Affordable Five-Star Wellness Retreats for a 2021 Reset

While wellness has been a top travel trend long before the pandemic began, it is no surprise that the $639bn wellness tourism industry is poised to return in 2021 as health and wellbeing-focused retreats look set to be a best seller for travellers. 

Despite being unable to travel right now, it’s time to create a self-care retreat bucket list for when we can travel again, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. 

As part of the Self-Care Capitals report by the consumer spending experts at money.co.uk (which ranks capital cities around the world on their wellness credentials) we’ve compiled a list of affordable five-star wellness retreats, based on the 10 top scoring cities. 

The Top 10 Cities for Self-Care Revealed:

  1. Paris - 104.5
  2. London - 100
  3. Moscow - 86.5
  4. Singapore - 86
  5. Rome - 85.5
  6. Berlin - 81.5
  7. Prague - 76.5
  8. Madrid - 75.5
  9. Bangkok - 73.5
  10. Hong Kong - 72.5

From pampering spa treatments in the heart of Paris to stunning horizon views in Singapore, we bring you the the most affordable five-star wellness retreats.


Le Roch Hotel & Spa 

This iconic 5-star wellness resort is ideal for those seeking a luxury escape from the hustle and bustle. The wellness area offers you serenity and calm to relax by the pool, bathed in natural light, the fitness room is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment enabling you to stay in the best of your shape, or escape to their hammam hidden behind a water veil. The CODAGE suite offers a range of treatments from facials to massages.

Prices from £362 per room


Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Perched on Monte Mario, the highest hill in Rome, the Cavalieri is 20 minutes outside the city, away from the hustle and bustle with the city beneath your feet, the views are one to check in for. This five-star hotel offers a serious luxe take on the city break, with 15 acres of landscaped grounds and wooded parkland, a sumptuous spa, three pools, a helipad and a divine restaurant.

This Italian resort rules out your average city break with the superb Ancient Rome-themed spa, with its heated glass domed pool, sauna, Turkish bath and La Prairie treatments. 

Prices from £191 per room


Breeze Spa and Fit Centre at Amari Watergate Bangkok

Located on the 8th floor at the Amari Watergate Bangkok, Breeze Spa provides six elegant and tranquil treatment rooms where you can totally relax and regain your energy. The certified massage therapists at this spa are dedicated to helping you look and feel your best. 

Whether seeking to overcome jet lag or to end your busy day with a perfect treatment, Breeze Spa has a variety of rejuvenating and refreshing packages designed to suit everyone’s needs. Spa treatments range from a blissful one-hour classic aromatic massage, traditional Thai Massage, body polishing, facial treatments to a half-day or a full day programme. 

Prices from £39 per room