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Desperate to escape the post-Christmas chaos? Don a fluffy robe, escape to a peaceful haven for some renewing downtime and treat yourself to several top-notch treatments?
Whether you're looking for a fancy Swiss escape or sun-filled South African getaway, here’s our round-up of world-class spa breaks to help you unwind in style. Relax, retreat, repeat…
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F A I R M O N T S T A N D R E W S , S C O T L A N D
Inspired by land and sea, and infused with just the right amount of Celtic lore, the five-star Spa at Fairmont St Andrews stands impressively atop a cliff overlooking the rugged Scottish coastline – a beacon of rejuvenation. With 12 luxurious treatment rooms, state-of-the-art facilities and a never-ending list of locally-themed massages, facials and therapies, relaxation here is totally guaranteed. The hotel is only a stone’s throw from the famous university town of St Andrews, so you can expect spectacular views from its 209 bedrooms and suites of the North Sea as well as the town’s various championship golf courses. But it’s the treatments that are the real star of the show – nothing under par here at all!
L E E U E S T A T E S , S O U T H A F R I C A
A lavish hideaway nestled in the heart of wine-country sounds exactly like our kind of serenity-seeking spa escape. Expertly mixing fine wine and wellness, Leeu Estates in Franschhoek is a boutique five-star hotel with 168 acres of sprawling gardens and farmland set against a majestic mountainous backdrop. Under an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the decadent country house boasts 17 luxe rooms (including five suites), an infinity pool and extensive wine studio. Tucked away amongst the vineyards is the secluded Leeu Spa, complete with a plunge pool overlooking a soothing lily pond, his and hers steam rooms, locally inspired ‘African voyage’ therapies involving traditional wooden tools and even a range of treatments for little ones. With free wine-tasting sessions for all guests and assured sunshine, prepare for tranquillity, tannin and a tan.
C H Â T E A U D ' A U G E R V I L L E , F R A N C E
Just an hour from Paris near Fontainebleau, Château d’Augerville is a charming, fairytale-like castle hotel in an effortlessly romantic setting, surrounded by luscious greenery and a serene lake. Start by checking in to one of the many elegant suites, then enjoy an afternoon at the spa – meandering between the two hydro massage spaces, private hamman cabin, tonic corridor, counter-current swimming pool and “pedispa”. Once restored, settle down to dinner in the stately wood-clad restaurant or cosy firelit bistro, before rounding off the day with a nightcap in the plush, library-style cocktail lounge. You can also sign up to one of the hotel’s French cooking lessons or pastry-making workshops, while a visit to the in-house chocolaterie is, of course, a must...
S I X S E N S E S Z I G H Y B A Y R E S O R T , O M A N
In a sandy beach cove on the northern Musandam Peninsula of Oman, cradled by rocky mountains and opal blue sea, the location of the Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort is nothing short of spectacular. And the village style hotel (itself made up of cobblestone buildings) with a collection of indigenous-style villas, palm-shaded sun loungers and an outdoor infinity-edged pool winding down to the sea does not disappoint. Inside, however, is the resort’s hidden sanctuary - the Six Senses Spa. Cleverly combining innovative and ancient holistic treatments, it offers six signature massages – and you can try jetlag-relieving aromatherapy or simply sit back and relax in the humdrum-free hammam and have your senses truly tantalized.
K E M P I N S K I G R A N D H O T E L D E S B A I N S , S W I T Z E R L A N D
For the freshest air and an alpine-style spa experience in the idyllic Swiss mountains, head straight to Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in snowy St. Moritz. With miles of pristine slopes on its doorstep, it has truly breathtaking views. Explore the contemporary bedrooms and bathrooms equipped with enormous soaking tubs, then venture down to the luxury spa where, using glacial waters, mountain herbs, Bergell granite, and wood from the Engadine forests to create a simple yet minimalistic atmosphere, you can be scrubbed, steamed, massaged, and lotioned in uninterrupted harmony. There’s even a female-only spa (featuring a sauna, steam bath and aroma grotto – whatever that is...) if you need any excuse to get away with the girls for a well-deserved break.