Here at Hero & Leander we appreciate the need for personal well-being and individual indulgence, but with so many world-class spas providing couples escapes and shared treatments it seems a shame to go solo. We have searched far and wide to bring you the best of the best when it comes to cleansing, recovery, relaxation and luxury pampering that can be enjoyed together.
Alila Villas Soori- Bali
Alila Villas Soori, located in Bali’s lesser-known southwest corner, has launched one of the world’s most extravagant spa experiences for couples. The luxurious four-night 96 Hour ‘Blackout’ themed stay is inspired by the resort’s infinite expanse of local black volcanic sand. The retreat begins with a VIP helicopter transfer from Ngurah Rai airport to the resort, which resides on a gentle slope above a soft, black-sand beach along the enchanting, azure Indian Ocean. When guests arrive, they will check into the Soori Residence villa – an exquisitely designed five-bedroom villa set amidst artfully landscaped gardens, open-air pavilions, tranquil terraces, and an infinity pool framed by panoramic ocean views. Two butlers and two housekeepers will be on hand to cater to every whim over the stay and guests won’t need to lift a finger. Over the next 96 hours, couples will experience 16 decadent spa treatments including the ‘Ice Recovery Black Roses Bath’ where a bath filled with iced bamboo charcoal cubes to cleanse pores, ‘Black Reflection’ a rejuvenating therapeutic massage involving two masseuses working in perfect balance and harmony, ‘Black Sweetness’ where couples will be slathered with honey mixed with Black Pearl powder and ‘Stars Unfold’ a relaxing bedtime warm stone massage under the stars. In between spa treatments, there are personalised romantic excursions on offer such as gourmet picnic lunches and delectable dinners on a moonlit private beach – all prepared by celebrated chef Fernando Trump. This once-in-a-lifetime retreat culminates in the ‘Royalty Revamp’, a day of beauty where guests are primped and styled to perfection, dressed in new custom-tailored traditional Balinese garments and treated to the splendours of a Balinese royal banquet. After the indulgence of the ‘96 Hours Blackout’ guests will leave feeling completely recharged and renewed.
The 96 Hours Blackout Retreat starts from £27,010 per couple based on two sharing the Soori Residence Villa and including all meals, spa treatments and activities.
Banyan Tree- Phuket
Located on the tranquil shores of Phuket’s Bang Tao Bay, the Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary sits in a secluded spot, surrounded by tranquil gardens. This boutique Phuket spa resort has been conceptually designed to provide a sanctuary for couples, leaving them revitalised and replenished following their stay. For a completely rejuvenating couples’ spa treatment package, the ‘Classic Rejuvenation’ bundle offers a selection of popular therapies combined to pamper from head to toe. Couples can enjoy stress-relieving detoxification with the warm herbal clay pot and Thai massage which provides rhythmic massaging to help release muscle tension and improve circulation. The face is then refreshed and soothed with a calming face massage with a jasmine pouch.
Brand new for 2016, Banyan Tree has launched the new Spa Sanctuary Villa category at Banyan Tree Phuket. Ideal for romantic couples, this new spa-centric experience includes unlimited spa treatments surrounded by stunning views, complemented by the signature Banyan Tree hospitality; all designed to awaken the five senses and kick start a wellness journey. On arrival, guests are welcomed at their villa with a soothing foot bath ritual, followed by a discussion with a professional therapist who will provide advice on the most suitable spa treatments. Guests can then enjoy unlimited spa treatments for two in the privacy of their villa or in the resort’s award-winning spa. In addition, couples can spend some quiet time with their loved one with a host of spa-inspired turn down experiences ranging from candlelight romance, sparkling wine, honey delights and more; each a welcome surprise every evening on return to their spa sanctuary.
