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Four secret spa breaks in Europe you need to know about

  • Wellness
  • By Francesca Brooking
  • Published 21 December 2022
  • Revised 04 January 2023
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While there are many five-star resorts dedicated to wellness, did you know some of Europe’s most luxurious hotels also offer world-class spas too? 

Whether you’re looking for a quick pampering session, a tailored programme or a one-of-a-kind wellness experience, we’ve put together a list of four hotels that absolutely nail it. 

Each hotel spa has been carefully selected based on its unique and innovative offerings that bring something a little different to the table than an average spa. 

And with beautiful locations, decadent facilities and pure comfort to match, they’re the perfect retreats to transform your mind and body in style. 

If a European spa break is just what you’re looking for, call our expert travel managers to make that dream a reality. 

Serenity Spa at Pine Cliffs, Portugal

Set back from the clifftops of the sun-burnished cliffs of the Algarve, Pine Cliffs is an award-winning family resort known for its fantastic golf course. What you might not know is its spa is also an award-winner. Plus, it’s the first spa in Portugal to incorporate CBD into its treatments. 

Here at Serenity – the Art of Wellbeing, you’ll find innovative treatments that include ingredients based on its natural surroundings such as sand and sea salt. 

Expert therapists are on hand to help you find a treatment that enhances your mind and body whether that’s massages, facials, yoga or retreats. 

Facilities include a thermal oasis which has a whole menu of hydro based experiences such as an ice fountain, herbal sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi. 

If that wasn’t enough, there are also specialised treatment packages for couples, brides & bridesmaids, honeymooners, grooms & groomsmen and juniors & mothers-to-be. 

Why not try… a CBD Gold Age Restore Facial. Offering the first CBD treatments in Portugal, Serenity Spa’s unique facial treatment combines CBD’s anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing effects with Nerve Point Therapy and Polarity Balancing. 

Serenity Spa at Pine Cliffs

Serenity Spa at Pine Cliffs

Thalasso Spa at Marbella Club Hotel, Spain

Perfectly positioned on the Golden Mile in Málaga, Marbella Club Hotel is a well-known beachfront Mediterranean paradise bursting with Andalusian charm. 

It’s an ideal retreat for families, friends and couples wanting to experience the sweet life. A kids’ club, golf course, equestrian centre and the finest restaurants in Marbella make that happen. That aside, no stay is complete without venturing inside the hotel’s Thalasso Spa. 

Based on the practice of thalassotherapy, a treatment used by the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians, the spa harnesses the healing power of the mineral rich Mediterranean seawater to restore and energise your mind and body. All therapies are enhanced by modern and advanced science-based techniques to ensure you get the most out of each experience. 

Discover thalassotherapy in the spa’s seawater pool with underwater pressure jets, swan neck fountains and Jacuzzi beds. There’s also a whole menu of massages, facials, rituals and seaweed wraps to help soothe, revitalise and relieve tension. You’ll never want to leave. 

Why not try… a Bath with Underwater Massage. This treatment combines the benefits of a bath with an intensive underwater massage, involving a jet directed by your therapist. It’s designed to enhance relaxation, release muscle tension and help with dispersing cellulite.

Add a dose of liquid magnesium to your bath to boost your immune system. 

Thalasso Spa at Marbella Club Hotel

Thalasso Spa at Marbella Club Hotel
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Fairmont Spa & Wellness at Fairmont Windsor Park, UK

Set within the quintessential Windsor countryside, Fairmont Windsor Park is a manor house which marries timeless elegance with sophisticated charm. 

The hotel invites you to leave all your troubles behind and discover true relaxation, so it comes as no surprise that it has a wellness programme designed to help you get there. 

The award-winning Fairmont Spa offers a tailored approach to wellness inspired by nature. Its facilities provide you with all the necessary tools to make lasting changes in your mind and body. 

Must-do therapies here include its world-class multi-person cryotherapy chamber, a heated sensory sound waterbed and a state-of-the-art swimming pool. Don’t miss the beauty salons where you’ll find top of the range skincare, nail treatments and haircare. 

A particularly unique feature of Fairmont’s spa is The Facebible, a new aesthetic clinic helmed by Medical Director, Dr Arora. It promotes a holistic approach to health, and you can book aesthetic, skincare and private GP services to help you become your best self. 

Why not try… a treatment from The Facebible, a doctor-led wellness and aesthetic clinic that’s dedicated to natural looking enhancement of the face, skin and body. 

Choose bespoke treatments to suit your skin types and needs or browse from the menu. We like the sound of IPL Rejuvenation, a form of light therapy that treats a variety of skin conditions from uneven tones to broken veins. 

Fairmont Spa & Wellness

Fairmont Spa & Wellness

Chenot Espace at One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro

A jewel of the Adriatic, One&Only Portovoni takes prime position in Europe’s most fashionable new riviera. 

It’s located right in the heart of Boka Bay and boasts jaw-dropping views of the Black Mountains alongside dramatic coastlines and gentle waters to make you feel like you’re on your very own nautical retreat.  

While One&Only Portovoni is an ideal destination for nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts, history buffs and wine connoisseurs, it’s also a hub of pioneering health wellness by the world-leading experts at Chenot. 

The hotel features a spa dedicated to the ground-breaking Chenot method where you’ll find tailored programmes and dietary recommendations based on diagnostic results. 

At Chenot Espace, expect to have your mind and body transformed with its series of personalised therapies. Pop in for a day of pampering or get serious with a week-long schedule under the expert care of Chenot doctors. 

Why not try… a full medial health retreat. Chenot Espace offers a series of wellness programmes that last for a day to a week. 

During that time, you’re fully immersed in a schedule of bespoke treatments, diagnostic tests and culinary plans to stimulate the body, activate energy and eliminate toxins to help you achieve optimum results. 

Go for the Advanced Detox Programme which last for six days and seven nights. You’ll feel like a different person afterwards.

Chenot Espace at One&Only Portonovi

Chenot Espace at One&Only Portonovi

From aesthetic doctor-led clinics to wellness programmes and innovative treatments, these five-star hotels offer award-winning spa breaks that promise to take you by surprise. 

If you’re craving a luxury European spa break, call our expert personal travel managers and you’ll be whisked off to your pamper-filled getaway in no time. 

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