By Hermoine Macura-Noble
Special to The Times Kuwait

Holiday’s all are about healing in 2022. Here are the top five wellness retreats in the world that offer a great escape and time and treatments to restore and revitalize your body, mind and spirit.

Spa Cloud

1)Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort, Villas & Spa, Mauritius.

With exquisite natural scenery, miles of jaw-dropping coastline, and unrivaled experiences, the island is the destination of choice for discerning guests seeking a combination of luxurious adventure and holistic wellness. One of the newest properties on the island, Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas, features the introduction of daily activities focused on wellness.

Guests can enjoy activities such as nearby guided forest walks, local cultural tours, snorkeling in the Blue Bay marine park, plus a selection of wellness therapies ranging from yoga, meditation, tai chi, and stretching to de-stress and unwind in purely natural surroundings amplified by nature.

For those looking for a tailormade program incorporating a spa, the new three, five, and seven-day packages are included. Our favorite? The 90-minute Anantara Signature Massage combines indigenous ingredients such as locally sourced salt scrubs and essential oils infused with flora and fauna native to the island.

Mystique Spa

 2)Mindfulness and meditation at Mystique, Greece

Perched on the Caldera cliffs of Oia, Mystique has partnered with OPO wellness and technology studio to create an immersive meditation program for its guests to experience, that will have exclusive access to the customized sessions while they relax in the Greek haven, surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea.

OPO’s meditation program will allow guests to connect with the captivating surroundings that Mystique provides. The ‘Today’ meditation program balances the physical, mental and emotional state of mind, split into 4 sessions; Morning Rise, Daytime Chill, Evening Reflections, and Night Sky. These sessions aim to revive a wellness spirit within each guest; they are supported by neutrally enhancing soundscapes, breath work methods, and eyes-open techniques, maintaining the principles of barefoot luxury on which the hotel was founded since it first opened in 2007.

Mystique is surrounded by an extraordinary natural landscape, creating the perfect location for practicing and cultivating stillness through the artform of meditation. Upon arrival, guests will become fully immersed in the laid-back Santorini lifestyle, and during their stay, Mystique will offer guests the opportunity to take a tranquil stroll through the cobbled streets of Oia to capture the beautiful sunrise on the island.

 3) The Bodrum Edition Spa, Turkey

Conveniently located by the hotel’s picture-perfect infinity pool and beach club, The Bodrum EDITION Spa offers an array of healing treatments and beauty services in a soothing, tranquil environment. Guests are invited to take advantage of the eight luxurious treatment rooms, a Turkish Hamman, sauna, salon, and Vitality Lounge.

The Turkish Hammam is the spa’s epicenter, encapsulating tradition and minimalism, offering the guests the perfect place to relax in the steam bath. Schedule a therapy bath, manicure, foot bath, or hair and scalp treatment for total relaxation. Massage sessions are also offered in the treatment rooms and private suites or in a stunning outdoor cabana that boasts unrivaled views of the Aegean Sea.

Guests traveling to The Bodrum EDITION can also experience daily Cihangir yoga classes, a yoga practice created to physicalize the dynamic spirit of Istanbul alongside the healing power of  mindfulness. Located in Tilkicik bay at the western point of the Bodrum peninsula, the spa is the boutique hotel’s main feature, which features 108 rooms and is also minutes from Bodrum Castle and Bodrum Amphitheatre.

Velaa Spa – Snow Room

4) Velaa Private Island’s Spa, Maldives.

The ultra-luxurious Maldivian island resort, Velaa Private Island’s Spa, is known to be the pioneer of some of the most luxurious and innovative treatments in the world. In a world of expertise and excellence where cutting-edge technology meets traditional art, the spa is home to Maldives’s only snow room facility. The snow room, coupled with the Sauna and Steam room, promotes positive health benefits that aid with detoxification, stimulating the skin with hot and cold therapies. It also helps clear out impurities and toxins built up over time. The relaxation cloud is another hi-tech spa feature that allows guests to reach a complete state of bliss.

The spa treatment list features a variety of experiences, including ayurvedic massages and a variety of anti-aging treatments using products from KOTOSHINA, an organic skincare brand from Kyoto, Japan, made from organically farmed green tea and pure spring water from France. One of Velaa Spa’s signature treatments is the ultra-luxurious Caviar Facial using green caviar and stem cells to rejuvenate and pamper the skin. The 90-minute facial is perfect for skin in need of a regenerative boost. An intense dose of green caviar combined with antioxidant-rich gold trace elements is applied, while ultrasound waves penetrate on a cellular level to repair and rejuvenate the skin. This luxurious facial will leave your complexion shimmering with renewed vitality and improved elasticity.

5) RAKxa, Bangkok, Thailand.

An urban wellness retreat in the city’s green heart, RAKxa focuses on preventative healthcare using an integrated approach to wellness aimed at helping you to truly know yourself. The wellness retreat seamlessly combines the best of modern and traditional healing with treatments covering all dimensions of the self: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. One of the best treatments on offer is the “Your DNA” program which aims to decode a person’s genetic health risks and begin medical guidance and treatments. The 3 to 14-day program consists of consultation by experts, fitness assessments, well-balanced meals, holistic cures, and leisure activities. Other alternative therapies that yield outstanding results include traditional Chinese medicine, Thai medicine, and Ayurveda. Combining technology and tradition, RAKxa is peacefully isolated from the city yet still conveniently connected to both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports – which are about one hour away.

Hermoine Macura-Noble
The first Australian English speaking News Anchor in the Middle East. She is also the Author of Faces of the Middle East and Founder of US-based 501c3 charity – The House of Rest which helps to ease the suffering of victims of war. For more from our Contributing Editor, you can follow her on Instagram, here.


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