Four Seasons Resort- Seychelles
The unique Spa at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is nestled in the hilltop overlooking Petite Anse Bay and was designed with couples in mind. Five of its treatment rooms are specifically designed for couples, with two massage tables, twin changing area and a large outdoor shower with deep sunken bath designed for sharing. The most popular ritual designed for two is their Blissful Connection ritual which lasts 180 minutes and includes a full body scrub, romantic bath and a body and facial massage. This nurturing ritual for couples focuses on the sacral, heart and crown chakras and involves a combination of exquisite essential oils: jasmine to stimulate the flow of love, rose to promote deep love and orange blossom to uplift the soul with higher energy. Side by side, couples receive a full-body scrub, a romantic bath, chakra-healing techniques and body and facial marma massage to open the energy fields and harmonise mind, body and spirit.
For more information please visit www.fourseasons.com/seychelles/ . The Blissful Connection Package is priced at 850 Euros per couple (plus 26.5% tax and service charge)
Amilla Fushi’s Javvu Spa- Maldives
Amilla Fushi’s Javvu Spa is a beautiful, home from home hang out with two sides to its nature – a private side and a social side. You can retreat into the protective canopy of the trees or chill out in the large, communal lounge for your treatments. With an ‘open door’ policy, you are welcome to simply stop by and flop, read a magazine on one of the comfy chairs or sofas, shop, nibble and have a drink (champagne and herbal tea) served from the drinks trolley – whether you’re booked in for a treatment or not and the only thing that whispers are the leaves in the trees. Couples can indulge in the Couples Connect treatment where they can enjoy a soothing and relaxing coconut milk bath for two before continuing the couples treatments with a body scrub, body massage, an Ananda facial and a Shirodhara treatment, a form of Ayurveda therapy and a blend of warm oils flowing soothingly over the third eye for inner peace and pure harmony between two souls. In addition, guests can choose from any treatment offered at Javvu spa and have it tailored for a two since the treatment pods are designed for couples.
For more information please visit www.amilla.mv/spa-resort-maldives. The Couples Connect treatment last 2hrs30 and starts from $500 per couple.
JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
Set on its own private 40 acre island, a 20 minute private shuttle journey from the iconic St Mark’s Square, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa offers couples a destination where they can enjoy complete peace and tranquillity while still being based in close proximity to one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. The resort offers a range of accommodation from wonderful double room suites in the hotel to the luxurious La Residenza & Maisonette accommodation with private gardens and pools. The resort’s award-winning GOCO Spa Venice is the perfect retreat for those looking to spend the day relaxing whilst enjoying the most stunning views of the surrounding lagoon. Guests can indulge in one of the spa’s luxurious facials, massages and treatments or relax in the indoor/outdoor pool, Hammam or sauna. The spa also has a separate luxurious Spa Suite which offers a private treatment room for two, where couples can enjoy treatments and relax together. The Spa Suite includes a private thermal suite and outdoor waterside terrace. Having only opened in May 2015, the spa has already been awarded with Spafinder’s “Best for Beauty and Anti-Aging” and “Best for the WOW factor” as well as the SENSES Wellness Award 2015 for “Best New European Spa”.
Prices for a deluxe room, 2 adults sharing, start from £287 per night. For reservations please visit http://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/vcejw-jw-marriott-venice-resort-and-spa/
La Sultana- Marrakech
The hotel features 28 bedrooms and suites, each with their own individual style, showcasing the best of Moroccan craftsmanship, a heated swimming pool surrounded by palm, banana and sica trees, and a restaurant serving western and local dishes. Daily cookery classes are on offer on its breath-taking rooftop terrace, which is the largest in the Golden Triangle and has 360 degree views of Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains.
The romance and mystique of Morocco is second to none, so start the magic at La Sultana Marrakech, which comprises five separate riads cleverly blended to create a relaxing oasis in the city, away from the bustle of the Kasbah. The 6,000sqm spa features a traditional Moroccan Hammam plus jacuzzi, sauna, outdoor massage room, balneotherapy baths and gym. The spa also features a specialised suite for couples to truly indulge in their time together. The Absolute Pleasure for romantic duo package includes a Royal Hammam, a 50-minute Signature Massage plus a pedicure for him and a manicure for her. La Sultana spa uses 100% natural products and offers signature treatments from facials to foot scrubs.
