A vacation can sometimes be more exhausting than expected. From sightseeing
and shopping to evening escapades and late nights on the town. Booking a hotel with a spa can be the answer to ensuring you return home with that healthy glow. Be it for some pampering, preening or pummeling, these five members of Design Hotels™ have it all to ensure your relaxed return.
THE THIEF, Oslo, Norway
Stealing the best of renowned traditions and treatments from around the world, THIEF SPA – which opened in March - takes its aesthetic inspiration from the rugged beauty of the Norwegian landscape. The 800-sqm spa features a pool, sauna, steam room and hamam – Oslo's first – as well as six treatment rooms and a fully equipped gym. The spa offers a diverse range of treatments, from traditional facials and massages for both men
and women, to tailor-made options to suit any therapeutic need. www.designhotels.com/hotels/norway/oslo/thethief
QT Sydney, Australia
For anyone who is in need of some R&R but is short on time, SpaQ has the answer. The spa's Freshly Picked philosophy encourages guests to book a block of time, rather than pre-selecting a treatment. Working with a therapist on the day, treatments can then be tailored to suit the individuals needs. Joining forces with premium Scotch whiskey brand Chivas Regal and Australian tailors MJ Bale, SpaQ's Barber Shop is offering the ultimate
male grooming package including two nights' accommodation, a private suit fitting at MJ Bale, a traditional straight razor shave, and a bottle of Chivas Regal 18 Year Old.
Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park, Bornes de Aguiar, Portugal
Renovated by celebrated Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza Vieira, the 19th century thermal spa at Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park encompasses a pool, hamam, sauna and Vichy shower. French skincare brand La Phyto is used alongside water from the hotel's historic mineral water spring – known for its health benefits – to refresh and revitalize. Natural light and the surrounding nature park also play a key role in the spa concept, with many of the spaces featuring wide windows overlooking the park and gardens.
The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland
The 4000-sqm complex of the The Dolder Grand features a spacious pool with panoramic views, separate ladies' and men's spas, a gym, 18 treatment rooms, two spa suites and a Spa Café. The multi-award winning facility uses exclusive products by La Prairie, Kerstin Florian and Amala. Treatments available include the Nature's Organic Seasonal Facial by Amala. Adapted every three months to suit the time of year, the 90-minute
pure conditioning treatment was designed to purify the skin and stimulate the senses.
Mainport, Rotterdam, Netherlands
As if rooms featuring whirlpool baths and private saunas weren't enough, Mainport has an entire floor dedicated to wellness. The 8th floor Spa Heaven – overlooking the River Maas and city below - takes the concept of relaxation to a whole new level. Facilities include a hamam equipped with a heated marble table, a steam room, a panorama sauna and four treatment rooms offering a range of services from regenerating facials
to a traditional Turkish body scrub.