Imagine this: you book yourself a holiday to one of the most beautiful spas in Asia where rest and relaxation are the only items in the itinerary. You enter the resort, ready to massage away the stress and tension of city life. You close your eyes and immerse yourself in the indulgence that is a spa massage. Halfway through the spa session, your eyes flutter open and you acknowledge for the first time, the beauty that is the spa and its surroundings. You sigh in utter bliss, knowing that whatever stressors your have are far, far away, and the only pressing matter at that moment is which essential oil to pick for your next massage.

Let us snap you out of that reverie for a moment and tell you that scenario is perfectly plausible — your wanderlust is not just limited to Instagram. While you go through the trouble of deciding on a date and purchasing your air ticket, we’ll do the rest of the work and narrow down the list of beautiful spas in Asia to just five for you to pick from. We have spots from the quintessential beach resort to one in the Himalayas, and even one in the city, if nature is not your thing. Wait no more, book a place at these 5 most beautiful spas in Asia.

(Main image credit: Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai)

1
Ananda in the Himalayas

This luxury destination spa located in India is probably not a location you would have thought of but the Ananda in the Himalayas, located at the Himalayan foothills are certainly picturesque. Imagine healing your senses at the cleanest point of the Ganges river with Himalayan crystals, well known for their healing powers of balancing the chakras and cleansing your body of negative energy. You’d leave the spa feeling like a whole new person.

(Image credit: Ananda in the Himalaya)

2
The Dheva Spa at Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai

Paying a visit to The Dheva Spa at Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai feels like going into a temple, and you won’t be wrong. This luxury spa is a sanctuary decorated with Buddhist motifs, and all these works were recreated by 150 Chiang Mai artisans and they based the artworks from the original Burmese template in Mandalay, Myanmar, according to Dhara Dhevi. Other than Ayurvedic treatments available at the spa, The Dheva Spa also offers a variety of Asian, European, and North African relaxation therapies.

(Image credit: Dhara Dhevi)

3
Bulgari Spa, Bulgari Resort Bali

In the ultimate show of luxury, pay a visit to the Bulgari Resort in Bali and get a spa treatment whilst overlooking the Indian ocean. Nothing sounds better than the sound of crashing waves while you’re high above the sea, getting a Stress Recovery spa package done.

(Image credit: Bulgari Hotels)

4
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

Should beach and mountain resorts not be your thing, you can be rest assured that there’s a spot in the city that provides the same kind of sanctuary. The Spa Suites at Mandarin Oriental in Tokyo is one that will make you feel towering above the others — quite literally. The spa suites overlooks the Tokyo skyline, where you will get an excellent view of the city while your muscles are loosened with a Kiatsu massage, a blend of the Japanese Shiatsu and Thai massage.

(Image credit: Mandarin Oriental)

5
One&Only Spa at One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

How could we not include Maldives in our lineup of most beautiful spas? The location itself is already picturesque, hence picking just one spa was a difficult decision for us. We settled on the One&Only Spa at One&Only Reethi Rah because of the spa package that allowed an unparalleled view of the ocean — it’s almost as though you are out at sea, getting that massage done. You won’t need to rack your brains on what sort of treatment to pick as well, because one will be tailor-made for you according to your lifestyle.

(Image credit: One&Only Resorts)

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.