Top Ten

Spas of Asia

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The Peninsula Spa at The Peninsula Bangkok - Bangkok, Thailand

The Peninsula Bangkok, along the west bank of the Chao Phraya, appears to exceed expectations of even the most discerning travelers. The Peninsula Spa, within a three-story, colonial-type building, sets a certain spa-going precedence, from the lavish design (with hints of Thai silk fabric, red brick, and wood) to the bespoke menu combining Ayurvedic, European, and Thai disciplines.

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COMO Shambhala Estate – Bali, Indonesia

Indonesia is the setting for some of the world’s most exquisite spas devoted to a rich history of traditional herbal/spiritual medicines and healing arts. Among them is Bali’s COMO Shambhala Estate, a residential health retreat with a large staff—a resident nutritionist, Ayurvedic doctor, physiotherapist, naturopath, and fitness instructors—and personalized programs like stress management, weight management, and detoxification.

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Fuchun Spa at Fuchun Resort, Hangzhou – Hangzhou, China

Living the wellness life is easy at the riverfront Fuchun Resort, Hangzhou, surrounded by forested mountains, rolling countryside, and a working tea plantation. No matter which treatment you try at Fuchun Spa, it’s an experience exclusive to the property—and you can select from osmathus flower foot baths, pearl body scrubs, the Dragon Well-Foot Treatment (incorporating tea leaves freshly plucked from the on-site plantation), and more.

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The Spa at The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam – Hoi An, Vietnam

The spectacular Asian spa road extends to Vietnam, where you can visit The Nam Hai in the city of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not only do you have access to almost a mile of white-sand beach and views of the East Sea, you’ll be truly inspired at the on-site spa. Treatment villas border a lotus pond—each with a private changing area, chromatherapy bath, and steam shower—while a relaxation lounge overlooks a lagoon.

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5

Healing Sanctuary at The Farm at San Benito – Batangas, Philippines

Set in the foothills of Mount Malarayat, 1,025 feet above sea level, this Batangas destination for wellness holidays and healing retreats (detoxification and internal cleansing are big here) won the 2012 Senses Award for Best Medical Wellness Resort—a first for the Philippines.

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6

Chiva-Som – Hua Hin, Thailand

We couldn’t comprise a best of Asia spas guide without adding Chiva-Som in the mix.  On the Gulf of Thailand, the beachfront Chiva-Som, meaning “haven of life,” provides healthy living and luxury rolled into one; one of Asia’s first destination spas, there is an extensive (and we mean extensive!) range of beauty, medical, and wellness treatments to try.

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7

Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Singapore - Singapore

The list of reasons we love Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Singapore is a lengthy one, so we’ll just share the cliffs notes: one of the largest spas in southeast Asia; bespoke treatments of the Willow Stream brand blended with local traditions; VIP couple’s suites with private Jacuzzis and aromatherapy steam rooms; meditation alcoves; a hydrotherapy room; and a steam therapy capsule.

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8

Bloom Spa Toya at Windsor Hotel Toya – Shimizu, Japan

Bloom Spa Toya follows this sense of history, with signature rituals that celebrate the region’s seasonal ingredients (the Wisdom of Ainu program uses medicinal herbs from the indigenous Ainu people), and traditions like the onsen, a sukiya-style hot spring. There is also a bathing area with Japanese cypress and stone baths, and a couple of treatment rooms overlook Lake Toya.

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The Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort – Bukit Tinggi, Malaysia

With a design influenced by the 18th-century “Haut Koenigsbourg” French castle, this Malaysian property calls itself the world’s first organic spa and wellness resort, and its La Santé spa is the jewel in its crown. Treatment spaces include an aroma hydro pool, herbal bath, and Aquaveda massage bed, and a salt grotto comes embedded with Swarovski crystals.

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Oriental Spa at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong - Hong Kong SAR

Hong Kong is home to some fabulously high-end resorts and hotels, but The Landmark Mandarin Oriental established itself from the get-go, leading the pack with cutting-edge amenities and the Mandarin Oriental brand’s signature touch. Its Oriental Spa takes up two floors with a decadent lineup of fixtures and you’re more than welcome (in fact, encouraged) to arrive early to enjoy the heat and water circuit, which includes the vitality pool and amethyst crystal steam room.

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