Song Saa- Cambodia
Escape from the worries of life, and rejuvenate with your loved one at Song Saa Private Island resort, one of Cambodia’s best kept secret paradises. Lose yourself in the natural world. No intrusions. No work. Just you and your soul mate. Resting on deep Buddhist philosophy, the undeveloped island presents deserted virgin rainforests, colourful coral reef and stretches of romantic white sandy beaches. Take a swim in the turquoise sea and be mesmerised by the vibrant life below your feet, or walk among the breath-taking foliage in the forests. It’s the perfect retreat for those looking to rekindle their love for nature, while awakening their senses and spending spiritual time together in one of the world’s most beautiful locations. Spa and health highlights include a 90 minute Karuna Kaya Massage, 120 minutes of Bio-rhythms, Rainforest Facial and a Stillness Bath Ritual.
Prices from £2,990.00 per person (8 Nights, Full Board and inclusive of 5 day wellness retreat program and including all flights/transfers from London via Bangkok and Siem Reap). Enquiries and bookings through www.fullcircletravel.co.uk, 0800 048 8772.
The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal- India
‘Untouched’ Kerala, a coastal state in India’s deep south, is known for its tranquillity and natural beauty, it’s fascinating culture and exotic cuisine. The region’s virgin beaches make it a popular international destination for those seeking a more laidback alternative to Goa. And one of the places to enjoy what is known as ‘God’s Own Country’ is undoubtedly The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal. This stunning hotel is nestled amid beautiful landscaped gardens with an internal lagoon that overlooks a pristine white sandy beach bathed by the blue waters of the Arabian Sea- what could be more perfect?. Surrounded by the river Nombili on three sides, and with a world class spa on site, it offers 26 acres of unparalleled luxury, privacy, comfort and serenity for you and your loved one to enjoy. The jewel in the crown of the Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal is The Rejuve Spa, a sanctuary for the senses where complete renewal of body, mind and spirit is achieved through bespoke therapies. The Spa offers a wide range of ayurvedic, aroma, herbal, international and beauty therapies together with rejuvenation, detox and weight management programmes using fresh natural products. One of the unique features of the spa is the herbal garden laid in the shape of a human body, with plants distributed according to its usage on specific parts of the body.
For more information please visit /www.thelalit.com/the-lalit-resort-spa-bekal/
The Resort at Paws Up- Montana, USA
The Resort at Paws Up opens its doors for the summer 2016 season on 15th April with a brilliant menu of innovative wellbeing programmes ideal for couples looking for a remote retreat. At this 5 star working ranch deep in Montana’s big sky country, where luxury meets wilderness for the best of both worlds, run of the mill health and fitness activities have been reinvented to soothe, inspire and invigorate with an unforgettable Wild West twist. Paws Up embodies what we imagine when we think of a luxury remote retreat and gives new meaning to the term “getting lost” in the woods. The Resort at Paws Up offers a selection of Wild West wellness couple’s packages including the ‘Pawsitively Romantic Package’ or the ‘Couples Glamping Package’.
The Pawsitively Romantic Package includes 3-5 nights’ accommodation in a luxury home, full-board, Choice of half-day activity per person (Choose from chuck wagon dinner, horse-drawn carriage ride, horse trail ride, mountain bike ghost town tour, sporting clays, rappelling and more.* Call for details.) Custom Couple’s Music Massage, “Fire and Fondue” for two, Bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne and Two Paws Up champagne flutes.
All taxes and service fees, airport transfers from Missoula International Airport and on-property transportation. Rates starting from $820 per person per night (based on two adults)
The Couples Glamping Package includes 5 nights’ accommodation in a Paws Up luxury tent, full-board, private horseback ride, carriage ride, Clearwater canoe adventure and a couple’s massage.
