10 Must-Visit Spa Destinations in 2019
We are often so caught up in our hectic modern lifestyle and the stresses of everyday life that the only way we can truly relax is to leave that life behind and escape for a calming and peaceful destination for a couple of relaxing days. If you want to de-stress and make self care a priority, going on a spa trip that is designed to better your body, as well as your mind, is the perfect option. With that in mind, here are the top 10 spa destinations you simply have to visit in 2019:
1. Budapest, Hungary
Often referred to as the 'Spa Capital of the World', Budapest is home to a large number of thermal springs. During the rise of the Roman Empire, the conquerors build numerous baths around the city, both public and private. Today, you can experience a modern spa culture in these incredibly well-preserved traditional settings that pay tribute to the historic hot springs on site.
2. Sydney, Australia
While Sydney may not be the first spa destination that comes to mind, the Sol Spa in Eastern Suburbs is one of the best spas in Australia and definitely deserves a visit. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, luscious plants and ancient relics reenergize your mind, while heavenly spa treatments using healing aromatic oils, herbs and spices rejuvenate your soul. The spa even offers a holistic consultation to ensure you have an exceptional experienced that is perfectly suited to you.
3. Queenstown, New Zealand
One of the most beautiful and serene retreats in the world that simply begs to be photographed, the Onsen Hot Pools should definitely be on your must-visit destinations list. Whether you decide to treat yourself to an hour-long massage while you’re there, or you simply want to relax in the pure water pools overlooking the Shotover Canyon, there is no denying visiting this retreat will bring some peace and tranquility to your body and mind.
4. Calistoga, California
The deluxe spas in Calistoga are world-renowned for their incredible treatments, including facials, mineral water soaks and mud baths consisting of thermal water and 100% pure volcanic ash that has been sourced right there on site. After exploring everything California has to offer, it’s the ultimate place to simply relax, unwind and enjoy.
5. Somerset, England
Calm and secluded, Somerset offers numerous countryside resorts surrounded by green grassy fields that stretch far and wide. From tennis courts, pools and that beautiful British countryside to steam rooms, private hot tubs and incredible spa treatments, Summerset offers the perfect escape from the chaotic London city life, and is the ideal place to de-stress and wind down.
6. Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is certainly one of the best spa destinations in the world, and for a good reason. From unique resorts where you can indulge in relaxing therapies and treatments to luxurious hotels along the Bosphorus River that offer excellent spa services, the city truly offers a wide variety of options, including experiencing their world famous hammam (Turkish bath) located in a beautiful and opulent old mansion dating back to the Ottoman period.
7. Hanoi, Vietnam
Navigating the streets of Hanoi can be quite a stressful endeavor, which is why taking a day to rest at some of the incredibly luxurious spas in Hanoi's French Quarter is such a great idea. Everything from the heritage décor you notice as soon as you step in to the Turkish baths you’ll undoubtedly enjoy simply exudes deluxe relaxation.
8. Phuket, Thailand
The country that is famous worldwide for its massages and treatments, Thailand is filled with luxurious spa resorts suited for everyone’s taste. Phuket has many top-end hotels and retreats that offer endless indulgent packages and therapy rooms overlooking the azure sea. However, this opulent experience might be too pricey for the average traveler. In that case, opt for a traditional massage in Bangkok, the most relaxing budget-friendly massage you can experience in Thailand.
9. Bali, Indonesia
Offering the unique experience of fabulous jungle spas and resorts, Ubud in Bali is undoubtedly one of the best spa destinations in the world. From traditional therapies in resorts overlooking terraced paddy fields to rejuvenating spa packages you can experience in the picturesque Hanging Gardens, Bali truly offers a one of a kind spa experience that shouldn’t be missed.
10. Rishikesh, India
Located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills just outside Rishikesh, Ananda is one of the most luxurious retreats in the world that has been frequented by many celebrities and voted the best spa destination year after year by numerous publications. From stress management packages and meditation to Hatha yoga and endless deluxe treatments, this resort truly offers the most serene experience.
There is no doubt that visiting some of these incredible spa destinations will give you the opportunity to experience mindfulness and mental clarity, and start your journey towards a healthier and more peaceful you.