Pictured: Paradis Plage Yoga Surf & Spa Resort, Morocco
Laura French finds the perfect spa resort for every client.
Not all spas are born equal – and not all clients want the same thing. From yoga-centric spiritual retreats to luxury safari-lodge spas, there’s a wealth of options for wellness breaks.
We’ve picked a handful of the best and matched them up with your clients to get you feeling inspired.
Best for… A spiritual retreat
Where: Fusion Maia Da Nang, Vietnam
Why: For clients wanting to embrace all things zen on the banks of a peaceful, sugar-soft beach, look to Fusion Maia Da Nang. Set among leafy tropical gardens, it’s all about inner cleansing here with a Natural Living programme organised by colour, theme and aroma, and featuring breathing exercises, stretching, yoga and meditation.
It’s paired with healthy menus and a 22-room spa with saunas, Jacuzzis and a yoga deck, and guests get two free treatments a day. It’s also a stone’s throw from three Unesco-listed sites including historic Hoi An, for those after a cultural fix.
Best for… Thalassotherapy
Where: Forte Village Resort, Sardinia
Why: Set among the hills of a 100-acre estate and surrounded by pine trees, Forte Village’s environs alone would be enough to lull you into a delightful daze. Add its Acquaforte Thalasso & Spa, and you have R&R bliss.
Spread across verdant tropical gardens, it features six seawater pools heated to different temperatures with the aim of boosting your metabolism, stimulating endorphins and toning muscles.
Beyond the thalassotherapy pools there are shiatsu massages, algae baths, mud wraps and more, alongside specialist programmes targeting weight loss, anti-ageing and other areas.
Best for… A digital detox
Where: Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali
Why: Picture a week or two without kids, TVs and mobile phones (in public areas, at least), where the only sound is the soothing swish of the ocean, and you have Spa Village Resort Tembok.
‘Holistic wellness’ is the raison d’être here, with yoga, cooking classes and complimentary daily spa treatments on the agenda, alongside plenty of romantic options such as a pre-wedding floral bath, private sunrise meditation and a candlelit massage under the stars.
Best for… Families
Where: Now Onyx Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Why: It’s not only about couples; a growing number of spa resorts are offering treatments tailored to kids. Among them is Now Onyx Punta Cana, which has a menu offering the likes of chocolate fondue body wraps, mint exfoliation scrubs and spot-targeting facials targeted at teens and children.
The spa has 12 treatment rooms alongside a hydrotherapy circuit, steam room, sauna and whirlpool, and when guests are done pampering themselves, they can get involved with a string of other family-friendly activities, from ziplining excursions in the jungle to film nights on the beach.
Best for… Budget-seekers
Where: Paradis Plage Yoga Surf & Spa Resort, Morocco
Why: Just as prolific on the spa scene is Morocco, and it doesn’t mean breaking the bank. For an excellent value option, suggest Paradis Plage. Locally sourced ingredients characterise its treatments – which you can have right on the beach – while elegantly tiled hammams are on hand for those after traditional Moroccan flair. A resident yogi offering classes three times a day and a dedicated surf school add welly for active types.
Best for… Luxury safari seekers
Where: Gondwana Game Reserve, South Africa
Why: For clients who want something different, suggest a spa in one of southern Africa’s luxury safari lodges. You’ll find options to suit all budgets and tastes, but for one of the most luxurious, look to South Africa’s Gondwana Game Reserve, a four-hour drive from Cape Town on the scenic Garden Route.
As well as being home to the ‘big five’ – and offering game drives, golf safaris, mountain biking and a Junior Ranger programme – it boasts a full Africology treatment menu spanning the likes of Happy Hippo Mud Wraps and Hakuna Matata Manicures, all using indigenous plants from the region. There’s also a specially tailored kids’ spa menu, making it a good option for families wanting to pamper themselves amid sweeping mountain landscapes and colourful, fynbos-covered hills where elephants and leopards roam free.
Book it: Premier Holidays offers a nine-night South Africa trip from £1,499, including three nights’ full board at Gondwana Private Game Reserve and Emirates flights in September.
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