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Greece: Where Wellness Finds its Zenith

In and amongst the mesmerising landscapes and ancient history that characterise Greece lie a collection of extraordinary wellness experiences. From healing hot springs to refined thalassotherapy centres and world-class spas, Greece offers an abundance of opportunities to nourish the mind, body and soul.

In a world that often demands constant attention and energy, taking the time to hit the pause button and prioritise physical and mental wellbeing has become an imperative pursuit. As these tides of living a healthy and balanced lifestyle surge forward, Greece beckons as a haven for those seeking harmony between nature, wellness and luxury.

Much like its rich history and culture, Greece boasts a longstanding heritage of practices dedicated to health and wellbeing. The ancient Greek medical philosophy, preserved unaltered through folk traditions, perceives humans as holistic entities — interconnected beings of mind, body and soul. This approach views optimal health as a state of equilibrium, wherein harmonious alignment between the emotional realm and one's inherent nature takes precedence. Rooted in antiquity, the Greek medical legacy emphasises gentle forms of therapy. Time-honoured practices such as bathing in curative springs, consuming a balanced diet, utilising herbal remedies, undergoing hypnotherapy and enjoying soothing massages are among the treasured "secrets" that have endured from ancient times to the present day. At the heart of the Greek perspective on physical wellbeing is one inspiring tenet that prevails: a body imbued with vitality and balance feels beautiful and readily radiates inner strength and beauty — and this guides all wellness practices throughout the nation.

In addition to the diverse treatments available at numerous private and public wellness centres, the Greek environment itself possesses intrinsic therapeutic properties. Notably, the "rediscovery" of Greece by 19th-century travellers was, in essence, an endeavour to find rejuvenation. People from across Europe flocked to Greece to bask in the healing embrace of nature. With their brisk air and temperate conditions, the Greek mountains were favoured for physical fortification, while coastal regions provided a haven for those seeking mental revitalisation. The Mediterranean weather, characterised by mild winters and abundant sunshine, has perpetually contributed to achieving balance in the body. This climate also nurtures the nation's distinct terrain, laying the foundations for the quintessential Greek diet. Replete with vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre, the local cuisine assists in recalibrating the body's equilibrium and detoxifying its systems while providing the requisite nourishment. Olive oil, bountiful fruits and wholesome vegetables produced by the country's prolific soils are, indeed, a veritable elixir of youth.

Pozar Thermal Baths | © Merakos

 A land inundated with natural treasures, Greece's diverse topography is also graced by numerous hot springs (thermae). Cherished for centuries for their incredible healing abilities, these warm, mineral-rich waters are an unmissable attraction for those seeking a dose of wellness amidst nature's beauty. A relaxing dip in these thermae can offer countless benefits, from enhancing blood circulation and improving respiratory health to pain and stress relief; bone, muscle and joint therapy; detoxification and curative effects on skin diseases. Some of the country's most famous public hot springs are all carefully nestled within the embrace of Greece's stunning natural environment and include the likes of Lake Vouliagmeni in southern Attica, a must-visit destination within the spectacular Athenian Riviera; Aidipsos on the island of Evia; Pozar Thermal Baths in western Macedonia and Kaiafas thermal springs in the Peloponnese. Over and above their remedial waters and serene settings, these thermal springs offer exceptional amenities and are staffed by well-trained professionals who provide personalised medical oversight.

For those who prefer indulging in more private wellness experiences in a luxurious ambience, Greece presents a wealth of options. The country's multitude of superb spa and thalassotherapy centres, often set within exclusive hotels, provide the pinnacle of rest and recuperation where every moment is dedicated to personal renewal. Calling upon ancient thalassotherapy practices, these globally renowned centres go beyond conventional health spas, harnessing the revitalising power of seawater, minerals and marine elements to reinvigorate the body while supporting detoxification, improved circulation and relaxation. Throughout the ages, the therapeutic qualities of saltwater, seaweed and sea mud have presented as formidable tools in combating stress and anxiety and enhancing mental acuity — reiterating Aristotle's axiom that states: "The energy of the mind is the essence of life."

