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Memorable Spa and Resort Getaways


Looking to getaway to some place different, a remote location where you can relax, be pampered, unwind, and bring mind, body and spirit back into perfect harmony?  These far away and secluded locations provide the perfect settings to relax and rejuvenate.

Set on a private island in the South Pacific, the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort & Spa features thatched roofed bungalows with private decks whose steps lead into the placid waters of a blue lagoon.  The adjacent Maru Spa is the only tree top spa in French Polynesia.  Perched in a pair of banyan trees above a serene setting of waterfalls and lilies, the spa offers traditional massage, a natural scrub or a vegetal wrap.

Looking for something a little closer to the clouds?  Nestled in the Himalayan foothills overlooking the meandering Ganga River, the Ananda Spa combines the allure of its setting with the practice of traditional Indian wellness regimes.  The 24,000 sq foot spa offers 79 body and beauty treatments, 24 treatment rooms, a lap pool, daily yoga and a gym.  The in-room amenities include aromatic baths, nightly tea and fresh pajamas.  To top it all off, they offer individually tailored rejuvenation cuisine, incorporating key principles from Ayurveda.

Located in a former monastery in the hills above Mallorca, Spain Son Brull Spa is an escape from everyday life.  The public spaces combine the asceticism of a monkish retreat with elements of avant-gardes design.  The rooms are well appointed.  Century old olive trees surround the infinity pool.  Body treatments at the spa incorporate locally grown handmade products, such as olive oil, aloe and honey.  Wine, citrus and fruits grown in the monastery’s gardens are used in the restaurant.  Organic and authentic, a true getaway.

Another getaway will take you over miles of ocean to “a world apart”, Tasmania at the southern most point of Australia.  Set within the magnificent wilderness at the edge of Cradle Mountain National Park, Cradle Mountain Lodge offers a range of soothing body and massage treatments.  After a day of hiking in the surrounding temperate rain forest among myrtle, sassafras and pine, repair to The Sanctuary to enjoy a steam bath, sauna, hot tub and plunge pool, as well as a relaxation lounge.  Afterwards dine at the Highland Restaurant, featuring the very best of Tasmanian foods and wines.

The food at the COMO Shambala Retreat, Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos is innovative Asian and Mediterranean with an emphasis on what’s healthy, organic and local.  They are all about your wellbeing here which is why they offer nine treatment rooms, an outdoor Jacuzzi garden, a Pilates studio, double massage rooms, Japanese baths, and a 1,300sq ft Yoga room featuring some of the world’s leading yoga teachers.  Add to that suites, villas, beach houses and traditional ocean view rooms, as well as a full slate of recreational activities, and you have a complete resort experience.

If you prefer your resort experience to be as comprehensive as possible, consider the BodyHoliday at LeSport in St. Lucia. Built around the four pillars of relaxation, restorative beauty, exercise and good diet, this multi-faceted facility offers a world class spa featuring a multitude of treatments, therapies and programs.  Located in a secluded Caribbean cove, the resort also offers yoga, tennis, waterskiing, scuba diving and golf.  There are four restaurants, including the award winning Tao, and two bars.  Most rooms have an Oceanside view and there is a private beach.  Truly, something for everyone in the Caribbean.

With breathtaking views of the snow-capped Tetons and the Snake River Valley, Amangani Resort in Jackson, Wyoming is an architectural gem of sandstone and redwood.  The spa at Amangani features two exercise studios, four treatment rooms and separate steam rooms for men and women.  Offerings include body treatments, massages, facials and healing therapies.  There is a year round outdoor heated pool and a whirlpool as well as a restaurant, lounge, library and art gallery.

The art gallery at Esparanza Auberge Resort, Cabo, Mexico is just one of many unexpected pleasures at this full service resort.  The gallery exhibits paintings and sculptures by well known Mexican artists and is worth a pop in between visits to the award winning spa, the state of the art fitness facility, the private beach, the infinity pool, and one of four restaurants and bars.  Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, the resort overlooks the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, providing a tranquil setting for relaxation and reflection.

If relaxation and reflection are a top priority, the Banyan Tree Spa in Phuket, Thailand could be just right.  The pioneer of the tropical garden spa concept in spa ambiance, the resort features pavilions which are recreations of ornate Royal Thai open-sided salas.  Here you will receive massage and body treatments as you gaze out on a paradise of blooming flowers, dancing butterflies, golden sands and the gently lapping waters of the Adaman Sea.

For the ultimate in rest and relaxation, and in all things that make a spa resort worthy of the highest accolades, the Spa at La Mamounia in Marrakesh, Morocco is it.  Combining the harmonious elegance of Moorish architecture with luxuriant gardens and splashing fountains, this resort provides an unparalleled atmosphere of calm and serenity.  The spa provides nine multiple treatment rooms, six outdoor spa cabins, an indoor heated pool, a fitness room, a relaxation room, a hairdressing salon, and a boutique.  There are four restaurants and five bars.  The whole complex is surrounded by a lush greensward of fragrant flowers and fruit trees.

Ah, the tranquility and calm of some far away place where you can escape to relax, unwind and achieve inner peace and harmony.  These 10 places can take you there in mind, body and spirit.  They can provide you what you need to relax and rejuvenate.

 

 

Date posted: 10th June, 2011

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