11 best wellness and medical spas

If you want to start the year off the routine or to deal with issues of mind and body, a health-focused resort is ideal. Rather than booking a resort with a sauna, pool, and hot tub, try one that offers more in terms of treatments and therapies. Here are some of the best wellness retreats in the world that will help you feel rejuvenated, relaxed and healthier. There’s even a spa that offers programs to deal with the long covid.

1.Lily of the valley, French Riviera, France

A new family-run luxury hotel, the Lily of the Valley is located on the slopes of the Gigaro hills above six kilometers of fine sandy beach, near Saint Tropez. The chic interior design is by Phillipe Starck, but the main reason for the visit is the impressive Wellness Village dedicated to weight loss, diet, sport and healthy living. It has a semi-Olympic swimming pool heated all year round, treatment and consultation rooms, saunas and a snow shower. The wellness expertise is based on a combination of holistic medicine, ancient therapies and innovative techniques, led by a leading French doctor and nutritionist. After a personalized assessment and consultation, a tailor-made program is designed for each guest with private sessions with dietitians and trainers, and a choice of over 70 activities, from yoga to water sports or indoor cycling to mountain biking.

2.Palazzo Fiuggi wellness retreat, Italy

Located in a beautiful Art Nouveau hotel within an 80,000 m² park overlooking the medieval spa town of Fiuggi, famous for its healing mineral waters, Palazzo Fiuggi was launched in 2021 and offers hydrotherapy in Thalasso pools. Diagnostic evaluations and consultations are carried out by a team of scientists and doctors who provide tailor-made treatments. The extensive Medical Wellness retreat is very high tech with MRI and infrared technology to check brain health and sleep, retinal scanning and diagnostic tests. In addition to a hammam, there is a state-of-the-art gym, with Technogym, VR Icarus fitness, as well as Pilates and Yoga equipment. Food is also taken seriously, with a menu put together by Heinz Beck of La Pergola, three Michelin stars in Rome, in collaboration with nutrition expert Professor David Della Morte Canosci.

3.Sha Wellness Clinic, Spain

SHA wellness clinic in the region of Valencia in Spain has launched a special program to treat persistent symptoms of covid-19. The first of its kind in the wellness industry, it is a fully tailored program of clinical therapies and treatments. Because the virus does not affect everyone in the same way, the post-Covid health program is coordinated by several specialists, following the principles of SHA’s integrative approach. By interconnecting its different clinical areas, the medical team established different rehabilitation therapies and clinical treatments to address each persistent symptom.

4.Terme di Saturnia, Tuscany, Italy

Terme di Saturnia is a luxury wellness resort located on the site of Italy’s most famous natural geothermal sources, in the medieval town of Saturnia, in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma. The 124-room resort is surrounded by 120 hectares of rugged countryside with the ancient hot spring at its center. This water has a strong protective, antioxidant and purifying action, and its beneficial effects act on the cardio-circulatory, respiratory, muscular and skeletal systems. The complex has swimming pools, hot tubs, waterfalls, Roman bath with sauna and Turkish bath. The resort also offers yoga, guided nature walks, golf, tennis courts and mountain bike rentals.

5.The Pointe de la Petite Calivigny, Grenada

Launched in fall 2020, The Point is the first luxury resort dedicated to lifestyle and wellness on the Caribbean island of Granada. Rather than holding retreats on specified dates, The Point Tailor creates retreats based on customer preferences. Customers can choose from a variety of exercise and wellness options, including stand-up paddleboarding workouts, high-intensity interval training, Barre ballet workouts, boxing and yoga. The resort’s Petit Spa offers a full range of treatments and therapies, including Swedish, Thai, deep tissue and Reiki massages. The resort has a secluded beach with private access, a state-of-the-art gym and wellness center including The Petite Spa, five swimming pools, a beach bar and a marina private.

6.Retreat back to yourself at the Spa Village Resort, Tembok, Bali

YTL Hotels’ Spa Village Resort is an all-inclusive yoga and wellness retreat ideal for women traveling alone. Yoga classes, guided meditations and spa treatments are offered in a peaceful and beautiful location by the beach.

seven.San Montano Resort & Spa, Ischia, Italy,

On a lovely hilltop getaway on the north coast of the Italian volcanic island of Ischia, this five-star hotel is a haven of relaxation and well-being: fragrant Mediterranean gardens with hundreds of lemon trees, outdoor spa perched above the sea, with thermal water pools and natural cave sauna.

8. Euphoria Retreat, Greece

For anyone looking for an intense fitness experience, The Spartan Adventure program at Euphoria Retreat in the Greek Peloponnese combines fitness and culture in a fabulous setting. The activities vary in intensity and take you through the beauty and history of the land of the Spartans, keeping their fitness spirit and love of nature alive. Highlights of the program include a HIIT session at the nearby Sainopoullio Classical Amphitheater, a triathlon (swimming, biking and climbing) in the picturesque seaside town of Gytheio, once a Roman trading port, mountain hikes through Merelai, a archaeological site overlooking the ruins of Sparta. Also included are energy movement sessions, aerial yoga and time to relax in the charming spa.

9.Dolce Vitality, Le Sirenuse, Positano, Amalfi Coast

Located in the famous Positano Le Sirenuse complex, Dolce Vitality takes place twice a year, in early spring and late fall. The week-long fitness and detox retreat includes vigorous hikes, pure yoga sessions, mindful meditation, low-impact strength training, and restorative spa treatments. Delicious, balanced vegan meals are prepared by the hotel chef, in close collaboration with the resident nutritionist and health coach.

ten.Andronis Concept Wellness Resort, Santorini, Greece

Located on one of the highest points of Santorini, Andronis Concept offers suites with private infinity pools facing the ocean. A hiking trail runs parallel to the property, and wellness experts offer daily hikes, yoga, tennis, personal training, nutritionist-approved Greek cooking classes and launched in 2021, CBD treatments using Ila’s concentrated balm which is known to relieve inflammation and numb pain caused by trauma.

11.Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

Perhaps most famous for its thermal waters that originate from the nearby Tamina Gorge, a natural thermal water flow, first discovered in 1242, the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz recently launched a new concept of well-being, the NewYou method. The method centers around six lifestyle elements and is an application of the resort’s medical, hotel and culinary assets. Clients choose their personal goal: rehabilitation, staying healthy or losing weight, and a tailor-made program is created based on their needs.

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