7 Best Autumn Spa Breaks

Look no further for the best autumn spa breaks if you’re itching for a luxurious experience unlike any other


As the days draw in, here are some recommendations for an autumn spaescape, to recharge the batteries before winter sets in.

BEST FOR AYURVEDIC HEALING

Just 37km from New Delhi but a world away, ITC Grand Bharat, set in a verdant 1.2 sq.km estate is India’s first all-suites luxury spa and a true Indian escape.

Showcasing the country’s ancient wellness practices is Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa, a sanctuary for holistic wellbeing. Spa specialists identify individual body types to suggest specific treatments from Ayurvedic rituals to Hamam therapies.

Why not experience the Abhyanga treatment – a full body massage to relieve muscle tension, eliminate toxins and improve sleep – or Choorna Swedanam to relieve stress, sore joints and to improve flexibility.

After a personal consultation, the retreat’s Ayurvedic doctor will develop an individual programme for each guest, ensuring every treatment suggested suits the individual composition and will bring ‘Kaya Kalp’, total body transformation, long after they return home.

BEST FOR HOLISITC WELLNESS

Sri panwa, one of Thailand’s most striking resorts set on the Cape Panwa peninsula, has created innovative Blood Type Therapy treatments which are personal to every guest. Blood Type Therapy is an exciting range of treatments based on the relation of blood type to holistic wellness, personalised to specific needs and idiosyncrasies of the four different blood types.

The treatments have been devised according to different energies in each blood group and their effect on an individual’s health and wellbeing. Cool Spa has partnered with skin care company Immunetra, who specialise in products relating to blood type wellness. The selection of treatments include a range of body scrubs, body masks and massage therapies that have been individually created to suit different blood types. Cool Spa offers individualised programs with personalised treatment oils, created from the finest botanical extracts, vitamins and essential oils.

BEST FOR BESPOKE EXPERIENCES

Luxury boutique hotel group, Alila Hotels & Resorts draw on their destinations and culture, to create utterly bespoke and surprisingly different spa wellness experiences.

Alila Jabal Akhdar in Oman, which lies 2,000 metres above sea level, overlooking the dramatic gorge and spectacular Al Hajar mountain range, now offers guests the chance to relax and unwind in an alfresco setting at the new Spa Arbour – perched on the edge of the canyon. Spa Alila has created three exceptional treatments for guests to relish in the privacy and tranquillity of the Spa Arbour including ‘On the Edge’, ‘Heart of the Mountain’ and ‘Reach your Peak’. Treatments can be enjoyed individually or as a couple.

BEST FOR LUXURY NOMADS

Brilliantly carved from the limestone depths of the former 19th century military fortress, opened this season to reveal a gorgeous new spa. Designed by Antonio Obrador – the hotel’s owner and original designer – this is Mallorca’s most spectacular new spa in 2017.

The focal point is a dramatic 25m saltwater swimming pool under a lofty glass ceiling – bright by day, mesmerizing by night. Five treatment rooms will each work as a deeply private haven of peace and calm for treatments using a house product range developed using local, natural ingredients – olive oil, citrus and almonds. Signature treatments will include the Cap Rocat Body Peel, using quince, coconut oil and papaya to revitalise the body.

BEST FOR MINDFULNESS

The award-winning Sequoia spa at The Grove in Hertfordshire invites guests to experience the new ESPA mindfulness treatments – deeply therapeutic treatments using visualisation techniques, controlled breathing and warm Rose Quartz Crystals.

These holistic, deeply relaxing and clarifying experiences work on the concept of mindfulness, focusing on both mind and body to help reduce stress and ‘be more in the present’. The therapist will skilfully guide guests through breathing and visualisation techniques to help relax the mind and release physical or emotional anxieties. The metamorphic zones on the feet are then massaged to help rebalance and ground, before soothing, deeply therapeutic massage is continued up through the body to promote positivity to the mind, finishing with re-energising scalp massage using warm Rose Quartz Crystals.

BEST FOR FLOATATION AND TOTAL RELAXATION

Set in nine acres of gardens – offering expansive views over the South Downs National Park – Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa is inviting guests to experience The Silent Treatment, a new floatation therapy in the Spa’s isopod allowing guests to totally switch off and achieve the ultimate state of relaxation.

Ockenden Manor Spa

Guests can choose between two rituals which combine the spa’s isopod floatation tank and bespoke Elemental Herbology treatments to restore balance and harmony – the perfect antidote to the stresses of living in the city. Just 60 minutes floating is said to have the same effect as three hours’ solid sleep, while energising and rejuvenating the body at the same time. Guests will enter the pod, lie back and switch off to enter a deep meditative state – or simply fall asleep…

BEST FOR COUNTRY LOVERS

At the heart of a Yorkshire estate, owned and run by the same family since the 1880s, a brilliant new spa opened in July 2017; one of the most significant spa openings in the UK this year, working with Bamford and Elemis.

This is Bamford’s first venture outside its Haybarn Spa brand. A range of treatments and personalised programmes will be offered. Signature treatments include the Elemis Poultice-Powered Muscle Release, the Elemis Garden of England Rose Restore Wrap, the Bamford Signature Facial and the Bamford Body Signature. The Swinton Country Club & Spa’s design cleverly combines existing estate buildings with new contemporary structures providing a spacious and tranquil environment, inspired by the magnificent Yorkshire landscape and the estate’s walled garden. The estate offers an impressive range of outdoor activities in over 20,000 acres.