Looking after ourselves isnt often easy with the pressures of every-day life, so its not surprising that many view their one-two week holiday as a chance for some well- deserved R&R! Hotels and resorts have not only vastly improved their offering over the years from the standard swimming pool to now, a much more holistic experience which include the latest innovations in treatments and products, bespoke healthy eating programmes, and state of the art training facilities with expert staff on hand to help you achieve your personal goals.
If youre looking for a week or two to help combat the stresses from the other 50 weeks in the year be sure to make it a worthwhile trip by staying in one of our top three choices for a luxury spa experience:
Zemi Beach House, Anguilla
The Zemi Beach House opened its doors earlier this year and provides an exciting development on the island of Anguilla as the first hotel to be built on the island for six years. Already a heavenly destination with its powdery white sands, crystal clear Caribbean waters and year round tropical sunshine, this high end luxury property is a haven of tranquillity. The jewel in its crown includes Zemi Thai House Spa, a sanctuary of private spa suites within an authentic 300 year old Thai House.
Its team of trained therapists provide a range of holistic treatments from rejuvenating facials, tropical scrubs to signature treatments mirroring the inhabitants Taino therapeutic rituals of layering the body with herbs, fruits and muds and salts.
For those who enjoy a more active holiday, the resorts 24-hour state of the art Fitness Centre is home to the latest fitness equipment as well as a variety of classes, an outdoor yoga deck and beach boot camp with personal trainers also available, ready to assist guests. In addition the resorts round the clock concierge can organise activities from snorkelling, paddle boarding and glass bottom kayaks and other non-motorised water sports at Zemis Shoal Bay Beach Club.
Royal Mansour, Morocco
The Royal Mansour in Morrocco offers privacy and exclusivity from which to enjoy the opulent style and comfort of Marrakesh and indulge in a true holiday for the senses. The property is owned by royalty and takes its inspiration from the traditional architecture and arts of the Moorish culture. Each private riad residence offers attentive service whilst catering for every modern desire.
The world-renowned Royal Mansour Marrakesh Spa provides personalised programmes to meet each guests individual needs, providing guidance in nutrition, exercise, stress management and general wellbeing. Exceptional treatments are available including a choice of three signature Hammam treatments for a deep cleansing full body scrub and traditional Morrocan purification ritual for deep relaxation and rejuventation as well as physical and emotional detox properties.
Those wishing to travel further afield can enjoy the experience of the award-winning Kamalaya in Thailand. Overlooking the coast of Koh-Samui, this self-contained village within a forest-like setting is focussed on providing a life-enriching healthy holiday. The design of the resort encircles a centuries old cave once used by Buddhist monks as a place for meditation and spiritual retreat and gives the resort a particularly calming energy.
Its wellness programmes and full trained team will work with individual guests to create their own healthy programme involving an extensive range of holistic medicine, spa and healing therapies to combat detox, stress and burnout to simply enjoying a healthy lifestyle and yoga.
Diana Cherry is Director of Operations at Oxford Private Travel.
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