If you need a moment of peace and quiet, take a break from the stress of watching those trading screens and treat yourself to a day of pampering and rejuvenation. We’ve rounded up our 10 favourite spas from around the world- so read on to decide where you’ll be heading for your relaxation day…
Thermae Bath Spa
What’s on offer? An open-air rooftop pool, whirlpool thermal bath and aroma steam rooms, all fed by Bath’s naturally warm, mineral-rich thermal waters.
Where is it? Bath Street, Bath, UK
How much? From £57 for a spa day (not including treatments)
Best for: You can’t go to Bath and not go to the bath! The Thermae Bath Spa is all about the views: new meets old as the historic spa buildings blend with the contemporary design of the brand new rooftop pool. Sit back, relax and watch the world go by as the thermal spring waters work their magic.
Don’t miss: Their signature Watsu treatment (£64 for 50 mins), which combines massage and acupressure to lull you into a state of deep relaxation. What profit targets?!
Find out more here.
The Lush Spa
What’s on offer? A spa that looks traditionally English, but offers treatments that are anything but ordinary, featuring fresh handmade products and specially designed soundtracks.
Where is it? Dotted around major UK cities including London, Leeds and Liverpool
How much? From £40 per treatment
Best for: Something different. At Lush spas, you can choose from a menu of quirky spa treatments featuring everything from pyjamas and Beatles songs to bubble baths and meditation techniques, all perfectly choreographed to their bespoke soundtracks. If you’re a seasoned spa-goer, try this for a break from the norm.
Don’t miss: The Comforter treatment is ideal if you’re feeling in need of some TLC. Think warm and cosy duvets, hot chocolate scented products and a medium-pressure massage accompanied by dreamy music and rose-scented bubbles. You can listen to the soundtrack here and relax without even stepping away from your desk (just watch it doesn’t send you to sleep).
Have a look at the other treatments on offer here.
The Chocolate Spa
What’s on offer? Spa treatments with a touch of chocolate, inspired by chocolate magnate Milton S. Hershey.
Where is it? Hotel Hershey, Central Pennsylvania, USA
How much? From $200 for a day spa package
Best for: Chocoholics! Well, not really. It sounds like a bit of a gimmick, but the Chocolate Spa is actually elegant, luxurious and most of all, relaxing. The treatments might be chocolate-infused, but the spa itself has stained glass windows, polished marble landings, breathtaking views and roses throughout (and there’s not a Hershey wrapper to be seen).
Don’t miss: The Chocolate Escape package, featuring a whipped cocoa bath, chocolate sugar scrub, chocolate fondue wrap and a cocoa massage. You’ll leave smelling good enough to eat.
St Pancras Spa
What’s on offer? A spa with the ‘wow’ factor, set in the impressive St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and featuring treatments inspired by visitors from around the world.
Where is it? A stone’s throw from King’s Cross and St Pancras, London- perfect for some last-minute pre-travel pampering.
How much? Packages from £100
Best for: Escaping from reality (and the stress of the trading charts)- the spa’s underground design and idyllic decor mean you’ll completely forget about the hustle and bustle that’s waiting above the ground. And its convenient location makes squeezing some you-time into your busy trading week that little bit easier.
Don’t miss: A journey of the senses: choose from Africa, India or Indonesia and you’ll be swept away with a series of treatments inspired by your preferred location. It’s just like jetting off for an exotic getaway (if only for an hour or two).
Blue Lagoon Spa
What’s on offer? A natural, geothermal outdoor spa where you can enjoy the healing powers of seawater from 2,000 metres below the surface and soothe those aching muscles under a waterfall.
Where is it? Grindavik, Iceland
How much? From €35 for general entrance and from €60 for treatment packages
Best for: A unique spa experience: the Blue Lagoon is one of National Geographic’s “25 Wonders of the World” and is so impressive that people visit it just to look around. Enjoy the spectacular view, fresh air and six million litres of healing geothermal water as well as saunas, steam rooms and relaxation areas.
