There are fabulous spas and spa resorts all over the world. It’s safe to say that in nearly every country you can find some sort of spa treatment to add to your adventure. But if you’re looking for a destination that puts the “aah” in spa – a destination that really shines in terms of spa treatments and a focus on wellness? These are our top four destinations:
Budapest, Hungary – For an abundance of choice
Known as the Spa Capital of the World, Budapest boasts hundreds of thermal springs across the city. Created by the ancient Romans, these spas manage to combine modern spa culture with a traditional feel. You can find everything from Zen spa retreats to public thermal baths. From traditional Turkish hammams to high-end luxury experiences. The city sits along a geologic fault line that sends tons of warm-to-scalding mineral water into its springs each day. So, spa culture is very much intertwined with the local lifestyle. Plus, the city itself is one of the most beautiful in central Europe, with incredible architecture and a unique history. The variety of spa experiences makes this one of the best spa travel destinations in Europe.
The Riviera Maya- For Beachy Vibes & Ancient Wisdom
A 100-mile stretch of beachfront along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan peninsula, the Riviera Maya was specifically developed with tourism in mind. Packed with stunning beaches and luxury resorts, this is a perfect (and not too far away) destination to enjoy even a quick spa getaway. And you can find something a little different from the classic Swedish or deep-tissue massage. Check out specialized treatments rooted in ancient Mayan practices — like relaxing hot lava rocks, herbal steams, meditations, and Temazcal. Indulging in a spa vacation on the Riviera Maya is the perfect way to enjoy a beach vacation with an extra dose of relaxation.
[Photo Credit Ann via Shared Adventures Travel]
Switzerland – For Luxury & Medical Know-How
Surrounded by the majestic Alps, deep blue lakes, and cool, refreshing mountain air. Switzerland offers the best in medical and holistic wellness programs. Here you’ll find centuries-old thermal pools and unique massage treatments. Alongside them are regimens developed by doctors, osteopaths, acupuncturists, and nutritionists. Switzerland combines jaw-dropping, imposing landscapes and bucket-list ski resorts, with a focus on luxury spa experiences and beauty and wellness products. These spas hold themselves to a high standard, and often incorporate medical-grade treatments meant to boost your health and extend your life.
Costa Rica – For combining adventure with relaxation
Eco-minded, beautifully lush, and pristine, Costa Rica boasts dozens of spas and wellness retreats. Nestled in the rainforest and along the coastline you’ll find a tantalizing blend of eastern and western therapies. The focus in Costa Rica is all natural. Disconnect and recharge from the stresses of daily life by immersing yourself in the beauty of nature. You can expect thermal waters, mud treatments, yoga classes, forest bathing, and mindful nature walks. And throw in a little bit of kayaking or hiking for balance.
[Photo Credit: Ellen via Shared Adventures – read about her Costa Rica honeymoon here!]
Are you deciding on the perfect destination for your next relaxing spa vacation? Or just looking to add a bit of pampering and spa treatment to your next adventure? Let us know!