As this week marks National Spa Week, we’re celebrating all things wellness, encompassing those luxuriously soft dressing gowns, calming fragrances and skin cleansing rituals. Here at BIRD, we’re proud to represent a range of indulgent hotel spas across the globe, which promise physical rejuvenation and emotional stability, and where self-care is made a priority not only for today but for the many tomorrows. Here’s a collection of our very favourite places that allow you to indulge all your senses in the calming and curative essentiality of “me-time”.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Badrutt’s Palace Wellness Spa offers a range of pampering Ayurvedic-inspired treatments that will make you feel as fresh and invigorated as the Alpine air that graces the surrounding Engadin mountains. You’ll glide through the tranquil haven of the vast infinity pool, salt steam room, therapeutic massage suite and alpine skin renewal treatment room, whilst male guests are encouraged to try the newly launched ‘Gentlemen’s Menu’, which invites men to prioritise their beauty regime and enjoy a selection of grooming treatments.
São Lourenço do Barrocal’s Susanne Kaufmann Spa is a place of holistic comfort and beauty. Natural antioxidants and cleansing products will leave skin feeling clear and fresh, and muscles are soothed through regenerating body-scrubs and massage oils. Surrounded by the ancient holm oaks, olive groves and vineyards of the unspoilt Alentejo region, time spent enjoying this charmingly rustic spa location will help you to find a sense of connection to yourself and to nature in the most wonderfully spoiling yet simplistic way.
Le Grand Bellevue’s Le Grand Spa will stimulate your journey to relaxation by simply entering the 3,000 square meters of wellness facilities. Choose from 17 thermal zones, from a Turkish steam bath and fragrant Hay Sauna to ice fountain and Himilayan salt grotto, or simply relax as your worries are pummelled away with an indulgent Bamford deep tissue massage or rejuvenating facial. Located in the breathtakingly beautiful scenery of Gstaad alpine landscape, you will restore your physical, mental and emotional health in a place of the upmost quietude.
Dormy House Spa promises to make you feel “absolutely fabulous”, but not in the Patsy-Eddy eccentric manner of constant inebriation and cigarette in hand. The only alcohol here is a delightfully chilled glass of fizz, and the only smoke you’ll see is trailing upward from softly scented candles. Guests have the option of indoor and outdoor soothing treatments, including perfectly precise manicures, soaking in the terrace hot tub, warming your limbs in the Scandi-style thermal suite, and experiencing a hot mineral mud bath. For those craving a more hardcore fitness experience, the team of in-house personal trainers can assist you with state-of-the-art workout facilities.
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Wild Coast Tented Lodge’s Spa is a slice of tropical paradise which offers treatments from the sanctity of your own suite as well as offering a ‘spa day’ immersion. Their experienced team of therapists cleanse your complexion with organic homegrown Sri Lankan spices, such as clove, nutmeg and sandalwood, as well as attending to your travel-tired muscles with oils that incorporate the antioxidant, anti-ageing properties of locally grown Ceylon tea. Situated on the pristine beach of Yala National Park, this is a once in a lifetime spa experience that epitomises the benefits of holistic beauty and wellness therapies, while embracing the wonder of the Sri Lankan seascape.
Gili Lankanfushi’s Meera Spa is a blissful setting of holistic healing, in a secluded bay surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters. Inspired by its exquisite sea views, the team of therapists use the world’s finest skincare products created from organic ocean and plant extracts to revitalise and soothe your mind, body and soul, while their techniques combine modern therapies with ancient wisdom. Early morning yoga and meditation classes are a key aspect of their wellness activities, which will stretch out tired muscles, increase flexibility and help find mental serenity in the wonder of the Maldives.