5 Holistic, Healing and Au Natural Asia Spas On Our Radar

In recent years, the classic aromatherapy massage, the hot stone massage and even reflexology treatments all received quite the upgrade from their simple origins. As a result of a flourishing wellness industry, even these most “standard” treatments have been required to cross over to luxury in order to accommodate the modern spa goer.

Across Asia, this modern luxury is being recognized in the spaces, treatment menus, and simple touches of the spas in hotels and stand-alone businesses. The transformation and pop up of such luxe, spacious retreats make it easy to spend hours, days, or even weeks at such spa locations. From the remote rainforests on Gaya Island to the clarity among the commotion in Aman Tokyo, these are five of the spas we’re watching across Asia.

1. Gaya Island Resort

Location: Sabah, Malaysia (island of Borneo)
Address: Malohom Bay, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, 88000 Kota Kinabalu
Signature treatment: Urutan Pribumi (Indigenous Massage) and Rice Pouches
With a backdrop of Mount Kinabalu and in the midst of the island’s rainforest, the spa at the Gaya Island Resort is a true oasis. The exceptional location is humbled by its ability to seamlessly adapt to its surrounding nature, offering organic treatments that use only natural and local ingredients from the five islands that form the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in Sabah. Simply visiting the spa is an experience in itself, but book a treatment with one of the unique, locally inspired treatments and let it take you to a whole new world; one where rice scrubs, avocado oils, cinnamon, coconut oils, and organic seaweed rid of your worries and welcome you into a world of wellness. – Browse treatments

2. Niseko Village

Location: Hokkaido, Japan
Address: Higashiyama-onsen, Niseko-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, 048-1592, Japan
Signature treatment: Hinoki cedar wood bath
A spa getaway for all seasons, Niseko Village is either surrounded in snowy white or luscious green to amplify your state of relaxation. With Mount Niseko Annupuri as its backyard, staying at the village means days in nature–skiing or hiking–that will inevitably result in a necessary recharge. The Wakka Spa or Green Leaf Onsen are the place to do just this; recharge and unwind the tired body, stimulating the mind after days of physical activity. At Green Leaf Onsen, relax in the soothing style of Japanese hot spring baths, with its natural minerals believed to provide healing powers to its bathers. A myriad of massages and beauty treatments are also available to prolong your day of wellness way past the baths. – Browse treatments

3. The Aman Spa

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Address: 1-5-6 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004
Signature treatment: Acupressure facial
Located in the Aman Tokyo Hotel, situated next to the Otemachi Forest and Imperial Palace Gardens, the Aman Spa is nestled among nature. This kind of natural exterior cancels the pull of the urban skyline, with tranquility upon your first step on property grounds, and continues as you are lured into the interior gardens, which take you to that final peace of mind. Before you know it, body, mind and soul are are perfectly prepared for your spa treatment, as they become balanced in harmony with the natural elements that may not be as familiar to your city-trained senses. Spanning two floors, and existing as the largest hotel spa in Tokyo, choosing your treatment at the Aman Spa won’t be easy, but with a variety of traditional therapies, you seemingly can’t go wrong. Once you’re treated and toweled up, the Japanese-style hot baths and steam rooms may make it difficult to leave, but the menu of treatments call for an inevitable return. – Browse treatments

4. Cameron Highlands Resort

Location: Pahang, Malaysia
Address: 39000 Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands
Signature treatment: Lapis-Lapis Malay Herbal Wrap
Recognized for its unique and elaborate spa treatments, the Spa Village at Cameron Highlands Resort revolves around the many benefits of tea. Set among tea plantations and strawberry farms, it is no surprise that tea, along with fruits and fauna are the focal ingredients of the treatment menu. Yellow rose tea baths to soften skin, strawberry body polish to refine skin and various tea infused wraps to restore skin are all ways the spa nourishes your body from the outside-in. And when not indulging in these authentic wellness offerings, the stunning landscape, and sunset vistas that accompany its location as the largest hill retreat in Malaysia, will in turn heal your body from the inside-out. Browse treatments

5. Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Location: Hua Hin, Thailand
Address: 183 Moo 4, Paknampran, Pranburi, Hua Hin, 77220
Signature treatment: Ayurah Fleur de Fleur
Removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown Bangkok, the southern seaside of Hua Hin offers a restful locale for wellness travelers seeking that “hidden gem.” The Aleenta Hua Hin Resort is a boutique, 25-suite residence, just off the sandy shores of Pak Nampran Bay, providing spa guests with the real deal of the often-soundtracked lapping and crashing of the waves. The Ayurah Spa’s mantra is “Eat Well, Live Well, Be Well, Look Good,” therefore, truly providing an immersive experience for its guests–from healthy cuisine to physical fitness, as well as mind exercises, like yoga and tai-chi, and of course, its holistic treatments, including salt scrubs, floral exfoliators and yogurt masks. – Browse treatments

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