Sunday, August 5, 2012

10 spas with breathtaking views

Hong Kong

Fantastical heights over the vertical city.


Move away 1,624 feet above the streets to the 116th floor of The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong's Spa by ESPA. The spa claims to be the maximum in the world, and the floor-to-ceiling windows glass case astonishing city and harbor views.


Limestone cliffs against the sea.


Ocean views are one of the top reasons to travel to Bermuda, and the La Serena spa at The Reefs Hotel & Club delivers. The view of the soft pink sand and see-through water are pure Bermuda.


Watch a rolling mist and swaying heather.


Framed by the heather and woods close Loch Lomond, the Carrick Spa at the Cameron House has stunning views across the loch to Ben Lomond, particularly from the rooftop patio and perpetuity pool.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

The sparkling blue waters of the Dalmatian Coast.


The Adriatic Sea is on full display on the southern shore of Croatia. Guests at the Spa by Occo at the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa at Dubrovnik Sun Gardens can turn in all information to see the dissimilar angles of the pure Elafiti islands and the stunning blues of the sea.


See what's under the Mayan rainforest canopy.


In the midst of the green rainforest of Belize, the Maruba Resort Jungle Spa puts you in treatment rooms as natural as the nearby jungle. Massages, mud wraps, facials, and even manicures are done in thatched roof bungalows, where you can relax amid the scent of the jungle and the views of very tall palms and blossoming orchids.


Theatrical peaks and glaciers in the Last Frontier.


It's hard to find landscape more impressive than Alaska's, and The Spa at Alyeska sits in a valley bounded by glaciers and the rough peaks of the Chugach Mountains. Start your excursion to the spa (about 45 minutes southeast of Anchorage) by taking it all in from the sea water hot tub.

Cape Town, South Africa

The sea greets the ton just outside Cape Town.


It's hard to decide which view is better: the rolling ocean or the regal mountains that give The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa its name. The spa itself is bounded by the wilderness of Table Mountain National Park, and the ocean sounds typically piped in at spas are really the waves lapping against the golden sand here.


Floating on the edge of the Judean Desert.


Tall cliffs and the Dead Sea come together to make up an memorable view at the Sea of Spa at Ein Gedi Hotel. This is the lowly point on the planet-1,388 feet below sea level-and the spa attracts both locals and tourists who come to float in the water.

Venice, Italy

A landmark view from across the canal.


Venice's most famed landmarks are St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace—and that's exactly what you will see from the Bauers Palladio Hotel & Spa. The hotel is positioned on the island of Giudecca and the three windows in the spa's sprawl look out on the name view.

Austin, Texas

The serene landscape of Balcones Canyonlands Preserve.


The ancient oaks and undulating hills in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve seem to go on everlastingly, at least when you are looking out from The Spa at Travaasa Austin in Texas. The nonviolent place also means you will hear the cheeping of the scarce songbirds that call the preserve home, counting the sweetly named Golden Cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo.


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