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Top 10 Rejuvenation Hotels and Resorts on this Planet.

1. Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Elounda, Greece

Nestled on the famed coast of Elounda on the island of Crete, the luxury beachfront resort offers emblematic views to the relics of Spinalonga Island. A luxury resort in Greece with exceptional charm, architecture and style, Blue Palace Resort & Spa is the perfect hideaway to combine island luxe accommodations, authentic cuisine and a soothing retreat for the senses. 

A place of absolute tranquility at the award-wining Elounda Spa situated on the beach. Blue Palace Resort and Spa is located right on one of the most serene private beaches on the island of Crete. Savor authentic cooking and diverse cuisines in each of the five restaurants at Blue Palace Resort & Spa.

Bruce Schoenfeld, Wine and Spirits Editor,Travel + Leisure, August 2012 wrote ” Blue Palace, a sumptuous, 251-room hotel on a hillside overlooking Spinalonga…ranks for sheer magnificence with anyplace I’ve ever stayed.”      


At the Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Elounda our goal is to ensure that each stay is as stunning and serene as the beauty outside. All guest rooms feature our inviting luxury beds, made up with crisp 320 thread count pure cotton satin sheets. When combined with our pillow menu, a good night’s sleep is assured. It has twelve room categories. Priced from EUR 260.00 to EUR 3714.00 per night.

The Elounda Spa & Thalassotherapy

The Elounda Spa and Thalassotherapy, a place of absolute tranquillity created by the breathtaking natural beauty surrounding it. When you can tear yourself away from the view, visit the hotel’s award-winning spa. Situated on the beach with calming views of the gulf, our serene and captivating spa comprises 24 treatment rooms, each featuring soothing water sounds and diffused calming lighting.


The Elounda Spa & Thalassotherapy was created out of our passion to combine the benefits of Thalassotherapy with the commitment to luxury and personal attention. Originated in France, Thalassotherapy, comes from the Greek word “Thalassa” meaning “sea or ocean”. Natural salt water and its marine elements such as seaweed, thermal clay and plankton are some of the indispensable elements that are used in Thalassotherapy. Modern Thalasso applications enhance stress reduction, weight loss, anti-cellulite, muscle, joint healing and more.


A wide range of excellent qualitytreatments are available at our spa ranging from Thalassotherapy and signature treatments to massages, facials, salon services and more. For super-soft skin, try the Elounda Wellness and Beauty Scrub, which uses an olive oil and sugar scrub and sea water hydromassage bath to moisturise your skin. Don’t miss the one day rituals – special days designed for pure pampering.

We are pleased to introduce CINQ MONDES in our spa menu, the French spa brand devoted to the revival of Beauty Rituals of the World® specially designed to take discerning spa goers in a wonderful Sensorial Journey®. Special attention has been given to signature treatments based on organics products.


A luminous relaxation pool, three thalasso pools, two traditional marble Turkish Hammams (steam rooms), saunas, indoor jacuzzis, a couple’s suite, fitness center, fitness classes, seminars and a retail spa boutique.

Opening Hours

Advance reservations are recommended. Please call +30 28410 65660 from outside the Resort or extension 7600 from your room. Name and contact information are required at the time of booking to guarantee your reservation.

Wet Facilities

Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the Spa facilities from 11:00-20:00



Blue Palace Resort and Spa is excited to unveil a new addition to its culinary family, Flame. Flame specializes in expertly cooked steak dishes prepared from finest quality, locally sourced meat with a distinct flavor and fragrance. Classic and signature cuts, some exclusive, are served on large wooden platters, complemented by the freshest ingredients from carefully selected small-scale producers in the surrounding area.

Many of the specialty herbs and vegetables are handpicked by our chefs shortly before preparation, direct from the restaurant’s purpose-built gardens. Guests will have the opportunity to visit these gardens and learn about the herbs used in the kitchen.

Expert Tips:

Visits can be arranged to Flame’s local suppliers – including cattle farms, olive groves, vineyards and dairies – who will be happy to present their products and explain the production process.

Flame will be featuring Cretan handcrafted traditional knives instead of the traditional steak knives. At Flame in Blue Palace Resort and Spa you can find  the”Koka” Dagger (handle made of 100% olive wood and stainless steel blade), the ”Moka” knife (handle made of 100% olive wood and stainless steel blade) and  the ”Queen” Dagger (handle made of 100% cattle horn with an Aries head finishing and stainless steel blade).

The Flame experience can also be savored at The Dunes Course Clubhouse at Costa Navarino in Messinia.

Cuisine: Steak HouseAtmosphere: Elegant

Dress Code: Smart Casual. Long pants for gentlemen are requested.

Blue Door

Incorporating the resort’s signature color, the Blue Door is a typical Greek Taverna with a spectacular beach-front location. As part of its mission to remain true to island roots, the Blue Palace Resort & Spa has transformed an old fisherman’s stone house into the renowned Blue Door Taverna. The Taverna’s authentic ambiance includes flood lanterns, white and blue tablecloths, and bright blue chairs-the ideal spot for a relaxed and distinctive lunch or dinner.

The top-quality, traditional Greek cuisine features a daily catch from the local fishermen, cooked over the open grill accompanied by Greek Meze. Daily specials are always on offer and include Greek specialities like Moussaka and dolmades.

Expert Tips

Menu Highlights: Delight in Greek Meze of tzatztiki, fava and dolmadakia for appetizers. Don’t miss the catch of the day over the open grill. As the perfect finale, indulge in the yoghurt dessert topped with traditional sweets.
Entertainment Highlights: Live bouzouki entertainment every Monday and Friday night.
Cuisine: Traditional Greek

Atmosphere: Open Air, Beach Front

Dress Code: Casual

Asia Blue

Asia Blue, our captivating Asian restaurant, is an enticing dining option offering inventive dishes that range from Japanese to Thai and beyond. Take your seat and enjoy Asian cuisine at its very best from the lavishly decorated terrace. Watch through an open display kitchen our chef expertly preparing sushi and enjoy dishes ranging from Japanese to Thai and beyond.

Expert Tips

Menu Highlights: Try our mussels with black beans, pepper, onions, ginger and soy sauce for starters or the mango beef braised in fresh mango sauce
Cuisine: Asian

Atmosphere: Elegant

Dress Code: Casual Dressing (accepting short pants)


Fresh Italian dishes created by our chef combined with the restaurant’s charming location by the main pool and beach ensures a delicious meal. A genuine Italian fare by the sea and one of the main pools is the best way to enjoy a relaxed lunch. Enjoy the breeze of the sea on the expanded veranda of Isola along with a great selection of pasta, risotti, hearty salads and other delicacies of our Italian restaurant.

Expert Tip

Enjoy the cooling breeze as you sit down to a delightful Mediterranean lunch. Under the deep blue sky, consider such choices as the carpaccio di Vitello with rucola, aged Parmsan cheese flakes and a vintage balsamic vinegar and white truffle oil essence. Follow with a risotto with crayfish, shrimps, mussels, cockles and sun dried tomatoes in a white wine sauce.

Cuisine: Mediterranean and Italian

Atmosphere: Casual

Dress Code: Smart Casual for Dinner


The resort’s principal restaurant is named Olea after the olive trees found in enormous Cretan pots that adorn the impressive veranda. Every table features a stunning view to the sea and the isle of Spinalonga making breakfasts there a treasured moment serving a rich American buffet breakfast with French Champagne daily.

Cuisine: Greek, Cretan & International

Atmosphere: Casual

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Breakfast Buffet: 7:15 – 10:30 Opening days and hours of restaurants are subject to change.

Private Dining

In place of unparalleled natural beauty, many guests choose to linger in the luxury of their beautifully appointed bungalow, suite or villa. Private dining is available 24 hours a day from an extended menu. Enjoy breakfast in bed or a romantic dinner for two served on your private terrace overlooking the endless cobalt blue. All villas can enjoy in-room dining from any of the Resort’s restaurants.

Private Dining Highlights

Private Dining Gourmet Menu Personalized to your tastes and served in the privacy of your bungalow or suite, a five course gourmet menu of your choice is served in an alluring setting of candles and flowers to ensure a romantic experience.

Private Dining at a Villa Escape to one of our ultimately romantic and luxurious private residences, a portal to the property’s indigenous charms and treasures. Our top-rated chef will immerse you in the flavors and aromas of local food traditions for your five course private dinner served in the privacy of one of our most impressive residencies.

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2. Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore

The Sentosa Resort & Spa is a stylish, tranquil sanctuary that houses elegant low-rise buildings with stunning interiors designed by Ed Tuttle. With lush tropical greenery, the entire resort enjoys an open concept colonial design that creates a sense of oneness with nature. Plush interiors and contemporary comforts of the designer rooms invite guests to unwind and relax amid chic furnishing and modern amenities.

