Seeking a little zen in the city to kick 2019 off with something a little different this year? The new year provides the perfect opportunity to be out with the old and in with the new—new feelings of positivity, rejuvenation and healthy habits—and we can’t think of a better way to truly reset than a good old-fashioned pamper. These city hotel spas offer the best in luxurious relaxation and will give your body and mind the early spring clean it needs to get 2019 off a fabulous start.
Four Seasons George VI Paris
At Compare Retreats, we’re big fans of Le Spa, the gorgeous 7,750-square-foot wellness space in the Four Seasons George VI Paris. The luxurious spa offers some of the most innovative and cutting-edge results-driven treatments available, like The George V Escape by the Swiss Dr Burgener: using antioxidants in caviar, chardonnay and gold to provide an anti-aging facial, alongside a chardonnay body scrub and champagne massage. Don’t worry, there’s a glass for you to enjoy as well, along with a tasting of French macarons from the Four Season’s pastry chef.
COMO The Treasury Perth
In the historic heart of Perth, Australia’s laidback west-coast city, COMO The Treasury has an urban escape open to both hotel residents and day guests. With a pool, gym, private classes and personal training, The Treasury offers a full wellness experience for those looking to add a little sweat to their spa session. We suggest indulging in the COMO Shambhala For Me package, which includes a one-hour COMO Shambhala Signature Massage followed by a 60-minute Sodashi Pure Radiance Facial.
Royal Mansour Marrakech
Undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful spas, the Royal Mansour’s majestic light-filled, white wrought-iron spa atrium is instantly recognisable and sets the tone for the calming, peaceful spa journey that lies beyond. The three-floor spa, complete with 18 treatment rooms, three private spa suites and two traditional Moroccan hammams, exudes grandeur: get the full Moroccan experience with the Hamma Lumiere Sur Le Corps package, a truly regal spa treatment including a complete Hammam ritual, and ceremonial massage.
This sleek 2500-square-metre spa is an oasis of calm high above one of the world’s busiest and most populated cities. The luxury wellness brand’s first urban retreat, Aman Tokyo is located in the heart of Tokyo’s downtown financial district—and it couldn’t be better placed for a quick city escape. Specialising in traditional Japanese therapies, Chinese medicine and natural remedies, the spa offers a selection of bespoke and seasonal holistic experiences to leave you feeling revitalised. Sample the best of their Japanese wellness treatments with the Aman Tokyo Signature Journey, which includes a purifying body scrub with fine camphor, kuromoji powder and Japanese clay, and a 90-minute body massage using kuromoji and rice oil.
Bvlgari Hotel London
If fairy lights and festive sparkle is your preferred style, the Bvlgari Hotel London is sure to satiate your appetite for Christmas spirit, and meet your needs for a bit of seasonal R&R in their luxurious 2,500-square-metre spa. We recommend booking the Onyx Spa Suite for two: offering privacy, you and a friend or partner can indulge in this exclusive haven of bliss and tranquility, enjoying steam showers, hydro-massage tub, and side-by-side treatment beds, all with private changing and showering facilities. The experience is entirely bespoke, tailored to your needs so you can be rest assured you’ll get exactly what you want out of the experience.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
There’s no shortage of spas in the City of Angels, but for a truly exceptional luxury spa experience, look no further than the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. Boasting a luxe Moroccan Rhassoul, relaxation lounge, 13 treatment rooms, and five speciality suites—four of which include their own vitality pool—the urban oasis is a welcome reprieve from the frantic pace of Bangkok. Splurge on the Spirit of Isaan experience, which includes body scrub and wrap which uses black sticky rice, coarse coffee beans and jasmine rice soap, followed by a head massage and bamboo massage for utter bliss.
Four Seasons Hong Kong
We could sit here listing spas in Hong Kong all day long, but with stunning harbour views—which can be enjoyed from many of the treatment rooms, as well as the restaurants and suites—the Four Seasons Hong Kong has a delectable menu of relaxing spa treatments to have you feeling fresh for the New Year, not to mention their new well-feeling initiative that has revolutionised their menus nutrition and variety of healthy choices.
Greenwich Hotel New York
In the trendy Tribeca neighbourhood in the middle of Manhattan, the Greenwich Hotel has been a favourite with Forbes and Conde Nast Traveller for its quirky design and attention to detail. Of course, they don’t house just any ordinary urban hotel spa: the lantern-lit space is filled with the intricate antique framework of a 250-year-old bamboo farmhouse, imported from Japan. The heated pool, relaxation lounge, traditional Japanese soaking tub, and Japanese Yukata robes all add to the zen ambience permeating through the spa, making it a very real escape from bustling New York. Try the omakase massage, tailored to your needs, and one of the traditional Japanese baths.
Venice might not be the first place to come to mind when you think of spa breaks, but the luxe Aman Venice, housed in a historical 16th-century palazzo, is where culture and wellness come together hand-in-hand. The intimate, three-suite spa is hidden on a mezzanine level for an extra level of privacy, provides a beautiful secret space in this vibrant and historical city for you to relax and rejuvenate from your days exploring museums and cultural sites. Put your best foot forward (quite literally) into 2019 with one of Aman Venice’s signature foot rituals.
W Hotel Shanghai
Known for their contemporary style and wellness-orientated outlook, W Hotels have urban sanctuaries around the globe from Santiago to Singapore—and with the brands expansion into China over the last few years, they’re transforming the spa scene of some of China’s biggest cities. Kitted out with the W’s signature WET deck and FIT room, the Away Spa at W Shanghai offers up an array of blissful treatments: you could be super traditional and opt for a Shanghainese massage and pedicure, or go extra luxe with an Intra-ceutial facial treatment—all with a city view, of course.