Friday, November 23, 2012

World's Most Beautifully Designed Spas

World's most beautifully designed spas
A new class of international spa resorts has emerged with high-design decor and luxury amenities. Here are our picks, perfect for a spa holiday.

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort
Sciacca, Italy

Hotelier Rocco Forte opened the Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, a 568-acre mecca of rest and relaxation, in 2010, bringing a new level of Mediterranean luxe to a private stretch of beach on Sicily’s southwest coast.

Vinothérapie SPA Caudalie Marqués de Riscal
Elciego, Spain

Post–Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry returned to northern Spain to create the Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection of hotels and spas in Malaysia and a jubilant shot of dynamic contemporary design amid the rolling vineyards of the Rioja Alavesa wine region.

The Spa at the Viceroy Miami Hotel
Miami, Fla.

Espace Vitalité Chenot
Erbusco, Italy

Armani/SPA, Armani Hotel Milano
Milan, Italy

Green T. House Living Bath House Residence

For this recently opened component of her Beijing lifestyle empire, the artist, designer, chef, and tea connoisseur JinR created a revolutionary reimagining of a Tang dynasty emperor’s bathhouse. Inside the Green T.

The Dolder Grand Spa
Zurich, Switzerland

Originally built in 1899 in romantic high-mountain style by Belle Epoch Basel architect Jacques Gros, the Dolder Grand, a castlelike Zurich icon, received a four-year Norman Foster–led redo that debuted a few years ago.
Spa Fasano at Hotel Fasano Punta del Este
Punta del Este, Uruguay

The area just inland of Uruguay’s ultrachic beachfront retreat Punta del Este proved the perfect place for the December 2010 opening of the first countryside resort from Brazil’s design-minded Fasano brand.

The Spa at Monastero Santa Rosa
Conca dei Marini

With the May 2012 opening of the Monastero Santa Rosa, a 20-room boutique hotel in a 17th-century cliff-top monastery in the tiny town of Conca dei Marini, Italy’s Amalfi Coast can finally claim a destination spa worthy of the area’s romance and sophistication.

Mamounia Spa at La Mamounia
Marrakech, Morocco

A Moroccan fantasia of artisanal mosaic tile work, horseshoe arches, intricate plaster details, and marble floors, the Jacques Garcia–designed spa at Marrakech’s recently redone and reopened grande dame hotel, La Mamounia, has never looked better

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