To travel is to relax and unwind, to get away from life’s every-day stress. It’s the perfect way to disconnect, try something new and put a spring back into your step. Whether it’s indulging in a spa treatment or simply soaking up the setting in an exotic new location, there’s no denying that a spa holiday is just a different level of relaxation and self-nurturing that we all need from time to time. Here are some of my dream destinations for travellers seeking some peace and tranquility.
- Budapest, Hungary
Discover the historic beauty of Budapest and indulge your mind, body and soul in mineral goodness bubbling up from no less than 118 springs. Admire the Art Nouveau surroundings of Gellért, be spoilt for choice with Széchenyi’s 18 pools, or soak in Veli Bej’s Turkish-style baths. Unwind at a selection of gorgeous spas in Budapest, play chess while you’re bathing in the Szechenyi Baths, or go to a pool party in Lukacs Bath. Decisions, decisions!
Discover the five-star Corinthia Hotel Budapest on the Grand Boulevard and pamper yourself with free access to its Royal Spa. De-stress in the saunas, steam baths and hot tubs, clear your mind with an energetic workout in the fitness room or chill out with a mud or seaweed bath. Spend your evenings tasting the local cuisine while listening to sensual live piano music at the lobby bar.
- Bath, UK
Step back in time and explore Bath’s iconic Roman Baths, while still indulging in 21st century luxury. Spa-goers can make the most of Thermae Bath Spa’s modern-day facilities with a beautiful rooftop mineral-rich pool overlooking the city. Retreat to Villa Magdala City Centre for boutique luxury in the centre of Bath, set in luscious green gardens and a short walk away from the iconic Pulteney Bridge. After a well-rested night’s sleep, enjoy a scrumptious and award-winning breakfast in a light, elegant ground-floor dining room with healthy, homemade smoothies. This is the perfect spot to perch as you’re only a five minute walk from the famous Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and the many shops and restaurants of Bath. Easy to walk and explore and get lost!
- Pré-Saint-Didier, Italy
Rich in iron, the waters of Pre Saint Didier’s QC Terme are perfect for nourishing skin and aiding blood circulation, while the contrast between the hot thermal waters and the falling winter snows makes a stunning holiday snapshot.
Located in Pré-Saint-Didier, the idyllic alpine-style QC Terme boasts panoramic views of Mont Blanc and a 1000m² spa. That’s one enormous spa!! You can relax in a fluffy bathrobe and slippers or take a dip in the Pré-Saint-Didier thermal baths. Waking up feeling refreshed from all your spa-going and sample the healthiest of all diets dining on the divine local and Mediterranean cuisines. After a relaxing spa break you might feel up for something a little more active, and this spot is just perfect for ski bunnies with Courmayeur and La Thuile ski resorts nearby.
- Bormio , Italy
You don’t have to go far to find a health spa in Bormio.The Terme Spa is located right in the centre of the town, which first opened its doors over 100 years ago, and has been offering mineral rich waters and amazing spa treatments ever since. If you love the idea of a soak in hot mineral springs, looking out at the snow-capped Alps, Bormio is for you!
QC Terme Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi is set in the beautiful ski resort and spa town of Bormio and offers over 30 free wellness services, including outdoor baths, hot tubs, saunas and Turkish bath. This luxury five star hotel is a prime example of Art-Nouveau architecture and the rooms have a panoramic view of the valley and mountains.
- Hakone, Japan
Hakone is one of Japan’s most popular hot springs resorts with more than a dozen springs providing hot water to the many bath houses in the area. Visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to baths and beautiful scenery as the town boasts views of the incredible Mt. Fuji.
Kinnotake is a traditional type of Japanese Inn and offers luxurious rooms with private hot-spring baths and spectacular landscape views. With a minimalist Japanese design and traditional healthy Japanese cuisine, it’s the perfect way to end a day unwinding in the hot springs.
- Calistoga, USA
At the top of Napa valley, Calistoga is full of relaxing hot springs, mud baths (a local speciality in volcanic hot ash), world class restaurants and of course the amazing Napa Valley wines. Nearby attractions include an artificial geothermal geyser known as the “Old Faithful of California” or “Little Old Faithful”. The geyser erupts from the casing of a well drilled in the late 19th century.
Nestled just two miles from Calistoga Old Faithful Geyser, this lovely hotel offers four mineral pools and a spa and you can even dabble in some on site yoga. Rooms have stunning mountain views and there are a wide variety of spa treatments available on site. Castello di Amorosa Winery is just a mile away, offering incredible Wine Country cuisine if you feel like indulging a little!
Stay tuned for an Australian spa special a little closer to home too! In the meantime, I’d love to hear your favourite spa holiday destinations.