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THE 5 BEST SPAS IN THE WORLD FOR 2019

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THE 5 BEST SPAS IN THE WORLD FOR 2019

1. HOTEL PALACIO ESTORIL, NEAR LISBON, PORTUGAL

BEST FOR: TARGETED HEALING

Posture-fixing and water-based therapies at the hotel that inspired James Bond

There’s a marvellous sense of the clandestine at this chandeliered seaside hotel. During the war, Ian Fleming came spy-watching in the bar and jotted down the idea of a certain well-tailored secret agent. Now you can slip away from the ornate Thirties building via a marble-lined underground passage, disguised only by a towelling robe, and reappear in the clean-cut wellness centre, where a floor of scented, sure-handed Banyan Tree treatments is capped by two floors of fitness and medical.

2. HOTEL POST BEZAU, BREGENZ FOREST, AUSTRIA

BEST FOR: A NATURALLY HEALTHY HIDEAWAY

Tap into the potential of botanics

It's unlikely you'll have heard of the Hotel Post in Bezau, in the Bregenz forest of the Austrian Alps – a corner of the world best-known for two things: hiking and cheese. But what might feel more familiar is the simple packaging of the prettiest botanic beauty line around. Now 15 years old, Susanne Kaufmann's brand, with its glass bottles in grey and white, bears a small Tweetie Pie motif (her husband's surname, Vogel, means bird in German).

3. PREIDLHOF, SOUTH TYROL, ITALY

BEST FOR: A CLEAN-EATING FIX

A little-known bolthole for big results

This resolutely Euro health hotspot, tucked into the orchard- and vineyard-covered South Tyrol hillside, has spectacular views of the green Vinschgau Valley. It also has a thumping wellness philosophy that is delivered with the cheeriest of smiles by the most glowing staff. And yet it flies remarkably under the radar in the conversation about detox spots. Perhaps that’s because the process here is so soothing and doesn’t lean towards Mayr methods. Instead, it has been served up with a slice of traditional Alpine hospitality by the Ladurner family for the past 50 years.

4. Parador de Corias, Asturias, Spain

BEST FOR: RELAXING

Hydrotherapy experts

 

With mountains above and vineyards below, the history of this understated parador hotel is integral to this Roman town. Nicknamed El Escorial de Asturias, the 11th-century monastery has a surprisingly modern interior. The spa is in the cellars, with vaulted ceilings above the pool, steam room, sauna, hydro-pool, ice fountain and showers.

 

5. Molitg-les-Bains, French Pyrenees

Regenerate your body


This thalassotherapy spa in Molitg-les-Bains provides treatments ranging from Decléor wraps (€86) to health packages prescribed as part of the French healthcare system. The building is like a large greenhouse and is on the side of a wooded gorge, so you feel as though you’re swimming in the treetops. As well as the hydrotherapy baths there are white clay baths, a steam room, a mineral mist room and shower cabins where pressurised water massages those tired muscles.


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