Whether desiring to unwind on a paradisaical island or in the heart of the capital, premium wellness retreats are scattered throughout Greece, offering visitors the opportunity to indulge in the height of self-care against the backdrop of spellbinding scenery. From the picturesque Peloponnese peninsula to the captivating isle of Crete and the beautiful Athenian Riveria, FOUR takes a tour of some of Greece's most sumptuous spa and thalassotherapy centres…

Amanzoe: Where Luxury Meets Holistic Wellness

Nestled on the east coast of the Peloponnese peninsula near Porto Heli, Amanzoe glistens as a beacon of opulence and serenity. A five-star hotel complete with all the bells and whistles, Amanzoe's impressive architectural façade – which takes the form of a modern-day Acropolis — seamlessly integrates with its milieu, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding olive groves and the Aegean Sea beyond. Equally as notable, Amanzoe's wellness offerings transcend the usual standards, immersing guests in a transformative journey of relaxation and rejuvenation that focuses on restoring balance and harmony. By marrying traditional thalassotherapy practices with contemporary wellbeing treatments, this resort creates an oasis where ancient healing meets modern comfort. From hydrotherapy pools to invigorating salt scrubs, these offerings are tailored to stimulate circulation, detoxify the skin and soothe both body and mind.

Amanzoe's commitment to holistic wellness is reflected in its personalised approach, where guests can indulge in bespoke treatments that align with their individual needs and desires. Whether it's a restorative massage, a revitalising facial or a body wrap infused with locally sourced ingredients, each spa ritual is meticulously crafted to provide a unique sense of wellbeing. To further elevate the experience, Amanzoe's spa facilities exude an aura of mindful tranquillity and contemporary cosiness. The calming interiors, complemented by natural materials and soothing tones, create an environment where guests can unwind and reconnect with themselves, all while supported by an attentive team of expert therapists.

Meditation in Greece | © Dimitris Christodoulou

Euphoria Retreat: A Haven for Mindful Rejuvenation

Situated in the scenic foothills of the Peloponnese mountains, Euphoria Retreat exudes a harmonious blend of luxury and mindfulness that encapsulates the essence of its name — euphoria, a state of profound happiness and wellbeing. The property's distinctive wellness philosophy, known as the 'Euphoria Methodos,' is unmatched globally, establishing this resort as Europe's premier destination spa. This unique approach seamlessly marries Eastern and Western traditions, where ancient Hellenic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine are harmonised with scientific insights and a touch of naturalism. With a deep-rooted understanding that wellbeing encompasses the body, mind and spirit, Euphoria curates an array of treatments and programmes that nurture all aspects of one's being, allowing guests to leave behind stress and embrace inner peace.

Capitalising on its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, Euphoria Retreat utilises the water's healing properties to its fullest extent, fusing it with age-old traditions and contemporary techniques to deliver truly transformative wellness encounters. The property's Thalasso pool, complete with hydrotherapy jets for targeted massages that alleviate tension and promote overall wellbeing, is the keystone of its wellness philosophy, where guests can immerse themselves in a tranquil oasis and reap the benefits of mineral-rich seawater. Beyond the Thalasso pool, guests can explore a range of thalassotherapy-inspired treatments, from seaweed wraps to marine mud therapies.

Focusing on more than just physical wellness, the retreat's holistic approach extends to encompass emotional healing and spiritual revitalisation, too. With a commitment to mindfulness, personalised programmes and a deep connection to nature, Euphoria Retreat guides guests on a path of self-discovery, leaving them with a renewed sense of vitality and a profound connection to wellbeing, as well as a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness between self-care, ancient wisdom and modern rejuvenation.

Six Senses Spa Elounda: A Seaside Paradise of Wellness

Perched on the charming island of Crete and surrounded by the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Six Senses Spa Elounda finds its home in a setting of unparalleled natural beauty. More than just a five-star address with a revered reputation for hospitality and wellness excellence, this resort's commitment to sustainable practices further augments the connection between personal wellbeing and environmental harmony, making it a sanctuary for both body and conscience.

