Holidays are great but a visit to spa not only makes it more special but is a rejuvenating experience.
Here is Agoda.com’s list of the world’s best hotel spas.
THERE’S nothing more refreshing than a visit to a spa. And we Malaysians are lucky because we don’t have to travel far to get the privilege of visiting one of the world’s best. And this is coming from Agoda.com’s annual list of exceptional hotel spas, where customers can indulge in world class treatments and rejuvenating therapies of all kinds.
That distinction goes to the Mines Wellness Hotel in Seri Kembangan, Selangor.
Agoda.com (one of Asia’s biggest hotel booking sites) presents this list of ten hotels that offer a world class spa experience, compiled based on hotel ratings, customer comments, and consultations with travel industry experts. From full-body aromatherapy to salt scrubs to massage treatments from around the world, these properties are the best way to pamper yourself during your travels in Asia or Europe.
Hotel name: Dusit Thani Manila, Philippines
Spa Name: Devarana Spa
Details: In Manila’s buzzing Makati business and shopping district, Devarana Spa offers six beautiful therapy rooms, five types of spa treatments, and several packages to suit every need.
Guests score the Pampering Programme highly, which offers body scrubs, jet lag recovery treatment, and a half day steam, bath, exfoliation, and reflexology massage. Relaxing water treatments, mud and algae wraps, or fruit peel body scrubs are available to ensure that guests leave relaxed and ready to take on the world.
Customers say: “Although staff surely meets and greets hundreds of people every day, they seemed to care about you as an individual. All services we used (including spa and pool) were flawless.” – Torben, Sweden
Hotel name: Ayana Resort & Spa, Bali, Indonesia
Spa name: Spa on the Rocks
Details: There is no better view for enjoying a spa treatment than being perched atop craggy boulders of the Ayana Resort with sweeping views into the Indian Ocean. Perhaps a hot shell or deep tissue massage is what the doctor ordered, or opt for a tingly boreh body masque to get things started. Connect with the past by enjoying the lulur body scrub, once reserved for Javanese princesses. They also have packages that focus on stress relief, post-wedding rejuvenation, or seawater thalassotherapy.
Customers say: “The hotel and service was amazing! The spa really does warrant its award winning status too.” - Margaret, Britain
Hotel name: Grand Hyatt Hua Hin, Thailand
Spa name: The Barai Spa
Details: The award-winning Barai Spa was designed by noted Thai architect and designer Lek Bunnag. It offers 18 treatment rooms spread across 18,500 sqm of lush beachfront property. Treatments are based around the four elements of earth/air/water/fire and aim to release stress, restore balance, invite beauty, and increase energy. Guests can spoil themselves with aloe vera healing wraps, mud and oil facial treatments, and even custom designed rituals for teens, gentlemen, and expectant mothers.
Customers say: “The spa is mind blowing. The location adjacent to the beach is ideal for taking early morning and late afternoon strolls.” - Raymond, Britain
Hotel name: Banyan Tree, Bangkok, Thailand
Spa name: Banyan Tree Spa
Details: If one needs a break from the buzz of Bangkok, the Banyan Tree Spa provides an oasis among the skyscrapers. Its well-deserved reputation stems from its emphasis on Eastern therapies focus on spiritual, mental and physical harmony. Choose from a wide selection of herbal enhancers, masks and scrubs, to his + her rejuvenation packages, to full-day treatments that include delicious Thai cuisine. If you have time, definitely try the tropical rain mist, a signature Banyan Tree combination of rain shower and steam bath.
Customers say: “Banyan Tree maintains its luxurious touch, excellent service (the spa and gallery employees I spoke to were obviously very happy in their jobs and empowerment by Banyan Tree). Happy staff, happy guests.” – Lenca, Singapore
Hotel name: Equarius Hotel at Resort World Sentosa, Singapore
Spa name: ESPA at Resort World Sentosa
Details: Sprawling across 10,000 sqm, ESPA Spa is known for having Singapore’s first authentic Turkish Hammam, a cousin of the Roman bath which focuses on water instead of ambient steam. Guests can spend time in soothing vitality pools, a forest onsen, saunas, steam rooms, and more. Book a private garden or beach villa suite for a signature treatment such as body balancing, hot stone, and detox programs. Other facilities include personal trainers, nutritional advice, and an ultra-relaxing sleep zone to let the treatments really sink in while you recuperate.
