Blue Lagoon, Iceland
For an unforgettable spa experience, we recommend a trip to the Blue Lagoon, which has been named one of National Geographic magazine’s ‘25 wonders of the world’. The world-famous geothermal seawater outdoor pool is known for its healing effect, and is the ideal place to relax and recuperate. The complex also houses several steam baths and saunas, and offers a wide range of spa treatments – one of our favourites is the in-water massage. Not just a spa, the Blue Lagoon also acts as an environmental learning experience, with guided tours to teach visitors about the geology of the area and the science behind the lagoon. Finish off your day with a visit to the excellent Lava restaurant, which is led by a team of award-winning chefs.
Blue Lagoon, 240 Grindavík, +354 420 8800
Flamingo Spa, Finland
For the ultimate spa experience, Flamingo Spa is one of the best options in Finland. The name alone evokes visions of pure paradise and luxury, which is certainly close to the truth. The Flamingo offers day-spa programmes as well as longer retreats, and houses six different saunas, two pools, a spa café and a varied list of treatments. Group treatments are also available, making the spa a perfect option for couples looking for a romantic getaway. We recommend visiting the atmospheric Salt Room within the grounds, which offers visitors an unusual but highly relaxing and calming experience.
Flamingo Spa, Tasetie 8, 01510 Vantaa, +358 (0)20 778 5201
Siluetti Spa, Finland
Another Helsinki spa, the Siluetti is the very first spa in the Nordic region that focuses on anti-ageing. Its treatments offer a distinctive approach to pampering, with options such as the Gentle Diamond Peel, which illuminates and renews the skin. Beauty treatments are also available, from hair removal to lash tinting, and if you’re looking for a more vigorous experience, we suggest one of the spa’s tailored fitness programmes. Along with the more unusual treatments, the Siluetti also offers traditional pampering treats such as amazing facials and divine massages. We suggest booking the Hammam Suite, which offers a spa experience for two and is the epitome of elegance.
Siluetti Spa, Pohjoisesplanadi 35, 00100 Helsinki, +358 (0)9 2525 4200
Sóley Natura Spa, Iceland
Opened in 2011 in the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura, the Sóley Natura Spa offers a wide variety of treatments, many of which are exclusive to the hotel in the region. The spa’s premise lies in its belief that the mind, body and spirit are connected, and that treatments should honour this. The spa uses Icelandic herbal ingredients and aromatic essentials oils, offering a truly local experience. Soak your troubles away in the warm indoor pool and hot tub, or take a dip in the spa’s sauna. For colder days, guests are encouraged to warm up by the fire next to the pool, while sunny days call for the indoor patio.
Sóley Natura Spa, Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura, Nauthólsvegur 52, 101 Reykjavík, +354 444 4085
Spa Hotel Rantasipi Imatran Valtionhotelli, Finland
With two parts to its premises, Spa Hotel Rantasipi Imatran Valtionhotelli is the perfect place to stay if you are craving variety. The more modern side of the hotel houses a charming spa that has a variety of pools, whirlpool baths and saunas in different themes. The cosy accommodation is perfect for a longer stay and provides the perfect base from which to enjoy the serene atmosphere of the Lake Saimaa region. One of the highlights of a stay has to be the Turkish sauna: a perfect place to relax and let go of your worries. We recommend getting to the pools early as they are at their quietest in the morning.
Rantasipi Imatran Valtionhotelli, Torkkelinkatu 2, 55100 Imatra, +358 (0)5 625 2000