The sublime coastal location amplifies the spa's offerings, allowing guests to relish the soothing sound of waves and the gentle caress of the sea breeze. The symbiosis between the spa's design and its surroundings fosters an ambience that elevates the healing journey to new heights. In this genial haven, wellness isn't just a fleeting luxury—it's an ongoing journey of renewal guided by the wisdom of nature and the art of relaxation.
Six Senses Spa Elounda's crown jewel lies in its thalassotherapy offerings. Here, thalassotherapy is not merely a collection of therapies; it's a journey that takes you through the essence of seawater, mineral-rich mud and aquatic treasures. These natural wonders are expertly channelled to enhance circulation, alleviate stress and invigorate the body. As visitors are immersed in this oceanic rebirth, they will rediscover vitality, radiance and a profound connection to the sea's therapeutic embrace.

In addition to its thalassotherapy practices, Six Senses Spa Elounda offers an array of spa treatments ingeniously infused with goodness from the sea's bountiful gifts. These treatments encapsulate the spa's dedication to harnessing the power of nature for holistic wellbeing. From seaweed wraps that detoxify and remineralise the skin to marine collagen facials that restore youthful luminosity, each experience is a testament to the spa's commitment to delivering tangible and lasting rejuvenation.

Massage in Greece | © Fragou

Costa Navarino: A Grandiose Blend of Wellness and Nature

Situated along the sun-drenched shores of the southwest Peloponnese, Costa Navarino emerges as a shining example of how luxury, wellness and environmental awareness can coalesce in perfect harmony. This sprawling resort is not just a haven for relaxation; it's an embodiment of sustainable indulgence where lush landscapes, breathtaking beaches and world-class facilities seamlessly intertwine.

The idyllic escape for those in search of holistic healing, Costa Navarino beckons as a refuge where the curative power of nature converges with the art of wellbeing. With a commitment to preserving the local culture and environment, Costa Navarino offers a plethora of wellbeing experiences, including thalassotherapy, yoga retreats and energising spa treatments, all to the grand backdrop of olive groves, golf courses and crystal-clear waters.

Blending ancient Greek wellness philosophies with modern indulgence, the Anazoe Spa at Costa Navarino uses the region's rich history and natural resources as a muse to curate an array of treatments that cater to every facet of wellbeing. Whether it's the therapeutic embrace of seawater or the skilled hands of expert therapists performing revitalising massages, invigorating facials and body scrubs, every moment spent in this sanctuary is carefully crafted to soothe the senses and restore balance, serving as a step toward complete revitalisation.

Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso: Athens' Urban Wellness Oasis

Located in Athens, Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso offers an oasis of wellness in the heart of a bustling city. Boasting the only thalassotherapy centre in the Greek capital and one of the largest spas in Europe, this urban retreat introduces a luxurious twist to traditional wellness practices.
Rooted in the ancient Greek belief in the synergy between physical and mental wellbeing, Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso's philosophy centres around restoring harmony and balance. The resort draws inspiration from the historical significance of Apollo, the god of healing, music and light. This influence is reflected in the meticulous design of the spa and the utilisation of natural elements to create a serene ambience that promotes relaxation and healing. The philosophy extends beyond the spa treatments to encompass the overall guest experience, where every aspect of the resort is geared toward promoting tranquillity, health and vitality.

At the heart of Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso's approach is the conviction that true wellness emerges from a holistic perspective. The spa's offerings are not merely a collection of treatments but a journey toward inner and outer transformation. Guests are encouraged to embrace a holistic lifestyle, combining nourishing cuisine, physical activities, mindfulness practices and restorative therapies to achieve lasting wellbeing. This comprehensive approach aims to empower guests with the tools to integrate wellness seamlessly into their lives long after they've left the resort.

In line with celebrating Greece's wellness ideology, the thalassotherapy centre is the resort's beating heart. Home to a range of saltwater pools, jet baths and showers, underwater massages, and hydrotherapy rituals, it blends the healing powers of the sea with modern spa remedies to envelop guests in the therapeutic benefits of seawater and marine extracts. To round off its stellar offerings, the resort's diverse menu of treatments, including massages, facials and body scrubs, is administered by trained therapists who tailor each experience to individual needs. For those seeking an urban escape that marries luxury with a soothing ambience and a profound sense of wellbeing, Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso is the destination of choice in Greece.

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