February 05, 2018
Whether you opt to bed down in the Balinese jungle, relax like royalty in Morocco or detox in the Omani desert, one thing’s for sure: getting off the grid has never been more romantic. Dervla Louli introduces five of the world’s most decadent spa resorts worth running away to à deux.
With luxurious villas, exemplary service and an award-winning spa, Como Shambhala Estate in Ubud is hard to beat if you’re looking for somewhere to reconnect. This lush jungle retreat has garnered a cult following for its pioneering marriage of luxury and wellness; it’s healthy, delicious cuisine, east-west therapies and one-of-a-kind program of adventures attract solos and couples alike. For a truly decadent experience, check into a private-pool villa, enjoy a meal on your terrace and ask the Ayurvedic doctor, nutritionists and holistic specialists on site to tailor a customised treatment programme for both of you to enjoy. comohotels.com
Amid Thailand’s tourist-packed islands lies a hidden haven of peace and tranquility called Rayavadee. This secluded, five-star tropical resort surrounded by coconut groves is only accessible by speedboat and has its very own limestone grotto. With the rainforest and three white-sand beaches on your doorstep, not to mention a personal diving boat, there’s something to discover every day. Massages and facials at the spa are a must, but the real showstopper is the private candle-lit barbeque for two under the stars in the grotto by the sea. rayavadee.com
Incredible architecture, lavish Moorish-Andalusian gardens and four restaurants under the guidance of Michelin maestro Yannick Alléno all put the Royal Mansour at the top of many a luxury globetrotter’s bucket list. The palatial, Moorish-inspired proportions of the resort are enhanced by intricate tiling and beautiful, alabaster-white latticework, while the sumptuous interior and faultless service transport guests to another world where discretion is key. Spread across three floors, the serene spa is home to two hammams, a Watsu bathing area and impressive swimming pool. Not-to-be missed treatments include the hammam experiences, phyto-aromatique Sisley facial, and hot-stone massage. royalmansour.com
Perched between the Piton and Caribbean mountains on St. Lucia’s lush coastline is the dramatic Jade Mountain Resort. Lofty ceilinged, open-air rooms provide unobstructed views of the sweeping mountain-meets-the-sea surrounds, with picture-perfect sunsets on tap most evenings. Privacy is the priority here; all suites have their own walkways and nearly all have generous infinity pools. Try out couple’s yoga and pre-book the ‘Alchemy of Two’ spa ritual in advance – this ridiculously romantic treatment is a favourite with honeymooners. jademountain.com
Located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort has spectacular mountains on one side and a pristine beach on the other. This eco-luxe escape makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere – though best to visit between November and March to avoid the scorching-hot summer. Buggies, boats and butlers are on standby around the clock to whisk you away and meet your every whim; the state-of-the-art spa offers innovative and ancient holistic treatments, and there’s an activity menu to keep children and more adventurous travellers satisfied. It’s the perfect destination for couples travelling with or without tots in tow. sixsenses.com
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