The 7 Best New Spas in the World in 2022

After two turbulent years spent on high-alert and close to home, destination spas offer the work-from-home weary a tried-and-true opportunity to reset both mind and body. After all, spa recovery culture dates back to ancient times, when Roman soldiers bathed to heal wounds and the Greek philosopher Hippocrates espoused scented massage for optimal health. Whether you covet sun-drenched beaches or invigorating country air, these sparkling new spas (all opened within the past year) boast thoughtfully curated spaces unique to the rejuvenating culture and environment of each region. They’re the ideal places to recenter, unlock inspiration, or perfect what the Dutch call Niksen—the art of doing nothing.

Monteverdi Tuscany, Italy

Hidden in a medieval village overlooking the rolling Tuscan countryside, this charming boutique hotel underwent extensive renovations during the pandemic, with the new spa and wellness center opening last June. Inspired by the landscape and traditions of Tuscany, the private outdoor treatment areas include artisanal travertine tubs, where bathing rituals take place, and a cold plunge pool carved into rugged rocks. Try the Monteverdi Purifying Facial, which blends fresh Tuscan herbs such as echinacea, sage, burdock, and witch hazel with ultrasound technology, for a truly deep clean. Later, unwind with a private or couples’ outdoor Hatha yoga class that incorporates ancient breathing techniques as you take in sweeping views of Val d’Orcia.

Via di Mezzo, Castiglioncello del Trinoro, 53047, Sarteano (SI), Italy

(Image credit: Courtesy of Montiverde )

Numú Wellness Center at Hotel Nantipa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica