The World’s Best: Hydrotherapy Spas

The origin of the spa is healing waters. Today many spas have gone back to those roots and are focusing their services on water treatments or hydrotherapy. This therapeutic whole-body experience is often a doctor’s recommendation as part of a program. You don’t need a note from your doctor, however, to enjoy the benefits of a hydrotherapy spa. These are our favorites.

The Chedi


The World’s Best: Hydrotherapy Spas
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This five-star hotel sets the standard for design and hospitality in Switzerland. They also pride themselves on winning the Gault Millau Hotel of the Year in 2017. This luxury property includes stunning rooms and suites and also a world-class restaurant and lounge.


Immerse yourself in our world of calm and relaxation. On 2,400 square metres, we provide you with an integral spa and health concept which makes us one of the most attractive wellness hotels in Switzerland.


Their unique concept with both the hotel and hydrotherapy spa is a “successful mix of tradition and nature”. This also makes for a perfectly relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

Lapis, Spa at Fontainebleau


The World’s Best: Hydrotherapy Spas
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Thoughts of Miami Beach bring images of beautiful people in a beautiful setting enjoying all the luxury that Miami has to offer. Hydrotherapy spas are no exception. One of the best is Lapis, Spa at Fontainebleau. Martha Stewart has described Lapis as “the most beautiful spa in America” and she’s not exaggerating. If fact, they state that their “goal is to create a relaxing experience for all.” Guests of the spa enjoy luxury spa treatments which include “outstanding facials and ocean-inspired wraps, but what stands out are the amenities you enjoy afterward: mineral pools, massage-jet showers, eucalyptus steam baths.”

Willow Stream Spa


The World’s Best: Hydrotherapy Spas
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An integral part of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, the Willow Stream Spa is among Travel + Leisure’s top 25 spas.


Historically revered by Native Americans for its healing power, the elegant Spanish mission–style inn boasts an enviable location atop an ancient thermal mineral spring, flowing from 1,100 feet (335 meters) below the surface. The tranquility and beauty of this environment is echoed throughout the 40,000-square-foot (3,700-square-meter) spa, which offers endless opportunities to find your energy—whether it’s relaxing by the inviting fireplace, soaking in our mineral baths and Watsu® pool, or indulging in one of our signature treatments.


Kohler Waters Spa


The World’s Best: Hydrotherapy Spas
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Wisconsin may not be at the top of your list of travel destinations. When it comes to hydrotherapy, Wisconsin is home to one of the expert spas in the field. Located next to The American Club, a five-star, five-diamond hotel, Kohler Waters Spa is one of only 56 five-star spas in the world.


You can drop in for a nourishing treatment or all-day immersion of our latest therapeutic water treatments and results-oriented facial and body treatments. From soothing, water-inspired treatment rooms to inviting respite room areas and warm relaxation pool, Kohler Waters Spa provides well-being around every corner. Enjoy the enclosed rooftop deck with whirlpool, fireplace and lounge – a relaxing coed area to be enjoyed year-round.


So, tell us, when planning your next trip or spa destination will you opt for a hydrotherapy experience? For even more amazing spas, you might also want to read Spa Getaways: The Ultimate Vacation.

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The World’s Best: Hydrotherapy Spas