This year already promises a new wave of wellness trends—from plant-based meats, health tech apps, and flexible do-it-anywhere workouts—but bringing it all together in the ultimate mind-body union is a trip to the spa. Best enjoyed amid inspiring interiors, awe-inducing views and the ultimate in hospitality.
Those looking to escape the hustle and bustle and replace the digital buzz with more natural surroundings should head to Hakone Retreat före & villa 1/f. Two hours southwest of Tokyo, set in a deep-green forest, the hotel uses simple modern architecture and large windows to draw attention to the surrounding natural splendor. The first luxury boutique hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria's capital city, the 71-room Sense Hotel Sofia offers a sense of calm and tranquility for all five senses. Guests can relax in the lobby lounge, sip Champagne at the panoramic rooftop bar, or swim in the health center's stainless-steel swimming pool. Myconian Kyma, on the Greek island of Mykonos, is a world of sublime experiences, lush gardens, private terraces, and an art-filled environment awash with marble, wood, glass, and natural materials. Here, one’s internal clock is reset to the rhythm of the day. Berlin is home to the ONO Spa at The Mandala Hotel, an urban refuge set high above the bustling streets of Potsdamer Platz. Warm, chic, and well-equipped The Hide Hotel Flims is the mountain hideaway modern travelers have been waiting for. Set amid the dramatic peaks of the Swiss Alps in Flims, the hotel boasts an expansive 1000 sq m wellness area complete with a Finnish sauna, a saunarium, ice fountain, rainforest showers, and relaxation area. Privacy and relaxation are key at Seaside Finolhu Maldives, with each of the property’s 125 villas set directly on the beach or upon stilts above the lagoon. Guests can indulge in yoga sessions on the beach and a wealth of spa treatments all carried to the calming soundtrack of the Indian Ocean.