mahabis travel // top hotels for ultimate relaxation
Sometimes you need to just get away from it all and enjoy your downtime in a luxurious environment away from the hassles of daily life. We’ve handpicked a selection of the most relaxing retreats in the world, where you can spend time indulging and recharging in stylish surroundings. Read on to discover seven of the most relaxing hotels in the world.
Perfectly positioned for exploring the otherworldly terrain and revitalising adventures that Iceland has to offer, the contemporary Ion Hotel is designed with relaxation in mind. The Lava Spa is renowned for its native Icelandic treatments, including massages using local herbs, hot wraps and face masks. The striking modern structure starkly contrasts its rocky surroundings, with the outdoor heated pool perfectly positioned to admire the views whatever the weather.
photo: ion luxury adventure hotel
This stylish eco-hotel is for adults only, meaning that it’s the perfect peaceful getaway. The health-conscious hideaway is perched high on a cliff-top with spectacular views of the beach below from every room. Book yourself into the spa to indulge in one of their many Ayuverdic inspired treatments, soak in one of the cliff-side hot tubs, sway in a hammock in the meditation room, or lie back and experience a Voya organic seaweed wrap.
photo: the scarlet hotel
Situated amongst Ubud’s luscious green hills, Kamandalu is a five-star contemporary resort that offers ultimate tranquillity. Choose from villas with serene private pools outside the bedroom, or chalets overlooking the lagoon, and spend your days nestled on the day bed or floating in the crystal clear water. Spa treatments including wraps, massages and fragrant soaks are designed to relax and awaken your senses.
Perfect for art lovers and spa enthusiasts, the Arken Hotel includes a private art gallery for guests to wander around at their own pace and scenic views of the gardens and sea. It’s the serene Art Garden Spa that really entices visitors however; featuring outdoor hot springs, water massages and an invigorating light therapy room, it’s the perfect place to recharge.
photo: arkan hotel
Located on the picturesque Hamilton Island, Qualia luxury hotel is within easy reach of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend your time snorkelling or relaxing on a yacht, relax by the side of the infinity pool, or lie back in your bathtub that looks out onto the horizon. The tranquil location is the ideal place to rest and rejuvenate, with Whitehaven Beach, commonly named the most beautiful beach in the world, only a short sail away.
Relax on your sea-view deck as you search for signs of whales on the horizon in this idyllic Brazilian hideaway. All of the bungalows have a hammock and Jacuzzi bath on the veranda, giving you little need to move, although the surrounding rainforest is aching to be explored. All meals are provided, although you can opt to take a short boat trip to an oyster farm, where local fishermen will hand you fresh seafood to enjoy straight out of the water.
photo: ponta das ganchos
The angular lines and sharp edges of Brutalist architecture may not be your first choice for a relaxing getaway, but with infinity pools looking out over the ocean, palm tree lined beaches, comfortable day beds and calming spa treatments, this Thai hotel is a contemporary paradise. Watch the sunset from the peaceful pool, spend time meditating in the relaxation room or take a tranquil evening stroll along the beach.
photo: casa de la flora