Some of you guys think summer is three months of perpetual party time. Like a non-stop tequila tidal wave of semi-naked dancing on random islands. But how will your body cope when you’re constantly running out of sunblock, a hangover just becomes the way you wake up in the morning, and you legit can’t find your phone (again)? Plan ahead for some TLC to avoid burn-out, and we all know the best way to slow your roll is at a spa. But you can’t just pick any spa. Treat yourself to one that will melt your troubles away and make for an unforgettable experience. Check these picks out:
Canaves Oia Luxury Resort – Santorini, Greece
This stunningly beautiful, luxury boutique resort is the perfect spot to unwind after partying hard at nearby Mykonos. Their spa has been relaunched this year to include an infinity pool and Elemis treatments.
Aire de Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
A great place if you only have a couple of hours to spare and need a quick fix. The hamman will bring out all the nasty toxins you’ve built up. Need a fresh face for work? Try the Ami Iyök ritual with a facial and corporal treatment.
Gondwana Game Reserve – Garden Route, South Africa
How about a wild escape from the world? This new “Bush Spa” in South Africa offers just that; a tent, a table, and some very talented spa therapists. And while you’re there you can check out the locals, including lions and elephants.
Liquidrom is a thermal spa that uses special lighting effects with classical and electronic music to create a unique, relaxing environment that resembles a nightclub without the chaos. Check out their DJ nights through the summer.
Yaan Wellness Energy Spa – Tulum, Mexico
One of the most talked about spas this year is a creation from former rock photographer Bobby Klein, one of the first Westerners to practice acupuncture in LA. Take advantage of their life-coping strategy sessions and treatments developed with local Mexican tribal leaders. Opt for a Bedouin tent if you need to save a few bucks.
Bamford Haybarn Spa – Belmond Royal Scotsman, Scotland
One of the most unique spa locations in the world is launching this year and comes in the form of a train carriage that travels through Scotland and Great Britain! Pass sweeping glens, towering peaks, and black-mirrored lochs (lakes for the rest of us) onboard this “Country House on Wheels.”
Aqualux Hotel Spa Suite – Lake Garda, Italy
This gay-friendly hotel is the perfect place to unwind near vibrant Milan. The spa’s facilities are vast, and packages come with your own personal trainer if you need a little encouragement to get back on track.
Six Senses Zil Payson – Seychelles, Indian Ocean
Luxury brand Six Senses have finally opened their spa at their latest hotel located in the Indian Ocean. Eco-orientated, the spa has a heavy focus on sensory experiences with a breath-taking oceanfront location.
Thanks to Oliver Broad of travel agency RB Collection for giving us the lowdown.