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The best spas in the world

In some moments of daily life, perhaps when it becomes a bit more complex than one would like, it is a good idea to close your eyes and imagine yourself in a place surrounded by a sublime landscape where you can relax, feel good and enjoy yourself. To know where to direct that desire and try to make it come true, it is essential to know which are the six best spas in the world.

Lapinha Spa and Wellness (Brazil)

This multi-awarded center for integrative medicine and wellness treatments is located three hours away from Buenos Aires and 80 km from Curitiba, Brazil, in a 550 ha lot -30% of which is part of a subtropical forest reserve-, with flora and fauna preserved, alkaline water (8.4 ph) and soil free of chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers.

Lapinha is a space to regenerate vital energy modifying habits through the application of various programs and treatments based on the fundamentals of integrative medicine, understanding man from a holistic perspective: an indivisible being, respecting the care of the body, the mind and the spirit. It works on seven fundamental pillars: Physiotherapy, Hydrotherapy, Biorhythm Therapy, Movement Therapy, Phytotherapy, Trofology (the best way to eat and combine food) and Spirituality.

Lapinha Spa and Wellness
Lapinha Spa and Wellness photo: spasofamerica.com

La Prairie (Switzerland)

Between snow-capped peaks, lush forests and the turquoise waters of Lake Leman, in Montreux, Switzerland, Europe's first luxury spa and medical center are recognized worldwide for its cellular revitalization treatment. It was founded in 1931 by Paul Niehans, a pioneering physician in the development of cell therapy, who applied the first injection of fresh cells in patients, with results that surprised the scientific community. He made the leap to fame when he applied the "CLP Extract" to Pope Pius XII, who helped him cope with a difficult illness.

La Prairie offers beauty treatments, weight management, body rejuvenation, fitness, and relaxation, in an environment of great beauty and luxury. In addition to aesthetics, it offers a high-quality medical service with various medical specialties, and even alternative medicines such as acupuncture, reflexology, and hypnosis.

La Prairie - Switzerland
La Prairie - Switzerland Photo: harpersbazaararabia.com

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa (Thailand)

Located on the south coast of Koh Samui, Thailand, this Asian top resort offers a holistic wellness experience that integrates healing therapies from the East and the West with cultural and spiritual traditions, in the midst of a fantastic natural environment. Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa offers a healthy gastronomy of excellence, holistic fitness practices and personalized wellness programs, detoxification, and treatments for stress and burnout, to improve sleep, achieve emotional balance, a healthy lifestyle and control the weight, among others.

Surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and waterfalls, a lagoon and white sandy beaches, this 60-room wellness center invites you to enjoy a wide range of activities, including water sports, snorkeling, cycling, hiking, pilates, yoga and others in your outdoor pool.

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa - Thailand
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa - Thailand Photo: kamalaya.com

Fivelements Puri Ahimsa (Indonesia)

Located on the banks of the Ayung River, on the island of Bali, in Indonesia, Fivelements Puri Ahimsa is an eco-conscious wellness center rooted in ancient Balinese traditions. It offers its guests a holistic, positive and peaceful transformation with the aim of purifying the body and mind, and balancing the physical, emotional and spiritual levels.

The programs include a great diversity of massages, acupuncture, colonic cleanings, balance of chakras, and sacred arts such as meditation, martial arts, and yoga to achieve balance and inner strength. In addition, Fivelements offers a wide variety of personalized retreats -rejuvenation, detox, culinary and dance, among others-, with a duration ranging from one to 21 days. The Fivelements vegetarian restaurant offers menus with live foods and a range of Indonesian and Western dishes.

Fivelements Puri Ahimsa - Indonesia
Fivelements Puri Ahimsa - Indonesia Photo: ultimatebali.com

Lefay Resort & Spa (Italy)

Located in Gargnano, a picturesque little town on Lake Garda in northern Italy, and within a large national park surrounded by hills, natural terraces, and olive groves, Lefay Resort & Spa offers its own Lefay SPA method, which fuses the principles of Classical Chinese medicine with Western scientific research.

Built under a philosophy of eco-sustainability with the environment, Lefay has wellness programs-adapted to the needs of each guest-that seek to restore well-being, rediscover vital energy and overcome various problems such as excess weight, fatigue or premature aging. In its facilities stand out indoor and outdoor saltwater pools, five different types of saunas, hydromassages, a saltwater lake and three relaxation areas overlooking the lake. The 93 rooms overlook the water mirror from your private balcony or terrace and are decorated with natural fabrics, olive, walnut, and Italian marble.

Lefay Resort & Spa - Italy
Lefay Resort & Spa - Italy Photo: trover.com

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (United States)

Considered a true oasis, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, located in the Sonoran desert in Arizona, United States, offers an experience to live in harmony with nature according to the tradition of the Native Americans. Its spa is recognized for its proposal of synergy between body and mind, with more than 70 treatments, including acupuncture, reiki, massage with Himalayan salt stones, aromatherapy, nutrition classes, body scrubs and wraps, and facial and body rejuvenation.

In addition, its six heated pools with water slides, an 836 m² white sand beach and the Trailblazer adventure center with activities for children, make this 750-room resort a great alternative also for families with children.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess - United States
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess - United States Photo: scottsdaleprincess.com