Boasting award-winning restaurants to its name, The Sentosa Resort & Spa is proud to present its signature restaurant, The Cliff. Breathtaking views of the South China Sea complement the contemporary cuisine inspired by the seasonal finest ingredients, guaranteeing an experience one would remember. The Garden is all about ”Conscious Dining”, whereby ingredients are specially sourced from organic or bio-dynamic farms where possible and when available and features familiar favourites with an innovative twist. Guests can also dine alfresco at The Terrace with its extensive menu of Western and Chinese delights, or sip a cocktail by the lovely water lily ponds at The Pavilion.


S$525+++ to S$2425+++ per room per night (subject to prevailing taxes)

   Telephone: (65) 6275 0331
   Fax: (65) 6275 0228

“Spa Botanica at Singapore Sentosa” –

Mind and Body

The unique and interactive approach to wellness and relaxation at Spa Botanica enables guests to become educated in our philosophies. Our extensive indoor and outdoor facilities provide an environment of exercise, physical and mental cleansing and relaxation, and the highest quality spa treatments and products aimed at addressing the problems associated with modern urban living.

“The unique and interactive approach to wellness and relaxation at Spa Botanica enables guests to become educated in our philosophies.”

Take time to feel the therapeutic effects of water in our cascading waterfalls, floatation pools, Jacuzzis and swimming pool, relaxing you gently. Feel free to apply volcanic mud to your body to cleanse, nourish and moisturize your skin. Destress your mind and reconnect to the earth in our labyrinth. This pre-treatment ritual will increase the therapeutic effect on your spa treatment and is strongly encouraged to all our guests.

Our Tropical Herb and Spice gardens contain information on many of the pure botanical extracts that are found in our range of products. We have developed a range of skin care products that enhance and prolong your spa experience.

Book some precious down time at our award-winning Spa Botanica.

Facilities at Spa Botanica

Built on a heritage site of 6,000 square metre, Spa Botanica is a lush, sprawling luxury spa haven in Sentosa, Singapore.

With state-of-the-art facilities like region’s first mud pools, float pools with cascading waterfalls, meditation labyrinths, Galaxy steam baths and Vichy showers, spa Botanica’s extensive indoor and outdoor facilities provide a conducive environment for physical and mental cleansing and relaxation , making Spa Botanica one of the best spas in Sentosa and in Singapore.

Reservations are required. Please call +65 6371 1288

Spa by night Package Includes: – 60min Papaya Clay Booster/Traditional Aromatherapy Massage/ East-West Blend Massage

Single S$250* per person Valid till 31 Dec 2013, except Saturdays, eve of public holidays and on public holidays, as well as the following blackout dates: 14 February 2013. Terms and conditions apply.

Spa Hen Retreats (2 1/4 hrs) Package Includes: – Foot Bath Indulge yourself from head-to-toe (literally) with our Total Chill-Out package. Perfect for a bonding session and bound to leave you completely radiant.

Single S$310* per person Reservations are required and subject to availability.S$40* surcharge per person for outdoor spa pavilions and indoor treatment suites. Includes a 30-min bath.

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3. Koa Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach Hawaiian island of Kauai

Experience the sophisticated luxury oceanfront destination situated on world-famous Poipu Beach, on the sun-kissed south shore of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Inspired by the spectacular sunsets, colorful native flowers and vibrant sea life of Kauai, Koa Kea Hotel & Resort captures the natural essence of luxury island adventure.

An Oceanfront Hawaiian Hotel on Kauai at Poipu Beach

Koa Kea Hotel and Resort opened April 2009, our upscale 121-room boutique oceanfront hotel on the sunny south shore of Kauai, offers the most beautiful and romantic accommodations on the island. The Hawaii hotel offers guests spectacular beachfront accommodations while providing all the comfort, amenities, activities, and breathtaking views you would expect from a luxury hotel in Kauai on Poipu Beach. Our services and amenities include:

Kauai’s diverse landscape offers a plethora of excursions flexible to the adventurous or relaxed traveler staying in Kauai. Near the Hawaiian resort, guests can choose from a multitude of soft adventure activities by engaging in lessons or renting equipment. Hiking, horseback riding and golfing are easily accessible and are spectacular ways for guests of Kauai to discover the island. This side of the island has ideal weather almost all year long making it an ideal location for enjoying outdoor activities.

In Hawaiian, the name Koa Kea translates to “white coral.” According to Hawaiian mythology, the ancient Hawaiian world began with the birth of the goddess Po, whose first grandchild was the coral, the goddess Hina. Hina, short for Wahine meaning “woman”, is a powerful source of new life and spirituality. The name of the Koa Kea Hotel & Resort is a tribute to the life-giving power of the coral reefs, the new life that has been brought to our hotel and the enduring dependence we have on the sea.

General Information

Check in time: 3:00 p.m.
Check out time: 12:00 noon
Daily Resort Fee: $15.62

How to Reach the Koa Kea Luxury Hotel in Kauai

Flying time to Kauai’s Lihue Airport (LIH) is approximately 10 hours from New York, eight hours from Chicago, five hours from Los Angeles and 15 hours from London. For those arriving in Kauai via Honolulu, United, American, Delta, Alaska, Hawaiian and Continental Airlines, WestJet serve Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on a regular basis. From there, Kauai is only a 25-minute “island hop” away on Hawaiian, Mokulele or Island Air. Since 23 major domestic carriers and 16 international carriers serve Honolulu, visitors can reach Kauai from nearly every place in the world. Contact Koa Kea Hotel & Resort for directions and detailed location information.

The Spa at the Koa Kea Hotel and Resort features five treatment rooms, including a romantic couples suite. Our luxurious spa provides guests with the perfect rejuvenating complement to the island’s abundance of outdoor activities. To make a spa appointment email us at

With a focus on natural and indigenous ingredients, such as seaweed, pineapple, Awapuhi root, Red Kauai clay, maile, pikake, guava and coconut, the Koa Kea Spa offers a variety of treatments specifically dedicated to easing the body after a day of vigorous activity on the island.

The design of our Spa is in keeping with the rest of the hotel, drawing inspiration from the natural landscape of Hawaii to create a peaceful and calming sanctuary. Neutral colors are used throughout, with an emphasis on tone and texture to create a sense of light and movement that is reminiscent of the ocean.

Spas on Kauai, including our Koa Kea Resort Spa, offer a variety of relaxing massages, wraps and facials. Our services are available inside the spa, or can be delivered at the oceanside or as in-suite massages. In addition, a number of in-suite baths can be arranged, given the important role of water therapies in Hawaiian healing practices. Guests can enjoy a pampering bathing experience that includes natural ingredients, such as cleansing Awapuhi Root and moisturizing Kukui and Coconut Oils.

4. Ananda Spa India

Located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, close to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, surrounded by graceful Sal forests, overlooking the peaceful Ganga as it meanders into the distance. Ananda is the spiritual pathway to the ultimate, discovered through the union of body, mind and soul.

It is not just a retreat that will leave you breathless with the enchantment of its surroundings, but assists in redefining lifestyles to include the well-known traditional Indian wellness regimes of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta combined with best of International Wellness Experiences.

Discover the richness of Indian Art and Culture at Ananda – In the Himalayas. Propelled by the concept of a holistic lifestyle and well-being, the spa rests on the healing philosophy of physical, mental and spiritual health. While the vast menu of spa programmes and adventure activities energies the body, serene yoga and meditation sessions uplift the mind. The inclusion of art and culture into the regime of the guests is carefully orchestrated to elevate the human spirit.

Ananda Art and Culture involves the coming together of the rich and varied forms of Indian classical and folk traditions, performing and visual arts, traditional and contemporary cultural ethos. Whether it is a classical performance of Bharatanatyam – one of the oldest classical dance forms in the world, originating in the South of India, or a soulful evening of Ghazals – poetic love songs, culture at Ananda becomes a self reflective statement.

Ananda is situated in the town of Narendranagar, a small constituency forming a part of the state of Uttaranchal, close to the cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar

Driving from New Delhi to Ananda
The drive to Ananda could take anywhere between 5-8 hours depending on traffic. Although many of our guests do chose to come by road we do not recommend this as traffic is difficult to estimate.

By Air
There are frequent flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun followed by an hours’ picturesque drive to Ananda in the Himalayas

By Helicopter
Ananda – In the Himalayas has its own private helipad. Personal choppers can land right within the spa parameters. A short scenic flight from New Delhi, the chopper experience transports you to the realm of the exclusive. Please contact Reservations for further information.

By Train

It is a 4 hour journey from Delhi – Haridwar followed by a one-hour’s drive to Ananda in the Himalayas.

