What could be better than being whisked through the glens of Scotland? Possibly while you’re enjoying a hot stone massage.

When is a spa not a spa? When it’s a boat, a lagoon or on a train. Take a look at some of the world’s most unique places to get pampered

The One That’s Underwater

Lime Spa, Maldives

The world’s first underwater spa, the Lime Spa at Huvafen Fushi has large panoramic windows that look out into the ocean. Watch turtles, manta rays and colourful parrot fish swim past as you enjoy a treatment under the sea.

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The One In The African Bush

Aroma Boma Spa, South Africa

Ulusaba is Richard Branson’s private resort located in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. When you’re not out and about on safari, treat yourself to a massage at Aroma Boma Spa that’s located 800 feet above the vast savannah. You may even see the odd elephant wandering past.



The One That Floats

Jiva Spa Boat, India

The hotel floats, so it’s only natural that its spa does too. Board the Jiva Spa Boat at the Taj Lake Palace in India for a relaxing treatment on the serene waters of Lake Pichola. Choose from an array of different treatments including aromatherapy massage, herbal scrubs and a warming wrap, before you take a dip in the rose petal covered plunge pool. The hotel, was built in 1743 as a summer retreat for the royal dynasty of Mewar, and it’s clear that its royal standards haven’t slipped today.



The One That’s Worthy Of A James Bond Film

Tschuggen Bergoase, Switzerland

Ok, so it hasn’t actually been in a James Bond film, but the Tschuggen Bergoase at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel Spa is worthy of the big screen. The colourful glass shards that shoot out from the Swiss piste hide a rock grotto, four swimming pools, private spa suites (with your own whirlpool, steam bath and sauna) as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre.



The One That’s All Natural

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

There’s a good reason why the Blue Lagoon was named by National Geographic magazine as one of the 25 wonders of the world. Tucked away among the lava fields of Grindavik in Iceland, the famed blue geothermal water is believed to have a healing effect on the body thanks to its high percentage of silica and algae. Book an In-Water Massage for the ultimate pampering treatment.



The One In A Train Carriage 

Bamford Haybarn Spa, Scotland

What could be better than being whisked through the glens of Scotland? Possibly while you’re enjoying a hot stone massage. The Belmond has launched two spa cabins on the Royal Scotsman that give you the chance to take in the picturesque scenery while enjoying one of its eco-friendly treatments. If only all trains would do this. No-one would complain about them not running to time.

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