If there’s one person who’s little black book of spas you’d want to snoop in, it’s Suzanne Duckett's. Editor of the London society magazine Tatler’s spa guide and founder of The Antidote Agency, for the past 16 years her job has been to travel the world sussing out the most relaxing, luxurious experiences there are available. From healing holidays to far-flung exotic experiences, we asked her to curate for The Chosen Club the 10 most luxuriously designed destinations she’s ever visited. The result is just what we wanted- a grand list of the most ludicrously beautiful destinations imaginable.
Gazelli House London
So exquisite and plush, you want to move in and have it as your London pied-a-terre. Probably the capital’s most beautifully curated treatments and therapists and you could wish for – diagnostic skin sessions followed by treatments that are more than skin deep.
Amilla Fushi Maldives
Lovely, eclectic curation of brands, from the Margaret Dabbs foot treatment to the stunning massages and QMS facials. The stand-out feature has to be the treehouse, 40ft up, with its own pool, spa room and a minibar that replaces fizzy drinks with fruit. If you prefer down to up, the meditative dive sessions are sublime.
Soho Farmhouse Oxford
A family romp of wellness mixed with a hefty dose of hedonism – late-night champagne and cocktails are swiftly rectified with lazy laps in the inside-to-outside pool and a hangover-beating gym session by morning.
The Berkeley London
One of the most civilised spas in London, with a lush secret garden, rooftop pool (where A listers such as Terence Stamp clock up their lengths) and views of Hyde Park, The seventh-floor Berkeley really does take spa sophistication to new heights.
La Mamounia Morocco
Dark and moodily Moorish, with running water, flickering candles, velvets, incense, hushed voices and the most tranquil garden in the city- this is all about decadent spoiling, with rose, date and cedar-scented products used in hammams, facials and massages.
Villa Stephanie Germany
Luxurious renovated 19th-century villa with top-notch health clinic added on so you can have a health MOT alongside a spoiling holiday. Sybaritic treatments, charming but no-nonsense medical and recharging detox will make you feel brand new.
The Chedi Andermatt
Asian spirituality meets Swiss functionality in a glorious synergy of ancient healing treatments, incredible watch-precision design on a massive scale and Swiss landscapes for yodelling and yomping. A Tibetan monk offers yoga and meditation, directly influenced by the Dalai Lama. Muesli at breakfast; dim sum for dinner reflects the dual inspirations that merge here.
Vana Malsi Estate India
Vana Malsi has raised the bar on destination spas. Ancient healing therapies – Ayurveda, real-deal yoga, Tibetan medicine – fuse with dreamy minimalist design, all gleaming concrete, tactile mangowood and cutting-edge tech alongside lush gardens and the lure of the Ganges not too far away.
Schloss Elmau Germany
Take the brood (there are countless pools), take your best friend, take anyone. Then run through the meadows together and marvel at their breathtaking views, enjoy hearty hiking or walking then hole up in the huge spas (the pedicures are to die for after all that schlepping): sit in the saunas before immersing your naked body into the babbling brook.
Spa pilgrims flock here for the nature. And in the spa too, everything feels so organic you could practically eat the body scrups and wraps. Eco villas, lashing waves and a 90-minute trek along the coast to an open-air treatment platform perched atop a cliff. Elemental has never been a more apt description. And horse lovers will adore the empowering horse whispering sessions.