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by Alex Robinson

Europe—Wellness Destination Resorts


Capri Palace Jumeirah

The Capri Beauty Farm concept at Capri Palace Jumeirah in Italy aims at providing a holistic spa and wellness experience by blending western and eastern traditions with an emphasis on medical and scientific principles and treatments. The spa in Capri is staffed with a team of doctors, therapists and nutritionists who tailor wellness treatments—from weight loss and detox to anti-aging and stress management—to suit each individual guest. capripalace.com


Eremito takes its name from the Italian word for hermit, and it is, indeed, a place for quiet contemplation. This adult-only luxury hotel with no Wi-Fi or cell service offers yoga and meditation programs, digital detox and quiet space for healing, a bit of the monastic experience for modern times. eremito.com

Lefay Resorts

The Italian Lefay Resorts, in the Dolomites
and Lake Guarda, are built around principles
of wellness and sustainability. The wellness approach blends Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western science, to form the Health Programmes Lefay SPA Method, which is customized for individual guests with the goal of mental and physical well-being. lefayresorts.com


“Posia” means “spring” or “source” and it is the perfect place to reconnect with yourself. With three pools, a spa with Ayurvedic wellness and a stunning location in San Foca, in Salento, Italy, on the waters of the Adriatic, a retreat at Posia will help restore, refresh and rebalance mind, body and soul. posia.it


Euphoria Retreat

Set by a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Greek Peloponnese, Euphoria Retreat is a true sanctuary for those looking for transformation— in a stunning setting. Euphoria has it all: Detox, Weight Loss, Fitness, Yoga and Mindfulness programs, based on a meld of Ancient Green and Chinese philosophies. Food is delicious, healthy and nutrient-dense, and the spa, literally, has everything. euphoriaretreat.com



Temporarily closed, The LifeClass at Portoroz Hotel in Slovenia offers guests one of the most comprehensive thermal, health and wellness programs in Europe. Equipped with modern facilities, this resort includes a centre for beauty, fitness and Ayurveda practices. lifeclass.net


SHA Wellness Clinic

Not only is it a Mediterranean getaway, but the SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain, is serious about its dedication to health. The wellness area blends unique Eastern healing modalities, a macrobiotic menu and cutting-edge Western medical treatments to keep guests on their path toward good health. shawellnessclinic.com

Gran Canaria Wellness

A spa for wellness and health, located in
Spain, Gran Canaria Wellness hews close
to the local culture, with spa and wellness offerings that rejuvenate mind, body and spirit. grancanariawellness.com


Bürgenstock Resort

Following a nine-year, $500 million renovation, the Swiss icon has been reinvented for a new generation of travelers—especially those seeking wellness. As part of the redevelopment, the four-hotel complex now features two world- class spas and a full medical center, making it one of Europe’s most extensive wellness hubs. buergenstock.ch


Richmond Nua Wellness Spa

A destination where wellness is an encouraged and well-supported lifestyle. Located in Turkey, the Richmond Nua Wellness Spa, birthplace of Global Wellness Day, promotes the belief that peace achieved by mental, physical and spiritual harmony is a way of existence. richmondnua.com

Europe—Resorts With Wellness Program


Hotel Goldener Berg

An intimate hotel deeply committed to the salubrity of mind, body, and spirit, this Austrian haven extends guests the opportunity to restore their health in summertime with weeklong programs that range in themes from detox to slimming. goldenerberg.co.uk

Hotel Hochschober

The family-owned Hotel Hochschober, a wellness lodge in the Austrian Alps on the border of Carinthia and Styria, lies on the Turracher Lake, surrounded by verdant nature. Celebrated for its unique, heated lap pool, set within the crystalline lake, the hotel also draws health seekers for its Chinese Tower, where courses in Eastern philosophy are taught. hochschober.com


Ayurveda Parkschoesschen

This German castle escape serves a number
of detox programs and wellness treatments, including private relaxation rooms, high-grade organic oil massages, and a fitness center. Dine at the vegetarian restaurant or relax in a garden during your stay. This luxurious location provides guests serenity with yoga and meditation and has specialized in panchakarma cures since 1993.  ayurveda-parkschloesschen.de


Andronis Concept Wellness Retreat

Nowhere in the world are sunsets more celebrated than Santorini, part of Greece’s Cyclades Islands. Join nature’s daily dusk-
time drama at Andronis Concept Wellness Retreat, built to showcase the event. When not sundowning, yield to the Kallos Spa, with experts in both Eastern and Western techniques and philosophy. andronisconcept.com


7 Pines

Perched on a rocky cliff on the West Coast of Ibiza, 7 Pines and the 16,000-square-foot Pure Seven Spa offer sweeping views. Ibiza has always had a spiritual side, thanks to American hippies who flocked there during the Vietnam War taking rough crystals and yoga with them, but the Spa brings wellness to a new—and sophisticated— level. 7pines.com


