A VIEW TO CHILL FOR

pear­lyn tham rounds up spec­tac­u­lar spas that of­fer out-of-this-world ex­pe­ri­ences — think mas­sages in jun­gles, amid a vol­canic land­scape, and even on a game re­serve

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THER­MAL BATHS IN THE MOUN­TAINS

For­get the usual limo air­port trans­fers. The 7132 Ho­tel in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Vals in Switzer­land of­fers he­li­copter trans­fers. In fact, it’s the only ho­tel there with its own he­li­copter. Once you ar­rive, a visit to the beau­ti­fully con­structed ther­mal baths is a must. They are an ar­chi­tec­tural feat, hav­ing been built with 60,000 quartzite slabs and hous­ing min­er­alised spring wa­ter kept at a com­fort­ing tem­per­a­ture of 30 de­grees C. The bonus: A view of the sur­round­ing moun­tains. For a fa­cial or body treat­ment, there’s the in-house ESPA spa.

A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF THE CITYSCAPE

Imagine hav­ing your achy shoul­ders kneaded 116 storeys above ground. This is the ex­pe­ri­ence to ex­pect at The RitzCarl­ton Spa in Hong Kong. The Ritz-carl­ton ho­tel has 118 lev­els in all; its spa comes with re­lax­ation lounges that of­fer views of Hong Kong and, in par­tic­u­lar, Vic­to­ria Har­bour, thanks to floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows. Six of the nine deluxe treat­ment rooms also come with floor-to-ceil­ing har­bour views.

RUB-DOWNS IN A GAME RE­SERVE

Sup­pos­edly Africa’s largest spa, Kark­loof Sa­fari Vil­las and Spa is housed on a 2,000-hectare game re­serve in Kwazulu Natal and has a breed­ing pro­gramme for the white rhino and buf­falo. You can find many birds and small an­i­mals roam­ing the spa grounds and, if you are lucky, may even spot a gi­raffe graz­ing in the dis­tance on the re­serve grounds. The Sa­fari and Spa Pack­age in­cludes a 3-hour game drive, a walk to the Kark­loof wa­ter­fall, and of course, a 60-min massage.

DEEP SEA MASSAGE

If you are hol­i­day­ing in the Mal­dives, you must re­ally love the sea. So, why not have your spa treat­ment right in it? The Hu­vafen Fushi Mal­dives spa is the first un­der­wa­ter one in the world. It has two cou­ple’s treat­ment rooms built un­der­wa­ter for a rare view of co­ral reefs and marine life with­out leav­ing you wet. Make the most of this ex­pe­ri­ence with an Un­der­wa­ter Spa Em­brace ses­sion. It in­cludes a 15-min un­der­wa­ter view­ing ses­sion, a 15-min back, neck and shoul­der massage, and half a bot­tle of cham­pagne.

BLISS OUT TO A FLOAT­ING MASSAGE

There’s a mes­meris­ing story be­hind The Blue La­goon, which is sit­u­ated 45mins from Ice­land’s cap­i­tal, Reyk­javik. In the early 1980s, lo­cal res­i­dents dis­cov­ered the re­lax­ing and even heal­ing prop­er­ties of the blue reser­voir that had formed in the lava field be­side the Svart­sengi Re­source Park. To­day, the same re­ju­ve­nat­ing wa­ters — rich in sil­ica, min­er­als and al­gae — flow through­out The Blue La­goon spa which sits within a lava flow that erupted 800 years ago and is sur­rounded by a stun­ning vol­canic rock land­scape. There are two la­goons where in-wa­ter mas­sages can be done: The wide-open Blue La­goon and the more shel­tered, hence pri­vate, Re­treat La­goon. We can’t imagine any­thing more di­vine than this — your massage is done while you are float­ing in warm geo­ther­mal wa­ters.

POST­CARD-PER­FECT VIEWS FROM

A CITY SPA

Tokyo may be densely pop­u­lated. But you’ll for­get all that when you step into the light-filled Aman Spa at Aman Tokyo. Why? It takes up al­most 2,500sqm and spans two lev­els on the 33rd and 34th storeys. There are eight spa­cious treat­ment rooms, each with its dress­ing room, treat­ment area, steam shower and bath­room. Look for­ward to views of fa­mous land­marks in­clud­ing the Im­pe­rial Gar­dens, Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji. Set aside time for a dip in the 30-m-long pool, which runs across the en­tire skyscape. Too lazy or tired? Head for the daybeds and en­joy the stun­ning scenery be­neath your feet — lit­er­ally.

RE­LAX IN THE JUN­GLE

At most spas, you may doze off to piped-in mu­sic that in­cor­po­rates the trick­ling sounds of flow­ing rivers, the chirp­ing of jun­gle birds — you get the memo. But at the Hang­ing Gar­dens of Bali, Mother Na­ture will pro­vide the sound­track. Af­ter all, this award-win­ning re­sort is sur­rounded by rain­forests and rice ter­races. At 380m above sea level, its Royal Spa Suite, which sits by the Ayung river, of­fers a view of the lush Ubud jun­gle.

BATHE IN THE MOON­LIGHT

At the Aqua Dome in Aus­tria, you can en­joy In­sta­gram-wor­thy views of the sur­round­ing Ötz­tal Alps. This sprawl­ing moun­tain spa re­sort has in­door pools, a min­eral bath, saunas, pri­vate spa rooms, un­der­wa­ter lounges and even a moss rock pool. On days when the spe­cial Moon­light Bathing event takes place, its ther­mal baths and saunas are open un­til mid­night, so you can chill un­der the starry skies.

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