World’s Best Spa 2017

Many of the world’s premier spa facilities lie in Europe, and this year, it was a German resort, Schloss Elmau — the setting for the G8 summit in 2015 — that received top honors in the annual Travel+Leisure readers’ poll.

This 100-year-old, family-owned property in the Bavarian Alps offers an extensive array of activities (tai chi, qigong, yoga retreats) and has multiple facilities including the Oriental Hamam, the Badehaus Spa (an adults-only wing overlooking the mountains), and the Turtle Spa, which is dedicated to traditional Chinese medicine. What’s even more unique is that the resort caters to kids in its 24-hour Family Spa, complete with an indoor pool, Finnish sauna, and outdoor saltwater infinity pool. “It’s the best spa hotel I’ve visited in the last 10 years,” wrote one reader. “I’ve never seen such a beautiful place.”

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100 km south of Munich tucked deep in the calm of the Bavarian Alps. 1000 m above sea level. A sanctuary framed by lofty mountains & rushing streams. A Luxury Spa Retreat & Cultural Hideaway, a yoga retreat & romantic haven.

Relax in six separate spas & pools for adults & families. Unwind with Yoga, Taiji or TCM. Recharge your batteries with Sports Unlimited. Enjoy outstanding food & unobtrusive attention. Listen to unbeatable music, breath deep & discover.