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Holistic Getaways

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From a spa that is located in the midst of rainforests to one that overlooks the Dead Sea, we explore luxurious wellness destinations that are taking a commendably green approach.

Spas with a green ethos can be as diverse as those boasting energy-efficient construction or other alternative energy, or use of reclaimed materials to those offering all-natural spa products. Here are four spas that not only boast a luxurious setting but promise to leave you thoroughly refreshed and rejuvenated.

Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda, Italy

Nestled in the breathtaking Italian countryside and overlooking the famous Lake Garda, Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda is a luxury eco-conscious getaway for those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. The spa uses local materials in its construction. In line with the spa’s sustainability approach, the treatments use locally sourced ingredients, local aromas and natural products for treatment such as lavender, lemon and extra virgin oil. Guests have the opportunity to experience many spa treatments that seamlessly blend ancient Eastern techniques with cutting-edge scientific research to restore and rebalance their vitality and energy. Some of the therapies used are acupuncture, cupping and cryotherapy. In addition, you can partake of a slew of water, heat, cold and steam experiences like hammams and various types of saunas and salt soaks, plus meditation, walking programmes, yoga and breathing practices.

Daintree Ecolodge and Wellness Spa, Queensland, Australia

Located amidst the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree Ecolodge and Wellness Spa promotes sustainable practices by working closely with the local community and indigenous people. The treatments and therapies offered here are inspired by the ancient traditions of the local Kuku Yalanji people and native Australian ingredients like macadamia, Kakadu plum and Davidson plum are incorporated in many of them.

Ma’In Hot Springs & Spa, Jordan

This eco spa resort is located an hour outside of Amman, the capital of Jordan. Set along the famous Ma’In Hot Springs, this spa resort’s 97 rooms and suites offer soothing views of waterfalls of the valley overlooking the Dead Sea. The resort operates in a sustainable way, purifying and bottling their own water. The award-winning spa has a thermal pool with two natural waterfalls cascading into it. The spa menu is extensive with an emphasis on indigenous treatments such as the Dead Sea Mud Body Wrap and the luxurious Hammam Ma’in Signature journey, which detoxify your body and leave you feeling fully rejuvenated.

Nihi Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Nihi Suma sits on Sumba island, just 50 minutes from Bali. The luxurious resort is replete with beautiful villas, jungle-fringed infinity pools and private butlers. Luxury apart, attention is paid to sustainability, with seawater remineralised for drinking through a reverse osmosis system and guests sip cocktails through papaya straws. Its Boathouse Spa follows through with organic facials and wellness experiences inspired by traditional Indonesian healing methods. If you feeling adventurous, you could go on the NIHI Spa Safari, which allows you to arrive at the safari by horseback or safari jeep or a sunrise trek through rolling hills and expansive rice fields. Here, you can enjoy a massage on treatment bales dramatically perched on emerald green cliffs overlooking breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and Nihiwatu beach.