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At Essential Escapes, we live and breathe luxury spas. Beyond the experts in our own team, we are also in touch with a network of experts in their fields, specialising in various aspects of health, beauty and wellness. This keeps us up to date on the latest and best that the world of spas has to offer. Put our expertise to the test!

Joakim Valsinger's Favourites

Joakim Valsinger of the Balans Pilates Studio picks his favourite spas.

"I have two favourite spas that excel in different ways. For the spa purist, you can’t beat the experience at Pangkor Laut in Malaysia. The spa village is phenomenal: you start every treatment in the Japanese wash house and from there you progress through wading pools and incense wafting corners before being ritually scrubbed on a marble slab. The whole experience treats all the senses, which is wonderful.

When I stayed at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, I felt like a barefoot king of the world. Their relaxed and confident service is so intimate and attentive. On arrival, they took our shoes from us in exchange for a fresh coconut with a straw in it as they explained the ‘no news, no shoes’ policy. Although the team who service the resort is mostly invisible, when you do see them they are very proud, warm and happy. On returning from lunch or dinner, our room would have been cleaned as if by magic.

Once we were cycling round the island and spotted some hotel staff picking flowers. It turns out they were collecting them for my partner’s Cleopatra flower bath later that day.”

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