Whether you're recovering from a long vacation, making a dramatic life shift or just looking for a Valentine's Day retreat worth remembering, these spas have gained attention as some of the best spa and wellness havens around the country. Grab a robe and some essential oils: These spas are sure to relax any weary traveler.
Salamander Resort and Spa—Middleburg, Virginia
Salamander Resort and Spa in Northern Virginia, not far from D.C., was recently named one of the best resorts in the South. Salamander is a haven for all types, but especially for athletes and equestrians. Take advantage of spa packages that combine physical exercise and fitness tutelage with relaxing massages in half- and full-day wellness packages. Enjoy lavish massage ingredients including a crushed cabernet scrub from France and citrus wraps.
Spa by the Sea—Kapaa, Hawaii
The signature massage uses locally sourced black-lava rocks collected on the island. The rocks are applied to smooth and moisturize the skin after a generous application of coconut oil. Travelers can also bring the ocean closer with a massage on the sandy beach right outside the resort. Patrons are encouraged to "breathe in the rhythm of the gentle, crashing waves" during this outdoor experience.
Reméde Spa—Aspen, Colorado
Voted as one of the best spas in the country, Reméde Spa is in the heart of ski-country at St. Regis Aspen Resort. Tucked into the hills just minutes from downtown Aspen, Colorado, this enchanting destination has been called the number one spa in the world, the kind of place where guests can get in a powder-shredding fix during the morning and relax in the spa in the afternoon—perhaps with a session in the oxygen lounge or a dip in a plunge pool. A perfect package might sound something like this: Champagne and raspberries during a bubble bath followed by a 60-minute massage and chromatherapy—the use of soothing light play—in the lounge area.
Four Seasons Walt Disney Spa—Orlando, Florida
What do people rave about after visiting the Four Seasons spa at Walt Disney World Resort? It’s the fact that the whole family gets treated like royalty at this five-diamond resort and luxury spa. For the family, try the “Coronation Celebration”; while mom gets her own makeover fit for a queen, the kids are being named as a princess or prince—experiences that come with keepsake jewelry or a "sword of truth." No kids? Couples can also get in on the relaxation offered at the resort by renting an entire bungalow, sans children, for a day of recharging and couples services.
Vista Blue Spa—Monterey, California
Travelers at Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa enjoy the ambience of coastal California with incredible views of the Monterey Bay from the warm glow of the hotel—all while they're scrubbed and spoiled.
After a session in the gym and fitness center, lounging in the bay-side whirlpools and viewing deck makes for a brief unwind before a body scrub or massage. Oxygen-infused facials call for a deep breath, and the spa can design custom massage packages.
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Hailed as one of Boston's best spas, G2O offers incredibly charming rooftop views and some exotic spa package options.
"We find that clients prefer an a la carte menu so they can customize the services they want,” said Joyce Hampers, founder and CEO of G2O Spa and Salon. “The most popular services that go together are a massage, facial, manicure and pedicure."
Guests also enjoy the brine inhalation room and the acupuncture services, and after a wintertime visit, unwinding in the fireside relaxation area is a real treat.
Hotel Viking's SpaFjör—Newport, Rhode Island
This Gilded Age beauty of a hotel has graced the shore of Newport since the 1920s, but following a massive renovation, the hotel has opened a spa and wellness retreat. The offerings showcase pampering rituals from around the world, providing daylong spa treatments and salt-scrub sessions in a timeless, gorgeous setting.
The Spa at Sea Island—Sea Island, Georgia
The Cloister is one of the most well-recognized luxury escapes in the South, featuring three golf courses and a beautiful spa.
The property is located on miles of private beaches off the coast of Georgia, on a long peninsula convenient to both Savannah and Jacksonville. Most of the spa's packages focus on total health and wellness with guided beach walks, nutrition counseling, and even cooking tips all offered before the requisite massage. The resort offers European-style treatments, and guests can partake in for full- and partial-day packages alongside child- and teen-specific offerings to pamper the youngest family members.
The Ritz-Carlton—Half Moon Bay, California
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is celebrated as one of the best hotels in the country, and for good reason. The brand’s impeccable stamp on the property means over-the-top guest accommodations and services, just 45 minutes from downtown San Francisco. The resort is primed for relaxation on its perch facing the Northern California coast, with a 16-room spa that looks out over the Pacific Ocean. Luxuriate in a private or couples’ treatment and lounge afterward in the Roman mineral bath to enjoy the fireplace or steam room.
Glade Spring Spa at Suncadia—Cle Elum, Washington
Glade Spring Spa at Suncadia whispers to travelers through the tall pine trees in the hills of Washington. Escape Seattle to the mountains for a day-, week- or summer-long retreat to focus on cleansing and healing services offered at the lodge and resort.
Glad Spring provides mens' and womens' massage packages—think rustic for him and soothingly perfumed for her—that give travelers a chance to relax. Enjoy the offerings to help you reconnect with your own body in this blissful mountain retreat. Spa visitors are inevitably refreshed and ready to dive into nearby adventures offered around the 6,400-acre resort, including bike tours, boat rentals, golf and horse rides.
