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Feel like being pampered? Catherine Cooper rounds up the most luxurious spa hotels in some popular city break destinations – along with suggestions for where to go if your budget won’t quite stretch to these opulent options!
This stunning 19th-floor spa includes indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam rooms and ten treatment rooms, where you can have chocolate, caviar, honey or spices massaged onto your body – if that’s what you fancy!
The hotel is also home to Rome’s only three-star Michelin restaurant in Rome, while the Penthouse Suite features a private roof garden with a Jacuzzi overlooking St. Peter’s Basilica – quite a view. Double rooms start from around £228.
Out of your price range? The Radisson Blu ES Hotel is an excellent but more reasonable option, with a 7th floor spa (including a Finnish sauna) and a rooftop pool. Double rooms start from around £138.
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Not just a luxury hotel (although it is that too), Hotel Molitor is home to one of Paris’s most famous swimming pools – although it sat derelict for 20 years after its closure in 1989.
Having reopened in May 2014, the hotel now also features a huge outdoor pool, which is heated to 28C and open all year round, plus the historic 1930s indoor pool and a Clarins spa – the biggest hotel spa in Paris. Sleek rooms overlooking the pool are available, plus there’s a roof terrace for cocktails with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Double rooms start from around £257.
Out of your price range? A great option for those with kids is the Vienna House Dream Castle, which as well as being close to Disneyland has a heated pool (with slide), sauna, hot tub, steam room and treatments available. Double rooms start from around £70.
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What makes The Berkeley super-special is its 7th-floor rooftop pool – tiled in dazzling white and gold mosaic, it features a retractable roof which can be removed on those rare occasions that London basks in sunshine. A wide range of treatments, facials and body wraps are available, including a ‘Gold Fine Body Wrap with Champagne and Grape’ body wrap which is every bit as decadent as it sounds.
The hotel itself has various bar and restaurant options and offers a special ‘Prêt-a-Portea’ afternoon tea inspired by the latest catwalk creations, which changes with the seasons – it currently includes a red velvet chocolate Prada handbag cake. Double rooms start from an eye-watering £870.
Out of your price range? Not surprising! Instead, try the hip K West Hotel & Spa which has a small spa with hot tub, sauna and steam room – plus a snow room. There’s also an in-house DJ in the lobby on Friday and Saturday nights. Double rooms from around £159.
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Overlooking the iconic Central Park, The Plaza offers traditional rooms with Louis XIV-inspired furnishings and service from butlers wearing white gloves, plus mosaic floors, 24-carat gold plated taps and an iPad in every room.
The hotel’s opulent Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, which offers treatments based on wine including a Merlot wrap and crushed Cabernet scrub, includes two hammams and 14 treatment rooms. Double rooms start from a hefty £517.
Out of your price range? Try the achingly trendy W Hotel, with its bright and airy 2,000 square metre Bliss Spa which features mani-pedi stations with personal headsets and TVs. Double rooms start from around £195.
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With a video art gallery and a library featuring a chandelier hung with tiny video screens, Andaz is far from your typical luxury spa hotel, with free soft drinks and snacks in the minibars and bikes to borrow for exploring the city.
The spa features a sauna, rain showers and relaxation area, and treatments include a ‘Martini ‘n’ Manicure’ – which is exactly as it sounds. Double rooms start from around £287.
Out of your price range? Try Spa Sport Hotel Zuiver, which offers a massive 13,000 metre square spa with a huge array of saunas and hot rooms (including a music sauna and a colour therapy sauna), plus a swimming pool, aroma baths, a cold plunge pool and a waterfall for cooling off. Double rooms start from around £84.
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Despite having only 15 rooms, the chic ABaC hotel also offers a two Michelin-starred restaurant, a Zen garden and a spa including a hot tub with underwater beds, hammam, plunge pool and two treatment cabins.
Rooms are modern, light and airy with clean lines and all feature chromotherapy Jacuzzis, with the biggest suite also offering a 70 metre square terrace. Double rooms start from around £200.
Out of your price range? Hotel SB Diagonal Zero is in the city’s business district but within 15 minutes of the centre of town by Metro. It’s got a fabulous 17th-floor rooftop outdoor pool as well as an indoor pool with massage beds, ice fountain, sauna and hammam. Double rooms start from around £87.
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Tapping into the city’s thermal springs, The Gainsborough’s Spa Village is set beneath a four-storey glass atrium and includes two natural thermal pools, saunas, a steam room, an ice alcove and relaxation areas.
There are eleven treatment rooms offering aromatherapy-based therapies, and also spa rooms which offer in-bathroom access to the thermal waters. Double rooms start from around £285.
Out of your price range? Try The Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel, which features an Elemis spa with seven treatment rooms, an indoor pool, a whirlpool, and an outdoor hydrotherapy pool, plus saunas, a steam room and a gym. Double rooms start from around £160.
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At the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz you can take it easy or pump it up – relax by the 18-metre indoor pool or try out the property’s 700 square-metre fitness facilities which include a pilates studio and a 400-metre running track on the roof of the hotel. Featured spa treatments currently include the ‘Princess for a day’ options, which features a manicure, pedicure, a body scrub and a facial, plus more…
Bathrooms are marble and most rooms feature private terraces – the Presidential Suite has five! Double rooms start from around £345.
Out of your price range? The Sheraton Lisboa Hotel and Spa offers an outdoor pool, hammam, sauna, Jacuzzi, gym and seven treatment rooms – plus there’s a rooftop bar and restaurant with stunning views of the city and Tagus River. Double rooms start from around £138.
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The elegant La Maison Arabe, which opened in 1946, offers two hammams where you can receive a traditional black soap body scrub, as well as five massage rooms, including a double option for couples or friends.
There’s a heated pool set into the hotel’s patio among olive trees and roses, as well as another at the hotel’s own country club, a 15-minute complimentary shuttle-ride away. Most rooms have fireplaces and private terraces, and if you get bored of simply relaxing, the hotel runs traditional Moroccan cookery workshops. Double rooms start from around £167.
Out of your price range? The ultra-modern Dar Sabra Resort and Spa features cubist architecture and six swimming pools, plus hammams, massage rooms and tennis courts. Double rooms start from around £84.
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