The launch of Rosewood Phuket – the brand’s first Southeast Asia resort – also marked the debut of the Rosewood brand’s Asaya wellness concept, which goes beyond the R&R that it implements at its Sense spas to offer tailored wellness experiences specific to each guest’s desires. This includes alternative therapies, fitness activities and eating regimes alongside the typical relaxation treatments. It’s rare to find a spa menu so all-encompassing – look for Watsu therapy and Reiki healing as well as chakra balancing, HIIT training, Thai massage, body treatments using Maison Caulières and facials with Evidens de Beauté products. LIFESTYLE TIP: Six options for one- to 14-day wellness retreats are available, with focuses that range from intensive yoga and meditation to sleep clinics and healthy eating.
Muen-Ngoen Road, Tri-Trang Beach, Patong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Tel: (66) 76 356 888
We have our share of city spas in buzzy urban locations like Hong Kong, but this is a real getaway, nestled in the hills of Sai Kung and offering Royal Sleeping Suites and a 40-seat dining room so you barely have to move a muscle after achieving blissful relaxation at the hands of the masseuses and therapists. This outpost, the third under the Fivelements brand and the first outside of Bali, offers the same Balinese healing philosophy as its predecessors, which is to bring harmony to body and spirit through immersion in nature. The options here are endless, and include Hong Kong’s first watsu pool for water healing. LIFESTYLE TIP: Give in to your cravings, don’t deny them – take your family for a two-hour Family Chocolate Party, which includes treatments that utilise cacao butter for parents and kids, alongside delicious cocoa-based treats for consumption, such as chocolate coconut milkshakes.
81 Tai Chung Hau Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3959 0000
You really can’t beat a private spa, let alone one on a Maldivian private island that hosts only one party. The glass-floored, over-water venue provides a great view of the sea from the hole in the massage bed, so should your eyes not be closed in bliss you can enjoy the sight of water rippling over sand below. The bespoke treatments here are powered by Ila products and are tailored to the individual to invoke certain attributes such as peace, truth or compassion, and end serenely with harmonies played on crystal singing bowls. LIFESTYLE TIP: Besides spa treatments, other services are available on call, from waxing and haircuts to anti-gravity yoga or mani-pedis and make-up.
Private Island at Voavah, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Tel: (960) 66 00 888
Eleven single rooms and two couples’ suites combine opulent elegance and zen relaxation at this urban spa, which offers treatments inspired by ancient wellness therapies that blend the best of Eastern and Western technique and wisdom. The facial menu is particularly extensive, and harnesses the power of products from La Mer, Amala and Refinery. Don’t miss the chance to plunge into the 25-metre pool, a veritable architectural asset that incorporates Vicenza stone and gold mosaic tiles to dazzling effect. LIFESTYLE TIP: For a real taste of ancient China, try the two-hour Qi Balancing treatment which will revitalise the body via a combination of tai chi, acupressure and foot reflexology.
Building 2, Courtyard No 8, Xinyuan South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100027
Tel: (86) 10 8555 8555
This over-water spa is intimate, with only six suites in total including three for couples. The rooms are standalone, cocoon-shaped pavilions that are designed to look like Malaysian woven fish traps, called bubus, and have a real wow factor. Local elements have been infused into the various rituals, taking inspiration from those performed by shamans, such as the Mandi Bunga Inspired Ritual, which uses oil pouring and massage to dispel bad energy, and calm and relax. LIFESTYLE TIP: Take advantage of the Lulur Hammam experience, in which a number of treatments can be performed, all offering a gentle steam and scrub that will relieve tension and detoxify the body.
PO Box 199, Jalan Pantai Kok, Teluk Nibong, Langkawi, KD, 07000, Malaysia
Tel: (604) 952 4888