Weary travelers looking for the perfect luxury spa breaks to soothe their tired feet and achy backs during their European rendezvous would be wise to check out the following list of preened pampering hotspots. Sometimes skipping the club and expensive guided tours are worth it for a little rest and relaxation the right way, just make sure to choose wisely!
This quaint little getaway spa is located in a Kenmare, Ireland country house which offers overnight stays and a nearby village that features rustic Irish gifts and an adjacent golf course for travelers ready to hit the links. Treatments available at the boutique Samas Spa include massage therapy, mineral foot baths and aromatherapy. Tai Chi and guided walks are also available for Samas guests.
Les Deux Abesses
Les Deux Abesses is a picturesque chateau-style hotel on an outcrop with a beautiful view of the Allier River. The French hotel features an aromatic and fresh herb garden, which is the primary location for the ingredients in the spa’s lotions. The spa specializes in Shiatsu massage therapy, but also offers reflexology and deep tissue massage, for travelers carrying uncomfortable knots and cramps along with their luggage.
Nakhlah at Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza
This signature Italian spa takes the term “locally sourced” to heart. Fresh olives, lemons and oranges are picked from surrounding trees, salt is gathered from nearby mines and volcanic clay is collected from Mt. Etna to create a one-of-a-kind spa menu with an Arabian twist. Nakhlah spans an area of over 2,100 sq meters and hosts 14 separate treatment rooms, his and hers detoxifying saunas, a soothing indoor pool (heated of course,)and a state-of-the-art indoor gym. Sicilian face and body fruit-based skincare treatments are also offered, for an indulgent and enlightening spa experience from head to toe.
Read’s Hotel and Spa
This romantic Spanish spa is located in a garden that is right out of a storybook fantasy. A perfect setting for honeymooners and couples looking for relaxation, the spa offers a variety of treatments, including chakra balancing with hot stones and an acupressure face and head massage with intensive facial treatment. The private and elegant Moroccan VIP suite El Rayid offers a hydrotherapy bath with steam shower and couples massage room.
The historical Mandarin Oriental spa is located in Prague, Czech Republic within the ruins of a 14th century Renaissance chapel that has since been converted into a serene getaway. Thai massage, body rubs done with aromatic coffee grounds, and Rasul water therapy are just a few of the treatments available here.