All taxes and service fees, airport transfers from Missoula International Airport and on-property transportation. Rates starting from $1,380 per person per night (based on two adults)
For more information please visit www.pawsup.com/
The Sarojin- Thailand
One of Thailand’s leading luxury resorts, The Sarojin, is enticing couples to learn a new skill and get closer to ancient Thai customs, as well as to each other, with spa massage classes at the resort’s multi-award winning spa, Pathways. The classes provide a renewed sense of romance, relaxation, rejuvenation and a real understanding of Thailand… allowing couples to develop much more than just a suntan on their luxury holiday. Privately entered by a winding walkway, the spectacular spa haven features two double and two single treatment pavilions, with outdoor tree showers and secluded couples’ baths that blend into the natural habitat, as well as a facial treatment room, a post-treatment relaxation lounging area and a stilted yoga and Tai Chi deck shaded by palms and mangrove canopy. The Sarojin’s 90-minute couples’ massage classes are taught by a team of native Thai masseurs at Pathways spa in Khao Lak. Classes focus on the ancient techniques of Thai, Oil or Foot massage including basic anatomy, body positioning and draping, stroke and pressure point techniques, sequence of massage and therapist leverage points. Classes can be taken as a special one-off activity or as a series that allow further advancement. As well as the opportunity to build a closer connection to each other – and develop new skills they can take home with them – couples have the added benefit of spending special time in the natural surrounds of Pathways, a secluded spa haven where, instead of four walls, they will look out across to a deserted coconut grove and beyond to the sparkling Andaman Sea.
Spa massage classes are offered daily to couples and individuals, with prices starting from THB 4,000 (approximately GBP 80) per person per 90-minute class. For more information please visit www.sarojin.com/
The Scarlet- Cornwall
The Scarlet is a luxury eco-hotel in Cornwall with incredible views of rugged cliffs, mesmerising sea and a watercolour sky. The Scarlet has been designed with light airy spaces to connect you to the outdoors. Couples can unwind at the Scarlet spa, offering a haven of tranquillity with its far reaching views over Mawgan Porth Beach to the wild and beautiful Atlantic beyond. The spa offer a number of packages for couples including ‘Re-discover Each Other’ and ‘Spend Time Together’.
The ‘Re-discover Each Other’ package begins with taking on a journey together with a partner-based Ayurvedic consultation, then awaken your skin and your senses with either a hot and steamy rhassoul or a warming hammam. Next, you’ll have their private couple’s suite for a therapist-led massage lesson: choose what you would like your partner to learn. Your therapist will run you a beautiful scented bath and leave you together with a glass of champagne. If you would prefer a massage to a lesson, swap for a side by side marma abhyanga full body massage for an additional £70 per person.
The ‘Re-discover Each Other’ package costs £140 per person.
The ‘Spend Time Together’ package allows you to Experience a stunning warm and steamy bath in one of their cliff top hot tubs looking out over the Atlantic Ocean. Then have your choice of either a Rhassoul for two: Scrub yourselves down with an invigorating salt scrub, then slather yourself or each other in mineral-rich mud. The private Rhassoul steam room then open your pores before you shower down, or a Hammam for two: Less hot and steamy than the Rhassoul, the wonderfully warm Hammam opens your pores and relaxes your muscles. Scrub each other all over with a rehydrating salt scrub then sluice with warm water.
The ‘Spend Time Together’ package costs £150 per person.
For more information please visit www.scarlethotel.co.uk
Tierra Atacama- San Pedro, Chile
The Uma Spa at Tierra Atacama offers the very best in couple’s spa treatments in a setting that mixes superb service, cutting edge architecture and the raw beauty of the natural environment. This boutique hotel nestled on the edge of San Pedro in Chile’s Atacama desert operates an adventure / spa philosophy making it the perfect place to sooth your mind, body and soul with the significant other in your life. The wellness team work out the wellbeing needs of guests and tailor spa treatments to their needs. Couples can enjoy side/ by side spa treatments and indulge in a relaxing soak in the private outdoor hot tub, which is tucked away in a private corner of the outdoor spa deck. Enjoy fresh juices, fruits and cheeses before wrapping up in a fluffy robe and relaxing on one of the comfortable loungers nearby. For couples celebrating a special occasion, Tierra Atacama offers a rose petal soak accompanied by sparkling Chilean wine on ice and chocolate dipped strawberries. Enjoyed as the sun sets on the volcano, this is an experience not to be missed. Treatments in the Uma Spa mix traditional therapies and the very latest developments using natural elements such as volcanic hot stones, local white clay, and lithium rich salt and local herbs. For example, massages can include stones slicked with almond oil and essence of violet, whilst native crystals rebalance your chakra. In-room luxe baths that include goat’s milk, with mint, rose or cocoa.
