Finally the world is opening up and we can begin thinking about travelling again . We are seriously craving some sunshine and the best in luxury wellness. But which wellbeing and luxury resorts have reopened? And which 5-star hotels are worth a visit this summer and beyond? This is our guide to the very best in luxury wellness travel.
Whether you want sprawling vistas, turquoise seas, glitz and glamour, or a little TLC, we have the perfect luxury resort for you.
We know how to discern the wheat from the chaff when it comes to luxury health and wellness travel, and we hope you find our guide to the best resorts useful. Here are our top 5 health and wellbeing resorts from Mexico to Malaysia:
1. Rosewood Mayakoba Resort, Mexico
Surrounded by emerald lagoons, pristine beaches, mangrove jungle and the beauty of the Riviera Maya, Rosewood Mayakoba offers a private world of rarefied beauty and pure, blissful escape.
From their secluded spa island, described as “an oasis of tranquility” you can enjoy treatments designed to help you relax and completely unwind. The spa also invites you to try hydrotherapy or a bespoke wellness programme for the duration of your stay, and to enjoy the use of their idyllic pool and extensive fitness facilities.
Rosewood Mayakoba’s fully-serviced luxury villas are decorated in traditional Mexican heritage style, and the eight restaurants that are spread across the resort have been designed to showcase the very best of Mexico’s culturally and regionally rich and diverse gastronomic legacy.
2. Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, Malaysia
A luxury seaside resort nestled amidst lush tropical gardens on Malaysia’s dazzling Desaru Coast, the Anantara Resort is the ultimate post-lockdown escape.
Rooms are referred to as sanctuaries because of their opulently tranquil and private nature and guests are encouraged to enjoy the pleasures of the gardens, lagoon, ocean and infinity pool at their leisure.
Whether you’re after a journey of serenity at the on-site spa, or prefer to venture out and cruise through the nearby mangroves on a guided tour, the Anantara Resort has something for everyone.
If you’d like to learn about local cuisine, they have a culinary school too. Prepare to be amazed by learning about the magical and potent powers of herbs and spices in Malaysian cooking. They also offer a luxury dining tour, and offer candle-lit dinner on the hotel’s private beach for you and your loved ones. It doesn’t get more romantic than that.
3. Kiroro Resort, Hokkaido, Japan
For something a little different, we recommend Kiroro Resort; a luxury ski resort in the hills of Hokkaido, Japan. Located at the beating heart of Japan’s most iconic ski destination, this boutique wellbeing resort has become famed for its ski-in, ski-out access to the region’s best slopes. Rumour has it that Hokkaido has some of the best powder skiing not just in Japan, but in the world.
The resort offers lessons in skiing and snowboarding that are appropriate for all levels - the ski school encourages families of beginners and seasoned skiers alike.
Hokkaido is the second largest, and most northerly, of Japan’s main islands, and is also known for its volcanoes and natural hot springs (onsen). So when you’ve had your fill on the slopes, there are some beautiful hikes and bike rides to be had, and kayaking is pretty big there too. The resort will arrange all of this for you for no extra charge, and will even provide a guide should you wish. Plus the resort has its own onsen spa that is open to guests 24-hours a day.
For nature lovers, nearby Daisetsuzan National Park is home to steaming, volcanic Mount Asahi which is well-worth a visit, and, just beyond that, Shikotsu-Tōya National Park is home to ethereal lakes, geothermal springs and a Mount Fuji look-alike, Mount Yōtei.
4. Grand-hôtel Du Cap-eden-roc, Côte D'azur, Antibes, France
There is no better place to stay on the French Riviera than the world-famous - and rightly so - Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. In fact, many refer to the hotel as “the playground of the Riviera”. This stunning hotel is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2020. It is one of the most adored hotels in the world, and for good reason.
Known as much for its glitz and glamour as it is for its well-heeled clientele (Picasso, Chagall and F. Scott Fitzgerald have all stayed at the property); if it’s luxury you’re after then look no further.
Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc is situated amongst the pines of the Côte d'Azur, overlooking the sprawling azure Mediterranean sea. You can choose to spend your days languidly reclining by the pool, or relaxing on their private beach or in the wild parkland attached to the property; or you can opt to exploit the hotel’s elegant country club facilities and Spa Eden-Roc by La Prairie. If you do opt for a visit to the spa (and why wouldn’t you?), we recommend their signature Beauty with Caviar Water treatment: a luxurious moisturising and firming experience where they infuse your skin with a precious bath of Caviar Water, resulting in unparalleled levels of luminosity and hydration.
Oh, and Instagram loves their iconic pool, which has been blasted out of the rocks and is surrounded by lapping sea water. Just gorgeous.P
5. Amanruya Bodrum, Turkey
This 5-star retreat in Bodrum, Turkey is set amongst some of the most beautiful nature in Europe. The luxury resort is on the Bodrum Peninsula’s serene north coast, and is bordered on one side by rolling Mediterranean pine forest and olive groves set in the hills (that look like something out of a story book), and by the Aegean Sea on the other.
The resort comprises 36 private villas with large swimming pools and Babylonian-style gardens, and has a private pebble beach, luxury spa facilities, four restaurants, a wine lounge, yoga studios and a three-storey library overlooking a marble infinity pool.
The heady scent of pine lingers in the air all day long, and you can opt to spend your day either relaxing, sailing between islands or touring the Unesco World Heritage Sites and towns that pepper the natural beauty of the coastline. You can’t go wrong if you’re seeking to explore classical history and natural beauty alongside one another.
Wherever your next adventure takes you, be sure to take LYMA along for the journey. We’ve all had that holiday where we’ve been so tired out by the plane ride there that we’ve wasted the first 48-hours of our trip sleeping it off. LYMA’s patented formula contains Wellmune® and KSM-66® Ashwagandha which work together to kick jet-lag to the curb and ensure you’re able to make the most of your time away.
Where will your next adventure take you? For more ideas on how to spend this summer and beyond, check out our favourite island getaways . And if you are unable to travel yet for whatever reason, then take a look at our guide to the spectacular destinations to satisfy your wanderlust from the comfort of your own home . We can’t wait to get our passports out and hit the road again when it’s safe to do so. Where will you go next?
Originally published Nov 23, 2020.