The 7 best new spas in the world in 2022
After two turbulent years spent on high alert and close to home, destination spas offer those weary of working from home a time-tested opportunity to rejuvenate both mind and body. After all, the culture of spa recovery dates back to ancient times, when Roman soldiers bathed to heal wounds and Greek philosopher Hippocrates embraced scented massage for optimal health. Whether you covet sunny beaches or the invigorating country air, these sparkling new spas (all opened within the last year) offer thoughtful spaces unique to the culture and rejuvenating environment of each region. These are the ideal places to refocus, release inspiration or perfect what the Dutch call Niksen: the art of doing nothing.
Monteverdi Tuscany, Italy
Hidden in a medieval village overlooking the rolling Tuscan countryside, this charming boutique hotel has undergone extensive renovations during the pandemic, with the new spa and wellness center opening last June. Inspired by the landscape and traditions of Tuscany, private outdoor treatment spaces include handcrafted travertine tubs, where bathing rituals take place, and a cold plunge pool carved into craggy rocks. Try the Monteverdi Purifying Facial, which blends fresh Tuscan herbs such as Echinacea, Sage, Burdock and Witch Hazel with ultrasonic technology, for a truly deep cleanse. Later, unwind with a private or couples outdoor Hatha yoga class that incorporates ancient breathing techniques while admiring stunning views of the Val d’Orcia.
Via di Mezzo, Castiglioncello del Trinoro, 53047, Sarteano (SI), Italy www.monteverdituscany.com
Numú Wellness Center at Hotel Nantipa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Nestled in a UNESCO Blue Zone known for its longevity and bliss, this true beachfront getaway is bordered by lush rainforest and the Pacific Ocean. Treat yourself to a candlelit beach massage, reflexology, body wraps with ingredients made by local women-owned businesses, and intentionally organized outdoor activities such as alfresco dining, seaside horseback riding, hiking and forest bathing, so you can soak up the fresh air. In order to preserve the Costa Rican environment, the property uses reclaimed wood, solar water heaters and a sewage treatment plant.
Unnamed Road, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica nantipa.com
Sunny’s Spa at Seabird Resort, Oceanside, CA
A former military town, this northern San Diego County town is experiencing a revival, and the resort town sits amid a new wave of shopping and dining. Cheerful yellow doors open to an inclusive, mixed space with a warm, welcoming energy. Surf culture is ubiquitous, with treatments provided in rooms perched above the shimmering sea. Try vagus nerve massage, targeting the cranial nerve that regulates stress, rest, and digestion; or The Soul Ritual, an exquisite body scrub, healing wrap, full body massage, aromatherapy sound bath and breath journey. Don’t miss the sanarium, which offers the benefits of a sauna and steam room at a milder level of heat and humidity.
101 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054 sunnyspa.com
Six Senses, Ibiza, Spain
“Wellness is freedom,” says the spa menu at Six Senses, where biohacking combines with diagnostics and nutrition for individualized therapeutic results. Aesthetic treatments use micropuncture, bioelectrostimulation and Biologique Recherche treatments to sculpt and plump. Popular wellness options include compression Normatec boots for the removal of lymphatic fluid. For insomniacs, the Dreamcatcher massage includes an acupressure foot massage and an in-villa bath to melt away the tension.
Carrer Camí de sa Torre, 71, 07810, San Juan Bautista, Illes Balears, Spain sixsenses.com/ibiza
Sana, An Auberge Spa at Etéreo, Auberge Resorts Collection, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Rooted in ancient Mayan healing traditions, Sana’s services honor the land, sea and skies through indigenous self-care rituals that encourage spa-goers to discover their inner healer. Surrounded by lush jungle and architecture inspired by the region’s underground cenotes, facilities include a detoxifying Mayan clay room and sound bath, and the menu is rich in fresh local produce and teas. Try the Kypris Skin Alchemy Facial, with movements reminiscent of rolling ocean waves to revitalize the mind and skin, or the Moonlight Massage, which takes place on a mesh platform suspended from the above the mangroves and ends with a mood-boosting adaptogen drink. Depending on where you are in the lunar cycle, be sure to participate in the full moon ceremony, guided by a house shaman.
Paseo Kanai 16 Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, CP 77730 aubergeresorts.com/etereo
Acqua Spa at O2 Beach Club & Spa, Barbados
Take in sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea from throughout this resort, purposefully crafted in gray and white marble to allow the vibrant water to draw the eye and soothe the senses. The healing power of water inspires treatments, like Sea of Life Facial, which uses biodynamic craniofacial therapy to relieve and soothe nerves, and Osea Seaweed-infused Skincare to an island glow. The spa’s Turkish-style hammam (the only one in Barbados) can be booked alone, with that special someone, or with a group of friends; the experience includes small jars of mineralizing body mask, locally blended body scrub, and Osea’s Undaria Algae Oil for you and your group to indulge in your detox.
Dover Road, Saint Lawrence Gap, Bridgetown, Christ Church, BB15020, Barbados o2beachclubbarbados.com
Big Sky Spa Assembly, Montana
The sprawling range of Spanish Peaks is the backdrop to this alpine retreat, which features a sprawling 10,000+ square foot spa with mountain-like decor, like surfaces cut from boulders. Start with high altitude acclimatization, a massage that helps your body adapt to the altitude. Then try the signature Sapphire 3 Oxylight facial, which combines vitamin exfoliation, micro-current technology, oxygen and light therapy for a relaxing and effective effect on the skin. With couples’ treatment rooms, heated plunge pools, yoga lawn and fitness center surrounded by breathtaking views, it’s serenity in the land of sparkling mountains.
995 Settlement Trail, Big Sky, MT 59716 montagehotels.com/bigsky
This story appears in the May 2022 issue of Marie Claire.