The Wellness Principle: The Most Exquisite Spa Resorts in the World

These couple and bridal therapies in some of the world’s most exquisite spa resorts will increase your health and well-being quotient, and add a dash of romance at the same time.

ROMANCE PACKAGE at Conrad, Maldives
It’s reputed to be a spa-lover’s paradise, and why not? The Conrad spas—both equally beautiful, set in thatched-roof over-water suites on stilts, where guests can see the coral reef below during their treatment. Spa rituals are inspired by the seven chakras, leaving you blissful inside out. Their Romance package promises “to put the zing back in your relationship”. It includes a naturopathic consultation, a couple’s massage class, an aromatherapy massage and an Ayurvedic massage for each, an Éminence scrub, and a couple’s facial. Price: US$ 975 (INR 58,500 approx) per couple. Treatment time: 330 minutes

The spa at Conrad, Maldives
The spa at Conrad, Maldives

THE ULTIMATE COUPLE’S EXPERIENCE at Viceroy Resort, Sugar Beach
Set at the edge of the glittering Caribbean Sea at St Lucia, West Indies, the Viceroy Resort at Sugar Beach sits on an 18th-century sugar plantation. Their new Rainforest spa utilises rituals and ingredients inspired by the local environment, including the legendary Caribbean banana and decadent cocoa butter. With seven traditionally built treatment rooms, you are transported to another time and space as you indulge in their Ultimate Couple’s Experience. This includes four treatments for each and a light lunch served in your cabana. Treatments include foot and leg exfoliation and massage to rev up circulation; a body polish made of sea salt and raw coconut to gently revive the skin, exfoliate dead cells and leave your skin feeling smooth and refreshed; a choice of luxurious aromatic body massages; a hydrating facial enriched with lactic acid and vitamins A and C; and time alone by yourself in your own natural Watsu pool. Price: US$ 695 (INR 41,700 approx) per couple. Treatment time: 180 minutes

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Rainforest spa at Viceroy, Sugar Beach

PRE-WEDDING SPA & WELLNESS PACKAGE at Zara Spa, Mövenpick Resort, The Dead Sea
Since the beginning of time, Dead Sea in Jordan for its medicinal and healing properties; no reason why the bride shouldn’t enjoy a bit of pampering before her wedding—all in the name of good health, of course. The three-day bridal package here starts with a holistic lifestyle consultation and includes a salt scrub and aromatherapy massage on day one; an ‘exceptional’ mud wrap and milk bath on day two; and a purifying traditional hammam along with a Thalgo Purity can also have a spa manicure, pedicure and hairstyling. Price: JOD 550 (INR 46,600 approx) per person. Total time: 310 minutes plus salon treatments

Zara Spa, Mövenpick Resort, The Dead Sea
Zara Spa, Mövenpick Resort, The Dead Sea

SWADHISTANA at Sayan, Four Seasons Bali
Named after the sacral chakra located in the lower abdomen, this treatment targets your ‘sexual virility, fertility, self-worth, and creativity’. According to the ancient Hindu system of healing, balancing the Swadhistana chakra is important for emotional energy. In Indonesia, this chakra plays an important role during wedding ceremonies, and rituals related to pregnancy and young adulthood, and at the Sayan Spa, couples are given this treatment together to ‘renew happiness and reinvigorate the desire for love and life’. It includes a deep lymphatic scrub, a Vichy shower, a detoxing bath, and an elixir to drink. This is nourishing oils of jasmine, patchouli, rose, and sandalwood. You finish with the ‘breath of peace’ meditation. Price: RP 4.1 million (INR 21,000 approx) per couple. Total time: 240 minutes

Four Seasons Bali
Four Seasons Bali

First published in the June 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Bride 

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