What are the Different Types of Spa Retreats?

The idea of a luxury spa retreat is always a particularly attractive one but which type of spa is for you? At Health and Fitness Travel we have many different types of spas ranging from destination spas to Ayurveda spas, medical spas and more traditional spas.

A spa getaway is a relaxing way to heal emotional distress, improve circulation and give the mind and body a chance to fully repair from the stresses of daily life. However, you may not be aware of all the variations of spas, and the extensive range of treatments they provide; so how do you know which type of spa is right for you? Here, we give you a breakdown of 7 different types of spas and 7 different health retreats to help you decide which one is best for you.


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Traditional Spa

A traditional spa brings together an extensive range of spa treatments and therapies with the purpose of improving health, beauty and relaxation, for an all-inclusive spa experience. It is likely to contain facilities such as a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room that you may use in addition to your treatments. It could also include hydrotherapy circuits, a fitness centre and swimming pool.

Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus, spa outdoor pool

Infinity pool view at Aphrodite Hills

Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

This traditional Mediterranean health and fitness resort on the island of Cyprus combines fine accommodation with a state-of-the-art spa, gym, tennis academy and golf course. The Retreat Spa overlooks the resort, with wide sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea, and is a Greco-Roman inspired haven for the indulgence of mind, body and soul. It has 27 treatment rooms where a number of tranquil therapies are delivered by an expert team of therapists. The idyllic location, only 15 minutes from Paphos, allows you to be as active or relaxed as you wish.

Destination Spa

A destination spa will provide you with a comprehensive healthy holiday program that includes spa treatments, fitness activities, holistic exercise classes, wellness lectures and healthy cuisine. It is typical for guests to actively partake in the program at the spa and fully integrate it into their wellbeing holiday, rather than visiting for a one-off treatment whilst at the destination.

The stunning pool area at Chiva Som

Chiva Som, Thailand

This world-renowned award-winning Thai health and spa retreat emphasises healthy relaxation and holistic therapies to make your stay as tranquil as possible. Dedicated to reaching total well-being, Chiva Som takes you on a journey of healthy living. From stress relief and weight management, to detox and fitness, expert health and wellness advisers utilise the best in modern, specialist and complementary medicine and spa treatments to create a dedicated program for you to embark on your own personal wellness journey.

Relaxation and Pampering Spa

A relaxation and pampering spa is characterised by being owned and located within a resort, providing professional relaxation and beauty treatments. It typically does not extend to other areas of the resort but rather remains within its own spa centre, offering first class treatments such as personalised massages, body scrubs, hydrotherapy treatments and thermal circuits.

Relaxation area at COMO Shambhala

COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali

A fine gem in the uplands of Bali, COMO Shambhala is bound to impress even the most discerning spa aficionados. Luxuriate in style in a pristine fusion of nature and design with spectacular residences and spa facilities. The jungle sheathed surroundings provide a serene environment for natural healing and reflection while spa treatments promise to revive and uplift the body and mind. Keep active with free guided walks, yoga sessions, and complimentary fitness classes and refuel with a freshly sourced fare tied in with your wellness aspirations.

Ayurvedic Spa

From the Sanskrit meaning "The knowledge for long life", traditional Ayurveda medicine is an ancient Hindu healing system. This concept improves one's health and well-being by creating a balance between mind, body and spirit through an assessment of lifestyle. Treatments are based on herbal preparations, diet, purification and yoga. It is widely regarded as the oldest form of healthcare in the world and is viewed as a more popular choice for a healing holiday.

Ananda, India,

Shirodhara treatment at Ananda

Ananda in the Himalayas, India

Set at the foot of the Himalayas, Ananda is a spiritual retreat that creates unique programs designed to extend your health and unite your body and soul. Ananda's 24,000ft² spa uses over 80 different body and beauty treatments including a selection of traditional Ayurveda therapies, facials, massages, exfoliation, hydrotherapy and many more. You can also participate in different activities that the spa has to offer such as yoga, meditation and a variety of exercise classes.

Medical Spa

Medical spas, also known as medi-spas, offer medical services as well as traditional spa therapies, often in a spa like environment. The treatments generally focus on one of two areas - aesthetic enhancement or wellness. They have become more popular in recent years for both men and women. A medical doctor overseas the spa and typically provides a health consultation before your stay, whilst other medical professionals, such as physiotherapists, osteopaths, and aestheticians, handle the daily spa treatments and therapies.


Ozone therapy at Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa

Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa, Portugal

This luxurious mountain resort and spa, overlooking the Algarve coastline, offers natural medical procedures to help harmonise your system. Through highly personalised evaluations and consultations, you can expect improved mental clarity, inner balance, a lessening of tension and a complete re-energisation of body and mind. The spa also readdresses the way you look at yourself, aiming to completely readjust and improve the way you look and feel.

Thalassotherapy Spa

Thalassotherapy spas make use of seawater as a form of therapy. This ancient healing tradition dates back to the Roman era for cosmetic and wellness purposes. It combines the use of water to draw out impurities from the skin along with hydro-pressure techniques to aid circulation. Thalassotherapy is also an alternative means to tone muscle, reduce the appearance of cellulite marks, and aid in weight loss.


Thalassotherapy pool at Divani Apollon in Greece

Divani Apollon Palace, Greece

Divine in every sense of the word, embody your inner goddess at this posh beachfront hotel in the Attica region. Whatever your wellness goal is, it can be achieved at Divani Apollon. Whether focusing on fitness, de-stressing or weight-loss, you are bound for a life-changing holiday. The spa at Divani is nothing short of amazing, offering a wide menu of treatments from relaxing massages to aesthetic beauty therapies. Its thalassotherapy centre is unmatched in the region, combining style and function to make sure guests are thoroughly pampered and relaxed. Dining is also a highlight of this resort with different restaurants and bars catering to every diet.

Anti-Ageing Spa

The focus of an anti-ageing spa is to reverse the signs of ageing and maintain a healthy glow through a combination of aesthetic treatments and nutrition. It works on the premise that healthy ageing comes from within, eating the right food as it plays a vital role in regenerating and rehydrating the skin. Active skincare treatments strengthen and reveal greater texture and tone. Here you can enjoy a range of holistic therapies to leave you looking and feeling rejuvenated.


Couples' treatment room at THE BARAI Spa


The BARAI Spa, Thailand

Pamper in the most luxurious way at The Barai located in the vibrant seaside town of Hua Hin. This award-winning spa destination marries traditional Thai wellness techniques with contemporary standards in the form of specialty massages and rejuvenating spa therapies. Relax in one of their eighteen lavish treatment rooms each featuring a private outdoor soaking pool, a rain shower, a day-bed enclave and vanity. Don’t miss the divine 120-minute caviar facial, which guarantees to restore and revivify dull skin.  


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