As much fun as travelling can be, it can sometimes take a toll on your body as you experience a different climate and suffer the effects of jetlag. Worse if you are travelling on a tight schedule when you have to hurry through everything.
If you find yourself in Spain you will be pleased to know that the country boasts a vast choice of wellness centres, from urban solutions to exotic getaway. Here is our list of Spain's best.
Instituto Medico Laser is the perfect answer to a quick fix in the heart of the city. An elegant entrance to a historic building ushers you into this trusted institute where doctors and medical specialists are on hand to perform everything from skin rejuvenation to plastic surgery. The first consultation is free so stop by to discuss the best treatment for you during your stay in Madrid. You can expect to go beyond skin deep at IML.
Instituto Médico Láser, Paseo General Martínez Campos, 33, 28010 Madrid,
Tel. +34 91 7024 627, www.iml.es/
Life & Men, as its name suggests, is an aesthetics studio dedicated to the gents. From basic facials to advanced skincare treatments, from body wraps to therapeutic massages, and from hair removal to pedicures, this studio also provides dermatology and physical therapy services. Professionals at Life & Men will personalize your programme according to your needs. With locations in Madrid, Barcelona, Murcia, Mallorca and Tenerife, it takes good care of jet-setting men wherever they go.
Madrid: Calle Padre Damián, 29, 28036 Madrid, Tel. +34 91 1853 355. Barcelona: Calle Mayor, 25, 08870 Sitges, Tel. +34 93 8113 839 www.lifemen.com/
Iradier Club Mujer is a women’s health and sports membership club. The first 10 readers of LUXOS who contact Iradier can enjoy a day there for free! On its extensive property, you will find a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym, tennis court, golf course, hot yoga and dance studios and much more. Iradier is best known for its thermal spring and spa where you can let your hair down and relax for an hour or two. Additional beauty treatments make this a genuine one-stop wellness destination where you will emerge feeling brand new from top to toe.
Iradier Club Mujer, Carrer Escoles Pies, 105, 08017 Barcelona, Tel. +34 93 2541 717, www.clubmetropolitan.net
For a more intimate and decidedly exotic experience, head to Silom Spa, an authentic Thai spa where you shouldn't miss the popular Royal Thai massage that works on your energy points. Silom Thai Ritual lets you indulge with exfoliation, moisturization, massage, hydrotherapy and a facial. You can also indulge in the Asian Revive treatment; a body scrub using Asian ingredients that are followed by an aromatherapeutic massage for true relaxation.
Silom Spa, Carrer de Valencia, 304, 08009 Barcelona, Tel. +34 93 2726 662, www.silomspa.com/
Overlooking the Mediterranean sea, Alicante is a beautiful region that makes you happy to feel alive . SHA Wellness Clinic does more than that: it creates a better, healthier version of you. With 93 suites, SHA consists of five buildings, Zen, Mediterranean and tropical gardens, swimming pools and waterfalls, the Shamadi restaurant, a boutique and a 2,000-square-metre wellness area, all spread out on Albir Beach. From half-day and 14-day spa visits, to extensive aesthetics programmes that sculpt the body, it simply redefines ‘wellness’.
Strung-out, sleeping badly, chain-smoking, or simply want to unwind and even lose a few kilos? SHA has a solution for virtually every malaise. Choose from an impressive list of massages, facials and specialized therapies like traditional Chinese medicine. This is just the tip of the iceberg, as you will also find preventive medicine, specialized diagnostics and lifestyle solutions at SHA.
SHA Wellness Clinic, Calle de Verderol, 5, El Albir, 03581 Alicante, Tel. +34 96 6811 199 www.shawellnessclinic.com/
For 180-degree change, imagine the Far East located right on the slopes of Sierra Cortina in Alicante. What will it be like? Barceló Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa is your gateway into Asia, featuring exquisite Balinese-style accommodations and full pampering facilities. For a relaxing weekend getaway this summer, experience the 2-day Jankaseam programme at its exotic Thai spa that treats you to a body exfoliation, salt bath and aroma massage on day one, and a traditional Thai massage and facial treatment on day two.
Alternatively, why not transform your weekend visit into a long summer vacation? Barceló has three breathtaking outdoor infinity pools, two 18-hole golf courses, three theme parks, four Asian and Mediterranean restaurants and state-of-the-art meeting rooms, which means you can have the perfect excuse to mix business with pleasure, all against the stunning backdrop of the Costa Blanca.
Barceló Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai SPA, Glorieta del Fuego, s/n, Área del Parque Temático Terra Mítica, 03502, Benidorm, Alicante, Tel. +34 96 6818 400, www.barcelo.com/
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