You may have already read up on all the big wellness trends coming our way in 2020—from plant-based meats, the surge of evermore CBD products, new health tech apps, and flexible do-it-anywhere workouts—but bringing it all together in the ultimate mind-body union is a trip to the spa, best enjoyed amid awe-inspiring nature. Below, we’ve gathered seven of the best places for you to go.
Set on Saint Lucia’s oldest cocoa estate, 1,000 feet above sea level, in a 140-acre plantation surrounded by steamy rainforests, Boucan (above) is the first hotel by the founders of luxury chocolate firm Hotel Chocolat. Here, guests can immerse themselves in all things cocoa—from going on a chocolate-making tour to exploring food peppered with cocoa. Even the hotel’s Cocoa-Juvenate Spa harnesses this magic bean’s antioxidant power in a heady combination of massages and body wraps.
On the northeastern coast of Zakynthos island, Olea All Suite Hotel (above left) frames the natural beauty of this Ionian gem with an elevated location on a verdant hillside and through tropical-modernist structures that appear to float on streams meandering around a lake-like pool at the resort’s heart. After exploring this Greek island’s bucolic coast, find sanctuary in Olea’s Royal Spa, where you can benefit from Babor’s innovative active formulations through tailor-made treatments.
Set in Kazan, Russia—a city known for its centuries-old sacred sites—the new Kazan Palace by Tasigo (above right) welcomes you into a culturally rich world of custom-made furniture and lighting by prominent Turkish artisans, modern artwork by sculptor Erdil Yasaroglu, and handwoven fabrics that echo the ethnic culture of Tatarstan. Here, the inviting spa offers an indoor pool, gym, sauna, Turkish bath, steam room, shock shower, and spinning area.
The first post-war Hotel on Courchevel, Hôtel des 3 Vallées (meaning three valleys Hotel) is situated at the foot of the resort’s world-class ski slopes. With its recent renovation, this spirit of Hôtel des 3 Vallées (first in slideshow above) has been carefully preserved, including most of the Hotel’s original furniture by the likes of Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, and Pierre Paulin. Awash in natural materials, the spa is also a great showcase of modernist mountain design and offers plenty of antidote for your body post skiing.
A vibrant world of bold color lies beyond the understated Georgian entrance of the Haymarket Hotel (below left) in central London. Energetic hues also seep into the Soholistic spa where treatments are designed to combat the strains of everyday life. In the hilly, Prealpine landscape that surrounds Lake Como, the minimalist retreat C-Hotel & Spa (below right) uses locally sourced materials like limestone and teak to create a timeless space for relaxation. Like the upscale lake nearby, the spa also focuses on water with three thermal pools, a Turkish bath, and an invigorating and energizing waterfall.
Finally, perfectly positioned halfway between Porto and the Douro Wine Region, Douro41 Hotel & Spa (below) embraces this eye-catching environment masterfully, choosing to augment its setting rather than overpower it. Featuring modern yet minimalist lines; light, contemporary design; and neutral tones, the 56-room, 5-suite property opens you up to the wonders of the flowing Douro River below. The spa’s concept by the Irish brand Moss of the Isles is based on a heritage that binds us to the earth and so, locally produced ingredients are highlighted as well as medicinal herbs and other botanicals that were once used.