Customers say: “The pool access room is very nice, excellent room service and the best spa that I have ever been to.” – Qiaoling, Singapore
Hotel name: Mines Wellness Hotel, Selangor, Malaysia
Spa name: The Spa at Mines Wellness Hotel
Details: Billed as a one-stop wellness solution centre, guests at the Mines Wellness Hotel have a wide range of treatments and programs to choose from. Guests can immerse themselves in luxury care, from Chinese Qi Gong to foot reflexology to Ayurvedic oil drips, an ancient Indian treatment that balances the body’s energies. The spa offers an impressive array of body scrub “flavours” including coffee or Himalayan salt, plus milk and yoghurt body wraps. Holistic treatment such as Reiki, meditation and dance are also available. To finish the day, choose a massage style to relax you while the treatment sinks in, everything from Balinese to pre/post natal and traditional Malaysian urut massage.
Customers say: “A great stay in the Club Room…Large bathroom and good spa. Wide variety of buffet breakfast. Overall, it’s very impressive.” – Ida, Singapore
Hotel name: The Peninsula, Hong Kong
Spa name: The Peninsula Spa
Details: When visitors to Hong Kong want a treat, they need not look further than the renowned Peninsula Spa. Offering 14 treatment rooms with amazing views over the iconic Victoria Harbour, the richly decorated spa offers personalized consultations give guests the ultimate in bespoke service. A full menu of massage styles is available, including deep tissue, Swedish, Thai, and Balinese, while steam rooms, saunas, and aromatherapy showers complete the package. Unique tailored half-day “spa journeys” offer treatments including detox, anti-cellulite, de-stress, and bride- and mother-to-be. High praise has been given for the Four Hands Synchronised Massage that sees two masseurs work in tandem for the ultimate rejuvenating experience.
Customers say: “Great service throughout the hotel…attention to detail made such an impression. The spa facility was amazing.” – Jodi, Australia
Hotel name: Hotel de Rome, Berlin, Germany
Spa name: Spa de Rome
Details: Years ago Berlin’s Dresdner Bank kept its gold and cash in a vault behind a 15cm thick steel door. Today, that same room is one of the city’s finest spas. Pampering body treatments include Hawaiian body scrub and massage, Ayurvedic oils from India, seaweed detoxification, and even a Russian honey massage. Skin treatments specially designed for smokers, dehydrated skin, and pregnant women are complimented by manicure/pedicure treatments and vitamin C enzyme and papaya facial applications
Customers say: “The hotel has a perfect location and is first class in every aspect.” – Jens, Sweden
Hotel name: MGM Macau
Spa name: Six Senses Spa
Details: In the world’s largest casino hub (seven times larger than Vegas), it’s not surprising that there’s a need for a world-class spa. Combining Asian therapies with Six Senses’ fitness and beauty treatments, experienced therapists provide Chinese treatments like shiatsu or tuina, and Thai, Swedish, and Balinese massage styles. A full suite of facial therapies, scrubs, wraps, acupressure, and aromatherapy are on the menu, plus Reiki and fitness consultations. Guests rave about the flotation pool, with a 27% salt level, and even a snow room, which cools the body and gives skin a wonderful tingly feeling.
Customers say: “Close to [Macau’s] historic district. The spa was great, a really relaxing atmosphere.” - Kim, United States
Hotel name: Dolphin House Serviced Apartments, London, Britain
Spa name: The Spa
Details: Inspired by traditional Moroccan bathhouses that use mineral clay, salt, and steam treatments to provide ultimate relaxation, The Spa focuses on cleansing, relaxing, wellness, and repair. Using mineral rich water drawn from Westminster’s only Artesian well, guests can enjoy a warm Hammam bath followed by a body scrub and oil massage. After, choose from signature treatments that include detoxification programs, scalp and facial rituals, or an oil or butter massage. Once finished, enjoy a unique blend of tea by renowned tea blender Alex Probyn.
Customers say: “The studio was very clean and tidy with helpful professional staff, an amazing gym and swimming pool/health complex.” – Craig, New Zealand