Qua Baths and Spa—Las Vegas, Nevada
Indulge in a Roman bath, an Arctic Ice room and other amenities at the spa in Caesars Place: Why not? This is Vegas, after all, and it's not a town built to keep travelers sequestered in a hotel room. This 50,000-square-foot spa offers vary from a traditional Shirodhara massage in order to balance your chakras to Thai-style treatments, aroma massages and lounging in a raised, gold-foiled pool.
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The Spa at Silverado—Napa, California
This Napa Valley getaway sits quietly on a 1,200-square-acre resort designed for seclusion. At the world-renowned spa, partake in a self-heating pore mask or the marine algae mask dedicated to soothing hyper-pigmentation. Schedule a geo-focused treatment for full body sensation; it uses lavender—for exfoliation and hydration—and crushed grape seed husks for stimulation. The resort's location is, of course, perfect for daily vineyard excursions or to pop into the town of Napa for decadent dining.
Eilan Hotel and Spa—San Antonio, Texas
Eilan Hotel and Spa in the wooded suburbs a short drive outside of San Antonio, just minutes from Six Flags and premier shopping. At this retreat in a busy metropolis, soak in deluxe salt scrubs, therapy baths, specialty massages and hot stones treatments. This boutique hotel also offers a state-of-the-art golf simulator for guests ready to work on their swing.
Chuan Spa—Chicago, Ill.
Escape busy life with a trip to the Windy City's Langham Chicago Hotel and Chuan Spa, just minutes from the Chicago Loop near the shores of Lake Michigan. After a day of luxurious shopping, take part in signature spa rituals that tap into a network of heated and cooled rooms meant to relax over-stressed muscles. Soak in a hot-water pool lined with solid Himalayan salt rocks for restoring natural energies. Indulge in aromatic massages that employ herbal powers in sync with the gentle sounds of spa's traditional Chinese Bianzhong bells.
Spa Amira, The Homestead Resort—Glen Arbor, Michigan
Spa Amira at the Homestead Resort is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, and being in such close proximity to the lake, The Homestead offers outdoor activities like boating, bird watching, trail running and tennis and—during the winter months—skiing, snowboarding and ice skating. Had enough adventure? Then it's time to be pampered at this chic boutique resort with spa treatments like a warm bamboo massage and a Scandinavian deep-forest massage. After a visit to the spa or fitness center, kick your feet up in a lounge chair with an exceptional view of the great lake.
Reynolds Plantation Spa—Lake Oconee, Georgia
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Georgia, offers a spa experience that includes a lounging, rain-like shower known as a vichy rain experience. This particular offering, guests lie on a flat surface and are scrubbed with salt or covered with mud. After the salt or mud treatment is finished, the spa therapist open showerheads above and you're washed with a gentle rain while you relax upon the massage table. If more intense action is what you're seeking, try the deep-tissue massage with arnica and heated towels.
Sawgrass Spa—Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
In a 25,000 square-foot luxury spa, expect offerings including facials, massages and body wraps with ingredients like invigorating green coffee beans or sea salt. Before or after a quick body polish, make time for some golfing at this Jacksonville Marriott Resort, famed for 99 world-renowned golf holes in multiple courses.
Spa at the Boulders—Carefree, Arizona
This resort retreat sits high above Scottsdale, Arizona, in the town of Carefree and invites patrons in for relaxation and sun-ray devotion. In the forefront of the spa's favorite treatments are the mud slathers or salt scrubs along with a massage. The retreat is nestled among the boulder formations overlooking Carefree and offers guest the chance to stroll through the stone labyrinth after a visit to the spa.
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Auberge Spa at Auberge du Soleil—Rutherford, California
This French-style inn north of Napa is known for breathtaking, floor-to-ceiling window views of the Mayacamas Mountains. Nestled in between a grove of Manzanillo olive trees and wine vineyards, this tiny escape boasts adults-only services on a tranquility-inducing property.
"Services incorporate house-infused oils and other handcrafted ingredients, some made with the flowers and herbs grown in the spa garden, including calendula, rosemary and lemon balm," Rachael Ward, San Francisco editor for Where, wrote in a recent review of wine country spas.
Trump SoHo New York Spa—New York City
Five blocks from the Hudson River, to the southwest of Washington Square Park in SoHo, is where you will find this opulent, hammam-inspired spa. Leave your political leanings at the door, because the Trump SoHo New York Spa boasts a lavishly tiled spa with separate bathing areas for men and women, much like historic hammams of Turkey and Greece. Treatments include the healing powers of emeralds, rubies and sapphires in the form of gem-infused massage oils. If you're feeling artistic, opt for a henna session which pays tribute to the special, celebratory temporary dye art that women use throughout hammams in the Middle East.
The Spa at Alyeska—Girdwood, Alaska
Pack a bag—or two or four—for a far-flung spa getaway at Alyeska Resort. Nestled in the heart of Chugach State Park just an hour outside Anchorage, the Alyeska resort is situated in a beautiful, secluded valley. At the resort's spa, there are full offerings like the restorative and hydrating massage package. Guests tap into tranquil treatments that harness the detoxifying properties of bergamot, blue tansy, palmarosa and other aromatic herbs. Opt for the vichy shower massage to include hydrating and soothing water treatment.