The Aqua Perla Spa

Bali is renowned for its spas and spa rituals and I must admit that I never miss a chance when on holiday to indulge in an authentic Balinese spa journey. Which is why it was such a surprise to venture into the Aqua Perla Spa at the hip beachfront hotel, Double-Six at Seminyak and experience something totally new and modern, light and white. This is a spa with a difference, starting with the architecture and interior design.

The Banyan Tree

When it comes to dream holidays, Thailand is one of those destinations that always seems to tick every box. Stunning scenery with pristine beaches? Tick. Glamorous resorts? Tick. Romance? Tick, tick, tick. It’s a true holiday paradise, boasting some of the most beautiful natural locations on the planet, and draws jetsetters and sun-seekers back time and time again.

Another of Thailand’s major drawcards is the fact that it’s home to some of the most incredible spa resorts in the world. When you consider that there’s an actual massage style named in honour of this country, and that its main religion, Buddhism, is all about mindfulness, it’s no wonder that Thailand is so renowned for its spa culture. People flock here in their thousands, in pursuit of pampering, luxury and relaxation –and a real and lasting sense of wellbeing.

You can get a complete health and wellness makeover, or indulge in special therapies at sanctuaries ranging from the romantic and eco-conscious to the outrageously luxurious. And it’s the perfect place for couples; with exquisite treatments – and treatment rooms – for two everywhere you turn. So whether you want to restore your meridians, balance your chakras and cleanse your aura… or just go off-grid, relax, and seriously soothe your soul, here are 10 of the best places to be pampered in the Land of Smiles.

The VIP Couples Suite at Mandarin Oriental Bodrum

From the scenic Turkish peninsula to the fabled islands of the Whitsundays, your spa bliss awaits – tailored for two, of course! 

What do you get when you combine one of Asia’s leading spa brands with one of the world’s most expensive hotels? Simply put, one of the most blissful spa experiences you’ll ever enjoy in what is certainly one of the most stunning spas in the world.

We make our escape out of the hedonism of Kuta, travelling by car through bustling towns and up, up into the foothills of Ubud to another time, another place entirely different from the modern life we leave at home – our chosen destination is a special place that has no need nor room for any kind of harsh daily grind.


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