Whether it’s a full-scale detox or just a serious pamper session, there’s no shortage of terrific spas to choose from.
The past year alone has seen the debut of hundreds of wellness oases across the globe — a sign, perhaps, that spas have transitioned from being a mere extravagance to an essential part of travel.
From health retreats on Sicily’s sun-kissed Mediterranean coast to high-end hammams in the Caribbean, we’ve handpicked the world’s 10 best new spas, based on service, treatments, amenities and ambiance.
Rocco Forte Spa at Verdura Resort (Sicily, Italy)
There’s no spa in Italy quite like the new, 43,000-square-foot Rocco Forte Spa on Sicily’s southwest coast.
For starters, it sits on its own private stretch of coastline, with uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean from almost every angle.
Unsurprisingly, the focus here is on thalassotherapy: the medicinal and therapeutic use of seawater and marine elements.
It has an extensive thalassotherapy circuit, consisting of four outdoor pools offering varying levels of salinity and heat.
Treatments, like the Seaweed Body Scrub ($130), incorporate locally sourced marine ingredients like kelp, sea salt and micronized algae to purify and detoxify the body.
Thalassotherapy aside, there’s also an infrared sauna, a 65-foot-long swimming pool and a juice bar that serves up organic, antioxidant-packed juices all day long.
Verdura Resort, Strada Statale 115, km 131 Contrada Verdura, 92019 Sciacca, Sicily Italy;