Going on vacation is typically a pursuit of relaxation and rejuvenation – a chance to detach from normal life and fully indulge. However, there is nothing less relaxing than having to share a tranquil swimming pool or sauna with anyone other than your loved ones – which is why the top wellness suites in the world all have one key feature: privacy.
Our roundup of the very best wellness suites, villas and residences in the world’s most luxurious locations is based on comprehensive data from our active database of top suites. Presented in a searchable format, this database acts as the ideal starting point for vacation planning – especially as the ongoing health crisis has ensured that both wellness and seclusion sit at the forefront of travelers’ minds.
Each of the wellness suites in this guide offers an elevated level of privacy with minimal interaction with other hotel guests, as well as a sense of complete relaxation. From remote villas with a spa in every room to in-suite Jacuzzi tubs with star ceilings, these suites are the pinnacle of indulgence.
Maharajah’s Pavilion, The Raj Palace – India
With 16,000 sq ft set over four floors, The Maharajah’s Pavilion is fit for royalty. The decor throughout the suite is equally regal, with ornate gold leaf adorning the walls, dripping chandeliers hanging from the ceilings and antique furniture in each room.
However, it is on the suite’s top floor that the impressive wellness facilities make themselves known. In the era of maharajas, the top floor acted as the pleasure pavilion for royal guests – now it offers a rooftop terrace with views across Jaipur. On the rooftop, guests will find a private swimming pool and Jacuzzi, as well a large lounge and bar. The top floor is also home to an exclusive spa room where guests can enjoy treatments in complete privacy.
Three Bedroom Beach Pool Residence, Anantara Kihavah Maldives – Maldives
Any private residence in the idyllic setting of the Maldives is guaranteed to provide the ultimate level of relaxation but tucked away on an all but deserted island, Anantara Kihavah’s collection of villas promise (and deliver) a new level of luxury.
With a host of private facilities, the Three Bedroom Beach Pool Residence is the Maldivian resort’s crowning jewel. The villa’s infinity private pool is fringed by lush green foliage, guaranteeing a relaxing and secluded swim. On the other side of this greenery, guests will find their very own portion of pristine beach, with the warm waves of the Indian Ocean acting as the earth’s natural spa.
For further indulgence, guests are invited to the resort’s main spa, housed in a collection of over-water suites. Offering signature massages, facials and hair and beauty treatments in pristine settings, the award-winning Anantara Spa is considered one of the best in the Maldives.
Rahimoana, Eagle’s Nest – New Zealand
Overlooking the Bay of Islands, Rahimoana villa sits in one of the most stunning natural landscapes that New Zealand has to offer – which is no mean feat, considering the competition. As Rahimoana is the premium accommodation the Eagle’s Nest retreat has to offer, not a single detail has gone unconsidered. Designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape, the villa is the pinnacle of modern minimalism.
Intriguing futuristic elements are seen in both the architecture and interior, with floor-to-ceiling glass creating an unrivaled sense of indoor-outdoor living. Outside there is an 82-ft infinity pool and heated Jacuzzi with views across the bay, while the inside holds a well-appointed gym and sauna. Rahimoana guests can also arrange in-suite treatments for complete seclusion from the outside world.
John Jacob Astor Estate, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort – Maldives
A Maldivian villa with a private spa is luxurious; a Maldivian villa with a private spa per room, on the other hand, is an unrivaled level of decadence. For travelers seeking this degree of privacy and seclusion, only the John Jacob Astor Estate at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort will do.
Covering 16,000 sq ft, in addition to the individual spa suites, the three-bedroom estate features an expansive swimming pool leading to secluded access to the seafront. The decking space also includes a whirlpool and plunge pool, both of which have uninterrupted views across the ocean.
The ultra-luxe accommodation also offers a dedicated exercise room, complete with cardio and weight machines to help guests achieve an overall sense of well-being in both body and mind.
Grand Reserve Villa, Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Mexico
Water takes center stage in the approach to well-being at Zadún, with the resort’s spa drawing upon its healing elements to promote circulation and improve the immune system. This approach to health and wellness is continued into the resort’s premium accommodation, the Grand Reserve Villa, which is described as an outdoor paradise.
As with the main spa, the villa allows natural healing powers to shine through, with an inviting plunge pool on the villa’s terrace reflecting the sparkling sea it overlooks. The provision of luxury amenities provided, which includes botanical products from Spa Alkemia, natural fiber slippers and personal wellness essentials, ensure a stress-free vacation, while immersive outdoor rainforest showers allow guests to truly feel at one with the stunning natural surroundings.
Ty Warner Mansion, Las Ventanas Al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort – Mexico
When it comes to wellness, the Ty Warner Mansion’s rooftop terrace is the star of the show at this exclusive Mexican sanctuary. Accessed via a private elevator, the 9,000-sq-ft terrace features a glass-bottomed swimming pool, a whirlpool spa and a massage pavilion (where each guest can enjoy a complimentary signature massage), all with a view across the Sea of Cortez.
Below the terrace is another highlight of the Ty Warner Mansion: the 328-ft beachfront infinity pool, complete with sunken, in-pool living room. From this vantage point, the pool seamlessly blends with the ocean, making it one of the best spots from which to witness the blazing sun sink below the horizon. When the night sets in, the mansion experience isn’t complete without a fireworks display, which is available on request.
Presidential Suite, Bürgenstock Hotel and Alpine Spa – Switzerland
Overlooking the picturesque Lake Lucerne, Bürgenstock Hotel and Alpine Spa is known as being one of the most indulgent spa hotels in Switzerland, with extensive facilities including an infinity pool and an alpine spa garden. In a hotel regarded so highly for its wellness facilities, it should come as no surprise that the top suite is equally as committed to guest well-being. Although the suite doesn’t meet all the criteria within our data, the exclusive spa facilities on offer made it prime for an honorable mention in this roundup.
In the ultra-luxe Presidential Suite at Bürgenstock Hotel and Alpine Spa, you will find a private spa room complete with Jacuzzi, panorama sauna and a star-ceilinged rain shower, all of which have sublime panoramic views across the lake. The Presidential Suite also boasts an adjoining massage therapy room, cementing its status as one of the top wellness suites in the world.
Panorama Suite, The Alpina Gstaad – Switzerland
As a country renowned for its authentic and pioneering spa techniques and facilities, two Swiss hotels appearing on our roundup of the top wellness suites is no shock. The second on our list is the Panorama Suite at The Alpina Gstaad, which has been imagined with health and well-being at the core of its design. As with Bürgenstock Hotel and Alpine Spa’s Presidential Suite, the Panorama Suite doesn’t fully fit our data-led criteria – but again, the amenities on offer made it hard to leave out.
In addition to the three bedrooms and expansive living space, the Panorama Suite also includes a fully private, ultra-luxurious spa area, complete with a sauna, steam room, fitness equipment and massage corner, preventing the need to cross paths with other hotel guests.
Completing the luxurious offering is an outdoor Jacuzzi with views out across the Bernese Alps. Each of the bedrooms is spacious and comfortable, but the master offers an added level of indulgence with the presence of an underlit, oversized freestanding bathtub and a rainfall shower.
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This article appears in the 26 Aug 2021 issue of the New Statesman, Fall 2021