From the infinity pools of Saint-Tropez to the detox retreats of Reykjavik, spa holidays in Europe offer a break from the stresses of everyday life.
To help make your spa break extra special, we’ve hand-picked our favourite wellness retreats. Whether you want your spa weekend to consist of meditation and massages or beauty treatments and breath-taking views, take a spa retreat in Europe and you can be sure you’ll return home feeling brand new.
Here are some of our top overseas spa breaks.
From the foothills of Tuscany to the yacht-filled milieu of Marbella, spa holidays abroad offer sun, sea and serenity.
If the crowds of Barcelona and busy shopping districts of Milan aren’t your idea of relaxation, you needn’t worry - Spain has plenty of luxurious spa retreats for you to dip your toe into.
To get your spa holiday in Spain off to a sun-kissed start, head to Majorca. Known as the ‘King of the Balearics’, this romantic holiday hotspot is practically bursting with princely spa resorts and beaches. For something that truly takes you away from it all, visit one of the island’s mountain resorts, where you’ll find pretty fincas tucked into pastoral settings.
If you’re looking to indulge in first-class pampering sessions on your next spa holiday in Spain, one of the best places to go is Marbella. Here is where you’ll find all the finest 5-star hotels and boutique villas lined up along the ultra-glamorous Golden Mile. Ice baths, pebbled pools and chocolate massages are just a few of the luxury treatments to sample on your spa retreat in Spain.
Away from the frenzy of Milan and Rome, Italy offers some of the most serene spa breaks in the world.
For one of the most idyllic spa breaks, travel to Northern Italy. Here you will find Lake Como, a spectacular retreat town awash with peaceful alpine valleys, steep wooded hills and, of course, the lake itself; undeniably the most spectacular of the region’s three major lakes. Loved for its insouciant surroundings, a trip to Lake Como is the epitome of relaxation.
Another popular destination for a spa holiday in Italy is Tuscany. This luxurious region is famed for its rolling hills, abundant olive groves and sun-kissed vineyards. This picturesque pocket of Italy is also the birthplace of artistic greats such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci – so you can take in some local culture, too!
Like nectar to a honey bee, France is abuzz with travellers looking to catch the very best spa breaks in Europe.
If you’re looking to kick back with a glass of red at a thermal spa, nowhere turns it out quite like Bordeaux. Packed with wellness centres, massage rooms and divine spa treatments (some even offer grape-based treatments, courtesy of neighbouring vineyards) it’s easy to see why Bordeaux boasts some of France’s favourite spa retreats.
Further south, Saint-Tropez boasts some of the best luxury spa resorts in the world. Amidst the A-listers, famous beach clubs and yachts are first-class plunge pools, pampering packages and beauty treatments.
For a getaway that pulls out all the stops, there’s only one place to visit – and that’s Paris. Whether you plan to opt for a day of pampering on your spa weekend break or a full week of detoxing, our Paris spa hotels help you chill out away from the intensity of the city.
Portugal spa breaks deliver the poetic punch every traveller needs – and nowhere manages this quite like the Algarve. Pulled up alongside the best beaches in Europe, the Algarve is a green oasis of lush countryside and 5-star spa reserves. To live like a celebrity, head to Portimao, where deluxe yoga retreats offer some of the region’s most sought-after treatments, such as diamond and caviar massages.
From 5-star spa hotels to natural thermal springs and bathhouses, Budapest is a city with relaxation at its core.
Start your Budapest spa holiday with a trip to the Szechenyi Baths. This outdoor thermal spa is one of the capital’s most stunning natural wonders and offers aromatherapy sessions for when it’s time to truly wind down. If you prefer to relax away from the crowds, head to one of Budapest’s prestigious spa hotels, where hot stone massages and gold facials are the treatments du jour.
If spa breaks had a spokesperson, the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ would be first to the pulpit.
With mountain retreats, swirling hot springs and lush lava fields aplenty, spa holidays in Iceland deliver the kind of relaxation you only see in movies. Take the capital, Reykjavik, for instance. Here you’ll find romantic relaxation rooms and bubbling plunge pools, which, after an ice bath, are very refreshing. Of course, you’ll also want to witness the Northern Lights on your spa getaway, so make sure to book any tours early.
If you are hunting for something to really knock your socks off, you should visit Nesjavellir. In close proximity to the Hengill volcano (but not too close!), this is an area with everything from ice-capped mountains to boiling springs.