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The world’s top five luxury spas

Sha Wellness, Alicante Spain

Lisa Brown and Amanda Camilleri, founders of The Luxury Spa Edit, pick out their top five luxury spas.

“Europe now boasts some of the most luxurious and innovative spas in the world, covering everything from anti-ageing and cosmetic dentistry to Chinese medicine, holistic massages and reflexology. Here are The Luxury Spa Edit picks the very best,” Lisa told Luxury Lifestyle Magazine.

Brenners Park Hotel & Villa Stephanie, Baden Baden, Germany


Villa Stephanie, the multimillion pound spa and medical centre attached to the world-famous Brenners Park Hotel is billed as one of ‘Europe’s most impressive and innovative new spas’, and it lives up to expectations. Whether you want a seriously good massage, a complete dental makeover or a full check run on your blood, you can get it here. There’s an ultra-modern medical centre with doctors, physiotherapists, a cosmetic dentist, nutritionists and, of course, the uber-luxurious beauty spa.

Clinique La Prairie, Montreaux, Switzerland

Clinique La Prairie

Famed for its stem cell therapy CLP has long been a popular choice for European royalty and rock stars for – past guests are said to include Mick Jagger and Marlene Dietrich. A serene and tranquil setting, The Medical Centre, Chateaux and Residences are scattered throughout manicured gardens and lush green lawns and set against a majestic mountain backdrop.

The iconic Swiss clinic has an impressive state of the art spa with 18 treatment rooms, a private treatment suite, a hydrotherapy circuit and a thermal suite and offers some of the best aesthetic treatments in the world. 

Corinthia & ESPA Life, London

Corinthia & ESPA Life

A hop and a skip from Trafalgar Square, the grand Victorian building houses some of the most stylish suites and imaginative penthouses in London. The hotel’s vast state-of-the-art ESPA Life spa is set over four floors and includes sleep pods, a nine metre swimming pool, a vitality pool with massage jets, an amphitheatre sauna, ice fountain and relaxation areas with heated beds where you can relax and be hypnotised by the glow of ambient fireplaces. Globally acclaimed naturopaths, traditional Chinese medicine acupuncturists and herbalists, osteopaths, personal trainers and spa professionals, tailor personal lifestyle Programmes to promote optimal health and wellbeing.

Sha Wellness, Alicante, Spain

Sha Wellness

Set in a mountainside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and part of the Sierra Helada Natural Park, (recognised by the World Health Organisation as having one of the world’s best climates), the celebrated luxury wellbeing retreat marries western medical expertise with eastern alternative therapies. Sha boasts everything from Zen tropical gardens, yoga pavilions, holistic treatments and hydrotherapy circuits to a fully functioning medi-clinic. Luxurious minimalist suites span three contemporary buildings (all communal areas and some suites are adapted for those with reduced mobility – a big gold star in my book) with the spa, hydrotherapy and treatments rooms spanning the ground floor.

Nescens Spa at La Reserve, Geneva


Attached to the stunning La Reserve hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva, Nescens Spa is renowned for its fabulous Better-Ageing programmes. The programmes offer a unique range of services developed by the Nescens brand scientific committee – medical specialists with expertise in the realms of preventive and anti-ageing, as well as aesthetic medicine. Facilities at the uber-luxe spa include an indoor pool, his and hers steam and saunas, a manicure and pedicure station and the top class healthy eatery – Café Lauren. There’s also impressive gym offering a full range of cardio and weight machines as well a Kinesis room. Top Swiss nutrionalists, osteopaths and personal trainers are on hand to get you in to shape. 

The Luxury Spa Edit is founded by celebrity beauty expert and makeup artist to the stars, Lisa Brown and media director Amanda Camilleri. They have curated a trusted online platform to source the perfect wellbeing or spa destination around the globe bespoke to the user’s very own wellbeing desires. With a whole host of industry renowned guest contributors, The Luxury Spa Edit honestly reviews over 300 spas globally.