Look beyond the average for a truly restorative spa break. From the most dreamy spa facilities to innovative spa treatments. These spa destinations will certainly provide you the ultimate feel-good holiday escape.

1. Body Beautiful


Best Holiday Resort 2017

Best Holiday Resort 2017

The BodyHoliday St Lucia resort in the Carribean is a reset-your-life sort of destination. Set on the edge of a pristine beach, the wellness resort is full of things to do, or not do, as you wish. In short it’s an entirely customisable experience, with an extensive menu of wellness-focused activities, many of which are included in the price of a stay. Pampering is at the heart of every visit and there is a daily spa treatment for each guest. The complimentary 50-minute sessions include massages, facial and thalasso therapy.

September is dedicated to the single traveller which means you won’t be charged an additional supplement for staying on your own. A seven night stay in a single garden view room during the September Solos month is €2,899 per adult, including return flights, private transfers and the use of a UK airport lounge. caribtours.ie

2. Vino Relaxo


Best Holiday Resort 2017

Best Holiday Resort 2017

Spa treatments in a vineyard: it seems like the stuff of dreams but actually, it’s possible – in the form of the Spa Vinothérapie Les Sources de Caudalie in Bordeaux, France. The acclaimed Caudalie skincare brand was born of a vineyard, utilising the skin-loving polyphenols found in grapes, so it makes perfect sense that owners Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas would create a spa. The Vinothérapie Spa opened in 1999 and sits opposite Château Smith Haut Lafitte, the vineyard owned by Mathilde’s family.

Last year the spa underwent an extension which saw the addition of four VIP treatment rooms and a Jacuzzi and relaxation area overlooking the vineyards. Signature treatments include the cult crushed cabernet body scrub, which uses a scrub made from grape seeds, honey, brown sugar and contouring essential oils, and the Premier Cru treatment, an anti-ageing facial that incorporates a lifting mask and the brand’s Premier Cru face cream. A stay starts at €300, with treatments priced from €68. caudalie.com


3. Park Life


Best Holiday Resort 2017

Best Holiday Resort 2017

For a destination spa closer to home, make the short trip to England where the 90 room Rudding Park in Harrogate, Yorkshire is set to open a multi-million euro spa this month. Harrogate is one of England’s original spa towns and the new Rudding Park Spa celebrates this heritage and uses waters from the grounds of Rudding Park itself.

The hotel is set in 300 acres of landscaped garden and woodland, and the new roof top spa garden was designed by horticulturalist Matthew Wilson. It’s a greenery filled oasis with garden sauna cabin, sun deck, and a hydrotherapy infinity pool and panoramic sauna. Results driven Carita treatments are available as are Elemental Herbology remedies and organic Ila face and body treatments. The wellness vibe continues with four immersive sensory zones to treat both the mind and senses. The Sleeping Beauty Spa Break starts at €208 per person and includes dinner, bed and Yorkshire breakfast, a 50-minute bespoke treatment and access to The Spa during your stay. ruddingpark.co.uk

4. Room with a View


Best Holiday Resort 2017

Best Holiday Resort 2017

Accessible by boat from the heart of Venice, the beautiful Palladio Hotel & Spa on Giudecca island, Venice was originally a sixteenth century convent designed by Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio. These days it is as luxurious as you might hope for from a five-star Venetian property. The 450 square metre Palladio Spa is reached by a complimentary shuttle boat which runs several times a day (the gorgeous view is also complimentary).

The spa has a Turkish ham mam and a double Jacuzzi as well as eight treatment rooms and a relaxation area that looks out over St Mark’s Basin. The spa treatment menu is pure indulgence too, with rituals for couples and individuals available and a wide selection of facials and body treatments. The island is also home to four beautiful gardens – and you can even have a magnolia massage (€160/50mins pp) outdoors surrounded by nature and Venetian sunshine. A stay at The Palladio starts from €180 per night inclusive of VAT and breakfast. palladiohotelspa.com