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6 Rejuvenating Destinations For Ultimate Relaxation

Six Senses Ibiza

For a vacation that balances expert tranquillity with a healthy dose of wanderlust indulgence, KATIE BERRINGTON rounds up six restorative destinations to visit

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Elegant styling to calm and inspire is delivered inside and out at Palm Heights in Grand Cayman

Palm Heights, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Bringing some design-forward, low-key glamour to the legendary address of Seven Mile Beach, Palm Heights is a boutique, all-suite hotel that has made its mark on this sublime stretch of Caribbean coast. Whether soaking in its wellness retreats or soaking up its beach-bar cocktails, it promises a fully immersive getaway.

The relaxation

Its newly opened Garden Club spa is designed to invite guests into a tropical paradise, inspired by ancient gardens and orchards, where hammams, saunas and pools are found indoors and out. Enjoy a curated menu of wellbeing offerings for body, mind, gut and skin, with treatments from Tata Harper, Costa Brazil and iS Clinical to choose from. It also hosts regular specialist retreats, including those targeting running, yoga and open-water swimming.

The rest

For the best vistas, there are two beautiful beach-front restaurants. Tillies takes guests on a journey around the Greater Antilles, with a regionally influenced menu of Caribbean delicacies – from conch fritters and coconut aguachile to a whole red snapper cooked over coals. Meanwhile, The Coconut Club, Palm Heights’ stylish answer to a beach bar, serves a lighter menu of grill bowls and tacos, accompanied by an impressive cocktail menu – including a daily sundowner to sip while looking across the bright-yellow parasols dotted across the sand.

Sussurro champions natural materials and a pared-back, sub-Saharan aesthetic with a focus on restorative pursuits

Sussurro, Nhamabue Peninsula, Mozambique

With a mindful approach to wellbeing and travel, this new opening on a tropical lagoon in southern Mozambique promises to be the height of considered switch-off. Six expansive bungalows put guests in the heart of the natural surroundings, with indoor and outdoor bathtubs and shady waterfront verandas. Better yet, the hotel’s committed ethos includes being 100 percent African sourced and crafted, community built and serviced, powered by renewable energy, and supporting sustainable artisanal fishing and local farming.

The relaxation

With a focus on relaxing pursuits that immerse guests in nature and craft, activities include yoga, artisanal fishing, weaving workshops, paddle boarding, snorkeling, sailing and scuba diving. Using inherent knowledge of the area, bespoke itineraries are created by Sussurro’s team, who ensure that each guest is looked after as if they were part of the family. Guided excursions into the National Parks of Gorongosa and Zinave can also be organized, where you sleep in luxe canvas tents amidst a stunning bush setting.

The rest

With a philosophy dedicated to ‘real food’, the menu at Sussurro celebrates indigenous superfoods such as baobab and moringa, and fresh produce is sourced from local fishermen and farmers. It is served in a casual, open-plan restaurant to break the usual divide between host and guests. The hotel’s design also adds to the ease and comfort of guests, with a soothingly minimalist aesthetic, decked with furniture created and carved onsite, plus a collection of interesting pieces from across sub-Saharan Africa.

With a bohemian spirit and stunning beachside setting, The Wild will soothe your mind, body and soul

The Wild Hotel, Mykonos, Greece

Despite its name (taken from former local fishermen renowned for their fearlessness), The Wild shows this party island in a more rejuvenating, laid-back light, but with all the bohemian spirit it has become known for. Built into the cliffs, with dreamy Aegean views, the 40-room hotel occupies a peaceful and picturesque corner overlooking an old fishing village and an isolated, private beach below.

The relaxation

The infinity pool divides the property from the sea and is circled with chic pink loungers. For the utmost relaxation, opt for a suite or villa with its own pool and courtyard. The spa here might be small, but it has been beautifully designed to revitalize mind, body and soul. The treatment rooms and open-air hydro-massage pool have also been carved into cave walls, with a menu that includes hot stone and Ancient Greek massages, sound therapy and stimulating foot treatments. Oh, and there’s an open-air, sea-facing gym, where a team of wellness experts offers individual and group sessions. Bliss.

The rest

The traditional, whitewashed Greek architecture and neutral color palette takes influence from nature, giving an atmosphere of pared-back luxury. The Taverna restaurant sits in the heart of the property and serves up classic Grecian fare, from savory phyllo pies and local Mykonian cheeses to delicious catch-of-the-day dishes. For those looking to experience the wilder side of Mykonos, this is the ideal, ultra-relaxing base from which to venture further afield.

