Looking for some budget-friendly piece of mind? We asked travelers from around the world for their favorite (and affordable) spa destinations.*
Visit a spa hotel designed to look like a forest out of a fairy tale
The healing properties of massage play an essential role in traditional Thai medicine, and this attitude can be seen throughout the spas and wellness centers in Bangkok. Even if you’re staying somewhere else, be sure to visit So Sofitel, a luxury spa hotel designed to look like a mystical forest. The architects incorporated natural elements of earth, fire, metal, water, and wood in order to create a space that reflects this spa’s holistic approach.
Prague, Czech Republic
Follow the Kneipp path therapy style in Prague
Prague’s highest-rated spas and wellness centers are in a convenient cluster in the center of the city. The gothic architecture and the chiming bells of Church of Our Lady before Týn create an atmosphere that’s both soothing and invigorating. Many travelers like to wrap up a day of sightseeing with a wellness treatment at a city center spa like the Kneipp path therapy style M Spa.
Make the most of Lisbon's coast
Lisbon’s temperate, coastal climate paired with its laid-back vibe and wealth of natural spas will relax even the most stressed-out and jet-lagged travelers. Spa hotels and wellness centers are a common sight throughout Lisbon, with places like the Inspira Santa Marta Hotel & Spa offering saunas, jacuzzis, and steam rooms on top of traditional wellness treatments. While booking a room isn’t required, it often comes with various discounts and complementary treatments.
Find beautiful architecture and wallet-friendly wellness in Krakow
Krakow's spa centers reflect the city’s reputation for gorgeous architecture and affordable pastimes. Located in the city’s charming, World Heritage Site-listed Old Town, ThaiBali Massage offers Balinese, Japanese, and Thai massages along with other reasonably priced treatments. Similar to other European health-conscious cities, Krakow also has plenty of spa accommodations, like the stylish Lwowska 1.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Treat yourself to a rooftop infinity pool in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is full wellness centers and luxurious yet affordable spas – with all the big name brands as well as independent spas centered around the shopping and nightlife district known as the Golden Triangle. The Mandarin Oriental is a lavish spa hotel with 10 in-house restaurants and a rooftop infinity pool that’s open to non-guests.
** The data scientists at Booking.com looked at the top destinations endorsed for “wellness” and “budget-friendly” by travelers.