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View from the Spa: YHI Wellness Spa

by Irvina Lew
Wellness Spa

High in the Sky

Barcelona lures visitors for architecture (by Gaudí), art (by Picasso and Miró), a moderate Mediterranean climate, great beaches, really fresh fish and renowned local cavas (Cataluna’s sparkling wine). It’s a wellness destination where you can walk, bike, dine healthfully and retreat to a spa where the sense of well-being is enhanced by stunning views through glass walls.

The YHI Wellness Spa, on the fifth floor of the 29-story Meliá SKY Barcelona, overlooks the stunning pool deck and an expansive sky topping the Mediterranean. (Some of the 258 guest rooms view the city skyline to Mount Tibidabo, and Dos Cielos, the Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant on the 24th floor, offers panoramic vistas.)

The modern spa, with blue accents and Asian inspiration, is named for Yhi, the Goddess of Light, and aims to induce a state of spiritual equilibrium. It features a Hydro Zone, including sauna, steam room, hydro-massage pool and a glass-walled, bithermal shower. Herbal tea is delivered to you in the relaxation room before you are escorted to one of three, fully equipped treatment cabins (one is a double). The spa menu of massages, facials, reflexology and natural beauty treatments includes signature “rituals” incorporating rose petals, seaweed, sand or chocolate and red pepper, called Fire Ritual with Chocolate, and products from Pañpuri and Aromatherapy Associates.

In addition to a fully equipped fitness area, you can walk or bike to two nearby parks for a workout. Across the Avenida Diagonal, the triangle-shaped Central Park Poble Nou features flower-tunnels and bike paths, and is visually—and acoustically—shielded from the street. You’ll find vast green spaces, tree-shaded paths and a long stretch of sandy beach at Park Poble Nou at the far end of the nearby pedestrian shopping street, La Rambla del Poblenou. melia.com/es/hoteles/espana/barcelona/melia-barcelona-sky/index.html

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