From tree-posing in Sri Lanka to fasciatherapy in Paris, retreat to these restorative spa destinations for a trip of the holistic kind

Portrait of Tammy Strobel
are designed
using natural
like wood
and stone.
The Cave
Bedrooms are designed using natural elements like wood and stone. The Cave



Kensho is an oasis of traditional Aegean architecture and modern luxury. Inside the subterranean spa, carved-rock walls, an illuminated pool, tropical rain beds and a hammam await. Try the Hot Shell Massage, where heated seashells help boost blood circulation, and the Express After Sun facial to hydrate and heal your skin after a day out. Visit kenshomykonos.com

A Chanel
spa suite
A Chanel spa suite



A must-visit for Chanel fans, the legendary hotel is home to Chanel au Ritz Paris, the world’s first Chanel Spa and a sanctuary that epitomises the brand’s art of skincare and style. The ultimate indulgence is the Le Grand Soin. The customisable treatment starts with the signature Le Massage de Chanel, where fragrant oils and deep, long strokes are used to relax your muscles and joints. Next comes a highly concentrated coat of collagen, followed by a facial of your choice using products from a Chanel Beauty skincare collection, such as Sublimage for antiageing or Le Blanc for a radiance boost. Visit ritzparis.com 

The Art Deco-style 
indoor pool
The Art Deco-style indoor pool
complete zen
at Amanemu.
A tranquil
view from
the Nagi Suite
Experience complete zen at Amanemu. A tranquil view from the Nagi Suite



With an outdoor thermal spring garden, a 21,528sqft spa and two onsen bathing pavilions, you will feel a sense of calm immediately upon entering Amanemu. Set aside at least three nights for one of the four Wellness Immersions— Mindfulness & Stress Management, Detox & Cleansing, Beauty & Slow-Ageing or Recovery & Recuperation—each of which combine private specialist therapy sessions, spa treatments, group movement sessions and personally curated wellness menus for a blissfully holistic journey. Visit aman.com 

My Reading Room
Melanie Grant’s
stylish interiors
Melanie Grant’s stylish interiors



Located in Double Bay—one of Sydney’s most prestigious neighbourhoods—since 2012, the go-to facial guru among local insiders has established herself as one of the best facialists and skin professionals in the region. Book in advance (we suggest three months) for the Bespoke Clinical Facial with Melanie Grant herself. Based on your completed questionnaire, Grant first does a stimulating deep double cleanse along with a fine diamond microdermabrasion, followed by a lactic acid peel and a customised dermal booster infused via ultrasound. An organic cream mask is then layered under a collagen mask and left to set before LED light therapy. Each treatment ends with a restorative European Massage to boost circulation and imbue radiance. A final application of Augustinus Bader’s cult cream and a spritz of SPF 50 protection, and you’re good to go. Visit melaniegrant.com

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The pool overlooks
Jing’An Park
The pool overlooks Jing’An Park
Ducks in the
relaxation lounge
Ducks in the relaxation lounge



UR SPA is a city slicker’s hideaway in The PuLi Hotel and Spa, China’s first luxury urban resort. Here, modernist zen treatments blend wellness technologies with ancient healing rituals, like reflexology that removes energy blockages, relieving tension and muscle stress while boosting circulation. This can be experienced as part of the UR SPA Signature Massage, which also uses stretching and effleurage; while the Tranquillity Pro-Sleep Massage acts on three sensorial pathways— olfactive, tactile and hearing—by fusing digital sound therapy with Ayurvedic and Indonesian techniques for profound relaxation. But first, take a dip in the 25m-long heated indoor infinity pool. Visit thepuli.com 

Tri, a lush clifftop
respite in Sri Lanka
Tri, a lush clifftop respite in Sri Lanka



Sri Lanka’s first sustainable luxury hotel is set on the shores of Lake Koggala, in the heart of cinnamon-producing country. The word “Tri”, meaning “three”, refers to the three mind-body types in Ayurveda, and the “tree” pose that you can master in the daily Quantum Yoga sessions. No euphoria-inducing stay here is complete without experiencing its Ayurvedic therapies—an expert will assess your mind-body type then tailor sequences according to your ability level and inner nature. Visit trilanka.com

The Lanesborough
Club & Spa
The Lanesborough Club & Spa



The marbled, mirrored interiors of the 18,000sqft The Lanesborough Club & Spa are the most opulent in the capital—and exclusively for use by hotel guests and members only. Services extend across beauty, fitness and wellness, including tailored workouts and, of course, exquisite spa treatments. Think: A pearl and jasmine crystal scrub to restore vitality, clarity and flow to your body; and a White Caviar Brightening and Firming Facial using La Prairie products to leave your skin smooth and toned. Visit oetkercollection.com

Royal colours
bedeck the
entire spa
Royal colours bedeck the entire spa