As the chill of winter sets in (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere at least), we find ourselves dreaming of things like thermal springs nestled in alpine valleys and infinity pools at the edge of the tropics. For this reason, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the most lavish, stunningly designed hotel spas and wellness facilities the world has to offer.
The Cambrian, Adelboden, Switzerland
An outdoor thermal pool hypnotically appears as though it is flowing over its own edge, leading its occupants straight into the surrounding soaring mountains. Nestled deep in a valley in the Swiss Alpine village of Adelboden, The Cambrian looks out onto one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Its extraordinary spa features heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a well equipped gym, tranquil treatment rooms, and a Finnish sauna with steam bath and rain shower.
Ion Adventure Hotel, Selfoss, Iceland
From the volcanic marvels of Mount Hengill to the urban sophistication of Reykjavik nearby, Iceland’s unique landscape plays a pivotal role in the rich design of the 45-room Ion Adventure Hotel, which leans heavily on sustainable practices and the natural features of the island. This holds even truer for Ion’s partially exposed Lava Spa, where guests can luxuriate in a vast open-air thermal pool with herbal products made from organic, mineral-rich volcanic ash and clay sourced from the immediate vicinity.
Hotel Bachmair Weissach, Rottach Egern, Germany
A recent addition to Bachmair Weissach on Lake Tegernsee in the Bavarian Alps, the phenomenal Mizo Onsen Spa draws influence from Japanese bathing culture while taking advantage of the mineral rich waters of the Tegernsee valley. The serene and sophisticated 3000-square-meter wellness complex includes steam rooms at 38 and 90 degrees Celsius, sauna facilities, various indoor baths and heated outdoor pools, a separate family spa, and a wide range of treatments and massage.
QT Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Set within the heritage-listed Gowings department store and State Theatre in the heart of Sydney’s central business district, QT Sydney revives the rich, colorful past of the city’s two most iconic buildings. Its award-winning SpaQ is also a local treasure, with its specially curated series of opulent treatments, from coffee and sea kelp contour wraps to the signature SpaQ caviar facial.
The Naka Phuket, Thailand
With its artificial waterfall flowing continuously from the edge of the five-story tower housing the Naka Phuket, the Napa Spa offers the hotel’s most extraordinary view. The comprehensive tailor-made spa menu, focusing on the five elements, has the whole body covered, from massages, Biodroga facials, and body scrubs, to specialist therapies and pampering spa packages, all utilizing a range of herbs, fruit, and flowers.
Rooms Hotel Kazbegi, Stepantsminda, Georgia
With peaks reaching a formidable 5,000 meters, the dramatic Caucasus Mountain Range delivers a spectacular backdrop for Rooms Hotel Kazbegi in northern Georgia, as well as for its stunning subterranean wellness area, with floor-to-ceiling mountain-facing windows overlooking the 30-foot heated pool. Sauna and treatment rooms offer a full range of offerings, from aromatherapy to deep muscle massages, while a sweeping sun terrace provides a place to relax and soak in the rugged surroundings.
C-Hotel and Spa, Cassago Brianza, Italy
Stepping into the stone-clad lobby of C-Hotel & Spa, near the shores of Italy’s Lake Como, you know you’re in for a sensory experience. This goes as much for the warm, chocolaty smell luring you into the bustling Italian bar and 30-year-old family-run confectionary shop, as it does for the C-Spa, where guests relax among three indoor and outdoor thermal pools, a Turkish bath, and a waterfall.