Chique’s Definitive Guide To The World’s Best Health Spas

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Just like keeping a healthy diet is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating the right foods is just as important for getting the most out of your workout.

Marcus Samuelsson


At Amansala, the water is Technicolor turquoise, the sand plush enough to sleep on, the air tinged with the scent of jungle flowers—and these are only a few of the reasons why this tranquil oasis is the ideal spot for a major mind-body reboot. Building on the success of the resort’s Bikini Bootcamp fitness retreat (a fave of cool-girl celebs Sienna Miller and Drew Barrymore), the new six-day Destination Detox program includes a two-day raw-food cleanse with fruit-and-veggie-centric meals thereafter, daily yoga and meditation, a gamut of body-sculpting classes, nutritionist consultations, and decadent spa treatments.

Don’t Miss: Perhaps the area’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders are the cenotes—underwater caves where you can safely swim, featuring stalagmites and jarringly gorgeous schools of fish. From $200 per night


This dreamy locale couldn’t be better equipped for overstressed insomniacs hoping to catch some z‘s without popping pills. Between the resort’s 3- to 14-night Yogic Sleep retreats, which combine gentle and meditative yoga practices with ultrarelaxing spa treatments; the new Sleep With Six Senses Program, which involves a consultation with a “sleep ambassador” to determine your perfect pillow and an array of in-room soporific swag (custom aromatherapy, blackout curtains, a “worry journal” into which you can scribble your thoughts before hitting the sack); and the extensive vino selection in the former manor house’s Wine Library, quality repose is practically guaranteed.

Don’t Miss: For the ultimate in quiet time, settle into one of the cocoonlike meditation nests—equipped with cozy blankets and Deepak Chopra–loaded iPods—scattered about the UNESCO heritage site’s lush forest. From $270 per night


A stay at The Ranch—a 16-cottage retreat set in the picturesque Santa Monica mountains—is a game of pluses and minuses. Fashion insiders and celebs such as Minka Kelly and Lea Michele have flocked to the locale’s famously grueling seven-day program since it debuted five years ago, and in that time—according to The Ranch’s own calculations—guests have collectively hiked more than 300,000 miles, shed an average of 3 percent of their body weight (one woman dropped 13.4 pounds inside of a week), and lowered their cholesterol by between 13 and 15 percent.

Don’t Miss: The Ranch 4.0 is an abbreviated Thursday-to-Monday version of the weeklong classic, but you’re still getting the goods: four hours daily of mountain hiking, core- and ab-focused workouts, yoga sessions, afternoon massages, and tasty vegetarian cuisine (limited to 1,400 calories a day). Oh, and complete peace: Phones and computers are verboten. From $4,100 for four nights



A green-juice detox is one thing, but if you’re looking for a truly deep cleanse, the Ritz-Carlton’s Soul Purification Ritual might be just the thing. The traditional Hindu ceremony takes place at dawn on the resort’s white beaches, where a Balinese priest delivers blessings while the guest’s hands, feet, face, and mouth are rinsed with holy water, a practice believed to cleanse “spiritual impurities” and protect from bad juju.

Don’t Miss: The spa’s decadent Iridescent Delight treatment, which involves a luminising pearl-polish scrub, a body wrap, and a massage with pearl extract–infused oil. From $480 per night


Wellness through wine? That’s essentially the motto at this vineyard-adjacent holistic spa two hours outside of Santiago, where polyphenol- and resveratrol-rich grapes are harvested both for therapeutic purposes—the Signature Massage involves an antioxidant wine bath and a grapeseed-oil massage—and for imbibing, perhaps while contemplating the beauty of the surroundings from the edge of the hilltop infinity pool, which offers expansive views of the verdant Millahue Valley and lake below.

Don’t Miss: Take a day trip to the black-sand beaches of the nearby village Pichilemu, or just stay put and marvel at the hotel’s striking collection of contemporary South American art. From $1,200, all-inclusive


This sophisticated hideaway has undergone a major reno, including the addition of a luxe, open-air Sisley Spa, perched dramatically above the crashing surf. Perhaps thanks to the see-and-be-seen scene on this balmy Caribbean isle, the spa offers a panoply of therapies that beautify from the neck down, such as the 1, 2, 3 Slimming Phyto-Aromatic Body Treatment, a three-day de-dimpling program involving lower-body exfoliation and “intense massage” (on the menu: kneading, twisting, and deep-tissue vacuum techniques) to increase lymphatic drainage and help diminish deep-set cellulite.

Don’t Miss: Once your bod has been pummeled into (taut, smooth) submission, treat your face to the Replumping Youth Facial With Rose, which amps up radiance with Sisley’s oh-so-heavenly Black Rose Oil.From $450 per night


Dance away the heartache at a South Beach club, then detox at this South American–inspired temple of well-being. Book one of the shaman-influenced healing rituals (must-try: Tree of Life Vibrations, a sound bath plus massage performed on a bed of heated sand, during which sore muscles are treated with Brazilian rose stones while the mind is soothed with “singing” bowls) that incorporate rejuvenating elements such as herbal indigo poultices and pressure point–targeting lapis lazuli, and you may just forget about the ex who drove you there.

Don’t Miss: Embark on a self-guided tour through the wet spa, which includes a range of powerful showers, an authentic hammam, an herbal aromatherapy steam room, a multitiered sauna, and an ice fountain.From $745 per night


At celebrity facialist Joanna Czech’s recently opened namesake spa, every detail is ultraluxe, from the Brunello Cucinelli cashmere blankets, to the Biologique Recherche skin-analyzer gadget that helps Czech customise her facials, to the Niclas Castello art-installation fire extinguisher in the bathroom.

Don’t Miss: Clients Kate Winslet and Uma Thurman swear by Czech’s signature sculpting facials: By pairing ultrasound and masterful massage techniques with LED light therapy (plus the occasional sapphire peel), she’s able to make complexions look instantly taut and firm—and a few years younger. Treatments start at $300