In our ultra-wired, tech-obsessed world, it is good to know that relaxation has been elevated to an art form at spas around the globe. Time-tested rituals like massages, facials, scrubs and steam baths offer the chance to decompress and escape to a simpler time, at least for a few hours. And hotel owners have long recognized that travelers are often the weariest among us, which is why the very best spas often reside in some of the most sought-after hotels.
Relaxation and revitalization can take myriad forms. In Paris, the sunny spa at the famed Le Royal Monceau offers a special Clarins Anti-Jet Lag Skin Blitzer to erase signs of travel fatigue. On the Italian coast, Vair Spa at Borgo Egnazia uses hot and cool rooms and hydromassage to cleanse the body of toxins and increase blood flow. And at Sugar Beach in St. Lucia, guests can squeeze in a bit of low-impact sightseeing with a tour of an active volcano before a rejuvenating mud treatment and massage.
We’ve pulled together a list of the best and brightest new stars from the staggering number of hotel spas scattered across the globe, all less than two years old and each offering something different—whether it be sleek design, traditional treatments or a spectacular view. Expect a completely singular experience no matter which you choose.