Offering traditional and modern treatments in luxurious settings, Greece’s spas have wide-ranging appeal. We relax at a selection of the country’s finest
Greece has long been associated with spa culture. The country’s naturally occurring thermal and mineral springs have been used in wellness treatments for thousands of years; in fact, the ancient Greeks were known to have enjoyed the benefits of thermal baths as far back as 25BC and Hippocrates was an early exponent of their benefits. Therapeutic springs are ideal for those who want to relax and rejuvenate, and can be found throughout the country, in at least 850 locations. Greece’s spas are also known for offering thalassotherapy – a treatment using seawater.
Today, Greece’s luxury spas provide a range of options, and visitors can expect to find state-of-the-art fitness equipment to be available alongside traditional thalassotherapy pools and treatments using organic products. From bespoke facials to invigorating scrubs, there is a treatment, and spa to suit every need.
Cocoon Urban Spa
The result-driven treatments offered at Cocoon Urban Spa have been designed to offset the stress caused by city living. Therapies take inspiration from ancient traditions and contemporary practices while also making use of organic, plant-based products wherever possible. Treatments range from the spa’s signature facial, with essential oils and a warm cocoon wrap, to a South Indian chavutti massage performed using the feet. Yoga and Pilates classes complete the spa’s holistic offering.
Cocoon Urban Spa, 9 Souliou, 153 43 Athens, +30 210 656 1975
Divani Apollon Palace Spa
Befitting its coastal location, Divani Apollon Palace Spa specialises in hydrotherapy and is the only spa in the Attica region to offer thalassotherapy. The spa’s vast thalassotherapy pool has 20 groups of massage jets designed to stimulate and tone tired, aching muscles. Among the body treatments available are slimming and rehydration therapies as well as a bamboo massage, all of which incorporate the use of high-quality Ligne St Barth and Thalgo products.
Divani Apollon Palace Spa, 10 Nikolaou, 166 71 Athens, +30 210 891 1100
Providing the perfect escape from everyday life, the well-appointed Hiltonia Spa exudes luxury. Amenities include a fitness room, indoor pool, Pilates studio, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room while the vast treatment menu ranges from full body massages to hair styling. Every treatment is tailored to the guest with options such as an anti-stress massage specially devised for men. Be sure to try Hiltonia’s signature Luxury Grecian treatment – this full-body ritual features an exfoliating body scrub followed by a soothing full-body massage.
Hiltonia Spa, 46 Vasilissis Sofias, 115 28 Athens, +30 210 728 1812
M’Spa offers guests an impressive choice of amenities to guarantee complete relaxation. On warmer days, the spa’s outdoor pool provides panoramic views across Thessaloniki and the coastline, while the indoor pool, Jacuzzi and steam bath can be enjoyed whatever the weather. The wide selection of treatments includes lymphatic, lomi lomi and hot stone massages as well as tailored facials. Reinvigorate yourself with the spa’s exfoliating Cretan scrub: a mix of Cretan sea salt and olive oil reawakens the skin before a rich, hydrating aloe lotion is applied.
M’Spa, The Met Hotel, 48 26th October Street, 54 627 Thessaloniki, +30 231 001 7070
The treatments available at the Hyatt Regency’s Asian Spa have been designed to cleanse, relax and rejuvenate. A series of state-of-the-art treatment rooms, flooded with natural light, guarantee relaxation while the oversized stone bath features controlled mood lighting. Treatments range from waxing and professional make-up application to a deep-cleansing Oxygen facial. Try the chocolate scrub to polish and smooth skin or opt for the spa’s signature Thai massage using warming oils.
Asian Spa, Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki, 57 001 Thessaloniki, +30 231 040 1234