Spas have become sanctuaries for a growing number in our society. Many hard working and stressed individuals seek these places of refuge to unwind and relax.
These institutions of peace and pampering have seen an influx in popularity because they have some insight into human nature. To varying degrees, we all enjoy being spoiled and treated like royalty. A successful spa is one that is attentive to details and makes you feel as though your worries have dissipated and the rest of the world has fallen away…
Certain spas have risen through the ranks to be declared ‘the best’; however, I would be remiss not to mention that in order to preserve the intimate integrity of these places, the ones on a pedestal will charge a premium for their services. For those who are so inclined to experience an indulgent spa treatment, the following are some of the most expensive spas in the world.
Assawan Spa and Health Club
Located in the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, Assawan Spa is one of the leaders in luxury and optimum spa experiences. Housed inside this sail shaped hotel with a sprawling backdrop of clear blue skies and waters, clients opt for treatments such as platinum, gold, or caviar facials (the latter also offers body treatments, too) which are said to have restorative and anti-aging properties to improve the look and vitality of one’s skin. If your affinity for precious metals extends beyond the facials, the spa also offers instant tattoos made from precious metals such as platinum and gold foil.
Saffire Spa at Saffire Freycinet
A gem located in Australia’s East Coast of Tasmania. In this oasis, you can find signature treatments such as their Diamond Facial. Using precious gems is said to be a superior way to exfoliate the face as well as promote the growth of new skin cells. Sapphire dust is also available in various body or face treatments, which the spa touts as being excellent nourishment for the skin to promote its vitality.
Lime Spa at Huvafen Fushi
A place where the waters are so pristine and clear, it wouldn’t be surprising to find mermaids frolicking there. Located in the Maldives, Lime Spa is tucked under the island and is the only underwater spa facility in the world. In addition to facial and body treatments, it offers holistic services such as ear candling which is said to restore balance in one’s body and Shirodhara which restores the nervous system using a combination of Ayurvedic massage and soaking of the ‘third eye’ with essential black sesame oils.
With the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland on the horizon, medicine and holistic treatments are intertwined at this well-being and thermal spa. An on-site medical team offers clients salvation with almost anything from laser treatments for skin flaws/conditions to surgery and rehabilitation for physical injuries. Even the Swedish Olympic team has been known to make visits here to assist in speedier recovery from training sores or injuries.
The crowning glory of Bad Ragaz is the natural thermal waters, which meander through the spa and into the resort’s reservoirs and pools. A long soak in these mineral rich waters is said to protect, hydrate, and regenerate healthy skin cells as well as combat diseases of the musculoskeletal system and strengthen the locomotor system.
Surrounded by towering Banyan trees in Bali, Indonesia lies this spa which strives to supply its patrons with tranquility and bliss. With nutritionists, an Ayurvedic doctor, and yoga instructors on site, this is a retreat with a proactive mantra that encourages clients to empower themselves and restore balance and harmony within their bodies. From Dead Sea Mud therapy wraps to Guinot facial therapies that apply mild electric currents to the skin for more efficient absorption of nutrient rich oils and creams, it is clear that COMO Shambhala is one of the leaders in luxury spas to offer scientific advances for the body and holistic peace for the mind and soul.