At night guests can sit by the fire pits, take in the brilliant stars, bask in the peace and wonder that is the Atacama Desert. The food is delicious and wholesome and the whole enterprise run in a sustainable way, with an elegant but casual and friendly ambiance. A daily adventure programme in the company of expert guides includes Volcano climbing, biking, horse riding, walking and hiking including trips to the Devils Canyon & Vilama, or the Moon Valley and the Mirador de Kari overlooking red-rock Valley of Death.
Tierra Hotels (www.tierrahotels.com/ 00 56 2 2207 8861 ) offers 2 night adventure spa experience at Tierra Atacama from £1025 per person. The price is based on two adults sharing a double en-suite room with a view towards the Licancabur volcano, private terrace and outdoor shower, on an All Inclusive basis and includes transfers, all meals, open bar, daily excursions with an expert guide use of the hotel’s Uma Spa (Spa treatments are charged separately).
For all full list of Uma Spa treatments please see www.tierrahotels.com/tierra-atacama-hotel-boutique-amp-spa
Ushvani, London’s most luxurious day spa is a haven of tranquillity where east meets west. Drawing on its Malaysian roots, it offers an incredible array of treatments and products designed to calm and revitalise body and mind. Located just off Sloane Square in the exclusive Cadogan Gardens the spa is a hidden gem offering pampering and relaxation. Ushvani products contains pure botanical oils to ensure a treat for the senses. Asmara is the Malay word for “love”, and Ushvani is delighted to present its fittingly named Asmara Suite, dedicated to couples, friends or loved ones. This intimate self-contained space is exquisitely appointed with beautiful Malaysian furnishings and decorative carvings. The Asmara Suite is a place of serenity and supreme luxury, the most idyllic environment to treat a loved one. Enjoy a complimentary fruit platter and juices on arrival, whilst indulging in your own private steam room and deep sunken stone bath with hydrotherapy jets, infused with Ushvani’s signature Nutmeg Flower Bath Oil before enjoying blissful holistic treatments, side by side, performed by our expert therapists.
For more information please visit www.ushvani.com/treatments/asmara-suite.html
Blue skies, crystal clear water and white sugar-soft sand; Velassaru is the perfect getaway for both romance and relaxation. The Spa at Velassaru unveils its new menu, offering a holistic experience for guests. Each treatment takes place in one of ten over-water pavilions, each featuring panoramic views over the Indian Ocean. The recently launched menu includes a range of signature treatments created to provide an authentic healing and rejuvenating experience.Couples can choose to enjoy the ‘Couples Bespoke’ treatment, a relaxing two and a half hour ritual, starting with a body scrub, followed by a signature Velassaru massage, using warm coconut wood tools.
The ‘Celebrate Romance’ treatment is specially designed for couples to enjoy together; the two hour experience begins with a Vinotherapie massage, using Red and White wines combined with geranium and rose oil is followed by a cleansing facial and concluded by a romantic bath for two, complete with a bottle of wine and uninterrupted sunset views. Other new and indulgent treatments include the nurturing ‘Coconut Body Scrub’, using virgin coconut oil, to help reenergise skin; the perfect post-sun skin treat. Spa guests can also relax in the unique Hydropool, suspended over the clear blue lagoon and enjoy panoramic views over the ocean, as well as providing personalised and group yoga sessions on the over water pavilion, surrounded by the sound of the sea.
For more information please visit www.velassaru.com/