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Renowned International Wellness Retreats

by Lydia Valdez

Beautiful beaches at Mia Resort Nha Trang in Vietnam, part of the exclusive Anand Collection

Sharing wellness offerings from hot spots around the globe

Wellness tourism is already a $439 billion market, set to grow another 55 percent to reach $678.5 billion by 2017. And the spa is a place where people go to experience wellness, which is why there is a surge of global spa wellness programs—incorporating cooking classes, nutritionists and naturopaths, yoga and energy work—with no end in sight. Here are some top international wellness offerings.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

About Located on a geothermal seawater lagoon—which provides the property with 100 percent of its renewable energy—the clinic and hotel is one of the top tourist destinations in Iceland.

Wellness Offerings In-water massages at the spa feature silica mud, sea salt and algae, as well as all the benefits of geothermal water. bluelagoon.com

The Orchard Wellness & Health Resort, Melaka, Malaysia

About The Orchard—founded by a medical doctor—focuses on a mindful approach to health. Organic produce is grown on-site and featured in the resort’s nutritious, farm-to-table cuisine.

Wellness Offerings The team of wellness spa professionals and doctors leads programs that draw on traditional treatments and modern medicine. Facilities include a Swiss steam room, far-infrared sauna, Kneipp foot bath, Himalayan crystal salt room and much more. orchardwellness.com

Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, Island of Capri, Italy

About Tucked into a rugged landscape, the luxurious Capri Palace Hotel & Spa features 72 rooms and suites, three restaurants and a world-renowned medical spa staffed with doctors, therapists and dieticians.

Wellness Offerings Focusing on physical and mental well-being, the spa offers targeted treatments like Posturology and the patented Leg School (a series of complementary therapies that aid in lymphatic drainage and blood circulation in the lower extremities). capripalace.com

The Orchard Wellness Himalayan Crystal Salt Room in Malaysia

Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort, Sri Lanka

About Surrounded by lush woodlands and tropical gardens by the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, the Resort utilizes local materials, like Sri Lankan teak and traditional bricks called Kabok, in its beautiful design.

Wellness Offerings Through the Ayurveda Centre, the resort offers yoga, meditation and various treatment options, including the piccichil massage, shirodhara therapy, panchakarma treatment, all drawing on traditional Indian practices. ayurvedaresort.com

The Raviz Group, Southern India

About This hotel group located around Southern India, near Kerala, features stunning accommodations and legendary hospitality. The group promotes medical tourism and seeks to provide total health care packages for guests.

Wellness Offerings Beautiful beaches offer sun-drenched relaxation, while the properties draw on the ancient practice of Ayurveda, with wellness treatments including herbal body toning massages and aromatherapy. theraviz.com

The BodyHoliday, Castries, St. Lucia

About Honored as one of Organic Spa Magazine’s Top Green Spas in 2015, The BodyHoliday is an all-inclusive, luxury Caribbean resort, known for its multiday health, fitness and spa programs.

Wellness Offerings At the Spa and Wellness Center, guests can enjoy traditional and holistic treatments, personalized wellness programs and specialized services, like the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi and Thai massage. thebodyholiday.com

Lifehouse Spa & Hotel, Essex, England

About Set in the charming seaside town of Frinton-on-Sea and surrounded by the historic Thorpe Hall Gardens, the Lifehouse Spa & Hotel is steeped in tranquility.

Wellness Offerings The spa draws on energy work, including Energy Healing and Reiki, as well as massage and aromatherapy, along with multi-day programs to help detox, shed pounds and cleanse the mind, body and spirit. lifehouse.co.uk

Villa Padierna Palace Hotel, Marbella, Spain

About With 130 rooms, suites and villas, the Hotel Villa Padierna recalls old-world Tuscany, complete with world-class golfing, high-end shopping and vibrant cuisine.

Wellness Offerings The medical wellness spa—inspired by ancient Roman Baths—targets health and well-being from inside and out, featuring detox and nutrition programs, hydrotherapy and infrared light treatments. villapadiernapalacehotel.com

Sava Hotels & Resorts, Slovenia

About The Sava collection includes six top hotels and resorts in Slovenia, all with a special emphasis on health, beauty and inner peace.

Wellness Offerings Each property houses a wellness center offering traditional and modern services for beauty and relaxation, using elements unique to each location—i.e., at Terme 3000, the black thermal mineral water of natural springs is used to ease pain and improve circulation. sava-hotels-resorts.com

Mia Resort, Nha Trang, Vietnam

About As part of the exclusive Anand Collection, the high-end Mia Resort Nha Trang offers calming sea views from each room and one of the best restaurants in Vietnam.

Wellness Offerings Combining ancient and modern treatment modalities, the Xanh Spa offers a wide range of local and international treatments, featuring premium natural products. mianhatrang.com

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