One of the best ways to relax your mind and body is a trip to the spa. People have used healing waters to rejuvenate their health and sanity since ancient times, escaping the crowds and the drudgery of daily life for the simple pleasure of water and heat. Today, spas provide a range of amenities including massage, saunas, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, and beauty treatments. In fact, there is an over-abundance of spas clamoring for your attention. But these unique spas stand out from the crowd, offering unparalleled relaxation, locations, and unusual treatments. Check out these floating spas, mountaintop resorts, and beer baths!
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa are renowned for their healing properties. The silica and sulfur in the warm pools soothe and rejuvenate damaged skin. But that’s just one reason to visit this famous spa in Iceland. Located on ancient lava fields just outside of the capital city of Reykjavik and only twenty minutes from the airport, the Blue Lagoon provides a complete spa experience amongst stunning natural beauty. Be sure to book a floating massage with exfoliating volcanic mud and then retire to the sauna carved out of volcanic rock. As you watch the mists trailing across the startlingly blue waters, you feel like you’re in a beautiful dream.
Bota Bota, Quebec
Converted from a former ferryboat, Bota Bota “Spa-sur-l’eau,” or spa on the water, was transformed into a floating wellness center in 2010. Moored at the Quays in the Old Port of Montreal, Bota Bota has five decks providing spa treatments, including two saunas with views of the river and the city, outdoor whirlpool baths, a eucalyptus steam bath, cold baths, and a rooftop garden. Bota Bota embraces the European heritage of the French-Canadian city and offers a range of traditional bathing and relaxation options as well as fine dining. We recommend the Nordic “water circuit,” a refreshing journey from the sun deck through cold and hot baths that rejuvenates and awakens your body and senses. End your time at Bota boat at the floating dining room with fantastic views of the St. Lawrence River and the historic city of Montreal, calmed by the gentle sway of the ship.
Lime Spa at Huvafen Fushi Resort, Maldives
The Lime Spa is part of the Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi resort in the Malé Atoll, a glittering expanse of white sand and palm trees in the Indian Ocean. Huvafen Fushi means “Dream Island,” and the luxury resort does it best to create a fantastical travel experience—including an underwater spa with panoramic views of the coral reefs. Undergo a soothing massage using virgin coconut oil, lime, and minerals from the Indian Ocean while you are surrounded by the natural wonders of the coral reef. Enjoy herbal teas and fresh fruits in the observation lounge, bathed in the mysterious lights of the aquamarine waters and surrounded by views of exotic fish and rainbow-colored creatures.