These are the Condé Nast Traveller Spa Guide 2020 winners: the top-level retreats and medi-clinics, the most-results-driven health centres and the slickest spas.

Here is this year’s run of the best of the best

Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand

SPA GUIDE 2020 WINNER: BEST DESTINATION SPA

The legend gets a super-charged revamp

This is one of the original destination spas in Asia, the kind of one-stop, fix-all properties that brings together soul-soothing heat and sunshine with physically and emotionally nourishing therapies. Its meaningful message has resonated globally, inspiring a worldly crowd of guests to invest deeply – with time and money – into their health. The offering is almost overwhelming, knocking on more than 150 different treatments, from traditional Thai and Ayurvedic modalities and chakra balancing to naturopathic consultations. Then there’s the perhaps surprising aesthetic-beauty department, plus serious remedial physiotherapy and rehabilitation, and the most prolific, high-profile roll-call of visiting therapists imaginable. No wonder David and Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss and Elle Macpherson have made numerous pilgrimages.

Healing Holidays (+44 20 7843 3592; healingholidays.com/condenast) offers seven nights from £4,595 per person, full board, including flights, transfers, a consultation, one daily treatment and £625 wellness credit.

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Euphoria Retreat, Greece

SPA GUIDE 2020 WINNER: BEST FITNESS PROGRAMME

Heavyweight action against a historic backdrop

In the ancient world, the Spartans were famed for their fighting prowess, with only the strongest, fastest and most focused surviving their rigorous boot camps. Fast-forward a couple of millennia and Euphoria, one of Europe’s best destination spas, sits on the Peloponnese town’s doorstep. The Spartan Spirit of Adventure programme here certainly ticks all the boxes for modern-day workout warriors. It places emphasis on exercising outdoors, proven to burn calories, boost mood and lower blood pressure more efficiently than a gym session, with plenty of HIIT for devouring visceral fat. But, best of all, it weaves in the region’s history, putting a 21st-century spin on the games played by those musclemen of old.

Healing Holidays (+44 20 7843 3592; healingholidays.com/condenast) offers a three-night Spartan Spirit of Adventure programme from £1,699 per person, full board, including flights and transfers. Healing Holidays exclusive: book 45 days in advance and receive a 12 per cent discount on accommodation and board. Valid for stays until 31 Dec 2020.

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Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

SPA GUIDE 2020 WINNER: MOST MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE

Teen-centred treatments to encourage budding yogis

Here amid the unfettered beauty of the Maldives is a spa whose spirituality and infectious vitality permeates. Its philosophy of Ayurveda gently threads through the entire island. The four diverse restaurants (Asian, Middle Eastern, Italian and a grill) trumpet the dosha-soothing properties of each dish, so it’s possible to eat holistically too. Meanwhile the spa fosters seismic alchemical shifts. Dr Shylesh Subramanya takes his patients’ pulses, reads their minds like a medium and their bodies like braille. After a forensic consultation, he assigns bespoke programmes including two hours of yoga and pranayama per day for either stress management, women’s or men’s health, thyroid care, spinal issues or addiction. Take testy teenagers with their slouched shoulders and jittery focus from excessive screen time and witness them turn into toned enthusiasts.

A three-day Yoga Therapy package costs about £500 per person. Oceanfront bungalows from about £1,270 (fourseasons.com).

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Masqi, The Energy House, Spain

SPA GUIDE 2020 WINNER: BEST HOLISITIC HIDEAWAY

Wildly supportive off-grid hideout

Quiet to the point of silence, apart from birdsong, and set in a national park an hour’s drive from the coast, MasQi is one of those discoveries that makes visitors feel torn. Remote and peaceful, it’s utterly restorative and not particularly expensive, and there are always cheap flights to Alicante, the nearest airport. So on one hand there’s the desire to shout about it from the rooftops. But on the other it’s tempting to keep quiet and hope that no one else will hear about it. On the approach, there’s a kind of literal departure from hectic daily life. The taxi has to leave the road and slow to a crawl for the last few hundred yards, inching down the hillside over rutted tracks. The benign energy of the place is instantly apparent. The main building, an elegantly restored 1880s farmhouse with eight uncluttered bedrooms, overlooks a pine-shaded lawn, and beyond that, mile upon mile of empty countryside.

A three-night programme costs from about £490 per person, full board, including all classes. Treatments are extra (masqi.es).

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Ayurveda Parkschloesschen

SPA GUIDE 2020 WINNER: BEST AYURVEDIC RETREAT

Indian philosophy at an unfailing European outpost

This is detoxing the old-school way, a millennia-based method rooted in Ayurveda and still utterly relevant for today. The wildly effective and heavy-duty panchakarma (a nine-, 13-, 20- or 34-night stay that removes metabolic waste from the body with medical enemas) is as successful a resolve for 21st-century burnout as it is for good old-fashioned weight loss. Parkschlösschen is the German epicentre for Ayurveda. Founded in 1993 by the late Wolfgang Preuss, a disciple of the Indian philosophy of self-healing by prevention, it provided somewhere smart in Europe to practise it. The retreat is now run by his daughter Carina, whose warm nature lends a softness to what can be a hardcore process. Panchakarma gives phenomenal results but involves intense scheduling: wake-up is before 7am, with oil swishing around the mouth, scraping the tongue (a potential organ for infection), lots of hot water and detox drinks, more oil in the nostrils and ears, yoga and meditation. All before breakfast.

Healing Holidays (+44 20 7843 3592; healingholidays.com/condenast) offers a six-night Anti-Stress programme from £2,899 per person, full board, including flights and transfers. Healing Holidays is the only UK tour operator that works with Ayurveda Parkschlösschen.

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