Even during adventurous getaways, we love a chance for some R&R so we almost always book a spa service to treat ourselves. While we could probably enjoy a massage or facial just about anywhere, there's something to be said for a hotel spa that is truly luxurious and jaw-dropping. Some of the most gorgeous we've seen are particularly inspiring because they boast beautiful views of their natural surroundings. So before you close your eyes and drift off to pure relaxation during your treatment, take in these 11 stunning views...from these 11 stunning hotel spas.
On a beautiful stretch of beach on the tiny island of Lanai, this Four Seasons is one of the most luxe properties in Hawaii. Considering the remote location, its no surprise that the hotel attracts couples, and the upscale spa is a major draw for romance as well. The spa features red cedar dry heat saunas, eucalyptus steam rooms, and rainforest showers, but its most stunning amenity is its outdoor massage cabana with views of the Pacific Ocean.
Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa takes full advantage of its natural setting: The rooms, restaurants, pool, and spa all offer stunning views of Arenal Volcano. Spa services include customized bath rituals — using elements such as chocolate, milk, and wine — and couples’ treatments, but the standout feature is the mineral-rich thermal volcano springs.
This renovated guest ranch is Tucson’s oldest resort and one of its most popular. Outdoor activities abound at the upscale property, which offers three saline pools, horseback riding and hiking trails, volleyball, basketball, and eight tennis courts. So its fortunate that Westward Look also features a gorgeous spa, perfect for unwinding after an active day. With a focus on therapeutic herbs and cleansing muds found right outside its doors, the spa also boasts sweeping desert views, which you can take in from an al fresco patio post-treatment.
Opened in 2000, the Anse Chastanet was one of the first properties in St. Lucia to focus on eco-luxury design, deliberately shunning technology such as TV, telephones, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. The hotel’s back-to-nature vibe extends to the spa. Offering daily yoga classes and relaxing signature treatments, the spa features indoor treatment rooms as well as an outdoor massage hut where guests can take in views of the Caribbean Sea and Anse Chastanet beach while enjoying a massage or aromatherapy session.
The 290-room Monterey Plaza is as close to the ocean as it gets: Built on pillars above the water, it offers an ocean experience like few other hotels in the area do. The spa facilities sit on the top floor and — along with a long list of available treatments such as massages, wraps, facials, and manicures — boast gorgeous views of Monterey Bay from the rooftop whirlpools.
Undoubtedly one of the most prestigious hotels in St. Barts, this exclusive 15-villa luxury resort sits amid 28 lush acres of natural hills and beachfront. Hotel Le Toiny’s spa takes full advantage of its pristine location with numerous treatment rooms, and outdoor showers and patios that look out over the ocean.
GoldenEye is hands down Jamaica’s hippest and most luxurious resort. It’s also one of the island’s most historic, as the former home of Ian Fleming, and the hideaway at which the author scribed all 14 of his James Bond novels. Today, the property includes a stunning tree house spa, comprised of three open-air treatment rooms overlooking the resort’s peaceful lagoon. Guests can even kayak from their cottages to the dock if so inclined.
This “inn” in Carolina Lowcountry, really more akin to a sprawling estate, provides a one-of-a-kind experience that uniquely blends traditional southern charm and almost otherworldly natural beauty. Winding rivers, misty marshes, and old oaks draped with wispy Spanish moss all can be seen from the hotel’s highly-acclaimed spa. A picturesque foot bridge separates the spa from the rest of the resort to ensure peace and quiet.
Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa is set against the ethereal background of the Pacific Ocean and a massive natural rock formation that hugs the resort. The resort features a spa (with beachside massage cabanas) at Land’s End Terrace that overlooks the ocean. The views are truly stunning, and a long list of treatments, many of which include tropical ingredients meant to soothe and rejuvenate, means guests have plenty options for relaxing and unwinding.
One of just a few true mega-resorts in Southern California, the 100-acre, 582-room Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes offers a range of features that’s unrivaled among Los-Angeles-area properties, including a top-tier spa. With over 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, the spa boasts sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean from numerous treatment rooms, which come complete with balconies.
Accessed via a 30-minute boat ride from Providenciales, this 1,000-acre all-inclusive resort on a private island is the definition of tranquility. Offering tons of wellness-focused services, the spa boasts a yoga room, a garden with whirlpools, a Pilates studio, and nine treatment rooms that look out over the North Caicos Channel and surrounding wetlands. One of the spa’s most popular treatments is its signature COMO Shambhala Bath which includes a salt scrub, a soak, and a massage.
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