While some crave a trip to the beach or site-seeing ancient ruins, we here at BOND EN AVANT dream about spa destination getaways returning us back to the real world refreshed, youthful and ready to face the daily grind. Here are a few dream spa locales to put on your travel list. They’re certainly on ours.
The Susanne Kaufmann Spa at The Hotel Post
Tucked away in the quaint Austrian village of Bezau, The Hotel Post, with it’s 54 bedrooms and 4 suites, sits nestled in the lush Bregenzerwald Forest. Clean wooden lines and soft leather make up the architecturally minimal wellness hideaway. And while the activity list features a well rounded menu of winter and summer rigor, you could easily pass the days reviving in their organic, locally sourced spa. Comprehensive treatments include: facials, wraps, rituals, acupuncture, scented sensory baths with music and color therapy, ear candles, lavender packs and lymph detoxes. Finish your spa day off with a light meal based around Traditional Chinese Medicine detox principles and you’ll wonder why it took you so long to get here.
L’Institut Darphin Paris Vendôme
There are many reasons to visit (and fall in love) with the city of lights – the food, fashion, architecture – to name a few, but a trip to the exclusive, luxury L’Institut Darphin spa may be reason enough for some. Housed in what was once Louis XV’s mistress’s residence, the elegant private grounds offer clients a handful of specialized facials and expert body treatments to have you glowing, relaxed and ready for more sight-seeing.
The Farm at San Benito
The ultimate detox can be found deep in the Batangas jungle 90 minutes south of Manila at holistic healing and wellness center, The Farm. The tropical setting feels other worldly, as colorful peacocks roam the grounds. Week long stays are encouraged for optimum results. And trained medical professionals oversee a personalized comprehensive itinerary, that includes such services as: daily nutritional support, colonics, review of vitamin and mineral levels in laboratory diagnostics, acupuncture, massages, scrubs, wraps and facials. If the services don’t leave you feeling renewed, than the week long organic, vegan diet will.
Clinique La Prairie in Montreux
If you’re looking to go on vacation and not just return rested, but actually appear ten years younger, then a trip to the medical spa retreat Clinique La Prairie is in order. This dazzling, all white, famed institute has been known to cater to the likes of Mick Jagger and Winston Churchill. Offering a state-of-the-art medical facility that specializes in anti-aging treatments, weight-loss, and plastic surgery. Even a dedicated menopause clinic, the first ever in Switzerland, is outfitted with gynecological specialists who oversee hormonal treatments, acupuncture and phytotherapy. (You can say goodbye to hot flashes and wrinkles after this trip, if you can afford it…)
-by Amy Chang
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