For a while, Europe lost its charm as the spa capital of the world as countries in Asia started gaining worldwide prominence with their spas and wellness retreats. However, Europe bounced back and how! Today, the continent is home to some of the most sought after spas in the world, including the five spas mentioned hereunder.
Located in Elmau about 90 minutes from Munich, the Hideaway Spa lies in the shadow of Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze. The spa gives equal importance to both the body and mind, and offers a slew of treatments and activities for guests, including biking, hiking, golf, skiing, yoga, tai chi, music concerts and lectures. It houses a concert hall, two libraries, four spas, six restaurants and the world’s biggest hotel bookshop. Signature treatments offered at the spa include the Schloss Elamau Special Blend that utilizes warm oil and hot stones for the body massage.
Viva Mayr and F.X. Mayr & More, Austria
Located along the banks of Lake Worth in Klagenfurt, Austria, these independently run clinics are very popular detox centers that focus on healing the digestive system. Following the teachings of Franz Xaver Mayr M.D., these clinics help guests start their day with Epsom salts followed by meals constituting dry rusks and broth. Guests would need to chew the food at least 40 times before swallowing it. The treatments last for seven days. While F.X. Mayr & More was launched in 1976 and resembles an Austrian chalet, Viva Mayr was launched in 2005 and is more modernized in its appearance.
LeFay Resort and Spa, Italy
Located right next to the extremely picturesque Lake Garda, the LeFay Resort and Spa is set amidst 27 acres of parkland filled with lemon and olive groves. The eco-resort practices the use of ancient Chinese medicines along with more westernized treatment options to offer a range of spa treatments for guests. Some of the amenities present in the resort include a saltwater lake, a swimming pool and over five saunas. Guests also gain access to therapeutic gardens, wellness paths and a running circuit, all located within the resort. Some of the signature treatments offered at the LeFay Resort and Spa include body wraps, massages, facials, slimming programs, anti stress procedures, tuina acupuncture, moxibustion, etc.
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
Located in one of eastern Switzerland’s greenest valleys, Resort Ragaz recently underwent a $200 million renovation to become one of the most sought after hotel spas in the world. The resort houses two of the most luxurious hotel suites in Europe in addition to other amenities, including a health centers, a thermal areas and a golf course. The spas at Resort Ragaz offer a range of treatments for guests, including sleep repair, stress management, weight loss therapies, anti aging programs, body massages, body wraps, sauna, scrub, steam bath, whirpool and several other beauty treatments.
SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
Located in Alicante, the SHA Wellness Clinic is dedicated to wellness, antiaging and an efficient macrobiotic diet. Located in the Sierra Helada National Park, the clinic offers spectacular views of the coastline from its rooftop pool. The programs offered at SHA are personalized, as each guest would need to talk to an agenda coordinator, doctor and a macrobiotic consultant who would then prescribe an appropriate program. The resort offers a range of spa treatments and programs, including body massages, gentle yoga, colonics, reflexology, facial and body laser treatments, dentistry, acupuncture, cosmetic procedures and sleep therapies, etc. The clinic also makes sure it serves the best food in the region. The signature 14-day rejuvenation program offered by the resort would definitely help individuals relax and forget their worries for the duration of their stay here.
Europe is slowly regaining its stance as one of the foremost destinations in the world for wellness tourism. These five spas have slowly risen to become the masters of their trade today. These places have put Europe back on the wellness tourism map for sure.