Travel Picks: Top 10 spa destinations

Fri Nov 5, 2010 9:22am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Hydrotherapy, massages and ancient Thai healing practices are just a few of the spa treatments offered to luxury hotel guests around the world.

To help travelers looking for therapeutic relaxation, online hotel specialist website ( offers its top 10 list of spa hotels. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Lyall Hotel and Spa in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne's only privately owned and operated five star hotel, the Lyall Hotel and Spa offers is situated in the heart of South Yarra, in close proximity to dozens of Melbourne's designer fashion stores and world-class restaurants. After a day of shopping, guests can unwind with a hydrotherapy session or Swedish-style massage in one of the spa's eight treatment rooms, set over three floors. The Spa's signature treatment is an Exotic Ancient DIY Rassoul, a must-try.

2. Grand Wailea - The Waldorf Astoria in Maui, Hawaii

Grand Wailea guests can indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment that unites Thalassotherapy with ancient eastern and Hawaiian philosophies. Spa Grande boasts a 4,600 sq. m (49,510 sq ft) palace of indulgence that offers over 100 different treatments, many of which incorporate Hawaiian-grown ingredients. Guests can indulge in the spa's Hydrotherapy Circuit which offers water therapies featuring five aromatic baths to soothe the mind, body and spirit. Alternatively, the signature therapy, Pala'au Journey includes a Lomi Lomi massage that is followed by a full body cocoon and a foot and scalp treatment that utilizes the healing plants of Hawaii.

3. Les Fermes de Marie le Lodge Park in Megeve, France

Famous for its golf and skiing, the town of Megeve, nestled in the French Alps, is vibrant in both winter and summer. With designer furniture, open fireplaces and rustic touches, Les Fermes de Marie Le Lodge Park is a wonderfully atmospheric hotel but the Pure Balance Spa is the real show piece of this hotel. After a day hitting the slopes or hiking through the Alps, guests can enjoy one of the exceptional treatments available such from tailored baths and massages to body scrubs.

4. Hyatt Regency in Hua Hin, Thailand   Continued...

<p>The Grand Wailea at The Waldorf Astoria in Maui, Hawaii. REUTERS/Handout</p>