After the excesses of the holidays, it’s time to take care of yourself. But there’s another school of thought which says it’s more relaxing to let someone else take care of you for a change. To that end, we’ve sifted through the data to produce a list of ten of our finest spa hotels, based on ten-plus years of Tablet customer ratings and reviews.
LAS VENTANAS AL PARAISO: Among our top-rated spa hotels we found the Rosewood name recurring again and again. And among them, our customers’ favorite has long been Las Ventanas al Paraiso. The appeal of San Jose del Cabo in the dead of the Northern winter needs little explanation — if you need us this January, you know where to look.
JK PLACE CAPRI: None of the three JK Place hotels are what you’d call a hard time — but for a proper recharge & reset, it helps to put a little distance between yourself and the mainland. Get through Naples as quickly as you can — for all its other charms, tranquility is not what it’s known for — and if you don’t regain your sanity the moment you set foot on Capri, it’s probably awaiting you on the massage table.
BARDESSONO HOTEL: An epic wine list and ample opportunities for feasting come with the Napa Valley territory (and Yountville in particular is the culinary mecca). But within this modern, sustainable, stylish luxury hotel you’ll also find a list of spa treatments as long as your arm. There’s a lot of competition in California’s wine country but Bardessono is perennially in the top league.
UMA BY COMO, UBUD: The COMO name is another one we knew we’d find playing a central role, and we imagine Uma wins out because of its unforgettable setting. Not only is Ubud the spiritual heart of Bali, but the most hard-headed skeptic can’t help but get a little dewy-eyed at the sight of an infinity pool at the edge of a lush jungle valley. Check in at the COMO Shambhala Retreat for a fitness-focused, no-holds-barred spa experience.
HÔTEL CRILLON LE BRAVE: Crillon le Brave’s appeal is simple: this is a beautiful hotel in a beautiful countryside. It’s hard not to come away from this 16th-century marvel with the feeling that our ancestors knew a thing or two about splendid seclusion — though, to be perfectly fair, it turns out they were missing a trick or two, as the phenomenal Spa des Ecuries only opened last year.
LA SULTANA MARRAKECH : Morocco is well known for its homegrown spa tradition, and the whole idea of a riad hotel is built around lavish, private luxury. In the matter of Marrakech spa hotels, it turns out our customers agree with the World Travel Awards, who crowned La Sultana Morocco’s “Leading Spa Resort.”
MANDARIN ORIENTAL TOKYO: If you know your Tokyo luxury hotels, you know heaven is just an elevator ride away. World-class spas abound in the Japanese capital’s world-class skyscraper hotels. Stick to our selection and it’s almost impossible to put a foot wrong — but if there’s a trend in our data, it’s that the Mandarin Oriental has the edge.
RAMBAGH PALACE: A spa getaway is the ultimate in decadence, and there’s no place more conducive to decadence than a former royal residence. For pure aristocratic fantasy, Rambagh Palace is hard to beat — and the partnership between the Taj hotel group and the Jiva spa concern is a particularly fruitful one.
THE SETAI MIAMI BEACH: Even in Miami, a town that’s not exactly shy about its dedication to personal indulgence, the Setai stands more or less alone — and while hotel spas are a dime a dozen in this town, the Setai’s spa, by Thémaé Paris, distinguishes itself as well. If you manage to check out with so much as an iota of stress or strain, seek immediate medical attention.
COWLEY MANOR: Cowley Manor has been good for a generous portion of countryside rest and recuperation for centuries, but it’s no fossil — along with its ultra-modern C-Side Spa it’s a leader among England’s wave of contemporary country house hotels, and hence a favorite among Tablet’s customers for just about as long as we’ve been online.