Top 10 Spa Destinations
Everyone deserves a little pampering, so in honor of this year’s Mother’s Day on May 8, we’ve compiled a list of top ten spa destinations. From tropical sanctuaries in the Bahamas to cliff side retreats in British Columbia, we’ve got all the bases covered for your luxurious spa getaway.
One & Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas
This exotic resort and spa is reminiscent of a Caribbean plantation along the white sand beaches of Paradise Island. Its vibrant décor and plush gardens are sure to make anyone feel like Bahamian royalty. Daily yoga on the beach is complimentary to all guests, and other activities are available like tennis and seaside golf. The One & Only Spa offers luxurious treatments including ocean detox bathing rituals, coconut rub and milk wraps, and ocean view massages, all from private open-air villas.
Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
The beautiful beaches of Florida have their fair share of destination spas and resorts, but Ponte Vedra Inn and Club seems to stick out from the rest. This spa is the largest in North Florida and boasts more than 100 blissful services and treatments from therapy grottos to indulgent espresso wraps. When guests aren’t pampering themselves, they’re horseback riding, taking long bicycle rides and shopping in the charming village of Ponte Vedra Beach.
Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Along the rocky seaside of Chesterman Beach sits the pastoral and sophisticated Wickaninnish Inn. Surrounded by overgrown forests, this secluded lodge is the perfect escape for any individual. The Ancient Cedars Spa specializes in reviving its guests with exquisite treatments such as West Coast Sacred Sea hydrotherapy, Monticelli mud therapy and Ocean Rockweed exfoliation. Take advantage of other activities such as kayaking, hiking and long walks on the beach.
Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga, California
Settled amongst the mossy forests of Napa Valley, Calistoga Ranch bases its techniques and treatments on the area’s healing mineral waters. The ranch prides itself on a natural environment and the use of organic restorative treatments. Accommodations are luxurious but maintain a rare rusticity, helping guests to feel removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Wine tastings, hiking trails and yoga are all a part of the Calistoga Ranch experience.
Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
This Cape Elizabeth resort and spa is a seaside oasis aimed at providing the ultimate relaxing getaway. Inn by the Sea offers luxurious spa treatments and amenities coupled with classic New England charm. All spa experiences are inspired by the sea, and designed to heighten your senses and relax your body. When guests aren’t taking beach walks along the harbor or visiting the lighthouse, they are perusing the village shops of Portland.
Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Baja California, Mexico
Rancho La Puerta offers a complete mind and body experience with fitness and spa vacation packages. Guests can take advantage of expert training in fitness classes, first-rate gyms and guided outdoor hikes. Relaxing treatments from Rancho La Puerta’s spa are designed to rejuvenate the body after a hard day’s work out. Nutritious meals are included and are created using seasonal and organic foods straight from the ranch’s onsite farms. Cooking classes are also available, so guests may continue their new lifestyle at home.
Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Tucked away in the majestic mountains of Jackson Hole is the Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa. As a gateway to Yellowstone National Park, The National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park, this lodge prides itself on maintaining a rustic beauty evocative of the natural surroundings. Guests may practice yoga amidst the mountain peaks with Teton’s rooftop studio, or restore inner harmony with Solitude Spa’s natural herbs, salts, muds and water treatments. For winter getaways, nearby mountains offer some of the best skiing in the country.
Mii Amo Spa at Enchantment Resort, Sedona, Arizona
Set within the red rocks of the Sonoran desert, this world-class resort focuses around the perfect spa experience. All packages are based on three-, four- and seven-night stays which include three meals per day and two spa experiences. Guests may choose to take one of five spa journeys, created to fit each person’s individual needs. Indulge in rare and luxurious treatments like hot cinnamon facials, Sedona clay wraps and blue corn body polish. When not at the spa, visitors can opt to do a variety of ongoing activities like qigong, organic gardening and spirit dancing.
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
The Post Ranch Inn emulates the breathtaking landscape and relative detachment that Big Sur is known for. Nestled on a seaside cliff, all accommodations are inspired by the surrounding environment, designed to give each guest a unique experience. Tree houses, cliff top pools and shaman sessions are just a few features that give the Post Ranch Inn its reputation for unconventional luxury. Spa treatments are also inspired by the countryside, including wildflower facials and jade stone therapy from nearby beaches.
The American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin
The American Club rests in the small village of Kohler along the Sheboygan River. As one of the Midwest’s most celebrated resorts and spas, the American Club blends sophistication with rural charm. The famous Kohler Waters Spa believes in healing and rejuvenating with the use of minerals and water. Popular spa services include RiverBath, used to re-mineralize the body and skin, and BodyTalk, one of the Kohler’s extraordinary energy therapies. For a perfect couple’s getaway, consider checking out Kohler’s four championship golf courses.