From Florence to Phuket, we've rounded up 9 luxurious spa holiday destinations for some serious downtime in the summertime.

The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

This 5-star resort in the Alpine foothills of Eastern Switzerland is home to a centuries-old spa tradition.

Here, guests can enjoy the healing waters of the Tamina gorge at the famed Thermal Spa, the Tamina Therme spa, and majestic Helenabad pool, built by the resort’s founder Bernhard Simon in honour of the Russian Grand Duchess Helen Pawlowna.

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Given its position so close to Europe’s most abundant thermal spring, thermal waters are a huge feature of the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, which explains why there are a total of 12 pools spread out across its extensive grounds.

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Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

Pure indulgence steeped in Italian history awaits at this pristine Florentine retreat.

The Spa here sits on an 11-acre private garden, Giardino della Gerardesca and boasts 10 plush treatment rooms. Signature treatments include luxurious 24 carat gold masks and massages using products by the famed historic perfumery, Officina Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella.     

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Euphoria Retreat

Against the backdrop of the lush Mediterranean mountains, Euphoria Retreat sits in the UNESCO-protected town of Mystras in Greece.

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Mystifyingly beautiful scenery is just one of the highlights here: the Euphoria Retreat Spa draws upon ancient Hellenic and Chinese wellness practices to help guests start their own transformative journey towards wellbeing.

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Hotel Relais Christine

How is this Parisian hotel celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Guerlain Institute this year? By introducing a new and ultra-luxurious treatment simply known as “80” at its Guerlain Spa, a well-appointed facility that still holds remnants of its original Middle Ages structure; that plus a sauna, jacuzzi, exercise room and 2 private rooms where Guerlain face and body treatments are offered all year round.

The signature massage above is said to treat 80 different muscles by focusing on various pressure points on the face and the body. 

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Amatara Wellness Resort

Caffeine-free cuisine, yoga and sleep ritual massages overlooking the ocean: this stunning wellness resort in Cape Panwa goes to great lengths to ensure the height of relaxation and comfort for each guest.  

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Relax in the pure luxury of having everything taken care of during your stay here, from accommodation in any one of the 105 sea-view suites and villas to roundtrip airport transfers and 3 healthy meals a day.

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The Sanchaya

Bask in the tropical grandeur of the Indonesian-inspired spa at this leading luxury resort in Bintan. The Sanchaya regularly invites resident health and wellness experts to facilitate unique guest experiences that involve nature, cuisine, fitness and more.

Fun fact: Guests will get to enjoy a delightful weekend wellness programme with mindfulness professional and somatic coach René Roseburg at The Sanchaya from June 6-9, 2019.

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The Farm at San Benito

A 90-minute drive south of Manila, this holistic medical wellness resort in Batangas is the only wellness destination in the Philippines to offer comprehensive personalised health optimisation programmes that combat the common ills associated with modern lifestyles.

The Farm has partnered with renowned institutions like the European Wellness Center and Living Life Well Medical Group to offer accredited programmes that focus on healing both body and mind. 

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Ayus Wellness

Operating out of the Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa, Ayus Wellness ticks all the boxes where natural beauty and scenic views are concerned.

Surrounded by the Unesco World Heritage site of Mulu’s primeval rainforest, guests are treated to The Ayus Wellness Experience, a series of activities that put the wilderness back into wellness.

Fun fact: Ayus Wellness has worked closely with Dr Qing Li of Nippon Medical School, an authority on the benefits of Shinrin Yoku, or ‘forest immersion’ which include accelerated recovery from surgery, reduced blood pressure and increased ability to focus in children with ADHD.   

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JOALI Maldives

The opening of the JOALI Spa by ESPA has sparked the latest round of buzz surrounding this pristine new Maldivian paradise.

Recently hosting a Meditation and Mindfulness retreat with wellness expert Cornelius O’Shaughnessy, JOALI Spa by ESPA has not forgotten the plight of the gents; offering them a customsied back, face and scalp treatment. 

Even the teens are afforded their very own bespoke treatments, including a fun skin-smoothing back treatment for guests aged 13 to 16 years-old.   

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