Although it may be tempting, you don’t have to book a flight to Bali or Italy to find a world-class spa experience. In fact, if you live in North America, some of the world’s most impressive spas can be found right at your doorstep. We’ve traveled around the country to find the best hotel spas in the U.S. Some are ultra-luxurious, while others are simple, but all promise plenty of relaxation and rejuvenation.
This Poconos retreat is home to a 40,000-square-foot spa that underwent extensive renovations in 2017. The adults-only space features 27 treatment rooms where guests can enjoy a wide range of facial and body treatments — either a la carte or as part of a package put together by the on-site spa concierge. Along with separate steam, sauna, and whirlpool facilities for men and women, there’s a co-ed Aqua Garden with hydro-massage features and a heated outdoor infinity pool that’s open year-round. There’s also a fitness center, a spin room, and a yoga and meditation studio for those who want to add a bit of fitness to their stay.
You may recognize Kohler from their ubiquitous washbasins and toilets, but the company also runs one of the most beautiful spas in the U.S. Occupying the erstwhile carriage house at the historic American Club (a luxury hotel housed in what was once a boarding home for immigrant Kohler factory workers), this elegant spa proves that you can get luxurious pampering right in the heart of the Midwest. Highlights include a gorgeous indoor hydrotherapy circuit, which you can use to your heart’s content before or after a treatment, along with a wide range of services, including thalassotherapy.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the Big Sur coast, the Post Ranch Inn offers some pretty fantastic views — and its cozy spa, with floor-to-ceiling windows, is no exception. Along with massages and facials, the spa offers a variety of New Age treatments (this is NorCal, after all), from energy clearings using tuning forks to energy-balancing sessions. They also offer shamanic healing and fire ceremonies.
The spa at this Colorado luxury resort takes its rugged, mountainous surroundings into account, offering treatments inspired by the Rockies as well as the Alps and Himalayas (think Himalayan chakra blessings, ponderosa pine muscle treatments, and red clover body masks). You can even sign up to be wrapped in a cocoon of Hungarian mud. The spa is part of a larger, 27,000-square-foot wellness center, and it shares its facilities with a fitness center offering classes ranging from yoga to Pilates. There’s even a saltwater lap pool plus three infinity hot tubs for some post-treatment unwinding.
The star feature at Canyon Ranch, an all-inclusive in Tucson, is its 80,000-square-foot spa, which offers dozens of treatments and a wide range of health and wellness programs. Signature spa services include detoxifying herbal wraps, tissue rebalancing treatments designed to help restructure the musculoskeletal system, and a wide range of offerings aimed at specific needs, from treating insomnia to assisting with weight loss. There’s also an on-site Life Enhancement Center, which offers specialized wellness programs and trainings. Fitness activities ranging from Pilates to dance classes are available as well. Even the restaurant here focuses on wellness, with healthy meals based on natural, unprocessed, and mostly organic ingredients (plenty of gluten-free and vegan options are available).
It doesn’t get much more relaxing than a day at the Naupaka Spa & Wellness Centre in the Four Seasons Resort Oahu, and that’s not just because it’s located in a tropical Hawaiian paradise, though it certainly doesn’t hurt. Along with a wide range of massages, Naupaka offers locally inspired services, including polishing pineapple treatments and quintessentially Hawaiian lomi lomi massages.
Surrounded by the rocky red landscape of Sedona, Mii Amo offers both classic spa favorites, like Swedish and shiatsu massages, as well as a variety of less-common treatments in the U.S., including watsu (which takes place in a therapy pool) and Thai reflexology. The body treatments here draw inspiration from the surrounding environment — wraps use local red clay and prickly pears, plus there’s a scrub based on pinon nuts, which grow in the region. They also offer therapies inspired by indigenous traditions, with special treatments available only around the new and full moons.
If you prefer city lights to sylvan surroundings, this San Francisco spa is an excellent choice. Highlights include a city-facing saltwater infinity pool, cedar saunas, and eucalyptus steam rooms, plus a solid menu of massages, facials, and even mineral baths. Even the relaxation rooms are swanky. Plus, you can forget the trail mix and herbal tea — guests here are treated to truffles and Champagne while they unwind.
Located on the 21st floor of The Peninsula New York, this sleek spa offers plenty of packages and treatments (billed as “journeys” and “ceremonies”), many of which are designed to deal with common ailments of city life. Signature services include the Detox and Adrenal Program, which includes lymph drainage and a detox wrap; a special Podikhizhi (Podi) therapy in which dried herbs wrapped in muslin and dipped in oil are pressed over the body; and a special sleep treatment that’s designed to help the body produce melatonin.
With 40 treatment rooms spread out over 50,000 square feet, the Spa Grande at Grand Wailea is the largest spa in the state. However, it’s more than just its massive size that makes it a hit in our book. The highlight of this spa is its Healing Waters of Maui hydrotherapy circuit, which features waterfalls, baths, and Roman and Japanese tubs. The treatments aren’t too shabby, either, with everything from sugarcane exfoliation scrubs to special chocolate massages for kids and teens.
The atmospheric Mission-style architecture and wide range of treatments on offer might be enough to lure you into this 40,000-square-foot spa. However, the on-site thermal hot springs that feed the resort’s co-ed bathhouse (which features soaking pools, an herbal steam bath, showers, and saunas) are a real treat, too. Signature packages, dubbed “kurs,” include body exfoliations followed by massages and/or wraps.
The luxurious spa is the main draw at this Texas Hill Country resort, with a huge selection of treatments ranging from stone massages that use river rocks to salt scrubs. They even offer acupuncture and cupping. Separate men’s and women’s wet areas have hot tubs and saunas, with views out over a rock garden. And when you’re not getting a treatment, you can swim in an Olympic-length heated lap pool, take a Pilates or tai chi class, or grab a healthy snack at the spa’s Aster Café.
Just outside the center of Santa Fe, this low-key spa resort draws its inspiration from Japanese hot spring resorts, with Zen gardens and ryokan-inspired rooms. The spa here is influenced by onsens, with a mix of hot tubs, cold plunges, and saunas, plus both communal and women-only areas. Private tubs are also available to rent, and treatments such as salt scrubs and detoxifying wraps can be arranged.
The 23 hot spring pools (five of which are for adults only) are hands-down the highlight at this family-friendly property. They’re fed by one of the deepest geothermal hot springs on the planet, and even if you aren’t staying at the resort, you can purchase a day pass to use all of the facilities. The spa itself offers facials, body scrubs, and therapeutic massages. Special prenatal treatments and a watsu-style AquaZen Therapy that takes place in one of the hot spring pools can also be had.
Occupying around 42,000 square feet, the Eau Spa at this Palm Beach property is gargantuan, with 19 treatment rooms, beautiful garden villas that serve as waiting areas, and an expansive “Self-Centered Garden” featuring cabanas, water features, and a plunge pool. Treatments include a variety of facials that range from soothing to borderline medical, plus there’s a solid range of massages with optional add-ons such as collagen masks and foot treatments. The couples’ services here are particularly noteworthy, with romantic Champagne and caviar packages and even traditional Turkish rhassoul mud treatments.
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