Don’t miss: For the complete experience, book a Spa Indulgence package. It includes your entrance to the spa and complimentary robe and slipper hire as well as an in-water massage, face exfoliation and mud mask (from €92 for 30 minutes). You even get complimentary samples of Blue Lagoon products to take home for when you need a five-minute getaway from those trading charts.
Ragdale Hall Spa
What’s on offer? What isn’t? The thermal spa at Ragdale Hall is like an indoor playground for adults: there’s a candle pool, indoor/outdoor waterfall pool, thought zone, volcanic salt bath, scented room, rose sauna and cave shower- to name but a few of the facilities on offer. And that’s not all- Ragdale Hall also has a top quality restaurant, numerous relaxation rooms with comfy loungers and beds to put your feet up, indoor and outdoor pools and a gym, exercise pool and programme of classes if you’re feeling energetic.
Where is it? Ragdale Hall, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK
How much? Day spa packages start from £69
Best for: Escaping to the countryside for a little me-time. Ragdale Hall’s extensive list of specially designed spa packages means there’s something for everyone no matter how you like to unwind. Let time slow down as you sit back in one of the relaxation areas, do a few laps of the exercise pool or play a round of tennis, and then retreat to the spa for an Elemis, Clarins or Decleor treatment. You deserve it!
Don’t miss: A Luxury Revive and Refresh day is perfect for Relaxation Day, including access to the spa from 8.30am-6pm, a choice of relaxing treatments, buffet lunch and afternoon tea with a glass of sparkling pink moscato. Cheers! (From £142.50)
Aire Ancient Baths
What’s on offer? A bathing ritual inspired by our Greek and Roman ancestors, involving a series of bath chambers in varying temperatures for a revitalising experience.
Where is it? 88 Franklin Street, New York City, USA
How much? From $75 for access to the thermal baths (not including treatments)
Best for: A touch of history in your spa day: the Aire Ancient Baths are inspired by ancient bathing rituals and brought up-to-date with contemporary design, aromatherapy rooms and jet baths.
Don’t miss: The signature Red Wine ritual, perfect from traders prone to the occasional tipple. It starts with a Red Wine soak famed for its antioxidant properties, followed by a four-handed head massage infused with wine oil essence and the famous thermal bath experience (from $500 for 210 mins).
What’s on offer? The famous darkened dome pool, saunas and steam baths: all accompanied by relaxing oceanic music.
Where is it? Berlin, Germany
How much? From €19.50 for two hours (treatments and towel and robe hire extra)
Best for: A moment of quiet relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Liquidrom is also a must-see for modern architecture fans: lie back in the warm saltwater pool at the foot of the darkened dome, illuminate by moonlight through the circular window at the highest point.
Don’t miss: Their signature special infusions take place in a traditional Finnish sauna: choose from salt, ice, honey, fruit, beer and essential oil infusions- all included in the standard entrance price.
Chewton Glen Spa
What’s on offer? Aromatherapy saunas and crystal steam rooms, relaxation suites, whirlpools and bespoke treatments.
Where is it? Chewton Glen Hotel, Hampshire, UK
How much? Spa offers available from £50
Best for: Hiding away- you can even book a treehouse to stay in if you really want to get away from it all, and the spa therapists will come to you and provide treatments in the privacy of your very own treehouse suite. And you’ll be in safe hands: the Chewton Glen Spa was recently voted the Laurent Perrier Relais and Chateux Best Spa’.
Don’t miss: The brand-new treatment rooms newly opened for Summer 2014, whether you choose an exclusive Linda Meredith facial, massage or manicure. You can view the full treatment menu here.
The Spa at Ventana
What’s on offer? A refuge from the stress of daily life, featuring Japanese baths and sauna in a beautifully designed patio garden and a spa treatment to fix every worry.
Where is it? Ventana Big Sur, CA, USA
How much? Treatments start from $135
Best for: Getting that Joie de Vivre back- the Ventana Inn is part of the Joie de Vivre Hotels group.
Don’t miss: The unique Couples Experience. If the busy trading charts have meant you’ve been neglecting your better half, make it up to them with this romantic spa day featuring an oversized Jacuzzi tub, candles, a fireplace, gourmet chocolates, massages, tea and you!
Find out more and view the full treatment list here.