Please note that the car transfers can be provided for pick-up or drop from the Railway Station or Airport. Please inform reservations of your requirements and the respective transfer rates will be provided.

Living at Ananda

When living is but part of the echo of nature then style and elegance blend discreetly to enhance each nuance of serenity. The Guest Rooms, Suites and Villas at Ananda in the Himalayas make a statement with colours that echo nature, and views that leave one gazing into the enchantment of god’s own country.

Rooms at Ananda

Rooms at Ananda are spacious with views of the Palace and the Rishikesh valley. The 70 rooms in all comprise Palace View Rooms, Valley View Rooms and Premium Valley View (top floors) rooms. They feature walk-in closets and perfectly appointed bathrooms with windows overlooking panoramic views. Each room opens onto large balconies with picture-perfect views, ideal for a private meal.

Ananda Spa

The 24,000 square foot spa offers an extensive menu of over 80 body and beauty treatments, integrating the traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda with the more contemporary Western spa approach. The spa experience strives to achieve the ultimate harmony between the physical and the mental realms of the individual.

With unique focus on the traditional Indian sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda; Ananda Spa creates the skillful synthesis between age-old therapies and modern spa technology. The personalized therapy and activities programme are designed to meet individual needs and health goals – de-stress, detoxification and cleansing, deep relaxation, anti-ageing, weight & inch loss, while also offering guidance in the areas of nutrition and exercise.

24 treatment rooms with specialized areas for Ayurveda, Oriental and European systems of holistic health, a team of qualified nutritionists, Western & Ayurvedic physicians, spa therapists with knowledge of ancient Indian sciences and modern western treatments – all gently guide you towards a better lifestyle.

Ananda Spa also offers a temperature controlled outdoor lap pool and a state of the art 16-station life-cycle gymnasium.

Ayurvedic Experiences

At Ananda, Ayurveda forms an intrinsic part of the wellness regime for the guests. From massages and specialized diet programmes, to fulfill personal goals, to the more rigorous transformations in lifestyle, the Ayurveda experience has been designed keeping in mind the individual’s desire to heal, cleanse, relax and revitalize.

Yoga and Meditation

Ananda Practices and teaches the techniques of the BIhar School of Yoga also known as Satyananda Yoga. This technique is a union of many personal development approaches based on traditional yogic teachings in conjunction with modern physical and mental health sciences.

International Experiences

No spa programme is complete without the fascinating global combine of complete wellness offered by blending the best-known therapies garnered from every corner of the world.

Healing Experiences

Energy imbalance can be triggered by poor diet, erratic lifestyle, pollution, as well as emotional upsets. When this energy is rebalanced, one invariably feels more alive, energized, relaxed and able to cope better with life’s pressures.

Beauty Experiences

Ananda offers a range of pampering beauty experinces to get you looking fresh and sharp.

Fitness & Activities

Anandas fitness specialists will assess your fitness levels and recommend a program for you. Participate in personal one on one sessions or group training sessions. Utilize our 16 station life fitness gym with cardio, strength training and aerobics facility.


Please bring clothing appropriate for the season and the activities you intend to pursue. Fresh cotton Kurta Pyjamas are provided in you room for your convenience on a daily basis and can be worn on the premises or for traveling to Rishikesh for the Ganga Aarati. However, you will need suitable walking/ trekking shoes and appropriate clothing for outdoor activities and rafting.

Spa Menu

Ananda’s programme invites experts to treat and instruct guests in their particular field of expertise.

The professionals’ expertise includes a range of areas including yoga, special physical or mental treatments, activities, workshops etc. Read more to see who may be visiting during your stay at Ananda.

Visiting Master

Ananda in the Himalayas will offer special workshops and private sessions with Visiting Masters in different areas of well being. These teachers, therapists, healers, Ayurvedic doctors and guides visit from around the world to share their talents and gifts with those who choose to experience the deeper realms of holistic well being for the body, mind and spirit.

Ananda Reservations

The Palace Estate
Narendra Nagar, Tehri – Garhwal
Uttaranchal – 249175, INDIA

Telephone: 0800 hrs to 2300 hrs Indian Standard Time

India Toll Free: 1800 102 5333
From Outside India: +91 124 4516650

From 2300 hrs to 0800 hrs Indian Standard Time
Within India and from Outside India : +91 1378 227500

Facsimile: +91-1378-227550

Corporate Office, New Delhi
IHHR Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
C-26, Qutab Institutional Area
New Delhi 110 016, INDIA

Telephone: +91 -11-2656 8888
Facsimile: 91-11-2656 9999

Marketing Enquiries:
Sales Enquiries:

Sales & Marketing Office – Russia
Ars Vitae
Sredniy Tishinskiy per., 28, off. 720, Moscow, 123557, Russia

Tel: 007 495 933 21 22,Fax: 007 495 933 21 09
Sales & Marketing Office – UK
Mason Rose
8A Bradbrook House, Studio Place, Knightsbridge
London SW1X 8EL, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7201 8050

For Reservations please contact:
Telephone: 00 91-1378-227500, Facsimile: 00 91-1378-227550

Sales & Marketing Office – USA
Kurtz-Ahlers & Assoc., L.L.C.
Ms JoAnn Kurtz-Ahlers, 28072 Las Brisas del Mar
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, United Sates of America

Tel.: 001 949-487-0522

Sales & Marketing Office – Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Lobster Experience GmbH & Co.KG
Ms Astrid Oberhummer
Starkenburgring 12 , 63069 Offenbach / Frankfurt, Germany

Tel: 069 – 83 00 675 – 65, Fax: 069 – 83 00 675 – 10

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5. Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real, Fuerteventura, Spain

The Grand Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real 5*GL is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the island of Fuerteventura, directly on the seafront near Corralejo Natural Dune Park and with wonderful views of the islands of Lobos and Lanzarote.

Moorish and colonial influences inspired the styling of the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real, an oasis of warm tones and lush vegetation perfectly combining natural beauty with cutting-edge facilities.

The Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real represents a perfect harmony of architecture, natural beauty and light and colour, completely blending in with the majestic landscape of Fuerteventura.

Space, elegance and comfort are common denominators in all 170 rooms and 72 suites. Each features unique styling and offers superior quality with breathtaking views of the sea or tropical gardens, making your stay a unique experience.

Designed to match the wishes of all our guests, we offer a wide range of services and entertainment for your pleasure and comfort; fine dining in five restaurants, the fabulous Bahia Vital Spa, lush gardens, swimming pools, mini-club for children, piano bar, shops, and conference rooms equipped with the latest technology.

On Fuerteventura, the island of eternal spring, the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real awaits, ready to share a universe of sensations in an oasis of luxury, relaxation and wellbeing.

Awards & Accolades

Since its beginnings, the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real has received numerous distinctions that place value on the quality and professionalism offered by the hotel.

Coinciding with its eighth anniversary, the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real rises with distinction and celebrates a year of prestigious recognition The excellent facilities coupled with the exclusive courteous treatment of its guests has been recognized by prestigious editorials, magazines, social networks and the most important Tour Operators. The numerous awards that the hotel has received for its professional service, and excellence has been acclaimed by the guests via their positive comments regarding the Grand Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real. This 5* GL hotel is a favorite with all European visitors and Spanish Nationals.




Enjoy the unique sensations of Fuerteventura and make the most of all the activities that the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real provides, allowing you to discover a whole range of new experiences.

The hotel is proud to put at your disposal the luxury yacht “Valhalla”. Experience the exhilaration of sailing the pristine waters of Fuerteventura and get ready to meet the island’s incredible sea life.

-Deep Sea Fishing:

With a perfect climate and a wealth of marine life, Fuerteventura is an ideal place to experience the excitement of deep sea fishing.


Fuerteventura is one of the best destinations for diving, with an abundant underwater world teeming with sea life just waiting to be explored. The hotel provides courses for all abilities, from beginners to professionals.


Fuerteventura offers unbeatable conditions for this fashionable sport. The hotel provides courses at all levels with qualified instructors, equipment and transportation provided.

-Kite surfing:

Fuerteventura is blessed with many perfect locations for this popular sport. The hotel offers a full range of courses for all levels with professional multilingual instructors.

-Whale watching:

Enjoy the wonderful world of whales and explore the many spectacular places of interest that Fuerteventura safeguards for watching whales and dolphins etc.


Discover the island on foot via the many spectacular routes that criss-cross its coastal landscapes, deserts and volcanoes, showcasing the past and present of Fuerteventura.

-Mountain Bike:

Take to the paths and trails by mountain bike to discover the island’s dramatic coastline, varied landscapes, dunes and beaches of fine white sand.

