Top Spas Of The World


From relaxation and beauty rejuvenation to exotic adventure, there are many spas to choose from. How do you sift through the plethora of choices to uncover excellence? Runway is here to help. We have pounded the posh pavement to light your path to the world’s top spas.

Why Spa?

Wellness is one of the hottest trends out there and continues to rise in popularity. The most fashionable thing you can wear is healthy! Spa experiences, beauty treatments and wellness retreats have been an integral part of the health and beauty regiments of high society and celebrities for decades. Thanks to the popularity of spas, there are now more options, from extravagant papering to rustic nature adventures than ever before.

Where Spa?

How do you choose the right spa for your needs? Just like any other fashionable accessory, one size does not fit all. For tremendous overall spa experiences in stunning environments, here are Runway’s top picks for spas around the globe!

Top Spas For Beauty

Spa by La Prairie at Hotel Bel Air – Los Angeles, California

The hotel offers beautiful classic Hollywood style that drips with all the trimmings of the celebrity lifestyle. Relaxing poolside before or after your spa treatment will be absolute heaven! This spa offers everything for the body and of course their famous signature facial treatments.

Feature signature & unique services:
Caviar Firming Facial, White Caviar Illuminating Facial and Pure Gold Radiance Facial.

Tschuggen Bergoase – Switzerland

This spa resort is a unique experience filled with stunning award winning architectural design and sleek accommodations. Their spa facilities boast a wide range of services for beauty, detox and weight loss. They even have Medical spa services! This would be my pick if I wanted to disappear and return looking and feeling like a new person.

Feature signature & unique services:
Sensai Tschuggen Facial, Lava Scrub and Detoxifying Mud Therapy-Purifying Algae Treatment.


The Baglioni Hotel – London –

The hotel has coined itself as ‘An Italian heart beat in the heart of London’ and boasts the design to prove it. The Spa offers Turkish baths, massages, facial and body treatments, and a fitness center with a personal trainer available for private workouts. This spa is for you if you seek a combination of a chic London adventure with a beauty and fitness reboot.

Feature signature & unique services:
The Life Infusion Ritual, Diamond Whitening System and Marine Essence.


Top Spas For Wellness


Miraval Resort & Spa – Arizona –

Miraval is world renowned for their Life in Balance Spa which fully expresses the natural splendor of the Sonoran desert. Their services offer guests innovative, life-enhancing health, beauty and wellness treatments. Miraval has a team of therapists who have studied around the globe. They offer Ayurveda, energy and Oriental based treatments.


Feature signature & unique services:
Shamana-Karma healing rituals, Chi Nei Tsang and accupuncture services.


We Care Spa – Desert Springs, California

Specializing in detoxing, juice cleanses and healing, We Care offers classes, body treatments and numerous cleansing options to help flush, restore and reboot your system. They boast an intimate desert oasis setting and a staff of wellness experts. We Care Spa is our top pick for a life reboot. If you have experienced a loss, life change or are in need of a complete wellness overhaul, do not pass go…go directly to We Care!

Feature signature & unique services:
Detox and nutritional programs, System Recovery Wrap and Magnesium Wrap Treatments.


Blue Lagoon – Iceland  

They are known for their healing environment, treatment center and award-winning hotel design set in the heart of a stunning lava landscape. They offer a unique Icelandic experience with guided tours, in water massage, waterfall bathing, steam rooms and spa services.

Feature signature & unique services:
Private bathing lagoons and Silica Mud Mask.


White Lotus Foundation – Santa Barbara, California

White Lotus is our all-time favorite pick for retreats and wellness experiences. They are known for their yoga, thai massage, dazzling mountain views, hiking trails, natural streams and waterfall. They feature an amazing vegetarian chef and rustic nature experiences in the beautiful Santa Barbara mountains. Perfect for a much needed weekend of recalibrating or life balance.

Feature signature & unique services:
World class yoga, relaxation and meditation.


Top Spas For Vacation

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows – Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii –

Escape to Hawaii with the ultimate, luxury vacation package at the Mauna Lani. This is an incredible place for a spa vacation. Get the best of Hawaii with Mauna Lani’s resort features like their Sports Club, water sports and activities while also pampering yourself at their posh spa.

Feature signature & unique services:
Lava Sauna, Lomi Lomi Massage and their Fire & Ice Pa’aki Therapy.


The Riviera – Palm Springs, California –

The Riviera is one of my personal favorites and is an iconic playground mixing old Hollywood glamour, with a fresh, contemporary twist.  The resort offers two chic pool side playgrounds and a massive spa. Riviera is the ideal spot for a girl’s weekend, or a romantic escape for couples. The Riviera is my top pick for a fun experience in a pool side cabana while sipping eclectic signature cocktails, fine dining and a tranquil spa environment.

Feature signature & unique services:
Deep Tissue massages, Milk Baths and Couples Steam Room and Aroma Therapy experience.


Blancaneaux Lodge by Coppola Hotel & Spas – Belize

Tucked in a pocket of the Maya Mountains, Blancaneaux Lodge is a luxury resort where waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy. Stay in their beautiful Cabanas and partake in adventures such as horseback riding and swimming in natural pools along with your visit to the Waterfall Spa which is set on the banks of Privassion Creek.

Feature signature & unique services:
Minerals and amino acid rich facials and Papaya Body Polish.


Written by Rachel Zeskind for Spring 2015 Issue of RUNWAY


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