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21+ Top World Spas (2022) You’ll Love

Spa treatments are a great way to relax and rejuvenate. But with so many spas to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? And how do you find a good spa in the first place?

I have been lucky enough to travel the world extensively – both before and after starting this website. I have always loved visiting world spas. My first ever spa experience is in this article – Daylesford in Victoria, Australia.

Since then I have visited spas in Asia, Iceland, the United States and all across Europe. I have experienced hammams, natural hot springs, centuries old European spas and modern spas with every possible convenience.

Here are some of my favourite world spas – but before we get into that how do you figure out what is the best spa experience for you?

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World Spas – How to Choose the Best Spa Experience For You

Choosing a spa experience can be overwhelming. There are so many options available. Here are some steps to follow to help make sure you have an awesome spa experience.

Step 1: Decide What Type of Treatment You Want

Are you looking for massage? If so would you like something traditional or thai massage or aromatherapy based? How intense an experience are you after?

Or perhaps you’re after a facial. Do you have a preference on product types? Are you after something medicinal or massaging?

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Are you after a treatment or do you want a longer spa experience? Some spas will allow you 1-2 hours access to their steam rooms/saunas/relaxing areas with a treatment. Many spas offer a day spa experience which includes access to general facilities as well as deals on treatments and food and beverages.

And importantly, what do you want from the experience? Do you want relaxation? Stress relief? Fitness benefits? 

Step 2: Do Your Research

Before you visit any spas, it is important to do some research. This will help you decide which ones are the best for your needs. If you know where you will be having the spa experience google spa and the city/state/country in question. This should provide you with a short list.

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Next try googling the type of spa experience you want with the city/state/country eg thermal spas in Paris, hammams in Istanbul, day spas in Los Angeles.

If you’re not sure where you want to go for your spa experience try googling the spa experience you are after eg best hammams or the type of experience and the continent eg best days spas in Canada.

Step 3: Compare Prices and Services

Once you have a short list you can then visit each spa’s website to check their rates and services. Compare what services each spa has available and what types of packages they offer. Do they have signature treatments? This is a good way to get a sense of what a spa is particularly good at offering.

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Step 4: Check Reviews

Hopefully by this point you will be down to one spa or a small number of spa options. Check reviews – both positive and negative – for each. Reviews can also be a great way to figure out exactly which treatments and services will be the best fit for you.

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Step 5: Choose a Spa

Now that you have researched the best spas for your needs, it is time to choose one. You can either go online and compare prices, or visit a spa in person and see which one is the best fit for you.

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I recommend calling the spa and finding out their reservation policies eg can you cancel ahead of time without cost or is their a down payment? You can also find out if they recommend particular therapists for certain treatments. And finally, of course, if they have any special offers.

Now that you know how to choose a spa here are my experiences visiting spas all over the world for your research.

21+ Top World Spas You'll Love

Jet2 covered the airfares, transfers and B&B hotel costs associated with writing this article – thanks guys! I paid a press rate for my wine tours which is about a 10% reduction. However, as always my opinions are my own. Also, this wineries on Santorini post includes affiliate links. That means if you click through and end up making a purchase I will receive a small commission. I wanted to make sure you were aware of this.

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