So how about having one with the other? Adventure followed up with a spell in a relaxing spa are a marriage of the two best things of a holiday – discovery and relaxation. But where in the world can you have these relaxing spa experiences?
India is ripe for discovery with incredible sights everywhere you turn. But when you need a break from the hustle and bustle, retreating to Ananda Himalaya Spa for a six day break provides you with all the breathing space for self rejuvenation. Including a comprehensive personalised wellness programme & consultations, Ananda is an award-winning luxury destination spa in the Himalayan foothills in Northern India. The retreat combines spiritual practices like yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda with physical wellness programmes of fitness and healthy organic food to restore balance to your life and to harmonise your energy. It is in stunning peaceful surrounds, set amongst the Sal forest and overlooking the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges river valley.
The Greek Islands are an idyllic place for a holiday, combining beaches, interesting history & culture, delicious food & wine, stunning scenery and luxury accommodation. Many of the islands are the product of volcanic activity and so the mineral waters have been known to have healing properties. What better place to indulge in a spa holiday?
On one of our island hopping packages, take in the beautiful islands of Mykonos and Santorini, both with the iconic whitewashed buildings topped with Greek blue. On Mykonos, we offer accommodation at Myconian Imperial Resort & Spa (among others). This luxurious property has modern rooms with balconies overlooking a private beach with three pools, three bars, a fine-dining restaurant and a wonderful spa & wellness centre.
Santorini is home to healing bright orange mud, found in the caldera of the once devastating volcano. While on the island, there are number of spa hotels to choose from including the Pegasus Suites & Spa Hotel and the Aressana Spa Hotel. Pegasus suites are set amongst the cliff tops and meld quite seamlessly into the unique scenery, integrating the caves and volcanic rock into its grounds. Aressana is centrally located in Fira and includes a fully equipped spa, fitness centre, well-known restaurant and a sun terrace.
Rhodes and Crete are two of the bigger islands owned by Greece and are large enough to spend a few days on, sightseeing and relaxing in your spa hotel, or integrate into a wider itinerary. On Rhodes, enjoy Rodos Park Suites & Spa located opposite the walls of the Old Town and featuring a wellness spa. Plus, the beach is only 800m away.
Croatia is the new destination for a beachside holiday. The thin county has an astounding number beautiful nature considering its small size, including the green blue lakes of Plitvice National Park and the many well preserved old towns that hug the coastline such as Split and Dubrovnik.
Opatija is also one of these coastal towns and was once the fashionable seaside resort for the Viennese elite during the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. With spectacular scenery and temperate weather year round, the town is still home to many ornate Austrian villas and grand spa hotels. The town sprawls along the coast between forested hills and the blue Adriatic, and the whole waterfront is connected by a 12 km long promenade featuring numerous statues and fountains, as well as some excellent restaurants and cafes, and in particular, the close by village of Volosko, well known for its excellent seafood restaurants. You can enjoy a spa treatment at one of the famous hotels during your stay here on the Zagreb to Split itinerary.
The Maldives resorts are luxury personified, with exclusive resorts situated on turquoise waters that are so perfectly photogenic it is difficult to believe they are real! There are many spa hotels & resorts to choose from on the group of islands from specific treatment centres to incredible five star experiences. Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa is situated on Dhigufinolhu Island and designed to cater for families. Only minutes by speedboat from the airport, the resort is set on a lagoon and features a range of poolside, beachside and overwater villas. Facilities at this family-friendly hotel include four restaurants, an infinity pool, luxury spa, tennis courts, a gym, kids’ club, surf school and water sports centre.
For a luxury romantic escape, Taj Exotic Resort & Spa is perched amongst lush tropical greenery, encircled by one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. The spa offers an array of treatments, taking advantage of the serene lagoon location. There are also many fine dining and entertainment experiences on offer.
Hungary and Czech Republic have many decadent Art Nouveau style spas still in operation, where you can enjoy the thermal springs in Austro-Hungarian splendour. Karlovy Vary is a picturesque spa town visited on the Essential Czech Republic itinerary and boasts healing springs that have attracted noble visitors for centuries. You can enjoy a private tour of the area, bathe and sample the medicinal waters from one of the springs.
Budapest has 15 public thermal baths, many in beautiful buildings with both private and public areas. Restorative bathing in this area stretches back to Roman times but it was only during the Turkish occupation of Hungary that the baths really began to be an industry of their own. Since 1934 Budapest has been declared the City of Spas with 118 springs providing the medicinal waters. These baths can be experienced on the Taste of Budapest or Art Nouveau & Spas short breaks.
For years Switzerland has been a retreat for the rich and famous, with many incredible experiences of offer. Taste of St Moritz enables anyone to experience the iconic spa town, once so exclusive. The mountain resort town is the perfect holiday destination: a winter wonderland for half of the year or with verdant greenery of alpine wilderness in the summertime. Home to Switzerland's only national park, visitors can experience hiking, horse riding, sailing or mountain biking – and even a spot of summer skiing on the upper slopes of the Corvatsch. After all this strenuous outdoor activity, nothing beats a few hours relaxing in one of the large spa facilities, with a range of thermal springs to ease your sore muscles into.