It's always the right time to take a rejuvenating spa vacation. You're overdue for a relaxing getaway. Turn off your cell phone. Cancel your Friday appointments. Get off the Internet. And stop eating those meals that come in bar or shake form. Slow down and escape from everyday life with a soothing spa vacation. What better way to unwind than with a spa getaway? Maybe you're feeling in need of some mind and body rejuvenation and it's time to pamper yourself, or you're trying to plan a special group outing with friends - a birthday, a bachelorette party, a bridal shower?
Or perhaps you're thinking a romantic getaway is in order. In any case, a spa vacation is a great way to do all these things - or rather, have everything done for you! We've got enough options to suit whatever you're looking for. When you think spa, you probably think of treatments such as massages, facials, body treatments, and mani-pedis, but did you know that many spas offer whole fitness centers, saunas, yoga and pilates studios, customized face and body treatments, wellness workshops, amazing dining options, and more? Check out our list of popular spa getaway destinations right away!
Phoenix is home to several first class spa vacation resorts (and for the golf enthusiasts in your party, these same resort areas also feature some of the best golf courses in the country). Desert spa resorts are popular in the winter months, but because of the hot weather, these same resorts offer deep discounts during the summer. With all the things to do indoors at a spa resort, you can take advantage of great rates in the summer months!
Check out the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, a luxury spa resort with killer views of Paradise Valley. Take a hike on any of the trails on nearby Camelback Mountain and reward yourself in the afternoon with Asian-inspired massage treatments. There's also a meditation garden, infinity pool, and chic casitas in which to relax. Or decompress at The Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired complex near the center of Phoenix. Enjoy a transporting massage at the 22, 000 square foot spa center: the hardest choice you'll have to face is deciding which massage treatment to get while you take in the architectural splendor of the resort.
There's really no bad time to go to Hawaii with its variety of scenery, weather, and terrain; so add spa treatments to the equation, and you've really got paradise before you. The islands are practically synonymous with "relaxing getaway." Maui is hugged by turquoise water and offers world-class water sports and golf, but we love to lounge at The Westin Maui Resort and Spa, which is right near Ka'anapali Beach, one of Maui's most beautiful beaches. If you're planning a getaway with girlfriends, try booking the Pikake Room, an exclusive room for friends to get manicures, pedicures and hair/make-up treatments.
On the Big Island, the Four Seasons Hualalai offers a Sports Club and Spa that is uniquely Hawaiian - the lap pool, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, and cold plunges are all set amidst tropical gardens. You can even get your hot-rock massages and detoxing wraps in the open air at this swank, award-winning spa. If you're looking for something a little less pricey, but still full of pampering, try Hawaii's Kalani Honua Oceanside Eco-Retreat. Located in coastal tropical forest bordered by dramatic sea cliffs, you can sign up for creative writing workshops, yoga and dance classes, as well as deep tissue massages.
Rejuvenate your mind and body in the oldest capital city in the United States! Book a spa package at Absolute Nirvana, a posh spa which offers Indonesian spa and facial treatments as well as hot stone and Thai massage. Pick one of their Deluxe Treatment options, a luxurious two-hour affair. All deluxe treatments start with a foot scrub and are followed by a full-body massage, scrub, and private steam shower. Then, you relax in a tub full of rose petals, while sipping ginger tea and nibbling on fruits and chocolate.
If you're looking to get away to a unique mountain spa resort, Ten Thousand Waves models their day spa after the great hot spring onsen of Japan. Along with traditional spa treatments, Ten Thousand Waves features indoor and outdoor baths with access to cold plunges. We recommend staying overnight at the suites which are just a short walk from the baths and spa. Junipers and wildflowers surround the accommodations; you can spend the entire day wearing your yukata on the grounds - great for a romantic spa getaway.
Clear skies, 800 miles of sandy beaches, and spa resort, anyone? Sure, in Florida you can feast on fresh seafood and enjoy a number of outdoor activities, but maybe you just feel like getting pampered at a full-service day spa and resort. In Boca Raton, nicknamed the "City for All Seasons," you can relax and unwind in total tranquility at various luxury spa resorts.
One of Florida's most storied hotels is the 1926 Spanish-Mediterranean building designed by Addison Mizner, the Boca Raton Resort and Club. It offers truly luxurious accommodations in a 356-acre setting with a spa, a beach club, golf courses, and several restaurants. Try their signature Sevruga Caviar Facial, for silky, nutrient-rich skin. It also includes a foot and hand treatment. Or lodge at the Boca West Country Club, which boasts four golf courses, tennis courts, clubhouse and spa. The Spa at Boca West has a host of restorative treatments, from deep-tissue massages and hydrating wraps to nutritional consultations.
It's only natural that Palm Springs would be home to some of the best spa getaways. Just a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, Palm Springs is a desert playground with glamorous associations: swank cocktail parties, movie stars and fashionistas, flashy cars, and mid-century architectural flourishes. The rich have been coming here since the early 1930s, but you don't have to be a millionaire to enjoy Palm Springs' delights.
The Desert Star in South Palm Springs fills each of its studio apartments with Eames side tables and George Nelson bubble lamps. With mountain views, fully-equipped kitchens, and in-room spa services, you won't ever want to leave this hideaway. If you want something a little less modernist for your getaway, try Korakia, a pensione modeled after a Moroccan villa, for something stylishly different. A former artists' villa from the 1920s, you can get a private couples' massage in-room. You'll swear you're in Tangier when you relax amidst antique Moroccan furnishings, olive trees, date palms, and gorgeous fountains.