-Jeep Safari:

Enjoy an adventurous excursion along the northern coastal road of Fuerteventura. Explore the island’s landscapes and traditional villages along a route that ends at the wonderful beaches of El Cotillo where you can take a refreshing dip or simply sunbathe.

-Quad Safari:

Experience the fun of quad biking in Fuerteventura. Journey along winding roads into the island’s hidden corners to discover a paradise full of hidden surprises.

-Bird watching:

With such a huge variety of birds that reside in, or visit, Fuerteventura, you’ll soon realise why the island is considered a great a place for bird watching.

Salus per Aquam

“ The wonders of water “

The Spa Bahia Vital is a veritable temple of beauty, health and wellbeing where guests are pampered, achieving a perfect balance between body and mind.

As water is one of the pillars of the Spa Bahia Vital concept, and is a major source of health and vitality, many of our therapies and treatments are based on relaxation hydrotherapy.

Our stunning sunlit leisure pool is heated to a temperature of 32 ° C and provides beautiful panoramic views of the sea and islands of Lobos and Lanzarote. Here you can indulge in an expansive hydrotherapy circuit including spa jets, water-beds, massage seats with hydro jets, swan necks, whirlpools, a shower temple, cold plunge pool, foot spas and an invigorating ice fountain. One of the most striking features is a cascade of water tumbling from a height of three metres into the centre of the pool. Additional facilities include a Finnish sauna with chromotherapy, a solarium with meditative natural soundtrack plus a ‘healing cone’, as well as a large steam bath.

Immerse yourself in an authentic sea of sensations and enjoy the many therapeutic benefits of water.

Health & Wellness

A truly relaxing experience entails complete harmony between your physical and emotional state.

Our sole intent is to provide you, our guest, with absolute relaxation, wellness, and perfect mind and body balance through offering a wide range of specific therapies and massages inspired by different countries and cultures throughout the world. We blend the authentic practices of the east with the technological and scientific advancements of the west.

We understand that everybody’s health and wellbeing needs are different, which is why our international team of highly qualified, multilingual therapists will be happy to recommend a massage therapy tailored to your own personal situation.

Aquatic physiotherapy, osteopathy, reflexology, Indian mushroom, kinesiology, Thai massage and lomi lomi massage are just a few of the many treatments and massage therapies offered at our Spa Bahia Vital.

Supplementary health and wellness treatments include Photon capsule therapy (the ray of life) programme.

We take care of you throughout every moment of your time at our luxurious Spa Bahía Vital.

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6. Cristallo Palace Hotel and Spa| Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy

The Centennial Historical Building Of The Cristallo Palace Has Been Entirely Restored And It Is Now The Most Complete Center For Wellness, beauty And Relaxation. Its Original Grandeur And Hospitality Tradition Have Been Revived, Becoming Once Again The First Choice For The Most Experienced International And Italian Guests. Set Atop A Quiet, panoramic And Sunny Hill, The Cristallo Hotel And Spa Offers An Unrivaled View Of The Spectacular Valley Of Cortina D-ampezzo, the Most Exclusive Yet Naturally Preserved Town, nestled In The Natural Park Of The Ampezzo Dolomites. The Hospitable And Intimate Atmosphere Makes The Hotel Ideal As A Summer And Winter Holiday Destination.
It ‘the only 5-star luxury hotel in the Dolomites. Of course, it’s in Cortina. An exclusive hotel since 1901, to live in every season the noblest mountain. Extreme comfort, suites of charm. A Spa forefront signed Transvital. The first nine hole golf course opened in spring 2010.

Style: Classic Luxury
Built: 1901
Remodeled: 2003
Rooms: 73
Rating: 5 Star

Luxury Services


An exclusive shuttle service will take guests directly to the Crystal lifts of Faloria. Walking time: 4 minutes.



An exclusive service for Transfer chauffeur-driven limousine is available on request, to make it easy move around.


Guests of the Crystal can ask the convenient service of moving helicopter. The heliport is closer to Fiames, 15 minutes from the hotel. Departures from Milan, Verona, Venice, Innsbruck. Service possible on other destinations.


A service for those who want the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Guests staying in the Royal and Presidential Suite can ask the butler, available throughout the day. The personal Butler will take care of any task, dall’accompagnare guests while shopping, to organizing a movement, from the delivery of newspapers all’accudire the four-legged friends.


A space completely dedicated to children is available at the hotel. Upon request, babysitting with proven experience are available to our customers.


The Hotel Concierge is available to allow guests to indulge in watersport on the snow without having to think about the organization. We provide a complete service that skiing is a pleasure devoid of any task.


Our concierge will be available to organize excursions, trips and dinners in retreat for guests wishing to do so.

The hotel is at your disposal to provide any type of service wish all our guests and to meet any need, for a stay of comfort.

Room Features

A well-stocked Mini-bar is available in every room, with sweet and salted snacks and soft drinks.


A safe is available in each room for personal valuables.  


Each room is provided with courtesy hairdryers


You will find a courtesy line provided daily in order to ensure your utmost comfort. Slippers, towels and soft fabric bathrobes are available.


Breakfast is served from 7:00 to 11:00 am. In addition to the “a la carte” menu, an abundant and appetising buffet is also available in our Restaurant, “La Veranda del Cristallo”


You may request breakfast, lunch, supper, snacks and bar service in your rooms from 7:30 am to 11:00 pm.


Only small animals are allowed inside the hotel, with the exception of the common areas.


A free shuttle service runs from 8:30 am to 10:30 pm each day and links the hotel with the centre of Cortina and the most important ski lift facilities.


A ski and boot deposit is available for our guests, equipped with special heated shelters for boots and ski racks.


The Hotel Cristallo has two large car parks, an external one and a supervised indoor car park monitored by a CCTV system.


The hotel has an area completely dedicated to children. Babysitters of proven experience are available for our guests upon request.


Check-in time is scheduled for 2:00 pm. Should you happen to arrive during the morning, the reception staff is on hand to assign you your desired room as soon as possible. Checkout time is before 12:00 noon.


All credit cards are welcome: American Express, Diner’s Club Card, MasterCard, Eurocard and Visa. We do not accept payments by personal cheque.

Cristallo Luxury Yachting

A true innovation in luxury hospitality: hire a yacht just for yourselves, to sail around the marvels of the Mediterranean just in the company of your friends and loved ones. It comes with the additional bonus of the charm and exclusive services of the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf. The famous Cortina d’Ampezzo hotel also provides the atmosphere, services and hospitality for which it is renowned out at sea, with its exclusive luxury yacht hire service. This original formula provides all the precious Transvital signature anti-ageing treatments, performed by a wellness expert. And then the culinary delights: the exclusive menu designed by the Cristallo’s new executive chef, Marco Badalucci, offers original presentations of the fresh tastes and fragrances of Mediterranean cuisine.

On-board, you will sail the Costa Azzurra, Costa Smeralda and the Amalfi Coast: you can choose your holiday destination from three possible routes, with lands suspended between sky and sea, unquestionably beautiful landing places, fascinating and exclusive destinations to experience outside of the usual formats, for timeless pleasure. Cristallo Luxury Yachting & Spa is a sophisticated and welcoming proposal in every detail, for a journey in unique and marvellous style. The Cristallo’s fleet of personalised luxury yachts meets the highest standards of luxury and comfort: from 40 metre yachts accommodating six guests on board, up to the full range of possibilities provided by larger vessels.

To book your holiday and your yacht:
Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf – Tel: 0039.0436.881.111 – E-mail:

Cristallo Ultimate Spa: five-star beauty and wellness

The pleasure of a luxurious and exclusive holiday at the Cristallo comes from a combination of opportunities: privacy and companionship, sport and sweet idleness, and nature and luxury. The place, however, that provides the best expression of wellness and happiness is the Spa. The Cristallo Ultimate Spa is the kingdom of the most precious luxury: time devoted to yourself in an extraordinary environment, where relaxation, beauty and fitness lie at the heart of a philosophy of pure pleasure for body and soul.

The Cristallo Ultimate Spa, with its splendid semi-circular covered pool overlooking the Tofane Mountains, hammam, thermarium, relaxarium, Transvital Swiss Beauty Centre and FitWell Club is a magical and attractive place, a true temple to beauty and the joy of living, where you can discover all the secrets of total well-being.

It occupies two floors and over 1,600 m² of space overlooking the view of the Dolomites, where charm, comfort, professionalism, care, scientific research, technology and a selection of world-class wellness services combine to provide an enchanting selection.

Here you can forget about stress, recover from fatigue, regain vital energy, rediscover harmony and happiness and live your holiday with a new, intense and profound relish.

FitWell Club

Become agile and swift, with a supple and versatile body, ready to adapt to an ever-moving world, unleashing fluid movements with apparent effortlessness. Confirming its role as an oasis of ultra deluxe wellness, the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf meets the demands of harmonic lifestyle maintenance and development with its cutting-edge exclusive fitness centre.

