Hotels - Spa Hotels

Spa © Michelle Chaplow
Escape to a luxury spa hotel

Today many four and five-star hotels in Andalucia, especially on the coast, have spas for guests to use, offering hydrotherapy circuit and beauty treatments and therapies for ultimate pampering and relaxation, as well as treating ailments and offering help with stress and weight loss. You will feel the effects immediately, your energy levels restored, your body and mind relaxed and revitalised, and ready to face the world.

Most spas feature a hydrotherapy/hydrothermal pool with warm jets of varying size, shape and power, which you activate and then sit under, allowing your body (back and neck) to be pummelled by the force of the water. In addition, there are areas where you lie down and your whole body is massaged with jets (known as a bubble bed). Some also have a Jacuzzi, either integrated in the pool, or separate.

Hot and cold pools (with a difference of around 25 deg) can be used either alternately, to help activate circulation and ease muscle tension (alternating sauna or steam room with cold shower has the same effect); or independently - cold for athletes and sports enthusiasts (see Andy Murray documentary), and hot for arthritis and types of sclerosis (under medical supervision). Thalasso treatments are also helpful for digestive complaints.

For complete body attention, some spas also have leg and foot baths, and cyclonic showers (jets at different levels, alternating hot and cold water). A rain shower marries a gentle spray with sound, colour and fragrance. The hydrotherapy pools are usually complemented by sauna, hammam (steam bath) and relaxation room; they may also have an ice room.

Beauty treatments include a range of wraps, scrubs, peels, masks and massages for body, and facials (scrub, mask, massage); you can often combine them - a hydrotherapy session followed by a massage for example, offers ultimate relaxation, or a slimming body wrap followed by a mask can take inches off your vital statistics.

Whatever you're after when you visit a spa - skin firming, relaxation, stress release, muscle toning, or just plain pampering - you will leave feeling revitalised and refreshed.

 

Villa Paderna Thermae Spa, Marbella Villa Paderna Thermae Spa, Marbella

This hotel’s spa features an "thermal aromatic circuit", with 4 fragranced steam rooms, 3 saunas, an ice-cold plunge pool, and a pool with water jets. Spa treatments include massages with crystals.

 

Hotel Barcelo Thelasso Luxury Spa, Estepona Hotel Barcelo Thelasso Luxury Spa, Estepona

This hotel is on the Costa del Sol's Golden Mile, between Marbella and Estepona, and is home to the sumptuous 2000m2 Thalasso Wellness Centre which offers seawater therapies.

 

Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Marbella Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort & Spa

The Marbella Club, beloved of the rich and famous, has an 800m2 spa with sea views, and features an indoor seawater pool, saunas, solarium, steam baths and 12 treatment rooms.

 

Kempinski Resort Hotel, Estepona Kempinski Resort Hotel, Estepona

On the coast just east of Estepona and with three swimming pools, this hotel's spa offers a Finnish sauna, massage (including outdoors), slimming programmes, anti-stress, hydrotherapy and aromatherapy.

 

Hotel Fuerte Miramar Spa, Marbella Hotel Fuerte Miramar Spa, Marbella

Situated on the seafront in central Marbella, this hotel has a hydrotherapy pool circuit and offers wraps and massages; gold & champagne treatments; Spa parties also available.

 

Hotel Fuerte Conil (Cadiz) Hotel Fuerte Conil, Cadiz

This Costa de la Luz hotel, on Conil's La Fontanilla beach, has a spa offering hydrotherapy circuits plus many treatments including therapeutic massage, anti-cellulite and special packages for couples.

 

NH Almenara Golf Hotel Spa, Sotogrande NH Almenara, Sotogrande

This hotel, on a private estate, has the Elysium Sotogrande Spa with beauty treatments, wraps, hydro-massage, anti-stress, and fitness packages. It also offers Spa packages..

 

Hotel Playaballena Acquaplaya Hydrotherapy Centre, Rota (Cadiz)Hotel Playaballena Acquaplaya, Cadiz

This Costa de la Luz hotel, located on the Atlantic coast near Cadiz, has a Acquaplaya Hydrotherapy centre with treatments for various ailments, plus therapies; seaweed baths, massages and facials.

 

Gran Hotel Playabella Acquaplaya Hydrotherapy Centre, EsteponaGran Hotel Playabella Acquaplaya, Estepona

Located on Estepona beach, this hotel's Spa offers water treatments; heated swimming pools, whirlpools, and saunas; fast-jet spray massage, seaweed baths, massages and facials.

 

Hotel Playasol Acquaplaya Hydrotherapy Centre Roquetas de Mar (Almeria)Hotel Playasol Acquaplaya, Almeria

In the Playa Serena area of Roquetas de Mar, this hotel has an Acquaplaya Hydrotherapy Centre to improve health and combat stress-related conditions other therapies are also available.

 

Gran Hotel & Spa Marmolejo, JaenGran Hotel & Spa Marmolejo, Jaen

This three-star hotel in the province of Jaen offers Chinese Tuina massage, underwater massage, hydro-massage, mud therapies, as well as Vichy and Kneipp showers.

 

NH Alanda Elysium SpaNH Alanda Elysium Spa

This hotel, situated between Marbella and Puerto Banus, has seawater hydrotherapy, Jacuzzis, anti-cellulite body treatments and underwater massage, as well as physiotherapy.

 

Gran Hotel Elba Estepona - SpaGran Hotel Elba Estepona - Spa

Just outside Estepona, this hotel has the largest Thalasso spa centre in Andalucia, offering a choice of 60 therapies using seawater plus cava and gold-based treatments.

 

Beatriz Palace Hotel & Spa, FuengirolaBeatriz Palace Hotel & Spa, Fuengirola

This seafront hotel with a 300m beach has a spa offering a circuit of underwater jets to pummel and relax your body, as well as a Roman bath and Tibetan ayurvedic massage.

 

Finca Cortesin Spa, Casares Finca Cortesin Spa, Casares

Considered by many as the finest hotel in Andalucia, this elegant five-star near Estepona has a 2,200m spa featuring beautiful indoor saltwater pool, steam bath, Jacuzzi, & Spain’s only snowcabin.

 

Healthouse Las Dunas Health & Beach Spa Healthouse Las Dunas Health & Beach Spa

Healthouse Las Dunas is a luxury hotel located in Estepona. Set in a traditional Andalusian-style building, the property offers a health and wellness centre, beauty spa, and various pools.