These days we rarely talk about a luxury hotel without speaking of its spa. Specialising in this sector for more than 30 years and the inspiration behind some of the most beautiful hotels in the world, Jean-Michel Gathy is a dab hand at spa architecture.
He is faithful to his elegant, luxury style and has designed outstanding spas, which have become destinations in themselves.
Chedi Andermatt & Residences in the Swiss Alps
Situated in the authentic Andermatt resort, the Chedi Andermatt pays homage to traditional Swiss architecture with a whiff of contemporary elegance, and it has become the new chic chalet emblem.
The magnificent spa extends over 2,400 m2 and contains a 35 metre indoor swimming pool, a huge outdoor heated pool, thermal baths, Finnish saunas and hammams as well as a state-of-the-art gym.
The spa also offers yoga courses and boasts 10 massage rooms for pampering with top-of-the-range organic SpaRitual, ila, REN and Alpienne products (traditional local remedies).
Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro
Aman Sveti Stefan is an exceptional jewel welcoming privileged guests to its 50 rooms on the island and 8 unique suites in Villa Milocer.
Set back in a niche between the Villa and la Reine beach, the new spa was inaugurated in May 2014.
The treatments are exceptional, with completely natural and exclusive Aman products.
Among the facilities are four 65m2 therapy cabins each with a fireplace for those winter months, four relaxation terraces, three saunas, hammam showers and three cold-water pools in the hydrotherapy cabins that promise complete relaxation.
The heated indoor swimming-pool is 24m long with an outdoor extension of 8m.
Surrounded almost entirely with bay windows, it gives marvellous views of the Adriatic and the surrounding countryside.
Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives
For this establishment managed by LVMH Hotel Management, Jean-Michel Gathy focused on conceiving an intimate "house", the perfect holiday residence beside the sea, which is in harmony with the island landscape, its luxuriant vegetation and its views over the blue lagoon.
Entirely dedicated to well-being and relaxation, the Cheval Blanc Spa, in exclusive collaboration with Guerlain, is accessible on board a dhoni, traditional boat of the Maldives.
It offers its guests six massage cabins and two Orchidee Villas, two hammams, yoga, pilates and meditation pavilions, and an overflow pool with restaurant.
At last a Leonor Greyl Hair Spa completes this beauty stopover with innovative organic hair treatments.
Amanoi in Vietnam
In the heart of Nui Chua national park, which boasts 29,000 hectares of shoreline and virtually intact marine habitats, Amanoi occupies the hills and seafront of one of the most picturesque bays in Vietnam, enabling you to explore the country far from the beaten track.
31 individual pavilions and 5 villas designed to melt into the landscape while imitating traditional Vietnamese architecture.
Descending towards the bay, guests discover Aman Spa and the Yoga Pavilion, which are located beside a lake strewn with lotus flowers.
Guest facilities include 5 double treatment rooms and 2 hydrotherapy suites, with aromatic herb, rice and coffee treatments.