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5 Award-Winning Island Spa Hotels

5 Award-Winning Island Spa Hotels


Here are five of the best luxury spa hotels that we feature, on 3 of the Condé Nast Top 5 Islands in the Indian Ocean - Mauritius, Seychelles and Zanzibar islands.

Mauritius Island - ultimate tropical beach destination

1. One&Only Le Saint Géran

One&Only Le Saint Géran Spa

Internationally acclaimed spa destination, the One&Only Le Saint Géran Spa is the creation of One&Only and leading luxury spa company ESPA in partnership.

This tranquil spa soothes mind, body and soul according to three principals - unwind, balance and uplift. Holistic and tailored treatments are offered individually or in a series, including pampering scrubs, wraps, baths and sun treatments. 

This wellness sanctuary is tucked away in lush tropical gardens overlooking a private pool with ocean views. The island resort also features a garden spa pavilion suspended over water, for unique outdoor treatments with calming views of the lush gardens, ocean and skies. Guests can also choose a personalised sports programme and nutritional analysis to compliment healing treatments. There is also a fully-serviced Beauty Centre and an exclusive Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez.

World Travel Awards: Mauritius' Leading Spa Resort 2013 finalist and 2013 Indian Ocean's Leading Spa Resort finalist.

Seychelles Islands - archipelago of legendary beauty

Seychelles' Leading Spa Resort 2013 finalist and Seychelles' Leading Hotel 2013 finalist.

2. Banyan Tree Resort Seychelles

Banyan Tree Spa Floral Bath

The award-winning Banyan Tree Spa is set in pavilions nestled within lush tropical forest surroundings on a hillside overlooking the deep blue Indian Ocean.

This serene spa offers a wide array of therapeutic treatments and massages influenced by ancient Asian healing traditions, including the Thai Classic Massage, Balinese Deep Tissue Massage, Royal Thai Acupressure Massage, and harmony massage by two therapists. Guests can also indulge in pampering scrubs, facials, soothing footbaths, head and foot massages and various scented baths.

The attentive therapists are trained at Banyan Tree Spa Academies making the unique Banyan Tree Spa experience with their grace, care and intuition.

World Travel Awards: Seychelles' Leading Spa Resort 2013 Seychelles' Leading Boutique Hotel 2013 finalist.

3. Maia Luxury Resort & Spa

Maia Luxury Resort & Spa

The exclusive Balinese-styled spa provides restorative La Prairie treatments in three spacious, private pavilions within the leafy gardens of the luxurious Maia Resort.

The 120m² open-air pavilions are interspersed by natural rock formations each featuring its own garden, dressing rooms and showers. Guests are treated to world-class therapies and beauty treatments, to the gentle sound of birds and flowing water. Skilled instructors guide yoga, self-Shiatsu and Qi Gong sessions and the privately trained therapists offer a wide range of treatmens, including fusion massages, such as the unique Maia Signature Massage and 'Twenty Dancing Fingers' massage by two therapists. Other treatments include exfoliatiion, skin smoothing, polishing and toning, as well as hand, foot and hair massages and nourishing treatments.

The spa even offers treatments for children, such as the banana leaf wraps for rehydrating sunburnt skin, and features an outdoor bath set among natural rocks in the lush gardens.

World Travel Awards: 2013 Seychelles' Leading Boutique Hotel

Zanzibar Islands - the exotic Spice Islands

4. The Palms

The Palms Zanzibar features the Swahili style Sanctuary Spa, set along the ocean. Nurturing yet sophisticated spaces lit by candles and scented with spicy aromas, provide the relaxing and ambient setting for refreshing and soothing treatments.

The international therapists, among them Thai and Balinese, offer a wide assortment of professional treatments to relieve tension and invigorate mind and body. Guests are pampered with facial, body, hand & foot treatments, as well as specialized massages including Thai and Balinese massages. Signature treatments at Sanctuary Spa include The Kili Foot Treatment and Après Safari Treatment, designed to soothe and rejuvenate body and skin, ideal for travellers coming from African Safaris. Or choose from facials, manicures, pedicures and body, hand and foot t treatments.

World Travel Awards: Zanzibar's Leading Hotel 2013 finalist and Zanzibar's Leading Resort 2012.

5. Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Restore your body and mind at the Essque Zalu’s spa, where wellness is a way of life. Facilities include a selection of treatment venues, ranging from dual and single treatment rooms to a hydro shower room and relaxation areas, as well as a sauna and steam room. 

The peaceful Zanzibar Spa offers a warm retreat in its private, unobtrusive and calming environment. Guests indulge in an unforgettable, holistic spa experience, in the care of attentive and experienced therapists in one-on-one sessions. The unique signature treatments include Spafari, using a truly African range, and VinAqua, utilizing top hydrotherapy facilities. Essque Zalu’s Spa also offers a unique European influenced massage, called the Scented Hot Wax Wave Massage. The 100% organic and natura Africology range is used in facial and body care treatments for adults and children by the professional therapists.

World Travel Awards: 2012 Zanzibar's Leading Hotel and 2013 Zanzibar's Leading Resort finalist.



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