Looking for the ultimate spa break for some sophisticated, romantic R&R? From Japanese onsen and Ayurvedic massage to Tibetan sound therapy and quantum yoga classes, Mr & Mrs Smith have curated their top destinations in which to seriously unwind. Not only are they cucumber cool, but they all come complete with world-beating facilities and fitness-fostering extras that’ll help your brow un-furrow and your muscles un-tense. When it’s time to go home you’re guaranteed to have a spring in your step…
AMANEMU, Ise-Shima National Park, Japan
Soaking up some serious relaxation is only natural at Amanemu hotel in Ise-Shima National Park. Built around natural onsen, the hotel incorporates volcanic spring water into spa treatments, which take place in private hot-spring pavilions using water-inspired therapies to soothe weary muscles. Rooms at Amanemu are all spacious and minimalist, expertly crafted to maximise views and privacy, with bare wood and large windows. The natural surroundings, viewed through the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows, might inspire a haiku or two before you dine on local delicacies like spiny lobster, marbled Wagyu beef and foraged herbs.
Smith Extra: Daily breakfast
ALILA VILLAS ULUWATU, Bali, Indonesia
Cloaked in tropical greenery and with panoramic views over the Indian Ocean, Alila Uluwatu is a contemporary cliff-hanging resort with architecturally striking pool villas, each with serene, minimalist interiors and outdoor living spaces. Plus, they’re served by your own personal butler. Therapists trained in physiology, massage, and meditation work wonders on your mind and body at Spa Alila, where guests get collagen facials, reflexology massages, and Tibetan sound therapy. Each spa villa comes with a herbal steam shower and his-and-her grooming stations, but if you really want to indulge you can also melt away with a night-treatment while stargazing by the pool.
Smith Extra: A 60-minute spa treatment for each guest
SIX SENSES DOURO VALLEY, Douro Valley, Portugal
Stays at this striking, terracotta-hued 19th-century manor in Portugal’s celebrated wine region are all about well-being. Luxuriate in river-view rooms, feast on organic produce from the kitchen’s own gardens and surrender to the ministrations of the spa’s skilled therapists. Utilising local products, indulgent experiences like the rose-crystal lymphatic facial, or schist-stone and almond body soother, make the sensual Six Senses spa a must-go. When you’re feeling renewed, hit the Alchemy Bar, a new wellness workshop that will teach you how to integrate holistic medicine into your life beyond the hotel.
Smith Extra: A 30-minute foot massage or body scrub for two
TRI, Lake Koggala, Sri Lanka
Being good to yourself and being good to the environment aren’t mutually exclusive, and Tri, a new breed of sustainable luxury hotel on Sri Lanka’s finest lake, proves just that. Take advantage of individualised ‘quantum yoga’ classes, held in a floating studio suspended over a bamboo grove, sweat out your stresses in the steam cavern or unwind with a personalised Ayurvedic massage, all in an inspiring jungle-like landscape. Besides the spa and yoga, sumptuous dining with fresh ingredients focusing on health and wellness will leave you and your partner feeling satisfyingly edified.
Smith Extra: A free dhoni boat excursion to Cinnamon Island, for a 'cinnamon experience', where guests learn how the spice is grown, harvested and prepared
DOMES OF ELOUNDA, Crete, Greece
This well-rounded Crecian retreat is set in shrubbery-studded grounds and offers a series of secluded suites along with its sumptuous spa, which has an indoor seawater pool, lavish mosaic-tiled treatment rooms and sweeping views of Mirabello Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows. Indulge in the range of treatments available, from hamman to sauna, steam room, frigidarium and tepidarium, to hairdresser and beauty therapists. There’s a choice of five restaurants and four bars, meaning you can try out exquisite new flavours every day.
Smith Extra: A Thermae Experience for two in the spa
With Mr & Mrs Smith you’ll enjoy our best-price guarantee, as well as a little something extra on arrival at every hotel. To book, call toll free at 800 905 326 or visit mrandmrssmith.com.