Unwind with the ultimate respite: a spa break. Spas can be found everywhere, but finding the best requires a discerning eye. Travel + Leisure searches the world to find the most opulent options as well as the best values. Its editors and writers can help you find the best spa breaks on any budget.
For those looking for a longer spa break, destinations across the globe offer world-class services and accommodations for weary travelers. Try the dramatic beauty of Phuket, in Thailand, which offers some of the best deep-tissue massages, or the intricate history of Istanbul, in Turkey, whose baths are famous worldwide. Tulum, on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, features both sand and spa, and Morocco’s Marrakech presents relaxing hammams alongside bustling souks.
For those who want a shorter spa break, a weekend’s worth of pampering will often do the trick. Try an eco-friendly resort with rejuvenating, organic treatments. Find a spa out west with as much horseback riding as there is massage. Visit group-friendly spas perfect for a girls-only weekend, or health-conscious resorts for a detoxifying program. A weekend is more than enough time to soothe body and mind.
For a little extra work, travelers can nab a big pay off in finding the best spa deals. Sign up for emails from your favorite spa, travel during your favorite destination’s off-season, and look for loyalty programs at the places you frequent most. Day spas also offer more affordable packages—after all, you aren’t paying for lodging. Take one, or a few, spa days and feel the difference immediately.
Looking for a long break to dedicate to mind, body, and spirit? Or perhaps just a weekend away from stress? Even if you are looking for a simple spa day with friends, T+L has options for every spa goer. Check back in for the latest and best in spa breaks.