Spas the world over extol the healing powers of nature, and trends like forest bathing have quickly developed global followings. So why is it that when you step into many spas, it feels like you’re entering a sensory deprivation cocoon of hushed hallways, dark relaxation pods, and sterile locker rooms all set to the same soundtrack?
Like the best hotels (and restaurants, for that matter), world-class spas convey a specific sense of place – spa terroir, if you will – and capitalize on holistic habits and healthy techniques traditionally practiced in their part of the world.
Nowhere is that more true than at spas set in the world’s vibrant jungles and rain forests. Many harness the medicinal benefits of ingredients found right outside their front door (if there even is a front door) and the ancient traditions of indigenous peoples, all to the salubrious satisfaction of their guests.
Here are some of the most jaw-dropping jungle spas around the world where you can get back to nature — in luxury.