Open also to customers from outside the hotel, the FitWell Club is a latest generation Technogym area for stimulating body and mind with a training programme prepared for each guest by the Personal Trainer.

Its complete and personalised programmes are designed to improve muscle tone, cardiovascular performance and increase flexibility and balance, according to each individual’s needs and expectations.

The available equipment also includes the Power Plate vibrating platform, which enhances the benefits of training, and the Wellness System key, with personalised fitness software, so you can continue to maintain the perfect physical form achieved in Cortina when you are at home. The latest novelty for the most discerning guests are the integrated programmes: fitness sessions led by the personal trainer, followed by specific Transvital treatments, designed on a case-by-case basis to enhance wellness and beauty results.

A winning synergy: the Detoxifying programme frees the organism from toxins and tensions, the Relaxing programme rests the mind and unloads stress; the After Ski programme helps to relax muscles after an intensive day on the snow, while the Firming and Revitalising programme tones up tissues and reshapes your figure. Finally, there is an Anti-Cellulite ritual dedicated to women – extremely effective even from the first session – and for men there is a Muscle Development programme with specific exercises that restore energy and strength.

Official website:

7.  Lausanne Palace And Spa,Lausanne, Switzerland

Opened 19 June 1915, the Lausanne Palace slowly became the pride of the Swiss city of Lausanne. Fully integrated into the urban fabric, it evolves in step with its host city.

Between modernity and tradition, the Lausanne Palace & Spa has received renovations, still underway, in order to always offer you more comfort, sophistication and services at the leading edge of modernity.

Many celebrities have contributed to its guest book. Royalty, stars of cinema and the world of music, and politicians coming from the four corners of the world, are all part of the landscape of the Lausanne Palace & Spa.

This magnificent cruise liner reflects the grand values of the luxury hotel, staying the course in the spirit of openness towards horizons constantly innovative.

From its history, the Lausanne Palace & Spa has retained a personal service and hospitality that underpins all of its legend.

But the Lausanne Palace & Spa wants above all to evolve at the same pace as its host city. Enlightenment and creativity are thus its main strengths as well as its human dimension: it knows how to adapt to its world class clientele and opens wide its doors to its local clients by integrating into their daily lives.

A 5 star hotel where you feel at home”, is the motto of this luxury establishment which has developed its own “bed culture”: “A home away from home”.

Single or double our Business bedrooms offer you a work area and a privileged calm with a view of the cathedral of Lausanne and the narrow streets of the charming old town.

They also have a large bathroom in marble as well as a fitted out desk area. Floor area of 30 to 40m² in double configuration, 25m² of comfort for a single occupancy.

Services and welcome products in your room :

Enjoy their Spa Weekend package: cost CHF 710 :

1 night in a double business room city side
Chocolates and mineral water in the room on arrival
Breakfast buffet in our “Côté Jardin” restaurant
Choice of 1 50-minute per person with an energizing or a relaxing massage
Free access to the CBE Concept Spa
CHF 3.40 tourist tax per person. Rates for Junior suites and suites on request.


The exceptional view over Lake Geneva and across to the Alps, gives the Deluxe rooms an atmosphere of dreams and of light.

Comfortably furnished and decorated in light bright colours, you will enjoy a total area of 35m² to 50m², and some of the rooms have a private panoramic balcony augmenting the room.

The marble bathroom has a bath; an office corner completes the apartment.


One of the first members of the prestigious group, the Leading Spas, the CBE Concept Spa of the Lausanne Palace, located in the centre of Lausanne, is a haven of tranquillity where time stands still, in its frantic rush.

Its philosophy is rooted in the Ayurveda Millenium consciousness of an enlightened and generous being. 2100 square metres of “avant garde” where nature and technology come together to become an oasis of vitality, beauty and well being.

The CBE offers a wide range of treatments, therapies and contemporary or traditional rituals: sports rooms, indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, hammam, solarium and relaxation rooms.

Let yourself be immersed in the world of the CBE Concept Spa.

Live the Spa moment, in the heart of Lausanne, each day of the year. A haven of peace to recharge you :

Open 7/7 from 06h30 to 22h00.

Reserve your Spa on +41 (0)21 331 3161


Private Club of the CBE :

Services of the Window Club :


Take full advantage of the CBE Concept Spa of the Lausanne Palace with the Spa Suite. Totally private, this suite invites you to take care of yourself :

Royal Suite Spa package (for 2 persons) for 3 hours :

Exclusive use of the installations of the Spa Suite: private sauna and hammam, circular copper bath, relaxation area

Spa Suite package with care treatment (for 2 persons) of 3 hours :

Exclusive use of the facilities of the Spa Suite: private sauna and hammam, circular copper bath, relaxation area

Contact details:

By telephone : +41 (0) 21 331 3131
By fax : +41 (0) 21 323 2571
By email :

Official website:

8. Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland

Once upon a time… Victor Hugo, Camille Saint-Saëns, Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel, Gary Cooper, Sacha Guitry, Hirohito, Nelson Mandela, Hussein de Jordanie…

Stars in the history of the century, who have in common the fact that they walked up on the marble and velvet of the Beau-Rivage Palace. And this is no accident. Closely linked to the development of the little port of Ouchy, the history of the hotel starts in 1857.

First years. Its huge lounges, with their

18th century frescos, were, from the very start, the scene of sumptuous balls and dinners. The exceptionally beautiful surroundings, the luxurious room furnishings and the highest standards of service soon gave the hotel an international reputation. And such was its almost immediate popularity that it quickly came to the point where the hotel had to expand.

In 1864, construction was started on an annexe, Le Chalet.

Then in 1908, in response to an ever-increasing demand, construction of the Palace was entrusted to the architects Jost, Bezencenet & Schnell. Their concept of a building that was exuberantly neo-baroque, with later art deco flourishes, is linked to the Beau-Rivage a rotunda of classical simplicity.

There was no question, of course, of saving on quality. The central dome of the main dining room is by Dickmann.

The Zurich painter, Haberer, created the fresco in the Rotonde. The bronze chandeliers and ornamental wall lights were supplied by Thiébaud of Paris.

The stylist Chiara was responsible for the design of the glass panels which decorate the lift and which are identical to those in the Paris Ritz. Neo-baroque is known for its highly ornamental decorative styling which certainly gave great pleasure to the hotel guests of that period.



Like all the guest rooms at the Beau-Rivage Palace, these rooms have their own ambiance and personality united by ultimate luxury. The Comfort rooms, overlooking the gardens, feature the latest trends in equipment and technology. The average size of this room category is 28 m2.

Views of the lake

Like all the guest rooms at the Beau-Rivage Palace, the Superior rooms have their own ambiance and personality united by ultimate luxury. The Superior rooms, overlooking the lake or the Port d’Ouchy, feature the latest trends in equipment and technology. The average size of this room category is 32 m2.

Presidential suite

It is one of the three presidential suites of the Beau-Rivage Palace, an exceptional space. In shades of mainly red and green, the Royal Suite immerses its guests in a sumptuous world where time seems to have stopped.

Chandeliers, mouldings, majestic curtains, parquet, oriental rugs, Empire furniture, a white marble bathroom with jacuzzi and gold taps: it is the very definition of the most refined luxury at the heart of the hotel. Equipped with a terrace encompassing the lake and the Alps and state-of-the-art equipment, it provides tokens of absolute comfort at the same time.

Following the complete refurbishment of the hotel and the creation of one of Europe’s most beautiful spas, the Beau-Rivage Palace embarked on a new chapter in its history in the spring of 2009, putting Anne-Sophie Pic in charge of its gourmet restaurant.

Anne-Sophie Pic has dropped anchor on the shores of Lake Geneva whilst remaining in charge in Valence, the birthplace of her eponymous restaurant.

Her long-awaited arrival at the Beau-Rivage Palace is first and foremost the result of the natural connection between two great institutions and their shared values:

A long and prestigious history
A unique, refined art of living
A culture of excellence

Whilst the Maison Pic is celebrating its 120th anniversary and upmarket gourmet dining, with three generations awarded the famous three stars in the Michelin Guide, Anne-Sophie Pic, the youngest member of the dynasty, has decided to become the first to practise her art outside its walls.

In opening a new restaurant in Lausanne, Anne-Sophie Pic’s aim was to imbue the Beau-Rivage Palace with the spirit of the Maison Pic, which has inspired her family for four generations.

“For the restaurant at the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, a magnificent hotel whose culture of excellence I share, I have devised an à la carte and two set menus that convey family, love, nature, the freshness of a berry picked as you walk along a path, the powerful scent of mushrooms on the edge of a wood and the memory of the aromas of the family kitchen and culminate in a simple, pleasurable and authentic experience.”