Situated on the island’s northern tip, by Cala Xarraca bay, Six Senses Ibiza delivers Balearic beauty and a serene sanctuary for the ultimate wellness win

Six Senses Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain

In recent years, Ibiza has become nearly as synonymous with its wellness opportunities as its unparalleled party vibes. The opening of Six Senses Ibiza on the island’s northern tip, by the beautiful, crystalline bay of Cala Xarraca, cements its status as a wellbeing paradise and a restorative setting for soothing spiritual experiences.

The relaxation

The Six Senses Spa is an unsurprising highlight of the wellness offering, incorporating the phenomenal hammam, RoseBar longevity lounge, steam room, state-of-the-art fitness areas and outdoor massage catacombs (situated alongside the organic gardens, which grow ingredients for the spa botanicals and the Alchemy Bar). A standout treatment is the After Party Detox, which has been created to revive your senses through stimulating scrubs and massage, while the personalized wellness programs incorporate immunity improvements as well as mind-and-brain-boosting activities.

The rest

The food has a strong emphasis on the local and organic, with an on-site farm (a 400-year-old olive press and agricultural estate) that gives guests the opportunity to enjoy the home-grown produce. While the hotel is very much rooted in revitalization, the location gives plenty of opportunity to soak up the lively spirit of Ibiza, too – starting at the resort’s sea-gazing Beach Caves, where a choice of bars, restaurants, indoor and outdoor dining and live music make for the perfect spot for watching the sunset.

Where to recline after a restorative treatment? Sky-high vistas and Aman Tokyo’s signature aesthetic give its suites a sleek edge

Aman Tokyo, Japan

Situated in the Otemachi Tower, Aman Tokyo is an escape of pure serenity from the city bustle below. The sleek and traditional design is almost as magnificent as the staggering views (which take in the Imperial Palace Gardens and Mount Fuji on clear days), and a peaceful meditation garden gives guests the chance for a tranquil pause.

The relaxation

The sky-high Tokyo outpost of Aman draws on the Japanese philosophy of nature and balance. Highlights include onsen-style hot baths and steam rooms, plus a 30-meter pool overlooking the skyline, while treatments range from kampo herbal healing (derived from traditional Chinese medicine) to the Misogi experience (a traditional Shinto purification ritual). Guests also have the opportunity to tap the knowledge of Aman’s wellness specialists, who create a bespoke and holistic program of treatments, therapies and fitness, nutrition and mindfulness sessions after a wellness assessment.

The rest

There are four restaurants, spanning authentic Japanese omakase dining at Musashi, where fresh sushi and sashimi dishes are prepared right in front of diners, to the rustic and comforting Italian dishes at Arva. Not to mention the tantalizing patisseries and immense garden and bar lounge, where specialty cocktails are served alongside the most spectacular city vistas.

Gourmet fare, Alpine-inspired treatments and huge yet cozy cabins ensure Le Grand Bellevue hits the ski-season sweet spot

Le Grand Bellevue, Gstaad, Switzerland

As genres of vacation go, ski-season getaways truly strike the balance between play and relaxation, boasting bracing outdoor activities and hearty après-fun. In the snow-capped winter wonderland of Gstaad, the vibrant 57-room Le Grand Bellevue is an idyllic locale to enjoy all the delights of the Swiss Alps.

The relaxation

At the subterranean Le Grand Spa, wellness experiences are expertly designed to restore the body after an invigorating workout. A new cold-therapy treatment, the Glacial Shell Massage, involves shells being glided over skin to reduce inflammation and soothe sore tissue, while the whole relaxation journey is centered around Le Grand Spa’s impressive Thermal Oasis. The 17 wellness zones encompass steam baths, a stimulating ice fountain, a herbal sauna and an innovative selection of ‘experience’ showers – from dew-scented Alpine springs to summer forest rains.

The rest

The culinary offerings lean in to the opulent foodie fare of the mountains, with the hotel’s restaurant and bar options serving an elegant array of dishes in sumptuous surroundings. But the real treat is the traditional Swiss fondue in the cozy log cabin, Le Petit Chalet, which delivers satisfying variations such as truffle fondue, goat’s-cheese fondue and raclette.