Deplar Farm

Deplar Farm is a converted sheep farm in
the Fljót Valley, on Troll Peninsula, way up in northern Iceland, about as far north as you can go before you hit Greenland. With bespoke outdoor wellness offerings—hiking, communing with nature, heli-skiing, surfing (yes, in Iceland!)— and a beautiful Nordic-style spa, sauna and geothermally heated pool. elevenexperience.com


Borgo Egnazia

This unique resort in Italy’s Puglia is built
from indigenous materials traditional to local architecture. Everything is local. The Vair Spa offers an authentic wellness program infused with local products and traditions, along with a staff of therapists, naturopaths, psychologists and more—including three swimming pools and courses to help guests achieve their wellness goals. borgoegnazia.com

Castel Monastero Resort & Spa

Castel Monastero Resort & Spa in Tuscany is renowned for programs that help guests detox and reboot. With three, seven and 10-day offerings, there is also a crown jewel: the Aquae Monasterii run, with saline density pool designed for the Castel Monastero Spa by the medical team of Thalasso del Forte. castelmonastero.com

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Along with original mosaics, a yoga studio, three- story gym and the area’s only authentic hammam (complete with marble walls and domed ceiling), the nearly 11,000-square-foot spa offers serene Lake Como views from its sauna, hydromassage- equipped infinity pool and elegant relaxation room, where comfortable loungers encourage lingering. grandhoteltremezzo.com

Hotel Miramonti

Owned by a couple who infused it with love, Miramonti is a boutique hotel in the Southern Tyrol with a beautiful spa, a forest sauna, thermal baths and everything you need to restore yourself and reconnect with nature hotel. miramonti.com/en/home.html


Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort

The Algarve is the Riviera of Portugal, known for its pretty beaches and perfect climate. At the beautiful spa, guests can experience holistic and Ayurvedic spa and wellness treatments. anantara.com

Savoy Palace

Madeira, while modern, takes travelers back
in time. Part of Portugal, but autonomously governed, it sits closer to Morocco than Europe, and is hauntingly beautiful, with soaring cliffs, mountains, and six diverse ecosystems (including a rare cloud forest). The Savoy Palace in Funchal, is a welcome wellness haven, and its Laurea Spa, created as a metaphor for Madeira’s Laurissilva Forest, is now the largest in Portugal. The immense thermae is a prime place to enjoy the bracing benefits of a gorgeous hot/cold circuit, then spend time yielding to the signature Laurea Massage. lhw.com

Tivoli Palacio de Seteais

A glorious and verdant fairyland, covered with lush plants that flourish, due to the natural springs that flow throughout the neighboring hills, have made this area in Portugal a health retreat—the parks and palaces of Sintra are a UNESCO Heritage site—since Ancient Roman times. The Tivoli offers a small, oasis-like spa that will jumpstart your wellbeing. spativolihotels.com


Alpina Gstaad

The Alpina Gstaad features the only Six Senses Spa in Switzerland. In addition to dozens of massage, facial and body treatments, the menu includes chakra balancing, sound healing, cupping and colonics, as well as a selection of personalized wellness programs. thealpinagstaad.ch/en

Castello del Sole

In Italian-speaking Ascona, Switzerland, Castello del Sole, occupies a large piece of land on the lake. With a farm, garden, orchards and vineyard, it grows organic grapes, tea, corn, vegetables and fruits. It also has a WWF bird sanctuary. Castello Spa & Beauty is fueled by the bounty of the land, and features yoga, a Kneipp water course, and wellness options that connect to surrounding nature. castellodelsole.com/en

Grand Hotel Kronenhof

Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, experience guided hiking tours and personal Pilates classes. Or relax at the spa with a steam bath, salt grotto, sauna and solarium. Enjoy the signature Haki method, which combines physical and mental relaxation. kronenhof.com

Kulm Hotel

At 6,000 feet above sea level, the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz offers beautiful views of Lake St. Moritz in Switzerland. The Kulm Hotel offers meditation classes, Nordic walking, cross-country skiing and snowshoe hikes. Relax at the spa, which focuses on relaxation, detoxification and regenerating. kulm.com

Park Hotel Vitznau

A castle-like facade on the outside belies the modern wellness programs offered inside
the multi-level spa, which The Park describes as “a health residence,” with an extensive hydrotherapy program and multiple wellness offerings in a stunning setting near Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. parkhotel-vitznau.ch/en

Tschuggen Grand Hotel

Tucked into a ski mountain in the Swiss Alps, near the charming town of Arosa, the owners of Tschuggen Grand have a deep commitment to sustainability, as does the incredible staff. Yoga wellness programs are regularly on offer, along with star-gazing, cycling tours in the mountains, mushroom foraging, and a huge state-of-the-art spa, with an extensive hydrotherapy course. tschuggen.ch/en

Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel&Spa

This historic hotel in the Bernese highlands
has long drawn regulars with its elegant style, gourmet cuisine and extensive wellness offerings. The latter includes a sauna and soaking complex, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness facilities, a spa bistro and treatments and programs that target aging, beauty, stress-relief and more. victoria-jungfrau.ch

Europe—Thermal & Mineral Springs & Healing Waters


Rogner Bad Blumau

An Austrian destination and resort, the Rogner Bad Blumau healing waters include a sauna and highly mineralized water for bathing. Each pool is an experience as guests enjoy indoor and outdoor thermal baths that glide through the Indian Ocean and South Sea. blumau.com


A family-run sustainable Alpine retreat in the Austrian Tyrol, Stanglwirt has won numerous awards and accolades for its commitment to sustainability, from green energy to water pools—grottoes, waterfalls, caves and pool—that draw natural mountain spring water from the nearby mountains and are heated by solar and geothermal power. The 129,000-square-foot spa offers a wellness-focused menu, and the Sun Suites, near the spa, feature local pine, organic cotton and linen, and a range of cold-pressed organic juices from a local purveyor. There is an organic farm, a barn full of animals, a vegan and vegetarian menu, as well as divine mountain views, hiking and lots of fresh air. stanglwirt.com


Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso

In the heart of the Athenian Riviera, Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso offers two outdoor swimming pools, one with seawater, the biggest Thalassotherapy pool in Greece. With a focus on detoxing seaweed treatments, Divani offers nutritional counseling, private training and more to help guests meet their wellness goals. divaniapollonhotel.com


Spirit Hotel

Surrounded by greenery and lakes, this Hungarian destination houses over 20 pools and Jacuzzis in its wellness Oasis. Each exclusively designed pool guarantees a sense of well-being and a regenerative rest. The nature of the Oasis supplements relaxation with a soothing bathing environment. spirithotel.hu


Blue Lagoon

While for decades, we’ve been able to enjoy
the healing powers of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon geothermal waters through skincare products, a psoriasis clinic and a public bathing complex, it wasn’t until the arrival of this hotel that this truly became a place for relaxation and rejuvenation. The 62 suites look out onto the otherworldly volcanic landscape, and offer easy access to private mineral pools, healthy dining, therapeutic treatments and a truly stunning spa. bluelagoon.com


Adler Thermae Spa Resort

This luxe, rural hotel and spa is located in Italy, just a few paces away from the vineyards of Montalcino. The healing waters of Tuscany are a thousand square yards of indoor and outdoor pools, completed by beautiful scenery year- round.

Forte Village Resort

One of Italy’s best thalassotherapy circuits, with six pure Sardinian seawater pools, each with a specific temperature, saline density and mineral makeup. While some are made of pure, mineral- rich seawater, or feature sea salt to help relax muscles and fight inflammation, most unique are the green-hued pools infused with sea oil, brine, mint and aloe, to encourage detoxification and draining and boost endorphins. fortevillageresort.com

Regina Isabella

The only five-star hotel in Ischia, in the Bay
of Naples, the Regina Isabella Thermal Spa features thermal mineral springs that bubble up from the ground, as well as bioactive mineral mud treatments and a medical program to help harness the healing benefits of both. Dine at the hands of the Michelin-star chef, and work with nutrition experts to devise a bespoke program. reginaisabella.com/en


Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo

A hub of high-tech and a place of pure serenity, the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo resort inspires well-being through deep, relaxing treatments. With a poolside view of the Mediterranean, its Aqua Fitness Center incorporates thermal energy and seawater for healing experience. thermesmarinsmontecarlo.com


Sava Hotels & Resorts

Temporarily closed: The Sava Hotels & Resorts in Slovenia put an emphasis on health, beauty and inner peace. The wellness center offers traditional and modern services for beauty and relaxation, using the black thermal mineral water of natural springs to ease pain and enhance well-being. sava-hotels-resorts.com


Grand Resort bad Ragaz

The core of the experience here is health and wellness—and the healing waters from the nearby Tamina Gorge in Switzerland. Soak up the minerals in one of many thermal bathing areas, then enjoy spa treatments, the sauna world, the family spa and doctor-led programs that target preventive medicine, sleep health, weight loss, smart aging and much more. resortragaz.ch/en

United Kingdom

The Gainsborough Bath Spa

Gainsborough Bath Spa, located minutes from the remains of the fifth-century Roman baths, offers a Roman Bath hydrotherapy circuit, organic facials, muscle-easing magnesium wraps, a signature Aquasana (in-water yoga) and watsu massage, in the central heated thermal pool. thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk