Vila Vita Parc resort in Porches has come third in a list of the world’s best spas, according to the Condé Nast Traveler magazine.
Porto’s Douro Six Valleys was the only other Portuguese spa to make the list of 30 spas, placing 13th. The list was based on over 600,000 votes from readers from all over the world.
“The stunning natural beauty and bracing sea air of Portugal’s Algarve region are medicine on their own. But taking it up a notch is the spa at Vila Vita Parc, which occupies its own, dedicated building and whose treatment menu was created in partnership with French spa leader Sisley,” writes the magazine.
Vila Vita’s many treatments and training regimens that can be enjoyed are highlighted, with Condé Nast adding that “the spa takes a holistic, body-soul-mind approach to wellness and, to that end, it has a garden yoga pavilion for private, group and aerial classes”.
The distinction was welcomed by Kurt Gillig, Vila Vita Parc’s managing director, who vowed to continue to improve the resort so that it “remains one of the favourite destinations in Portugal for clients who wish to improve their health and wellbeing in a sophisticated environment”.
Described as a “wellness wonderland”, the 1,600sqm spa boasts 14 treatment rooms “equipped with the latest Gharieni treatment tables” and an “ample and bright fitness studio with glass walls and a view of the resort’s luxurious gardens”.
“We take a holistic approach to wellness, placing equal emphasis on body, soul and mind with diet, mindfulness and exercise plans,” said the resort when the spa was launched in March.
Clients can also enjoy private or group aerial yoga, power yoga and chakra meditation classes or try out the HYPOXI Studio, “the first and only of its kind in Portugal”. HYPOXI is described as a “unique and effective method to get your body into shape” which is based on a “moderate workout routine and a balanced nutrition plan suitable for all ages”.