In need of some rest and relaxation? We can’t blame you. Whether it’s the post-holiday blues or the grim weather, the start of any year tends to be a bit of a challenge. But fear not. We’ve got just the thing to get you through.
Normandy is another place that should be better known for its spa breaks. Tucked away in Honfleur, a port city in Normandy, is La Ferme Saint Simeon Hotel Spa, which was once frequented by impressionist artists. Drawing on the natural, in-season produce of the region, visitors to the Ferme are treated to organic beauty treatments inspired by the natural world: ingredients including poppies, cereals, raspberries, honey and pearls are combined to produce treatments that will stir – and soothe – your senses.
Turkey’s rebirth as a quality travel destination is thanks in some part to its wide variety of luxury spas – and Bodrum and its environs is really where it’s at. Drawing on the world-famous Turkish bath, the ultimate spa destination is undoubtedly the Mandarin Oriental, where you’ll enjoy access to two private beaches, a range of first-class restaurants and a world-class spa. Put your feet up and immerse yourself in an oriental treatment as you stare in amazement at the Aegean Sea…
Lagoons, hot springs and thermal spas: is Iceland the most naturally equipped spa destination in the world? Grindavik, a quaint fishing town in the south of Iceland, is one of the country’s best spa destinations, although – spoiler alert – its flagship resort, the Blue Lagoon Spa, is actually man-made! But that doesn’t make it any less appealing. Head to the Lagoon for its silica mud mask treatment… it’ll leave you relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on the world.
The mountain village of Vals – just a short drive from Zurich – is a great place for the outdoorsy among you. From hiking to biking, fishing to mineral hunting – oh, and skiing of course – there’s something here for even the most active of adventurers. Take a wander among Val’s stunning mountains and you’ll eventually stumble across 7132 Thermal Spa, which has springs dating back to the Bronze Age. Here 60,000 slabs of quartzite make up the healing qualities of the baths, with treatments on offer including foot massages and full-body exfoliation.
Looking for old-world Italian charm? Puglia is the gem in Southern Italy’s crown and is fast becoming the country’s must-visit place – so get here now before the hordes arrive. Pastoral farmland and a picture-postcard coast make Puglia one of Italy’s most up-and-coming regions. It’s also a fantastic spa destination in its own right. Head to the Borgo Egnazia Hotel for traditional Puglian architecture and contemporary design. A spa retreat like no other, this imitation citadel has an 1,800-square-metre wellness centre, as well as tennis courts, swimming pools and Arabic-themed gardens…
Originally published in The Culture Trip