By Lauren Jade Hill
Whether encompassing natural hot springs or embracing indigenous wellness traditions, some of the world’s most luxurious spas take the most pride in authentically reflecting their surroundings; while some incorporate the land’s natural products into indulgent spa treatments, others introduce guests to the destination’s unique customs. Here’s our selection of the best luxury spa experiences that are certainly worth traveling for.
Cheval Blanc, Courchevel, France
Tucked into Courchevel in the picturesque French Alps, this Cheval Blanc resort boasts spectacular views, as well as direct access to the slopes. Here, the Cheval Blanc Spa focuses on indulgence and relaxation, with restorative treatments that are ideal for skiers’ aching muscles, incorporating contrasting hot and cold sensations.
Singita Ebony Lodge, South Africa
This stand-out safari lodge sits on South Africa’s Sand River, within the privately owned game reserve Sabi Sand. And while it’s primarily celebrated for its abundant wildlife, this isn’t the only reason people come here; the safari experience is enhanced by the lodge’s elegant yet contemporary design, and by Singita Spa, where treatments have been designed to complement the beauty and tranquility of the wilderness. Signature treatments include the ‘I Dreamed of Africa’ body ritual, which incorporates Inkaba massage.