Is it too early in the year to start thinking about holidays? Probably is…
Still, if you’re already way over 2017 now that you’re back to work and not say, lying on a beach somewhere taking an accidental nap, 1. Get yourself a coffee and 2. Peruse our suggestions of top island getaways and their equally appealing spas that you should definitely check yourself into at some point this year when it all just gets too much.
There’s no doubt the jewel in the crown of the already majestic Sri Panwa Resort is its Cool Spa. Offering seclusion in bustling Phuket, Thailand, Sri Panwa sits atop Cape Panwa and is the only resort to occupy the entire peninsula. That immediate privacy, coupled with the sweeping views to Phuket’s south-eastern tip are both core to the Cool Spa experience. Fully refurbished in late 2015, the spa offers traditional Thai holistic treatments within its own private tropical water gardens.
Pre-treatment, why not take advantage of a dip in the hot and cold plunge pool or a yoga session? Then, indulge in a natural Sweet Mango Delight Body Scrub (approx. $108/60 mins). This signature treatment incorporates fresh sweet ripe mango, natural yoghurt and local mint to leave you feeling rejuvenated top to toe.
Since opening in 2007, there’s a reason why Hamilton Island’s qualia has been notching up awards like a spot on the US Condé Nast Traveler 2015 Gold List. There’s a timeless blend of subdued, sophisticated elegance and pristine surrounds at play here – a prime example being the understated luxe of Spa qualia. Secluded, bungalow-style surrounds create immediate calm, all set to the sounds of flowing water throughout the six treatment rooms, relaxation area, outdoor vichy shower and yoga pavilion. The menu features a decadent mix of treatments designed to rebalance body and mind – all using 100 per cent natural, Australian-made products from Sodashi and LI’TYA.
This is one occasion where you should go all out – so opt for the Sixth Sense Indulgence ($1000/360 mins), a bespoke, six-hour course including your favourite massage, body exfoliation, facial and tailored spa cuisine lunch. Leeward Pavilions from $1,050 per night (two-night minimum stay).
As your speedboat approaches this seriously photogenic resort in the Maldives’ impossibly-pristine Laamu Atoll, there’s no hiding the feeling you’re about to embark on a cast away fantasy. This is true luxe at the edge of the earth – and once you actually commit to leaving your breezy lagoon or ocean water villa, your top destination should be Six Senses’ adored Spa Laamu. Playing to the power of two, the beach-set spa features four couple’s treatment ‘nests’, along with four treatment pavilions.
Take guesswork out of the equation with a Laamu Signature Package (approx. $375each/120 mins). Your prescription to bliss includes a body exfoliation with fresh coconut, natural facial incorporating local ingredients and a soothing massage.
The moment you set foot on One&Only Hayman Island is a sensory feast. From the spectacle of the sheer Whitsunday sophistication to the hypnotic aroma of jasmine and rose water that infuses its elegant spa. The rainforest-set complex comprises 13 treatment rooms (including a couple’s room), a dry heat sauna, steam room, cool plunge pool and relaxation area.
Need a reason to leave this tranquil oasis? How about a once-in-a-lifetime Ocean Dreaming Full Body Massage ($450/90 mins). As you float on the sea surface while spotting a kaleidoscope of tropical fish, your therapist will soothe away any stress with warm botanical oils, all set to the soundtrack of soft, lapping waves. Hayman Lagoon Rooms from $705 per night.
There are just two caveats to live by at this breathtaking Filipino five-star: luxury and solitude. Case in point: the idyllic CHI Spa, clearly one of the property’s strongest magnets. Known as the sanctuary within a sanctuary, the spa occupies a rocky peninsula with gorgeous views across a private bay. Continuing Shangri-La’s adoption of the traditional Chinese chi philosophy, the spa uses this energy flow approach across its myriad of body massages, stretching and hydrotherapy selections.
Why not team relaxation with tradition? Opt for the signature CHI Balance massage (approx. $157/75 mins) – a palm-pressured massage to move energy within the body to promote peace of mind. Deluxe Rooms go an from approx. $420 per night.