Over the last few years, spa tourism has become yet another major attraction in Greece, with hotels around the country – and throughout the year – making the best of the incredible diversity and wealth of the Greek landscapes, stunning views of the sea and forests, hot springs and increasingly sophisticated expertise in therapies. In 2017, Greece’s spas grabbed 15 top prizes in the World Luxury Spa Awards.

ANAZOE SPA, Costa Navarino, Messinia, Peloponnese

With over 20 global awards and accolades, this spa describes itself as a “4000m2 wellness sanctuary” that offers many treatments inspired by ancient Greece. Among around 90 treatments using innovative products and technology and top-notch expert care, Anazoe is part of the Costa Navarino complex that includes a golf course, several excellent restaurants and a surrounding of stunning landscapes.

As a year-round destination, this is an excellent place for spa-lovers to stop over for a few nights of deluxe treatments while exploring the wild, lush, historical and varied region its located in, which includes Medieval castles and the castle town o Monemvasia, rough and rugged Mani, romantic Nafplio and a delectable regional cuisine to keep you gratifyingly fuelled throughout the day.

ANAZOE’s top features:

* Therapeutic olive-oil treatments (oleotherapy®), based on ancient local practices inscribed on clay tablets discovered at the nearby Palace of Nestor, which are unique in the world.

* A wide range of kinesiotherapy and thalassotherapy treatments, light therapies, heat experiences, including ice-grotto rooms, mist showers, and herbal saunas

* Floating pools

* Comfortable and luxurious indoor and outdoor treatment areas including pools, saunas and

* Five signature treatments such as the Messinian salt and honey scrub, oleotherapy massages, bathing rituals and nourishing olive facial

* Treatments for pregnant clients, babies, and kids

THERMAE SYLLA SPA, Aedipsos, Evia

Thermae Sylla is spa in the old-fashioned sense of the word – ie. a place to go and spend a week to recover from or assuage chronic and uncomfortable medical conditions, although also a spa where you can just pop in for a day or even less to enjoy some serious pampering.

One of the factors that make it stand out is that it sources its healing waters from radon-rich, natural saline hotsprings. The giant (3000m2) space, technologically advanced and well-organized spa premises have every variety of treatment room and guests at the awarded hotel can spend the day walking around in their robes.

This is a spa destination with a hotel rather than the other way around, and in 2017 it was awarded as  Southern Europe’s Best Luxury Mineral Spring Spa by the Luxury Spa Awards.

Thermae Sylla’s top features:

* Therapeutic, mineral-rich waters from hotsprings under the premises. The spacious pool, with its massage water-fountains and jacuzzi corners, is a must-try.

* A large variety of detox treatments using the thermal waters combined with scrubs, mud masks, wraps and massages

* Medical treatments such as electrotherapy, jet massages, ultrasound, hydrokinesiotherapy, nutritional packages and physiotherapy

* The Thermal Grotto (not for the faint-hearted, as the steam comes straight from the spring where it emerges at 80 degrees C) is just one of several steam rooms.

Aristi Mountain Resort and Spa, Aristi, Zagorochoria

Perched on the highest point of traditional Aristi village and offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lush landscapes where the Voidomatis river snakes through, this is the ideal getaway for those wishing to immerse themselves in nature.

The spa is neither sprawling nor the most sophisticated you’ll ever visit, yet it offers a wonderful antidote to the day’s hiking, rafting and touring of the gorge-ous (this is where the Vikos Gorge, Europe’s deepest, is located) landscapes and aesthetically awesome, mostly grey-slate-built traditional villages.

A proud member of the “National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World”, with numerous distinctions and awards for its infrastructure and services, Aristi has a green policy: it was built with great respect to the environment, using natural materials, they use mostly heat pumps rather than oil, LED bulbs, avoid the use of plastics and other eco-unfriendly materials and they avidly recycle.

The priority here is tranquility amongst nature, honouring the natural glory of its surroundings, sweeping views that open the heart and homey cuisine made from local, fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Aristi Spa’s Top Features:

  • An interior swimming pool that looks out to mountain views
  • A variety of massage therapies that can be enjoyed on the premises or in-room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Upon request, you can arrange yoga classes
  • Sauna using local herbs

Alexia Amvrazi

Alexia Amvrazi enjoys the thrill of discovering beauty in the world around her. With a passionately hands-on approach to Greece's travel, gastronomy, holistic living, culture, innovation and creativity, for 20 years she has explored and shared her findings with the world on all aspects of the country and its people via writing, radio, blogs and videos. Although her childhood and early youth in Italy, Egypt and England left her feeling somewhat root-less, she is by now firmly connected to her native land, bravely weathering the hurricane known as the Greek crisis!

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