13 Little Spa Towns Perfect for a Relaxing Weekend

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Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, offers charming hotels and spas in the Downtown and Historic Hot Springs Districts. This small resort town is the most affordable of its kind in the United States. At Riverbend Hot Springs, travelers can soak and relax alongside the Rio Grande River with its natural, mineral-rich waters. At La Paloma Hot Springs and Spa, guests can soak in "living waters," and indulge in massages and facials.

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Bali, Indonesia

Head to scenic Bali for beachside relaxation and yoga and meditation retreats. The spa at The Amala offers body massages with jade rollers, music therapy and detox purification to name a few services. A heady experience awaits at Goldust, where guests can receive a signature 90-minute 24K gold facial.

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Sedona, Arizona

Arizona is no stranger to the spa and wellness world. Sedona's Amara Resort and Spa is a fan favorite offering one-of-a-kind treatments including Rain Dance Massages and a Wings of Change Healing Ritual. For a nature spa replete with herbs, oils, body scrubs and bath soaks visit L'Apothecary Spa at L'auberge de Sedona

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Hot Springs, Arkansas

Bathe in Arkansas' natural hot springs and experience the waters that Native Americans and early European explorers believed had rich healing properties. Plus, visitors can recharge their bodies, taste flavored oxygen and unwind in an aqua massage bed at Oxy-Zen. Before you go, visit The Bath Factory where soaps, lotions, facial care and body washes make perfect gifts and souvenirs.

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Thermal pool at luxury spa
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Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

Bad Ragaz is home to a famous natural spring and is one of Europe's most popular spa destinations. The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz allows guests to enjoy a thermal spa while focusing on nutrition and dermatology. Tamina Therme offers "haki" spa treatments that aim to help de-stress through treatments that are part massage, part therapy sessions.

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Palm Springs, California

This city is packed with luxury resorts, spas, sound baths, meditation centers and yoga classes; it's a verifiable wellness paradise. Palm Mountains Resort and Spa creates a warm, welcoming atmosphere and a sense of tranquility. The spa also offers specialty skincare and body treatments using natural, cruelty-free and organic ingredients. Escape into nature at Two Bunch Palms, where guests indulge in 600-year-old mineral waters, traditional mud baths and desert detox clay wraps.

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Heated hotel pool and spa
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Provence, France

Set to the scene of luscious green gardens, Le Couvent des Minimes is a sought-after French spa destination. The hotel's signature massage, the Massage Fabuleux, uses Shea butter in a relaxing full-body massage. At the Hôtel & Spa du Castellet, guests can enjoy more than 700 square meters including a heated swimming pool, a salt cave and five beauty cabins.

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Aspen, Colorado

Aspen is renowned luxury winter wonderland, but it also offers comforting, relaxing springs along the backdrop of gorgeous Colorado mountains. Just north of Aspen, Yampah Spa offers vapor caves, hot springs, massages, facials and nail services and it's opened year round. The Reméde Spa at the St. Regis Aspen Resort offers a sauna, spa boutique and body treatments like custom detox wraps.

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Cape Town, South Africa

The spas in Cape Town, South Africa are destinations you never knew you needed to experience. Mai Thai Wellness Spa blends South African and Thai hospitality to bring guests the best massage therapy treatments, signature herbal compress massages, aromatic foot baths, full body scrubs and more. The Caledon Hotel and Spa in the Western Cape offers a country retreat experience that allows guests to unwind in a stress-free environment.

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Thermal pool at a hotel
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Saratoga, Wyoming

Saratoga, Wyoming is home to the former "Fountain of Health," known as the Healing Waters Spa at the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort. Here guests can receive traditional spa treatments or participate in "energy sessions," which allow individuals to experience deep relaxation, the release of pain, a greater range of motion and more. Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga offers spa treatments that incorporate traditions of the American West and indigenous ingredients in a luxury setting. 

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Slide into a relaxing getaway in Taiwan. Art Spa Hotel located in Jiaox Town has multiple hot tubs at varying temperatures, a winding slide in the outdoor heated pool and a specialty foot reflexology spa. The Sun Hot Spring and Resort in Taichung City's 406 district offers a natural hot spring, a steam room and nude spring rooms.

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Loutra Aidipsou, Greece

Geothermal springs, hot alfresco showers and therapeutic wellness programs await in Greece's premier spa town, Loutra Aidipsou. When you're not chowing down on seafood or relaxing at the beach, enjoy the Thermae Sylla Spa. Here guests can partake of steam baths, exclusive geothermal springs, detox treatments and thermal mud baths. At Hotel and Spa Kentrikon, indulge in natural spa waters, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, jacuzzis and hydro-massage waterfalls. 

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Ponte Verda Beach, Florida

Ponte Verda Beach, Florida has it all: beaches, golf, shopping and—most importantly—spas. The Spa at Ponte Verda Inn and Club offers a sophisticated environment for guests to pamper themselves and indulge in luxurious beauty treatments. This spa is the largest of its kind in Northern Florida and offers more than 100 pampering services. For massage therapy, hydrotherapy, body wraps and skincare, head to the Sawgrass Spa.

By Jasmyn Snipes Louis

When you need a break from everyday life to unwind and clear your mind, a trip to the spa is a must for many peopleBut don't just visit your regular neighborhood spa, head out of the town and visit those who do spa treatments so well that they're a destination.

These areas run the gamut. Some are surrounded by natural hot springs and all of them have some of the best natural ingredients to ensure their guests return home feeling brand new. Unplug and getaway to these spa towns across the globe.

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