Visiting new cities is always exciting, but traveling can be physically and mentally draining sometimes. With cancelled flights and long layovers, a little peace and quiet can go a long way.
So, why not kick back and get pampered before you go out and explore? From luxury thermal springs in Italy to an invigorating facial in Australia, we found eight amazing spa treatments around the world that will make you feel like a million bucks without breaking the bank.
Revitalizing Thermal Springs in Tuscany
Tucked away in the Tuscan countryside, Terme di Saturnia is a spa and golf resort that boasts a wide variety of specialty spa services and a thermal park. For just $68 you can treat yourself to all-day access at their beautiful thermal park — including thermal springs, hot and cold whirlpools, thermal waterfalls, saunas, a Turkish bath and more. Don’t worry about packing your bathrobe and slippers — that’s included in the price too. These waters have a long list of benefits including tension relief, natural exfoliation, deep cleansing and respiratory system relief. If you find yourself in north-central Italy, this luxe spa is a must.
Refreshing Facial in Melbourne
Air travel can take a toll on your skin — dryness, blemishes, oiliness — everyone’s skin reacts differently. If you have 30 minutes to spare in Melbourne, head over to the serene Sheraton Spa for a rejuvenating facial. Facials can get very expensive, but this spa offers three different types for $75. Choose from a hydrating facial with Hyaluronic Acid, a detoxifying facial with volcanic ash or a gentleman’s facial for all skin types. Leave feeling refreshed and ready to take on this Australian city.
Rhassoul Clay Bath in Oslo
Oslo, the capital city of Norway, is home to The Well, the largest spa and bathhouse in the Nordic region. Known for its 10,500 square meter traditional Roman-style spa, The Well also has a variety of unique treatments. For just $23 you can partake in a private and luxurious rhassoul clay bath ritual. Begin with a salt scrub to remove dead skin cells and increase circulation. Then, continue to the relaxing rhassoul room to spread the rejuvenating clay onto your body while soothing steam is fed into the dimly lit room. Relax as your skin reaps the benefits. Rhassoul clay is rich in minerals to nourish your skin. You will leave feeling relaxed, polished and ready for your day in this beautiful Norwegian city. If you have some extra time, check out their traditional bathhouse for only $45.
Calming Hot-Stone Treatments in Chicago
A hot-stone treatment can provide some much-needed tension relief after a busy day. If you haven’t tried one yet, this treatment consists of water-heated stones being placed on key points of the body and is usually combined with a massage. The heat relaxes your muscles and is even said to reduce chronic pain. The Renee Day Spa in downtown Chicago has a few great hot stone options that won’t empty your wallet. Try a hot stone manicure for $40 or a pedicure for $75. For ultimate stress-relief, choose a 30-minute full-body hot stone massage for $65 or a 60-minute massage for $110. No matter which you choose, your body will thank you.
Traditional Hammam Spa in Istanbul
For a truly authentic Turkish Bath, or Hammam, experience go to Kılıç Ali Paşa Hammam in Istanbul. The full Hammam ritual is only $50 and will leave you feeling refreshed and well-cultured. The experience begins in a warm steam room where you will lay on a heated marble bed to relax your mind and soften your skin. Then, it’s time for full-body exfoliation to smooth the skin followed by a special soap rinse to cleanse. You can also add a massage to the end of the ritual to further your experience, starting at $35 for a foot massage. This is one unique spa ritual that you won’t want to miss out on.
Rooftop Luxury in Stockholm
Spending time in a buzzing city like Stockholm is exciting, but sometimes it’s nice to slow things down. The Selma City Spa is conveniently located in the heart of the city and is the perfect place for some downtime. Catch a breathtaking view from this spa’s heated rooftop swimming pool. The entry fee is about $35 and includes access to the sauna, pool and lounge for three hours. The spa also boasts a variety of treatments ranging from massages to makeup and nail services. You're sure to have a great day in Sweden’s capital city at this tranquil spa.
Sensory Massage in Marrakesh
If you find yourself in central Morocco, the Spa at La Mamounia in Marrakesh is a must-see. The ornate detail of the spa’s facility is breathtaking, with traditional Moroccan architecture and intricate tilework. Enjoy a personalized full-body massage using their signature argan oil for an incredible sensory experience. This 30-minute massage costs about $85 and is perfect for an on-the-go traveler in need of some relaxation before another adventure.
Herbal Massage in Bangkok
If you’re in need of some relaxation in Bangkok, the vibrant capital city of Thailand, head over to the Oasis Spa for one of their traditional massages. While there are some great options to choose from, our pick is the Thai herbal hot compress massage. This treatment uses carefully selected herbs to stimulate the senses, combined with heat and massaging to relax deep muscle tissue and treat energy lines. This 60-minute treatment costs about $35 and promotes the body’s natural healing process. A perfect solution to sore muscles after a long plane ride to Southeast Asia.
About the writer: A culture enthusiast and self-proclaimed foodie, Rachel Gresh was born in Pennsylvania and began traveling the country at a young age. Currently based in Florida, Rachel’s nomadic lifestyle has allowed her to go on more adventures, at home and abroad, than she ever thought possible.