Andalucia is a gorgeous part of Spain and, thanks to its abundance of sun and sand, it’s a place where you cannot help but relax. That said, if you’re in need of some serious pampering there are more many more ways to unwind than simply sitting on the beach, with treating yourself to some time in the spa being a particularly good option, we think.

If it’s total relaxation you’re after, it’s best to get the finer details of your holiday sorted as soon as possible so you have nothing more to think about than letting your hair down. We reckon it’s worth taking steps to make sure life is as easy as possible for you once you arrive, so it’s a good idea to look for all-inclusive packages that’ll cover your every need, while hiring a car (you’ll find more information on this website) means you won’t have to wait for public transport at the airport.

In terms of what spas you should visit, there’s a huge array of options. So, we’ve put together a list of some of the best in the area, which will hopefully give you a little inspiration.

Tolox Spa Resort

Where: Tolox, Malaga

This is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for something a little bit different to the usual spa offering. You see, it’s the only spa in Europe that predominantly uses gases, rather than water, for its treatments, so coming here means you can have a unique experience.

So, therapies here typically involve aerosols, mists, sprays, showers, steam rooms and inhalations, as well as things like thermal aerosols and eye baths.

The icing on the cake is that this spa has an absolutely amazing location, being situated in the stunning Sierra de las Nieves Nature Reserve. By the way, it isn’t unusual to see lots of children at the spa, so don’t expect an adults-only environment.

Villa Padierna Thermas Hotel

Where: Carratraca, Malaga

If you want to follow in the footsteps of some famous names, treat yourself to some pampering at the Villa Padierna Thermas Hotel. Lord Byron and Empress Maria Eugene are among the historical figures to have bathed in the sulphuric spring waters here, which are renowned for their healing properties. In fact, the first people to have discover their curative qualities were the Romans, so this place has long been relied upon as a place to soothe stresses, strains and ailments.

There’s a wide range of treatments available here, including beauty-based therapies and more medical offerings aimed at alleviating common conditions. Whether you want help relaxing, your skin left softer and smoother or any discomforts reduced, the spa will be happy to offer advice on suitable treatments and even put together a personalised programme for you.

Beatriz Palace & Spa

Where: Fuengirola, Malaga

Our final suggestion, the Beatriz Palace & Spa, has a great location right on a 300 m beach. Come here and you can be pampered with everything from body wraps to therapeutic massages and, once again, you will have a choice of beauty-based or more medically-angled treatments.

Visiting this destination, you can actually have a medical appointment onsite prior to getting a treatment if you feel you need expert advice. And of course, once you’re finished in the spa you can indulge in yet more relaxation on the sand!