“The doctor will see you now.” They’re words one wouldn’t expect on a holiday, but for many, it’s a welcome phrase that equates to total rejuvenation. Weaving diagnostics and medical-grade treatments into personalized therapy offerings, medical spas are a one-stop shop for feeling lighter, leaner, healthier and totally pampered––all alongside professional doctors. And lucky for you, some of the world’s very best are found right inside five-star hotels that understand the importance relaxation plays in the recovery process. These destination medi spas are as far from clinical as you could possibly imagine.
A hidden oasis in the heart of Qatar’s desert landscape, Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som is a one-of-a-kind place to delve into a wellness journey. Secluded on the northern tip of the country, the resort blends traditional Arabic and Islamic design, philosophy and medicine for a truly unique stay. The Middle East’s first full-immersion wellness resort, the property’s Aesthetic Department, also known as Huzan, prioritizes skin-related issues. With a team of licensed dermatologists and aesthetic nurses, Huzan offers dermatology consultation and several non-surgical procedures, including skin rejuvenation, hair removal, Botox and CO2 Laser. Guests are welcome to recover among private plunge pools, terraces and saunas, or along the shores of the Arabic Gulf.
With a focus on wellness and a gorgeous setting in the north of Italy, Villa Eden Leading Park Retreat is an adults-only, all-suite retreat that’s the perfect salve for body and mind. It was originally conceived as the first Italian “beauty farm” and is now one of the country’s top wellness destinations with a medical team at your disposal for anything aesthetics related. Guests can receive a medical check-up and diagnosis or a specific medical treatment, such as reflexology, energy realignment or pain therapy. The cosmetic medicine department and its team of specialized doctors offer everything from non-invasive, skin-targeting Ultherapy to filler with hyaluronic acid. All of this can be done with the majestic Italian Alps as your backdrop and Castello Rametz wine estate just a few steps away from the property.
The only medical wellness retreat in the Philippines, The Farm at San Benito’s location in the lush, quiet jungle has made it the perfect hideout for dozens of high-profile guests partaking in world-renowned, medically-supervised and personalized wellness programs. With only 33 rooms, this holistic eco-resort’s healing journeys and experiences come under five pillars: diagnose, cleanse, nourish, repair and sustain. Every conceivable form of treatment is on offer, including fertility treatment, diabetes management, chemotherapy and smoking cessation. These programs are planned and conducted by internationally-trained integrative medical doctors specializing in preventive, lifestyle, functional, naturopathic and holistic medicines. Follow up treatments with farm-to-table dishes at the Wellness Restaurant or retreat to your tranquil villa.
Carved into the famed Bürgenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa, perched on a mountaintop above Lake Lucerne, Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence is a 160-room spa retreat designed by Italian architect Matteo Thun. Naturally, this retreat provides the latest equipment for cosmetic treatments and beauty care with a 45,000-square-foot medical center that puts the world’s brightest doctors right at your fingertips. The medical center boasts an entire floor devoted to bone fracture recovery, a mole check facility and three cryotherapy chambers designed to reduce inflammation in the body. At the spa, guests can indulge in a variety of unique treatments, including a detoxifying elderberry sea-salt peeling and cell repair facial. There’s plenty to see and do around the resort in between appointments and treatments—join a cooking class led by skilled chefs and nutritionists, take a scenic ride on the Bürgenstock funicular or visit the resort’s stunning 9-hole golf course.
A striking statement in gold and white on Kos island, Diamond Deluxe Hotel is home to a state-of-the-art anti-aging facility. At the Dermatology & Cosmetics Lab, health and wellness are celebrated in the most spectacular manner with certified and licensed experts in the fields of dermatology and plastic surgery. Guests can enjoy tailor-made experiences and custom therapies recommended by the very best doctors. While time spent in the sunny Aegean Sea is sure to warm your skin, high-quality skin treatments like thread lifts, OxyGeneo and facial mesotherapy will keep that glow working overtime.
Centered around a bathing and spa tradition spanning hundreds of years, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is a unique combination of thermal spring and holistic medical expertise alongside everything a five-star luxury resort has to offer. The Medical Health Center Bad Ragaz provides a number of personalized treatments, ticking off dental treatments, sleep diagnostics, Pneumology and vascular medicine. There is also a Sports Medicine department where many of the country’s top athletes (including Roger Federer) come to receive individual treatment. Don’t forget to visit the property’s seven restaurants, one of which holds a Michelin star.