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Retreats in the City: Wellness Havens and Urban Spas

September 12, 2019

No one knows wellness quite like LUXE’s Wellness Editor-at-large Dervla Louli. As the founder of Compare Retreats, she and her globetrotting team vet dozens of luxury retreats, spas, studios and sanctuaries around the world, so you’re assured only the very best experience when you book. Ahead of next month’s Global Wellness Summit in Singapore (15-17 Oct), Dervla rounds up best-in-class retreats in Hong KongParisRomeNew York and Singapore. Kaftan’s on Karla and off you trot. Say, one, two three, spaa-ah...

Hong Kong

Landmark Mandarin and Mandarin Oriental Hotels’ digital wellness escapes offer some much-needed respite from the bustling city. Over the harbour, colonial doll The Peninsula Hotel offers secluded spa stays that are at once extravagant and the perfect Instagram fodder. If an infinity pool with unparalleled city views seems like a perfect break then The Four Seasons Hong Kong ‘Art of Mindfulness’ package is just what the doctor ordered. Meanwhile, the highly anticipated Asaya Wellness Club at The Rosewood, due to open in October, is the hottest new wellness retreat opening of the year.


The world’s first and only Chanel Spa in the world at the Ritz Paris is the definitive place to spa and stay in the most romantic city in the world. The ‘Le Grand Soin’ three-hour skincare session for the face and body claims to reconnect your spirit and body – trust it, we’ve tried it and wholeheartedly agree. Book the Coco Chanel Suite for the ultimate decadent solo spa stay.


Forte Hotels’ Wellness Director Irene Forte’s eponymous sustainable skincare brand has a new home in the heart of Rome. The spa at Hotel De La Ville offers multiple wellness packages that can be added to room nights making it completely customisable. For short retreats, our eyes are on the day pass available between 9am-4pm, Mon-Thu that allows you to mix-and-match three or more treatments with a 20% discount off the total price. Perfecto. 

New York

Taryn Toomey’s global immersions take place only a handful of times in New York each year. This year’s pick? Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. The four-day, guided programme gives attendees the chance to work through physical, emotional and mental barriers that may be causing energy blocks. For something a little less physical – and a tad more indulgent – AMAN is opening a stunning new spa hotel in 2020 tying elements of their wellness immersions into stays in the city.


It may not seem like the most obvious place for a retreat, but biz travellers love adding a little leisurely spa-cation at Capella. Easily the most beautiful property on Sentosa, stays in the exclusive colonial-esque building include a personal assistant who will ensure you never miss a treatment at the Auriga Spa.

Visit compareretreats.com for more listings and info.

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