Destination spas once consisted of little more than a few massage rooms and yoga mats. But today, a variety of treatments and experiences oriented around mental, physical and emotional fitness are all part of bespoke wellness retreats being offered by spas throughout the country. Curated programs, featuring everything from Ayurvedic medicine practices to forest bathing, are offered to boost balance between the body, mind and soul. What’s more, today’s destination spas also cater to those with special dietary needs while traveling with innovative and nutritious menu options, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. So, if you’re ready to unplug and recharge, retreat to these indulgent wellness getaways across America.
The Lodge at Sea Island
Sea Island, Georgia
At Sea Island’s 65,000-square-foot spa facility, guests can unwind with a wide array of treatments. From pampering to playful, The Spa at Sea Island offers soothing spaces with swaying palms and smooth stones, along with a mineral pool and steam room. At The Performance Therapy Center at The Lodge, an extension of The Spa at Sea Island, you can try cryotherapy, a popular sports recovery technique. The treatment, which involves taking a very short and extremely intense ice bath after a period of physical activity, is available in 15-minute sessions, during which guests receive a professional consultation and three minutes in the cryotherapy unit. For a more relaxing treatment, get pampered with a customized Swedish massage, a milk and honey facial or replenishing body wrap.
The Lodge at Woodloch
Imagine a luxury destination spa where you can attend customized wellness-driven classes and enjoy personalized activities. That’s what you’ll find at this tranquil getaway in the Pocono Mountains. The Lodge at Woodloch pampers guests from the moment they arrive with an array of wellness programs and culinary options. Float Therapy, a recent offering, is a powerful tool for wellness, pain relief and better sleep. What’s more, at the adults-only spa, you can enjoy soothing facials, massages and body treatments to unwind and recharge.
The Ranch at Rock Creek
The Granite Spa at The Ranch at Rock Creek has evolved from a guest treatment sanctuary – offering signature massages like the Saddle Sore Soak – to a full-blown wellness center providing year-round wilderness activities. Integrating nature into its spa experience, the ranch offers a raft of natural plant-based spa treatments like a Clearing Sage Brush Scrub that takes place outdoors. Other specialized programs at the ranch include Wellness in the Wilderness retreats, meditation, yoga and forest bathing.
Inspired by its mountain landscape and its glacier-carved Payette Lake, The Cove Spa at Shore Lodge offers guests a space to unplug and embrace their natural surroundings. Guests can indulge in massages, body treatments, facials utilizing Eminence Organics skincare products and saltwater immersion pools. The signature Deep Blue Wrap utilizes antioxidants in blueberries combined with green and black tea in a full-body wrap. Meanwhile, the Borah Peak treatment includes a Skipping Stones Massage, a Clearwater Scrub, a Forest Flora Facial and a health spa lunch, along with a manicure and pedicure.
Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC
New York City
Need a respite from the frantic pace of New York City? Slip away to the Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC, where you can enjoy replenishing treatments at the Exhale Gramercy. Guests can experience a Core Fusion Barre, cardio or yoga class in the light-filled, glass-walled studio overlooking Park Avenue South. Afterward, take your pick from a wide range of spa offerings, from massages to facials to acupuncture therapies. Try reiki, a unique healing therapy, or if you’re looking to amp up you fitness routine, the property’s intimate gym rounds out the Exhale experience.
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa
Offering over 150 classes, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa’s relaxed countryside setting offers an ideal destination to boost fitness, wellness and nutrition. Guests can begin each morning with a hike in the mountains surrounding the property, followed by a fitness class and their choice of pampering spa treatment in the afternoon. Plus, the spa utilizes Wellness FX, a digital test that measures cardiovascular, metabolic, hormonal and nutritional health with a simple blood test. What’s more, it is the first destination spa in the U.S. to incorporate MUSE, a brain-sensing headband that help users focus on meditation through brain-wave analysis.
L’Auberge de Sedona
At L’Auberge de Sedona‘s L’Apothecary Spa, there’s a wide variety of desert-inspired treatments aimed at connecting guests to the area’s naturally healing properties. The Feet-in-the-Creek treatment, for example, focuses on earth and nature with a three-part process that incorporates stepping into the ankle-deep water to breathe in the fresh Sedona air and listen to the soothing sounds of Oak Creek before a foot reflexology treatment. Meanwhile, the Moonlit Mediation is held around full moon phases at Serenity Point, the resort’s outdoor spiritual space. These guided mediation sessions aim to help guests find inner peace though Sound Healing, which is customized with sound and designed to create a deep state of relaxation.
Stowe Mountain Lodge
With its covered bridges, historic village and quaint shops, Stowe is the quintessential New England town. At Stowe Mountain Lodge‘s luxurious Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge, guests have access to 18 treatment rooms, a relaxing sanctuary lounge with stunning views of Mt. Mansfield, a dry sauna, hot tubs, a fitness center and an outdoor pool. The pool has two lap lanes and is heated year-round. For the guest that enjoys breaking a sweat, the spa’s fitness center is equipped with TechnoGym equipment and two studios offering a variety of classes, from yoga to spinning to boot camp. Even better, the spa offers 75 services, including body treatments, facials and kids-focused treatments for guests 6 and older.
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Situated in picturesque Vail, Sonnenalp‘s top-notch spa offers an opulent retreat to recharge and rejuvenate. Guests have access to a grand fireplace, a steam room, a tranquility pool and oxygen bar. Take your pick from a mountain sports massage, a deluxe caviar facial, a high-alpine hydration or another replenishing treatment. After you’re feeling recharged, enjoy hiking along scenic trails and private yoga classes, among other wellness-focused activities.