Now that Summer is over and Christmas is fast approaching, this is the ideal time to unwind and relax in preparation for the busy festive activities to come. The Costa del Sol offers a grand selection of spas and wellness centres for a spot of ´Me-Time´. Which ones make our Top 5?

Don Carlos Resort & Spa (Marbella)

The height of sophistication, Don Carlos offers guests 1600sqm of plunge pools, hydrotherapy pools, steam baths, a sauna and different showers offering massage therapy. The perfect gift for your five senses, this resort offers stunning views of the sea so you can enjoy your treatment in perfect harmony. Inspired from all over the world, treatments include Chinese Shiatsu medicine, body wraps and hot stone massage. Not to mention the glorious facial treatments available using only the best products by Thalgo and Carita.

Finca Cortesin (Casares)

This Oriental influenced spa offers guests with a truly authentic Thai experience. The Thai spa comprises of ten individual treatment rooms with luxurious heated flooring and à la carte music. Products from the prestigious French brand, Biologique Recherche are used for all their treatments and the impressive 2,200sqm boasts thermal baths, a fitness centre and an indoor heated salt water swimming pool.

Hammam Al Andalus Arab Baths (Malaga)

In the historical centre of Malaga find this oasis of tranquillity where you can disconnect and be at one with your bare senses. This spa offers a traditional Arabic bath and a wide variety of massages including Swedish and Turkish styles. There is also a salon where you can enjoy a manicure, pedicure and facials just to name a few! What´s particularly awe-inspiring about this spa, is the incredible Andalucian, Arabic architecture which will keep you mesmerised for hours.

Villa Padierna Golf & Beach Resort (Estepona)

Located in a building inspired by a grand palace in Tuscany, the scene is set immediately. Here you can find a Spa Circuit covering more that 2000sqm and featuring three steam baths with varied temperatures and essential aromas, a salt-water hamman , a Greek sauna, a Finnish sauna, and a dynamic heated swimming pool, a contrast pool, a flotarium and a Laconium.

Elba Gran Hotel & Thalasso Spa (Estepona)

The only 2.000 m2 Talasotherapy wellness centre in the Cádiz region, which uses recently extracted water from the Atlantic Ocean. This water is then purified, respecting its unique natural properties, and is used in their array of fabulous treatments. Take your pick from the Finnish sauna, arromatised shower circuit, igloo, Hammam, Roman Thermae and so much more!

What are your spa suggestions on the Costa del Sol?