Anne-Sophie PIC

Guided by her desire to share and be generous, Anne-Sophie Pic has created two “Emotions” menus that she reinvents with each passing season, based on her own inspirations.

The “Pic Collection” menu, in turn, offers a range of traditional family dishes – classic recipes that are all about passing on taste and values down through the generations.

Cinq Mondes

To set up its spa, the Beau-Rivage Palace chose for its partner the prestigious Parisian label CINQ MONDES specialising in spa treatments.

This alliance is a perfect match since the Beau-Rivage Palace has always insisted on blending the hotel’s historical and traditional charm with modern infrastructure, whereas CINQ MONDES develops unique experiences and first-rate service with unfailing attention to quality, service and ceremonial.

The Beau-Rivage Palace faces the port of Ouchy and enjoys a privileged situation in a ten acre park. In this unique setting the Cinq Mondes spa has been designed to provide relaxation areas such as the “Suite de Félicité à deux®” including a private, two “Suites Pluie de Fleurs®” and six massage and beauty rooms. The Spa also offers various water treatments such as the Tropical rain walk®, the Turkish bath, the sauna, the jacuzzi, a 15 metre indoor swimming pool and a 20 metre outdoor pool. For those who like to keep fit, there is a fully equipped room as well as two tennis courts.

Jean-Louis Poiroux who founded CINQ MONDES is a keen fan of Massages, Aromatherapy and cosmetics, and has spent over ten years criss-crossing the globe to find the best treatments and massages from all over the world.

Today, CINQ MONDES Spas, “Rituels de Beauté du Monde ®”, bring together a wonderful palette of well-being treatments and traditions, imbued with quality, authenticity and ceremonial.

spired by the “Ritual de Soin® du Monde”, Cinq Mondes treatments are based on true “acupuncture without needles”, a natural manual technique perfected over the years with our scientific partners. This technique works on the key vital energy points of the face and body for a targeted action (anti-wrinkle, relaxation, brilliance…) and to increase the efficacy of the remedies.

We provide a number of treatments classed under different categories:

New at the Beau-Rivage Palace: Chrononutrition ®

Based on nutritional balance, chrononutrition is a method developed by Dr Delabos with Professor Jean-Robert Rapin. It allows any individual (man, woman, child or elderly person) to regain a perfectly balanced figure, whether it involves slimming or adding volume, considering that all foods are beneficial if consumed with respect of the body’s biological clock.

Make an appointment with Patrick Leconte for a personalised assessment.

Phone : + 41(0) 21 613 33 67

Mail :

New Hair Spa


In order for you to discover our new offer in the Spa Cinq Mondes, we offer you free access to the pool for each reservation of a 50 minutes treatment at the hair spa.

New treatment


North African Hammam Ceremony with Aroma-Color Therapy, 20 minutes
Polishing “Papaya Purée” Scrub, 20 minutes
“Toist” Fountain of Youth Facial, 80 minutes or Precious “Ko Bi Do” Global Anti-Age “Fountain of Youth” facial, 80 minutes

The Beau-Rivage Palace offers numerous aquatic areas.

The entrance to the spa sits between the two swimming pools facing each other as in a mirror: the 20m outdoor pool and the 18m indoor pool.

Nearby the indoor jacuzzi awaits you. Your body and mind continue to relax with a surprising discovery: “the tropical rain walk” – an experience to awaken all your senses with countless beads of water coming to caress your skin.

“The tropical rain walk” can be reached from two dressing rooms and is followed by the sauna and the Turkish bath.

Spa opening hours:

Open from 6:30am to 10pm / treatments from 9am to 8pm

The Bliss Suite gives you a chance to regenerate together and discover a whole palette of sensations: colours, fragrances and flavours from all over the world.

Explore different programs, such as colour therapy. The room becomes an island of light to restore well-being and vitality. With its constant attention to quality and to create a unique experience, the Cinq Mondes spa was conceived as a journey of the senses. Each detail has been thought out: the atmosphere lightly perfumed with essential oils in a decor or white and purple.

An 80m² fitness area with a view over the lake and the gardens is at your disposal along with six treatment rooms and a 60m² “Suite de la Félicité (Bliss suite)”.

The “Suite de la Félicité” (Bliss suite) is made for 2 persons and includes:

Their gym is fully equipped with the latest “Life Fitness” technology including cardiovascular and slimming apparatus (no children under 15 admitted unless accompanied by an adult)


– Jeremy Peltier, a former high level athlete, is specialised in sports, nutrition and body shaping.


– An experienced tennis instructor is on call for individual lessons subject to booking. Our 10 acre park has two tennis courts.


– Their aqua gym instructor offers weekly sessions. For more information, please contact our reception.


– In summer, our yoga master gives lessons in the garden, a relaxing setting conducive to meditation.

Contact at:

E-mail :

Address : Mr Stéphane Reumont

Spa Manager

Place du Port 17-19
CH 1000 Lausanne 6

Phone : (+41)21/613 3367
Fax : (+41)21/613 3334

Contact at:


Place du Port 17-19
CH 1000 Lausanne 6
Phone: (+41)21/613 33 39

Official website:

9. Ashford Castle Hotel, Ireland

Dating back to 1228 and once the estate of the Guinness family, the legendary 5-star Ashford Castle Hotel was one of the first luxury Castle Hotels in Ireland. Situated beside the tranquil Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle is a top Mayo Hotel and one of the best examples of a Castle in Ireland. Opening as a Castle Hotel in 1939, Ashford Castle Hotel has welcomed many Heads of State as well as International Personalities over the years. The timeless classical interiors and award winning cuisine, combined with an array of Sporting Activities such as Fishing, Falconry, Golf, Horseback Riding and Cruising on the Corrib has resulted in Ashford Castle Hotel being awarded:

• Best Resort Hotel in Europe by readers of Conde Nast Traveller 2010

• Top 10 Resort Properties in Europe by Travel & Leisure 2010

• Number 1 Resort Hotel in Ireland voted by Conde Nast Traveller Readers Choice Awards 2008 & 2009

Ashford Castle is a medieval castle turned five star luxury hotel near Cong on the Mayo/Galway border in Ireland, on the shore of Lough Corrib. Ashford Castle is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World organization.

A castle was built on the site in 1228 by the Anglo-Norman House of Burke following their defeat of the O’Connors, the Royal House of Connacht, who are still extant in the person of the O’Conor Don. The de Burgos would build several such castles throughout the province, including one on the mouth of the River Corrib around which was to grow the City of Galway, but Ashford would remain their principal stronghold in the vastness of a wild and untamed province. The principal legacy of the native O’Connors is to be seen at the gates of the estate in the form of the Romanesque Augustinian Abbey of Cong. It is in this abbey that Ireland’s last High King Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair died and from which came the greatest relic of his Court, the Cross of Cong, created to hold a piece of the True Cross and now in the National Museum of Ireland.

After more than three and a half centuries under the de Burgos, whose surname became Burke or Bourke, Ashford passed into the hands of a new master, following a fierce battle between the forces of the de Burgo’s and those of the English official Sir Richard Bingham, Lord President of Connaught, when a truce was agreed. In 1589, the castle fell to Bingham, who added a fortified enclave within its precincts. In 1715, the estate of Ashford was established by the Browne Family (Baron Oranmore), and a lodge in the style of a 17th-century French chateau was constructed.

The Estate was purchased in 1852 by Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness, who extended the estate to 26,000 acres (110 km2), built new roads, planted thousands of trees and added two large Victorian style extensions. The castle was drawn for Sir William Wilde’s book about County Galway. On his death in 1868, the estate passed to his son Lord Ardilaun, an avid gardener who oversaw the development of massive woodlands and rebuilt the entire west wing of the castle, designed by architect James Franklin Fuller. He also subsidised the operation of several steamboats, the most notable of which was the Lady Eglinton, which plied between the villages of the Upper Lough Corrib region and Galway City, thus opening the area to increased commerce. In a time of agitation by tenant farmers in the Land Wars of the late 19th century, epitomised by the action of tenants at nearby Lough Mask House (home of Captain Charles Boycott), he was considered by many to be an ‘improving’ landlord. Some of his efforts were unsuccessful, particularly the Cong Canal, also known as ‘the Dry Canal’, which was built to link Lough Mask and Lough Corrib but was a failure, due to its inability to hold water. Despite such setbacks, the love borne by him and his wife Olive, daughter of the 3rd Earl of Bantry, for the castle and the estate was deep and best epitomised by that fact that when he was ennobled in 1880 he derived his title from the island of Ardilaun, which formed part of the estate on Lough Corrib.

