go to de-stress than the beautiful Byron Bay? As one of the most relaxed regions in Australia, it seems fitting to have one of the best health retreats there.

Gaia Retreat is co-owned by Australian icon – Olivia Newton John – and its isolated location in the stunning hinterland is ideal for helping you achieve all of your health and wellbeing goals.

There are both day spa and longer packages available at Gaia Retreat. The staff can create a personalised program for you depending on your goals – be it to get fit, lose weight or detoxify yourself.

Let your worries melt away in the salt water pool or spa while taking in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you, or wake up to morning yoga, Pilates or meditation class.

Ki Health Retreat – Kangaroo Island, SA

The final top Australian destination on our list is Ki Health Retreat, situated on the idyllic Kangaroo Island off the south coast of South Australia.

Ki Health Retreat is more about healing and less about pampering than many of the other health retreats in Australia. You’ll be expected to follow strict regimes, but can expect outstanding results by the end of your program.

All programs last for 6 nights and you can choose from either a Dynamic or Moderate Detox program. Private rooms with views of Emu Bay are included as well as a range of fitness classes, meditation sessions, cooking classes, a deep tissue massage and more.

You’ll have to book flights to Kangaroo Island to get to the retreat, so ensure you plan ahead.

The Best of Bali

The beautiful Indonesian island of Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. With Bali flights more affordable than ever from most major Australian cities, the island offers an eclectic mix of beautiful traditions and fast-paced modern living.  We have picked five of the ultimate Bali highlights so you can see for yourself why we can’t get enough of this mind-blowing island!

Go Diving off Bali Islands

Just a short boat ride away from the south-eastern coast of Bali are not only some of the most secluded, peaceful and untouched areas of Bali but the best place for diving, snorkeling and surfing.

Just one of the colourful creatures off Bali's coast
Just one of the colourful creatures off Bali’s coast

The islands of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan are approximately 15km away from Bali and are surrounded by crystal clear waters and pristine white sandy beaches. Nusa Penida is the most rugged and undeveloped of the islands but is considered to be one of the world’s leading diving destinations.

There are regular boats to all three islands from a range of starting points including Padang Bai on the east coast and Sanur Beach on the south coast. You can also charter speedboats to the islands.

Enjoy the Nightlife of Kuta

The city of Kuta is by far the most popular destination included in Bali holiday packages. Not somewhere you want to go if you’re after peace and quiet, Kuta is buzzing with entertainment options throughout the day and night. Most of the island’s best night clubs and bars are situated in and around Kuta and they are renowned for their bright lights, cheap booze and latest music.

There are a huge range of bars and clubs in Kuta offering varying atmospheres including live cabaret shows, beach theme bars, traditional pubs and world-class multi-level nightclubs.

Climb an Active Volcano in East Bali

The beautiful region of East Bali is a world apart from the neighbouring city of Kuta. With quiet coastal towns and fishing villages, striking beaches and ancient temples, East Bali gives you a wonderful alternative to the fast-paced lifestyle of the island’s more popular tourist areas.

Meet the locals
Meet the locals

East Bali is also home to one of the only active volcanoes left in the region – Mount Batur. Located within the highland area of Kintamani, Mount Batur dominates the rugged skyline and offers spectacular views from the crater. The climate there is usually around 15 degrees cooler than the rest of the island so it is the ideal environment for a pleasant walk or hike.

Experience Traditional Bali Culture in Ubud

The town of Ubud is situated in the region of Central Bali – the cultural heart of the island. Despite growing tourism numbers, Ubud has retained much of its traditional charm and it is the perfect place to escape from the chaotic streets of Kuta.

Ubud is best known for its arts and crafts scene that includes talented street artists, galleries and more. Immerse yourself in the beautiful Balinese culture by visiting some of the historic temples and sites or hiking through rice paddies and lush forest. You can end your day relaxing in the hot springs at Tirta Empul in the village of Tampaksiring that date back to 960.

Get Pampered in Seminyak

For those that simply want to spoil themselves while on holiday, Seminyak is the place for you. Seminyak is the most up-market and fashionable area of Bali and despite being noticeably more expensive than other popular resort areas in Bali, it is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Considered to be the spa capital of Bali, Seminyak has a huge range of exclusive world-class day and overnight spas and resorts. Almost all resorts in Seminyak offer an adjoined spa and even the villas offer in-villa spa services. Try a traditional Balinese massage or spend the morning practicing yoga on Seminyak Beach. Your travel agent can include trips to Seminyak in Bali holiday packages and the town is just a short drive away from Kuta.