SundayLife! rounds up destination spas which make the most of their setting to provide an immersive, sensory experience.
ST REGIS LHASA
At 3,680m above sea level, what better place to escape from daily life than Lhasa, one of the highest cities in the world?
Facing the Potala Palace, once the chief residence of the Dalai Lama and now a World Heritage Site, St Regis Lhasa is itself built in the style of a luxurious Tibetan palace.
Tibetan influence continues in the design of the meditation garden and the 1,087 sq m Iridium Spa, which offers traditional Tibetan treatments such as Himalayan snow rose facials, a nutmeg butter massage and a shambala bowl and heated stone massage.
Yoga classes focus on five to seven poses which help newcomers adjust to the Tibetan altitude.
Treatments range from 350 yuan (S$75) up to 4,800 yuan for The Alchemy of Light treatment, which uses iridium and other precious gemstones in its massage, facial and cleansing bath.
The highlight of the spa is the Gold Energy Pool, a 225 sq m heated pool lined with 24-karat gold tiles secured by crystals. Dip in its jewelled reflection, then enjoy a foot massage, food and drinks at the poolside cabana seating.
Rooms start from 861 yuan a night.
Where: Lhasa, Tibet