The Castle passed to Ardilaun’s nephew Ernest Guinness, who sold it to Noel Huggard in 1939. He opened the estate as a hotel, which became renowned for the provision of its country pursuits, such as angling and shooting. Noel Huggard’s parents had been in the hotel business in Waterville, County Kerry, since 1910 and his grand daughters, Louise and Paula, run The Butler Arms Hotel there to this day.

In 1951, the film director John Ford came to the west of Ireland to film what would become a movie classic, The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. The grounds of Ashford Castle, as well as nearby Cong, formed the backdrop for much of the action in the film.

In 1970, Ashford Castle was bought by John Mulcahy, who oversaw its complete restoration and expansion, doubling its size with the addition of a new wing in the early 1970s, building a golf course and developing the grounds and gardens. In 1985, a group of Irish American investors, which included Chuck Feeney and Tony O’Reilly, purchased Ashford. The Castle was sold by these investors in 2007 for €50 million to Galway-based property investor Gerry Barrett and his family. While some of Mr Barrett’s extensive property loans will be managed by the Irish National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), Ashford was financed by Bank of Scotland (Ireland), who placed the property in receivership in November 2011,[6] though the hotel continues as a going concern, being run by the Tifco Hotel Group, an Irish hotel management company. In September 2012 it was voted the best resort in Ireland and the third best in Europe by Condé Nast Traveler.

In October 2012 the hotel was put up for sale and was valued at around €25 million, half of what Barrett paid in 2007. The hotel currently has 83 bedrooms, six of which are suites. Barret’s plan to add another 13 penthouse bedrooms and 30 lodges in the castle grounds has not gone through.

In its time the castle has played host to many notable guests, including: King George V of the United Kingdom, Emperor of India, and his consort Queen Mary; John Lennon; George Harrison; Oscar Wilde (whose father, Sir William Wilde, had an estate adjacent to Ashford, where the writer spent much of his childhood); LPGA Golfer Mindy Miller; U.S. President Ronald Reagan; H.R.H. The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy; John Wayne; Brad Pitt; Pierce Brosnan; H.S.H. The Prince Rainier III of Monaco and his consort, H.S.H. The Princess Grace.

Corrib Rooms

These king/twin-bedded rooms are individually designed and appointed with classic furnishings and fabrics in keeping with the style of the hotel. Each room commands spectacular views of either Lough Corrib, Ireland’s second largest lake, Cong River or the Ashford Gardens. A wide range of facilities are sure to meet all your needs.

Amenities include fully interactive plasma screen T.V. system with movies on demand, music on demand, internet access, writing desk, direct dial telephone, voicemail, trouser press, and safety deposit box.



These rooms are slightly larger but have a separate bedroom to the sitting room area with a floor space of approximately 15.5ft x 13ft for the Bedroom and 24ft x 12ft for the sitting room and 15ft x 10ft for the bathroom.

Superbly appointed rooms commanding wonderful views of the lake or river, each suite has been recently refurbished and designed to the highest international standard. All feature large tastefully designed bathrooms.

Amenities include fully interactive T.V. system with movies on demand, music on demand, internet access, writing desk, sitting room area, direct dial telephone, voicemail, trouser press, safety deposit box, sherry decanter.

Health and Fitness

Indulge your senses….. let the natural aromas of pampering treatments relax and restore you in luxury

Aroma-Stone Massage – Top to toe aromatic hot stone massage COST


1hr 15 min
Aroma-stone massage combines the therapeutic benefits of Yon-Ka’s 3 aromatic oils with the relaxing, rebalancing effects of warm, smooth basalt stones to massage the entire body. An Introduction of hot towel compresses and an invigorating conclusion complete the circle of treatment leaving you renewed and relaxed.
Aroma-Stone Massage – Back only

€ 70 30 min
Aroma-Luxe Massage -Aromatic massage – energising or relaxing
€ 100 1hr
For one hour you will be massaged with essential oils – including lavender, basil and verbena – leaving you feeling energised or Relaxed according to your individual needs.
Back Massage

€ 55 30 min
Back, Neck, Shoulders, Face and Scalp Massage

€ 75 45 min
Swedish Massage – Full Body

€ 100 1 hr
Relaxes tense and contracted muscles, improving circulation, lymphatic drainage and muscle tone. Stimulates the nerve endings relieving muscular pain and fatigue.


Gommage Marin – Toning Body Polish € 55 25 min
This energising scrub with Guerande sea salt grains is enriched with aromatic oils of petit-grain, verbena and rosemary.A thorough exfoliation treatment that leaves your skin soft and satin-smooth.

Soins Velours – Moisturising body polish – invigorating or relaxing € 100 1hr
One Treatment with 2 choices for satin-soft skin. Choose from marine mineral salts for an invigorating scrub, or a moisturising, exfoliating soft gel peel for a more relaxing, gentler treatment. Follow with a nourishing massage for skin as soft as velvet!

Hydralessence Corps – Long lasting, deep hydrating treatment € 125 1hr 15 min
An effective moisturising and comforting treatment that leaves your skin velvety smooth.The plant-based soft gel peel exfoliates and moisturises, a seaweed body mask deeply hydrates and a relaxing massage with a concentrate of active ingredients leaves divinely soft skin!

Phyto Marine – Slimming body treatment € 115 1hr 10 min The Phyto-Marine treatment offers two slimming options: a full body mask of either marine clay or micronised seaweed. Both choices are completed with precisely targeted healing and stimulating aromatic oils, giving visible results that will encourage you to continue treatment at home.

Body Detox – Deep detoxifying herbal wrap € 120 1hr 15 min The Body Detox is deeply detoxifying using brisk massage and specifically targeted herbal treatment creams followed by cocooning in a thermal blanket. Skin tone and texture is improved and you emerge with a renewed sense of well-being.

Secret De Beauté – Head to toe revive € 170 1hr 45 min A real star treatment combining marine mineral salts and aromatic oils for full body exfoliation with a nourishing foot mask and the Hydralessence facial.The perfect gift to yourself or someone you care about.

Jambes Toniques – Anti-fatigue leg treatment € 70 35 min Heavy tired legs? Jambes Toniques is the ultimate remedy.The treatment stimulates surface circulation and leaves your legs feeling wonderfully light and refreshed in just 35 minutes. Perfect before or after a long flight.

Lavish Spa Foot Treatment – The ultimate foot treat € 100 50mins A smoothing scrub with Guerande sea salt grains and essential oils, followed by a relaxing massage and a warm wrap of marine clay – which leaves your feet smooth as silk. Beneficial for tired aching feet.


Yon-Ka – A passion for plants… The essence of skin care

This selection of face and body treatments with essential oils and botanical extracts, is an invitation to a voyage. A voyage to a world of gentleness, of scents and sensations that draw their strength from nature. Each treatment was designed in response to you, your desires, and your needs to reveal your beauty at every age of life.

Le Grand Classique – Cleansing, restoring and relaxing facial € 90 1hr
A truly personalised and complete treatment! Gentle cleansing followed by a relaxing massage with balancing aromatic elixirs of lavender, rosemary and geranium combine to leave the skin radiant.

Plaisir D’Arômes – Aromatic relaxing and well-being facial € 95 1hr
This cocooning treatment unites all of the beneficial elements of a relaxing treatment including the warm aromatic compress and the enveloping relaxing massage.You are left calm and your complexion glows with health, ready to face the day.

Vital Intense – Deep regenerating facial € 110 1hr 15 min
Recommended for all ages to re-infuse your skin with a vital energy that it sometimes lacks after sun exposure, during pregnancy, during menopause or after a spell of ill health or tiredness.Your skin rediscovers its balance, elasticity and vitality.

Escale Beauté – The beauty break € 60 30 min
The scents of citrus fruits and French lavender re-energise and stimulate, while botanical extracts reveal a soft, delicate and soothed complexion and all in just 30 magical minutes.

Hydralessence Visage – Long-lasting, deep hydrating facial € 100 1hr

This high performance, deep hydrating facial will revive the most dehydrated complexions. Luxuriate in the warmth of healing hands while your skin is bathed in a moisture surge of deliciously scented oils, creams and elixirs. Sheer bliss!

Optimizer – Lift effect facial € 100 1hr 10 min Every part of this luxury miracle treatment encourages flawless skin and perfect tone. In a little more than an hour your facial contours are ‘lifted’ and your skin is left looking beautiful and relaxed.

Eclat Contour – Anti-wrinkle, anti puffiness or anti-dark circles € 70 45 min These 3 ‘contour’ treatments provide you with the ultimate tool to preserve the fragile beauty of the eyes. Wrinkles and lines are smoothed away; specific massage helps to combat puffiness and dark circles along with sinus pain and jet lag. Recommended as an intensive course of treatments for optimum results.


