The Most Sought-After Spas on the Planet

These getaways are not just popular spots for relaxing and rejuvenating, they're world-renowned as the best of the best.

Whether you want to wind down, be pampered, or be fully transformed, there’s a spa out there designed to cater to your needs. But you might want to book your stay at these globally revered spas sooner rather than later.

From the most luxurious spas in existence to the leading destinations for all things wellness, these are the top spas in the world.

Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico

About an hour and a half drive from San Diego, you’ll find Rancho La Puerta. This idyllic spa is nestled between the crossroads of the Laguna and Sierra Juarez mountain ranges. Founded in 1940 by Deborah Szekely, it’s officially one of the top five luxury spas in the world.

woman walking on path surrounded by lush vegetation at Rancho le Puerta
Rancho La Puerta

The 4,000-acre property boasts 40 miles of hiking trails, an organic farm and cooking school, and three top-rated, ultra-relaxing spas offering up just about every treatment money could buy. For those looking for some action, you’ll find fitness classes and a wide array of sports offered in the 11 gyms, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. Those who frequent this one say it’s “addictive,” with many calling it a rejuvenating mix of “adult summer camp and group therapy.”

COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali

Located near Ubud, Bali, COMO Shambhala invites you to immerse yourself in their one-of-a-kind “retreat for change.”

treehouse like spa room with earth tones and a view of the forest
COMO Shambhala Estate Official Website

During your stay at this world-renowned wellness and balance retreat, a team of experts will work with you to reach your most centered and soothe your soul with relaxation, movement, nutrition, and a few specialty spa treatments, but the overwhelmingly stunning views may prove to be all you really need.

Shou Sugi Ban House, New York

Shou Sugi Ban House is a relative newcomer to the international spa scene, but it’s been making a world-class impression on everyone who enters. In turn, its waiting list continues growing exponentially.

suite with fireplace and glass door to courtyard
Shou Sugi Ban House Official Website

At this ultra-private, three-acre Hamptons sanctuary, guests partake in various east-meets-west remedies for stress, anxiety, and general imbalance. The spa’s greatest aim is to cultivate physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. You can also sharpen your culinary skills, sink into a Watsu water massage, and fully unwind in a stimulating wellness bath, to name a few ritzy and restorative treatments.

BodyHoliday, St. Lucia

BodyHoliday is an award-winning retreat, frequently declared one of the most luxurious paradise destinations on earth. You won’t be assigned any wellness rituals or classes here, but instead, you’ll be free to do whatever you want. The main things on the agenda? Complete restoration and indulgence.

lobby at BodyHoliday San Lucia
BodyHoliday Official Website

Ideal for those who want a truly tropical vacation, BodyHoliday is also a results-proven spa retreat. You’ll be equipped with all the tools you need to fully reset your body, mind, and spirit at this top “luxury wellness” spa.

Aro Ha Retreat, New Zealand

Aro-Ha isn’t your average spa, by any means. This unique, subalpine retreat is completely dedicated to your rejuvenation. In turn, they request all guests to refrain from caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes one week prior to their arrival.

sky view and cabin with mountains and lake in the backdrop
Aro Ha Official Website

It’s also strongly advised that you make time for some high-intensity exercise before you go. At Aro-Ha, you’ll be going on some of the world’s most breathtaking hikes. You’ll “indulge” in nutrient-dense dining, therapeutic massages, and mindfulness training. Chances are, you’ll be inspired to continue the practices once you leave, to forever reap the well-rounded benefits of your time here.

Sha Wellness Clinic, Spain

From 4 to 28 days, you can escape to this Mediterranean hotspot. Focused on longevity, Sha Wellness Clinic combines Western science (genetic testing, cryotherapy) with Eastern wisdom (reiki, acupuncture), primarily aiming to help its guests reach their best and most balanced selves, inside and out. And the surrounding scenery is nothing short of remarkable.

Sha Wellness Clinic overlooking mountains and city
Sha Wellness Clinic Official Website

One day you might meet with a cardiologist and you might need a deep tissue detoxing massage the next. Each package will be highly personalized, catering entirely to your betterment for every moment of your stay.

