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Swimming pool at the Akasha spa. Photo: Michael Franke
Swimming pool at the Akasha spa. Photo: Michael Franke


5 relaxing city spas

Are you about to have an intense city break? A relaxing stop at a city spa can give you that extra bit of energy you need to maximize your visit.

Energy blast

This ultra-modern and colorful spa offers innovative skin care, uplifting scrubs, and nourishing body wraps as well as sleep ­therapy treatments, all with a YeloSpa twist. Take, for instance, the marshmallow hot chocolate foot scrub, the energizing spirulina wrap, or the famous YeloCab nap, which gives a ­full-on unwinding experience. All treatments at YeloSpa are billed according to how many minutes you choose to spend on yourself.


5 East 57th Street, 12th floor, New York

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Wine away

Some say you haven’t visited the Turkish metropolis if you haven’t paid a visit to a hamam for a traditional hot steam sauna. If you want to add some gold lining to your hamam experience, try the Vinothérapie Spa at Hotel Les Ottoman, a trendy boutique hotel located on the Bosporus waterfront. Les Ottoman has the first and only Vinothérapie Spa in Turkey, where you can experience the Barrel Bath and the Crushed Cabernet Scrub, as well as an exfoliating treatment based on grape seeds.

Caudalíe Vinothérapie Spa

Les Ottoman Hotel, Muallim Naci Cad. 58, Istanbul

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For all senses

Got a bit worn out by all your shopping? Have a break at Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, an urban retreat in the heart of London with a holistic philosophy. A day spa package includes access to the large lap pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room as well as entrance to the gym. If you chose to treat yourself to the Akasha Indulgence day, you will be spoiled with pampering treatments from top to toe.

Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre

Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent Street, London

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Magical mix

The Thief Spa has drawn inspiration from different spa cultures all over the world and mixed it with an atmosphere inspired by Norway’s natural beauty. Guests can enjoy bathing rituals from Turkish hamams, Moroccan rhassouls, German Aufgusse as well as the Finnish sauna. The treatments often include natural components such as handpicked algae, volcanic mud, and detoxifying seaweed.

The Thief Spa

Landgangen 1, Oslo

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Skin alchemy

Many skin care lovers swear by Alqvimia’s organic oils. The beauty company has its heart in the center of Barcelona where you also can find the Alqvimia Spa. All treatments include luxurious yet natural products and are based on ancient alchemic wisdom to evoke both physical and sensory sensations.

Alqvimia Spa

Rambla Catalunya 24, Barcelona

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