Top 15 Destination Spas
Mii Amo at Enchantment Resort, Sedona, Arizona
Set in the heart chakra of Sedona, Mii Amo's treatments draw on Native American healing rituals.
Signature Treatment: The Mii Amo Spirit—an hour-long treatment that combines energy balancing and massage with guided healing visualization ($140).
888/749-2137; www.miiamo.comFrom the article
The old-growth vineyards of the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, just outside Bordeaux, surround this hotel spa; the term "vinotherapy" was practically invented here.
Signature Treatment: The Special Caudalie Cure, a customized multi-day package that might include a grape marc bath, a crushed Cabernet body scrub, and a Merlot body wrap (2 days, $500).
33-0557/838-383; www.sources-caudalie.comFrom the article
The mineral hot springs in Tuscany's Val d'Orcia have been embraced for their healing properties since the days of the Etruscans. Adler Thermae makes use of these pools, along with thermal mud and steam, in all their treatments.
Signature Treatment: The Argillae-Rasul bath, which incorporates body smoothing with mineral-rich mud, an herbal steam, and a purifying bath (for up to 4 people; 45 minutes, $40 per person).
39/0577-889-00; www.adler-thermae.comFrom the article
Achieving "Life in Balance" is the aim at this body-mind-spirit spa, set in the Sonoran high desert and surrounded by the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Signature Treatment: During a 55-minute session of Aqua Zen Therapy, a skilled therapist guides you through a series of relaxing, nurturing, choreographed movements in warm water ($110).
800/232-3969; www.miravalresort.comFrom the article
Perhaps the best-known spa in the U.S., this flagship branch of Canyon Ranch set the standard for destination spas when it opened in 1979.
Signature Treatment: The Yamuna Body Roll is a variation of a deep-tissue massage, performed with rubber balls ranging from 4 to 10 inches in diameter (50 minutes, $110).
800/659-6921 or 520/749-9000; www.canyonranch.comFrom the article
Tucked amid seven acres of tropical gardens, this beachfront resort overlooking the Gulf of Thailand uses indigenous herbs, flowers, and oils in its ayurvedic treatments.
Signature Treatment: The Revitalizing Body Cocoon, which starts with an invigorating lemongrass-spice scrub, followed by an aromatherapeutic body wrap to stimulate circulation and calm the senses. (Offered as part of Chiva-Som Spa Packages, starting at $1,650 for 3 days.)
66-32/536-536; www.chivasom.comFrom the article
With its fountains, pools, expansive gardens and even more expansive spa menu, the Plateau is a peaceful oasis in the middle of this big-city hotel.
Signature Treatment: The Plateau Massage, which uses a combination of Shiatsu, Thai, and Swedish massage techniques to release bodily tension (1 hour, $120).
852/2588-1234; hongkong.grand.hyatt.comFrom the article
Clays, mineral salts, and plants gathered from the surrounding red-rock desert are used in all this spa's treatments and products.
Signature Treatment: During the Painted Desert Clay Treatment, warm, mineral-rich clay is brushed lightly over the skin, then brushed away when it's dried to reveal a tighter, deeply purified complexion (1 hour, $115).
800/237-1068; www.greenvalleyspa.comFrom the article
Set on 19 lakefront acres in Central Texas Hill Country, the LakeHouse Spa offers more than 100 treatments—which can be performed in private suites or outdoor cabanas.
Signature Treatment: The decadent 100-minute Gifts of Our Garden treatment, which combines a relaxing full-body exfoliation, shower, massage, and body wrap—all performed with herbs harvested from the LakeHouse's own gardens ($280).
800/847-5637 or 512/372-7300; www.lakeaustin.comFrom the article
A 3,000-acre property of landscaped gardens, organic farmland, and mountainsides crisscrossed by hiking trails surrounds this desert spa.
Signature Treatment: For the 45-minute Spring Rain Shower treatment, a detoxifying, full-body seaweed body mask is applied to re-hydrate and re-mineralize the skin. A gentle rain-like shower follows, to improve circulation (45 min, $85).
800/443-7565 or 858/764-5500; www.rancholapuerta.comFrom the article
The surrounding wooded Berkshire Mountains make this 100,000-square-foot spa especially stunning in autumn.
Signature Treatment: A spa of this stature has several; try the Mango Sugar Glo, which smooths the skin with a blend of raw sugars, jojoba oil, and aloe, followed by an application of mango moisturizer (50 minutes, $140).
800/742-9000 or 413/637-4100; www.canyonranch.comFrom the article
Mayflower Inn & Spa, Washington, Connecticut
At the center of Mayflower’s verdant 58-acre estate and overlooking serene Blue Heron Pond, this spa offers services as varied as facials, private yoga sessions, and triathalon training.
Signature Treatment: The Mayflower Sweet Surrender, a gentle blend of craniosacral, lymphatic, and acupressure bodywork that soothes the nerves and deeply relaxes the body (1 hour, $170).
860/868-9466; www.mayflowerinn.com From the article
Seventy-five acres of lakes, forests, and meadows make up the Walden-esque setting of this spa—where peaceful morning kayak expeditions are as popular as the treatments.
Signature Treatment: The 50-minute Awakening the Senses Facial Experience incorporates aromatherapy, color therapy, and healing sound with facial exfoliation, massage, and moisturization ($130).
866/953-8500; www.thelodgeatwoodloch.comFrom the article
Maya Tulum, Tulum, Mexico
Set on the Yucatán's Caribbean coast, adjacent to Mayan ruins, this spa's menu incorporates traditional Mayan healing rituals.
Signature Treatment: Mayan Yoot Kene Massage, an 80-minute, full-body treatment, focuses on the abdomen—which the Mayans considered the body's "power center"—to aid digestion and balance energy ($120).
888/515-4580; www.mayatulum.comFrom the article
Modeled on the ancient Honjin sanctuaries of Japan, this spa—a favorite of Hollywood celebrities—hosts week-long health, beauty, and relaxation programs on its 377 rolling Southern California acres.
Signature Treatment: The 45-minute Citrus-Sea Salt Scrub with Avocado includes a full-body exfoliation with aromatic sea salts, a warm water wash, and mosturization with a citrus-shea butter body cream (part of a seven-day program, $7,750).
800/424-0777 or 760/744-5777; www.goldendoor.comFrom the article