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America's Best Spas: The List

In our 1998 World's Best survey, we polled Travel & Leisure readers to discover your favorite American spas. Here's what you said.

america's 15 best spas
1. Sea Island Spa at the Cloister, Georgia
2. The Greenbrier, West Virginia
3. The Phoenician, Scottsdale
4. Grand Wailea Resort & Spa, Maui
5. Golden Door, Escondido, California
6. Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort & Spa
7. Canyon Ranch Health Resort, Tucson
8. Miraval, Catalina, Arizona
9. American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin
10. Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, Edwards, Colorado
11. Spa at the Crescent, Dallas
12. Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, Massachusetts
13. Ihilani Resort & Spa, Oahu
14. Givenchy Hotel & Spa, Palm Springs
15. Spa Internazionale at Fisher Island, Florida

5 best spas for food
1. The Greenbrier, West Virginia
2. Sea Island Spa at the Cloister, Georgia
3. Golden Door, Escondido, California
4. The Phoenician, Scottsdale
5. Canyon Ranch Health Resort, Tucson

5 best spas for treatments
1. Golden Door, Escondido, California
2. Canyon Ranch Health Resort, Tucson
3. Grand Wailea Resort & Spa, Maui
4. Canyon Ranch Spa in the Berkshires, Mass.
5. Sea Island Spa at the Cloister, Georgia

5 best spas for service
1. The Greenbrier, West Virginia
2. Sea Island Spa at the Cloister, Georgia
3. The Phoenician, Scottsdale
4. Grand Wailea Resort & Spa, Maui
5. Canyon Ranch Health Resort, Tucson

5 best spas for value
1. Sea Island Spa at the Cloister, Georgia
2. Miraval, Catalina, Arizona
3. Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort & Spa
4. The Greenbrier, West Virginia
5. American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin

Methodology
A World's Best questionnaire developed by the editors of Travel & Leisure, in association with Yankelovich Partners Inc., was sent in spring 1998 to thousands of subscribers, asking their opinions of spas (among other things). All responses were returned to, and kept confidential by, Yankelovich Partners. The scores are indexed averages of responses concerning applicable characteristics (accommodations, service, treatments, food, and value). A minimum number of responses was necessary in order to be listed. Ratings shown are rounded off to the nearest tenth of a point. Winners are ranked based on unrounded numbers. In the event of an actual tie, rankings are shared.

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