Gone are the days when spa getaways were limited to massages, cucumber water, and perfectly portioned healthy eats. Travelers expect more from their wellness retreats now, and properties around the world are responding with offerings ranging from nutrition and cooking instruction to mindfulness, meditation, and stress management classes. In other places, arts and culture programming is just as beloved as those traditional Swedish rubdowns.
That diversity in amenities is, perhaps, why the Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley, Pennsylvania—which offers art classes, fly fishing, and a traveling speaker series, as well as facials, massages, and body treatments—ranked so highly in this year’s World’s Best Awards.
As part of Travel + Leisure’s annual survey, the World’s Best Awards, readers rated hotels, spas, destinations, and even airports on a variety of categories including service, dining, and design. Within the spa category, we’re focusing on destination spas, the all-encompassing (and sometimes all-inclusive) health escapes.
This year’s survey takers are clearly fond North American properties (nine out of the top 10 are in the U.S., with Rancho La Puerta representing Mexico), and specifically the Southwest with winners in Arizona (Miraval Resort and Spa, Mii Amo Spa, and Canyon Ranch), the canyons of Utah (Red Mountain Resort) and New Mexico (Ten Thousand Waves) and dominating the rankings.
But don’t count out other locales. The idyllic mountain setting of North Carolina’s Westglow Spa was a selling point for some survey takers. As one reader noted, “It is so peaceful and beautiful there in the Blue Ridge Mountains—nothing can replace those surroundings.”
Read on for the World’s Best Destination Spas.