Pre-pregnancy Pampering Treatment Duo € 100 1hr
A pampering duo of treatments to help prevent stretch marks and revive tired spirits with a combination of full body relaxation and heavy, tired leg relief. Gentle exfoliation is followed by hydrating, nourishing massage and a cool refreshing leg compress to combat excess fluid and fatigue.The perfect pampering treat for all mothers to be!







Sothys € 45

Cleanse, tone, moisturise with Yon-Ka products, followed by an application of Sothys make-up.

• Guests should arrive 15 mins prior to treatment in bathrobe and slippers, which are provided for your convenience in your bedroom or alternatively at the Health & Beauty Rooms.

• Please ensure that you are suitably clothed for your treatment:

Attire for men – shorts or togs.

Attire for women – swimsuit or suitable underwear.

Cancellation Policy

Treatments cancelled up to 24 hours will not be charged. Thereafter 50% of the total treatment cost will be charged. If cancellations are not advised 100% charge will be made.

Opening Times for the Beauty Rooms is 10am – 6pm each day

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10. Amanjena Marrakech, Morocco

Amanjena (peaceful paradise) is the first Aman resort on the African continent and is located just outside the ancient city of Marrakech. Set within an oasis of palms and olive trees, Moorish heritage is reflected throughout the pisé-walled resort, including the Morocco luxury villas and pavilions that radiate out from an ancient bassin, echoing the style of a sultan’s palace. Amanjena offers a variety of guided excursions on foot, bicycle or private car into the medina, the souk and squares, palaces, gardens and craft shops of ancient Marrakech.

The resort
Amanjena, or ‘peaceful paradise’, is the first Amanresort on the African continent. The property is located just outside the ancient Moroccan city of Marrakech on the southern road to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara Desert. The High Atlas Mountains claim the Marrakech horizon and the Atlantic coast is just two hours away. The 18-hole Amelkis Championship Golf Course lies immediately alongside Amanjena, with a second course – the Royal Golf Course – just minutes away.

Known in Arabic as Al Medina al-Hamra, the ‘Red City’, due to its rosy-hued walls and structures, Marrakech was the inspiration for Amanjena’s design. The resort’s walls and Morocco luxury villas echo the city’s old pisé (rammed earth) buildings as well as the Berber villages that cling to the High Atlas Mountains. Green is also a predominant colour in the oasis of Marrakech – the colour of Islam, paradise, royalty and abundance. The colour of nature gilds Amanjena, too: its lawns and vines, its emerald-clay roofs, Moroccan marble fountains and the dazzle of hand-cut, glazed tiles known as zellij.

The Restaurant is open for dinner and specialises in authentic Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine. Soft lighting lends warmth to the generously-proportioned room, centred by a scalloped onyx fountain surrounded by olive trees beneath a commanding central skylight. Arched moucharabieh wood screens decorate the upper reaches of onyx pillars while the tinted plâtre ciselé walls are the colour of honey, chiseled with Berber designs. Banquettes and tables line the walls. During the summer months, dinner seating is moved outdoors. The Thai Restaurant, situated alongside the swimming pool, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The light-filled room features banks of glass doors and coral-tadlekt walls decorated with old Moroccan leather horse saddles. The Pool Terrace meanwhile is open for breakfast and lunch, overlooking the pool and adjacent golf course. Guests can also enjoy private dining in their Pavilion or Maison. Special dinners or buffets to celebrate a unique occasion can be arranged. Upon request, intimate dinners accompanied by local music can be organised in the Caidal Tent, a traditional and romantic venue situated in an olive grove. Featuring clusters of cotton-sabra armchairs, The Bar is ideal for casual dining, pre-dinner aperitifs and post-dinner nightcaps. Located just off Amanjena’s entranceway, the venue is airily cool in summer and warmly welcoming during winter with its open fireplace and ambient lighting. Smoke-tinted mirrors along with old Berber daggers and Arabic swords in scabbards of deer antler, camel bone and olive wood decorate the walls. Housed within The Bar, The Fumoir offers a selection of cigars.

The two-storey Library features a fireplace and a six-metre, double-volume ceiling. A balcony runs along the perimeter of the second floor. Light filters in from dozens of windows cut on varying levels into the tadlekt walls. Recessed glass shelving houses books, magazines and newspapers, as well as DVDs and the distinctive green pottery of Tamegroute, a village in the Moroccan Sahara. A selection of travel books and board games is also available. The Library’s tables are of wild-cherry wood inlaid and stained to an ebony gloss. The room’s upper level is fringed by a Moucharabieh-screened railing which encircles most of the room. Cozy masria (Moroccan daybeds) frame the fireplace.

The Boutique is located within the cedar-ceilinged colonnade that embraces the main swimming pool. A variety of locally-crafted products is available for purchase including Moroccan art and handicrafts ranging from jewellery to brass lanterns, pottery and antiques. All fabric items for sale including tablecloths, shawls, caftans and djellabas are hand-woven. Some are created exclusively for Amanjena.

Amanjena’s Spa features two Turkish-style hammams (steam baths) complemented by showers, washrooms, a dressing area and a glassed-in whirlpool. The whirlpool opens onto a fountain courtyard bordered by a two-metre pisé wall. Spa treatments ranging from traditional Moroccan gommage (scrubs) to a selection of massages can be enjoyed at Amanjena’s Spa. Other services include reflexology, facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing. Private treatment rooms offer a peaceful sanctuary for relaxation.

swimming pool
Amanjena’s 33-metre heated outdoor swimming pool is finished in glittering green tiles of écaille de poisson-cut zellij. Chaise lounges and umbrellas line the pool’s terrace, framed by hibiscus. The pool area features a pisé-style arch over a wide wall fountain and a separate shallow pool.

Amanjena has two clay tennis courts floodlit for night play. Racquets and balls are complimentary. Guests are recommended to bring their own tennis shoes. The tennis grounds include central minzahs (gazebos) for drinks and rest breaks between matches.

Mountain bikes are available for exploring the paved pathways that lead from Amanjena through the surrounding olive groves and past the golf course and garden villas that lie alongside it.


Wireless broadband connections are available in all resort accommodations and public areas.


From the Arabic madina (city), the medina is the heart and soul of Marrakech. Largely surrounded by its original ramparts and 12th-century fortress walls of red earth, this ‘fully preserved historic town’, as UNESCO has called it, is a World Heritage Site. It presents a captivating inner world of winding lanes, old fondouks (inns), hammams and souks (shops) of every kind amidst the enticing smells of cumin, mint tea and barley bread baking in communal ovens.

Apart from the boutique in Amanjena, there is a profusion of shopping options within Marrakech. A number of specialist antique shops have recently opened and the numerous souks display great diversity. Rural markets, with their vegetables, sheep heads, mules, saddles and portable steam baths, are a delightful distillation of everyday Moroccan life. Amanjena offers guided tours through the souks: visiting tanneries, traditional bakeries and hammams, where everyday subsistence living has a charm unlike anywhere else, are immensely rewarding, as much can be drawn from their edifying and uncomplicated way of life.

Marrakech’s most memorable landmark is the 12th-century Koutoubia Minaret, the tallest structure in the city at 70 metres. Built in classic Moorish-Moroccan style, it is the oldest and grandest of the surviving Almohad-era towers. Established in the 14th century and completely rebuilt in the 16th century, the Ben Youssef Medersa is among the most beautiful of Marrakech’s buildings. Recently restored, the former Islamic theological college features zellij tiles, carved wood and intricate plaster work.

The ancient Place Djemaa el Fna is one of the busiest squares in Africa, bustling with dancers, acrobats and musicians by day, and transforming into an open-air restaurant at night.

Marrakech is rife with palaces, but the 16th-century El Badi Palace, now in ruins, was once the largest and most luxurious of them all. Every June it takes on a hint of its former grandeur, hosting the National Festival of Popular Arts, Morocco’s biggest annual music and folklore festival. The palace also incorporates the Koutoubia Minbar, a masterpiece of medieval religious craft.


The hammam or steam bath is as central to Moroccan life as mint tea. Not surprising then that it is also the steamy heart of Amanjena’s Spa. Each hammam (one for men, another for women) is complemented by showers, washrooms, a dressing area and a glassed-in whirlpool, opening onto a fountain courtyard bordered by a pisé-wall two metres high. The hammam itself is a stepped, two-chamber room of Moresque arches meeting a vaulted ceiling.

Treatments available at the Spa include massages, facials, scrubs and wraps, as well as manicures and pedicures. The Spa also incorporates a timber-floored gym.



Route de Ouarzazate
km 12, Marrakech

tel (212) 5 24 399 000
fax (212) 5 24 403 477
Mailing address
BP 2405 Poste Principale de Gueliz
Marrakech 40000, Morocco

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