Margaret Hussey rounds up five overseas spas that are tantalisingly relaxing and certainly one to set your imagination going once again.
La Sultana Marrakech is a hidden gem of Moroccan charm and glamour. Housed within five riads the hotel comprises 28 individually designed rooms and suites.
Its award-winning spa offers traditional Moroccan treatments including the Royal Hammam using black soap made from pressed olives and decadent massages using locally sourced essential oils. All treatments are individually tailored to promote health and relaxation. The spa has two Hammams, a jacuzzi, sauna, beauty centre, hairdresser, seven massage rooms (two outdoor), a balneotherapy room and a chromotherapy room.
Nestled in Cognac country the Hôtel Chais Monnet & Spa is a beautifully restored 19th century trading house.
The spa has five treatment rooms, hammam, sauna and indoor/outdoor L-shaped pool. Personalised treatments and exercise programmes can be arranged and the natural products used are drawn from locally sourced plants and herbs such as grapeseed and Charente-Maritime salt. There are even treatments for children aged from four up.
You can make the most of the great outdoors too with plenty of walking and cycling routes in the hotel’s grounds.
Rooms start from 260 Euros. For more visit www.chaismonnethotel.com/en/
With four treatment rooms – and two available exclusively for couples – the Silversands Spa has everything you need to get your mind and body back on track.
There’s a sauna, ice cave, and modern fitness centre all built around a private pool. One of the highlight treatments is the Grenadian facial, packed with organic ingredients from the island including yoghurt, honey, lime and cucumber.
The hotel has a 100m infinity pool – the longest in the Caribbean – and it leads to the soft white sand and crystal clear waters of Grand Anse beach.
Wellness is at the forefront of Pullman Maldives’ ethos and their approach focuses upon the four pillars of Sleep, Sport, Food and Spa. Guests can enjoy unique yoga classes at sunrise, sunset, or in the middle of the ocean on top of a dhoni, as well as various fitness sessions and outdoor activities.
The resort’s Spa by Phytomer features eight treatment rooms perched over a shallow white sand lagoon.
It has recently introduced a traditional therapy incorporating local coconut oils and coconuts. They are used to create a restorative full body massage, promoting blood flow and helping soothe both mind and body.
Stays cost from £935 ($1,222) based on two people sharing per night. For more visit https://www.pullmanmaldivesmaamutaa.com/
Away from the hustle and bustle of Saint Tropez, Hôtel Lou Pinet has just two treatment rooms but offers a whole package.
There’s deep tissue massage, mother-to-be massage as well as gentlemen’s rituals for tired hands and feet.
Its Tata Harper Spa also offers the sought-after Remodelage body treatment. The technique works on deep skin layers and older fat deposits to help release the cellulite strongholds, rid the body of toxins and reduce the rate at which skin ages.
(photos: Lou Pinet © Mr. Tripper)
Nightly rates at Hotel Lou Pinet start from 430 Euros on a bed & breakfast basis. www.loupinet.com/
Words: Margaret Hussey
Photos: courtesy of spas / please see individual images for credits