Are you now planning for you 2014 Summer Holiday vacation? Checkout this wonderful list of World’s Outstanding Hotel Spas for 2013 by hotel booking engine Agoda.com.
Aum Spa – Crimson Resort
The fifteen acre grounds of the Balinese-inspired Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan contain the lush and unique Aum Spa, a name taken both from the Hindu mantra “Om” as well as from a focus on treatments that are Authentic, Unique, and Meaningful. Across 2,000 sq.m, Aum Spa features an array of invigorating services performed by licensed specialists who undergo regular training. Spoil your skin with a potent antioxidant scrub with the vitamin-rich kamunggay plant, or pamper your limbs with an energy massage and heated basalt stone treatment that loosens muscles and promotes blood circulation. And after a long day in the sun, reset your skin with a water lily facial and after-sun wrap that restores moisture and increases collagen synthesis.
Customers say: “Had a fab time at Crimson Resort. The spa is fantastic and the staff are very friendly & attentive. Would definitely recommend!” – Khizra, Australia
Located in Japan’s southernmost prefecture, the Hyakuna Garan hits all the right notes when it comes to offering a great spa experience. Constructed with local materials and situated on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, guests can retreat to one of six rooftop houjouan’s (private villas) to enjoy a private open-air bath and a 220° view of the azure water. Spa packages include oil massage with scents customized to each guest’s taste, and a full suite of pampering treatments. It was recently awarded the coveted Design Section Award at the 2013 Crystal Awards, recognizing excellence in the spa and wellness industry in Japan as chosen by industry professionals.
Customers say: “The sea view is fantastic, the room big and comfortable, the food excellent, the personnel extremely friendly. The individual hot bath house on top of the roof is an unexpected enjoyment.” – Pauline, Taiwan
H1898 Spa – Hotel 1898
Once a former seminary, the Hotel 1898 has also been used as a private home for the powerful López y López family and the headquarters of the Philippines Tobacco Company. It underwent a complete renovation and opened its doors as a hotel in 2005. Its H1898 Spa offers whirlpools, therapeutic fountains, saunas and a steam room, not to mention the basement swimming pool, which has served as an armor-plated bank vault and a tobacco storage warehouse. Treatments encompass therapies that focus on back, body, face and feet, plus special treatments such as pearl dust exfoliation, Oriental spice treatment, deep tissue therapy and customized oil massage.
Customers say: “The hotel has beautiful colonial-style decor. The spa downstairs is amazing and the pool on the rooftop has great view. Friendly service as well, I would definitely go back.” – Jenny, Finland
Divani Athens Spa – Divani Apollon
Located in Vouliagmeni, just 18km from downtown Athens and overlooking the Athenian Riviera, the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso offers the Divani Athens and Thalasso Centre, a 3,500sq.m spa and leading name in thalassotherapy, the therapeutic use of seawater, sea products and ocean climate that goes back to Roman times. Guests can choose from a full suite of options covering facial and body treatments, hydrotherapies, massage, and personal fitness training, or opt for packages from 1 to 6 days that offer a variety of different treatments, massage techniques and beauty products from around the world.
Guests say: “The staff are expertly trained at the front desk and hyper-efficient and professional to quickly get you into your room or get you checked out. The spa (apparently the largest spa in the Balkans) was one of the largest I have ever seen anywhere and brand-spanking new.” – Tim, Canada
Wellspring Spa – Silks Palace
Rugged remoteness and full-on luxury mix seamlessly at the Silks Place Taroko. Once a mountain retreat for political and military leader Chiang Kai-shek, it has been renovated into a luxury getaway with fantastic views – up toward a forested mountainside, and down into a dramatic rocky gorge. The Wellspring Spa offers a variety of specialized massage regimens, including deep tissue, warm stone, herbal compress and stress relief. Visitors can also opt for skin polishing treatments with coffee, coconut, corn, seaweed and lulur, a traditional Javanese bridal scrub, or a body wrap with volcanic clay, papaya mint, or boreh, an intriguing mix of exotic spices. After, take in the view from a private sauna or steam bath.
Customers say: “The pools and spa facilities are wonderful and the food is great too. The hotel also provides a series of activities from morning jogging to a bonfire sing-along party on the roof top.” – Kenneth, Singapore
De Russie Spa – Rocco de Russie
Located between Rome’s Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo, the Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie is a luxury hideaway in the middle of the bustling Italian capital. The De Russie Wellness Zone offers a range of luxurious treatments to restore your body’s physical, emotional and energetic equilibrium, and includes a Finnish sauna, steam bath, 36°C saltwater whirlpool and hair salon by Massimo Serini. Six private rooms offer several signature treatments including the Ancient Roman Ritual which includes sea salt exfoliation, reflexology massage and aromatic balms, and the luxurious Four Hands Ritual, in which two therapists provide a thorough, synchronized massage.
Customers say: “Best hotel I have ever stayed in. Staff all incredibly helpful and friendly. Lovely rooms. Great restaurant. Nice terraced garden at back of hotel. Good location in center of Rome.” – Adrian, UK
Mudita Spa – Borei Angkor
Located in middle of Siem Reap, once home of the mighty Khmer Empire, the Borei Angkor Resort & Spa is perfectly suited to provide relaxing spa service after a day of touring the amazing temple ruins. The Mudita Spa, from a Sanskrit word meaning to get joy from seeing others happy, provides eight rooms and one villa offering traditional Khmer massage and signature J’Pong herbal steam therapy. Unique packages are also available for singles and couples, and a specially-priced day pass lets guests enjoy the sauna, steam rooms, Jacuzzi and swimming pool.
Guests say: “The pool was a wonderful way to cool down in the afternoon and evenings following busy days visiting the temple sites. The airport transfer service was prompt. The breakfast was wonderful each morning with a mix of western and Asian dishes. The spa was a wonderful experience as well.” –Marcel, Canada
Muu Spa – Gardens of Babylon
Offering more than simply a first-class resort getaway and stunning views across the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea, the Gardens of Babylon Resort also offers comprehensive health and wellness treatments at its fabulous Muu Spa. Treatments range from traditional Swedish, Balinese, Thai, and Shiatsu massage to acupressure, oil, reflexology and aromatherapy treatment. For more comprehensive packages, try a refreshing Turkish bath, herbal Jacuzzi therapy, or the luxurious Marduk VIP Spa, with a full range of treatments befitting the Babylonian King it’s named after.
Guests say: “Great resort. Unbelievable view of ocean, swimming pool and sunset. Wonderful smiling and attentive staff.” – Mohammad, Kuwait