Our Top 5 – Spa & Wellness Retreats – Worldwide Spa Highlights for Perfect Relaxation

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Our Spa Tips for Sumba Island, Seychelles, Mauritius, Namibia and Miami

On our travels around the world, we have been very privileged to visit some of the most beautiful spas. There are 12 spas that we can highly recommend – all wonderful in their own unique way. However, the ones on our Top 5 list,have a have made a lasting impression, and we will cherish these memories forever. Whether it is the extraordinary Ayurveda spa experience, the spa right in the middle of the African bush or the jeep ride through the majestic scenery to a secluded spa overlooking the ocean – these five have surpassed our expectations by far and provided the perfect opportunity for pure relaxation.

1. NihiOka Spa-Safari, Sumba Island

WOW factor: Unlimited spa treatments in the jungle spa

The luxury spa safari concept of the Nihi Sumba Resort is truly unique! The spa is located on Sumba Island’s wild coast in Indonesia.  It is completely secluded, and you get to relax all day long and be spoilt with as many treatments as you could wish for. The spa only accommodates a maximum of six to eight guests at any given time, so you really are undisturbed. Brilliant! (Our review >>)

2. GocheGanas Wellness Village, Namibia

WOW factor: outdoor massage among antelopes and giraffes

The outdoor massage at the GocheGanas Lodge in Namibia was one of our absolute highlights. Who would expect to first get into a jeep when you are picked up in your bathrobe early in the morning! You are massaged on mobile massage tables right in the middle of the African bush with a light breeze and the sound of bypassing antelope and twittering birds – absolutely extraordinary! The other treatments, like pedicures among others, are also highly recommended.


3. MAIA Spa, Seychellen

WOW factor: Balinese massages among gigantic rocks

The MAIA Spa at the MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa has beautifully designed open-air treatment rooms, nestled among the gigantic rocks. All the therapists are from Indonesia and trained in the Balinese massage techniques. At full moon, you can even have a massage on the helipad, the highest vantage point at the resort.

MAIA Signature massage
A unique fusion of consistent pressure, long strokes and gentle stretching, blended with a soothing rhythmical flow of delivery to ease muscle tension.

4. Maradiva Spa, Mauritius

WOW factor: best Indian Ayurveda massages in tropical surroundings

Thanks to Dr. Praveen and his brilliant team of therapists, guests can indulge in a true Indian Ayurveda experience at the Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa. The treatments are tailored to each individual’s unique needs and are extraordinary and extremely relaxing. In between treatments you can relax at the wonderful large pool amidst the tropical natural surroundings.

ABHYANGA – Herbal Oil Body Massage
The medicated herbal oil application, Abhyangam is not only a massage but also a program where the oil is liberally applied using soft and gentle strokes in the downward direction. The mere soaking of the body in the prescribed oil for the said duration on a regular basis yields wide – ranging benefits such as good appetite, alertness during the day, good sleep at night and reduced stress levels. It removes fatigue and daily aches and pains, gives a glowing skin and most importantly helps to build your immunity.

5. The Spa at The Setai by THÉMAÉ, Miami

WOW factor: Ingenious Asian fusion massage combined with a day at the beach

Every treatment room at The Setai Spa, has two massage tables, the perfect set up for couples! The massage tables can be adjusted in multiple ways to ensure that you are always super comfortable. The therapists applied Balinese massage techniques and worked extensively on our muscle tenseness and smoothly eliminated them.

Special advantage: After the treatments, you get to use The Setai pool and private beach all day long.


60 minute Asian Fusion Massage for two
This massage frees the body from all tension by working the muscles and skin with agile, graceful strokes and gentle, comforting movements. The kneading, treading and smoothing movements will leave you feeling relaxed and calm. It works the body with parallel movements, resulting in a feeling of well-being, a rested mind and a relaxed body.


Other spas around the world, we can also highly recommend:

Malediven | Coco Spa, Coco Bodu Hithi

Bali | Kayumanis Spa, Ubud

Südafrika | Spa of Babylonstoren

Seychellen | Eden Rock Spa, Le Domaine de L´Orangeraie, La Digue

Thailand | Pimalai Spa, Pimalai Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta

Thailand | Anantara Spa at Bangkok Riverside Spa Resort & Spa

Namibia | Spa in the Mokuti Etosha Lodge

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We will update this list every now and again. More great spas will be added to the list soon.

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Monique De Caro

Monique De Caro

Luxury Travel Blogger & (Wedding) Photographer at Monique De Caro | Photography & Design
Hallo, ich bin Monique #lebensfrohe Weltenbummlerin #Fotografin #Travel Bloggerin und die Schreiberin dieses Blogs. Da ich selbst Hochzeitsfotografin bin und ich meinen Mann Marcus am Strand Anse Source d´Argent auf den Seychellen geheiratet habe, möchten wir euch vor allem Tipps für wunderschöne Flitterwochen, die eigene Hochzeit am Strand, Luxusreisen, einzigartige Hotels oder die romantische Auszeit zu zweit geben.
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