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

Tabacón offers “the unique combination of the Arenal Volcano and the purity and mystic of the hot springs” within a rainforest setting.

hot springs cascading over rocks with jungle background
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa Official Website

All experiences here are about finding inner peace while connecting with nature. The thermal mineral springs are said to have unique healing powers. As for the other amenities, they’re notably swanky, yet still nature-oriented. Some services include ephemeral and signature treatments, facials, beauty touches, “special spa journeys,” and of course, “hot springs enhancements.”

Ananda in the Himalayas, India

Voted one of the most luxurious spas in the world, the rejuvenating experiences guests have at Ananda in the Himalayas are said to be once in a lifetime.

facade of beautiful Ananda resort as the sun sets
Ananda in The Himalayas Official Website

Located in the beautiful foothills of the Himalayas, this secluded resort overlooks the Ganges River. You’ll be able to take part in sunrise hikes, meditation, emotional healing practices, and over 80 body and beauty treatments, “integrating the traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda with the more contemporary Western spa approach.”

Lake Austin Spa Resort, Texas

Voted the third best spa in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler, “unforgettable moments where wellness meets the water” await you at the Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Lake Austin Spa Resort
Lake Austin Spa Resort Official Website

Frequently named the top-rated wellness resorts in the United States (and one of the top spas on the planet), this Lake Austin hotspot is adored by locals and tourists alike. Famed for its wide array of “integrative health solutions” and equally beloved for its decadent spa treatments, couples seeking a romantic getaway, swoon-worthy scenery, and couple-oriented restoration will fall in love with Lake Austin.

Chablé Maroma, Punta Maroma, Mexico

Consistently voted one of the top international resorts on earth, Chablé Maroma includes an expansive 17,000 sq ft spa created by Bonnie Baker, the co-founder of Sattva Spa & Wellness Concepts. 

If you’re seeking the perfect blend of luxury and nature, this is where you want to be.

blue ocean against coast line with cabanas
Chablé Maroma

This five-star beach resort falls between a tropical jungle and Maroma Beach. All 70 suites come with their own private pool and outdoor terrace. There are private shoreline cabanas for guests only, meditation classes, yoga, paddle boarding, kayaking, oodles of relaxation treatments, and magical jungle tours every day.

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

Welcome to the epitome of luxury. This Swiss spa hotel is by far one of the most sought-after of its kind.

Luxury indor swimming pool in Hotel Bad Ragaz in Switzerland
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Offering five-star luxury in every way, Resort Ragaz offers just about any amenity you could want from a spa or resort, and the luxury price tag comes with it. On top of endless ways to indulge among the elite, Bad Ragaz offers various other treatments, including dental, hair transplantation, and cosmetic surgery.

Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa, Canada

Year after year, Mountain Trek is crowned Canada’s most-awarded destination spa. But it’s less about luxury and more about getting out and about.

Living up to its name, it boasts hiking adventures, life coaching, naturopathy, and exquisite cuisine focused on achieving your healthiest weight and developing better dietary habits for the long haul.

lodge with warm orange lighting sitting against pines at dusk
Mountain Trek Official Website

At Mountain Trek, guests are given completely individualized experiences. Perhaps you want to prioritize detox treatments or maybe you need deep tissue massage. What you get out of this one is up to you, with the help of experts, of course.

All and all, this backcountry getaway prides itself on being a place to grow physically and mentally by making the most of North America’s one and only Nordic Fitness Trekking program.

Chiva-Som, Thailand

In need of a holistic escape? Chiva-Som is most consistently declared the world’s best destination spa. This year, Conde-Nast Traveler voted it #1 once again. Since its creation in 1995, this international health resort has won countless awards and now offers its guests more reasons to visit than ever before.

entry of China with lake and water lilies and lush forest
Chiva-Som Official Website

Focused on helping you achieve your “inner and outer glow,” you’ll have your first-class pick of things like outdoor massages, “nature embrace” rituals, senior wellness packages, Physiotherapy, a medi-spa, and cooking classes where you’ll try your hand at Chiva’s award-winning “Wellness Cuisine.”

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