10 Rejuvenating Vacations That Will Send You Home Feeling Better Than Ever
Is there anything more indulgent than a spa day? We think not, especially considering the treatments we found at some of the world’s most relaxing hotels. You could take an outdoor soak in the Tuscan countryside, or get a massage that mimics the soothing rhythms of the dreamy Pacific Ocean.
From exfoliating salt rubs infused with lavender and rosemary to fitness programs that feel like summer camp for adults, there’s nothing your money can’t buy — that is, if you have the budget to spend it. (Fortunately, you don’t have to go broke to reach nirvana on vacation. Plenty of treatments fall in the $100-to-$200 bracket, and there are many affordable spas.)
So if your stress level isn’t abating and only the finest spa pampering will do, here are some glamorous treatments guaranteed to make you feel like a star.
Monteverdi Hotel and Spa
You’ll be a changed person after indulging in the Full Monteverdi, the Tuscan hotel’s 120-minute signature treatment. For €290 (about $330), you’ll get an exfoliating salt scrub — enriched with lavender, rosemary, lemon balm, and sweet orange — and ample time to soak in an outdoor tub overlooking the grand Val d’Orcia. A revitalizing massage will finish it off.
Esperanza Hotel and Resort
At this ritzy Auberge resort in Cabo San Lucas, you can have your beach and bliss out to it, too, with a spicy sounding Cabaña Lime massage. For $165, you’ll receive a 90-minute open-air massage that mimics the ocean’s rhythm, complete with a compress of lime.
The Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico is just the place to unwind, preferably with a chilled margarita. While you’re not imbibing, spring for the two-hour Spa Botánico Ritual (price on request), which starts with a cool foot bath followed by a gentle soak in an outdoor stone tub. You’ll finish with a healing massage, prepared with a custom blend of dried and fresh botanicals.
The Golden Door
If you must choose just one of the many luxurious treatments at this resort in Escondido, California, the 90-minute Flower Shower Anti-Aging Massage is perfect. For $265, you’ll be “showered with petals,” with pure mists of neroli (orange oil) and rose that drift across your skin “like a fragrant whisper.”
Need to clear your head? Then make like model Lily Aldridge and visit Blackberry Farm in bucolic Walland, Tennessee. The 50- or 80-minute Galvlati massage (price on request) features not one but two therapists who’ll work their magic to ease your mind and nix muscular tension. Once you’ve recharged, take a fast-paced hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
For 105 minutes (and $400), you can opt for the Purifying Body Polish and Wrap at Amangiri, an A-list approved retreat in Canyon Point, Utah, near scenic Lake Powell. You’ll be drenched in seaweed fucus oil, raw honey and essential oils, then given a marine flora mud wrap that boosts your collagen levels. A full-body application of Palo Santo Salve will send you to heaven.
Who wouldn’t want to visit the gorgeous hills of North Devon, England? Especially if you sign up for the eco-conscious retreat’s five-day total wellness program (starting at £1950, or about $2,470), which consists of afternoon yoga, meditation and plenty of core strengthening. The Meditation Station offers a respite from nearby London, while the Kitchen serves up healthful goodies like wasabi dip and fresh-pressed juices.
The Body Camp Experience
With activities running from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., this retreat (price on request), set in a villa in stunning Ibiza, will keep you busy. A whole cadre of trainers, coaches and chefs will whip you into shape — and help you see changes to your body in just one week. Did we mention the schedule includes evening massages?
Six Senses Douro Valley
Set in a restored farmhouse in the hills of the Douro Valley, this Portugal spa is the place to go for all things holistic. Among the services offered are a three-hour “Alchemy Bar Journey” (price on request), during which you’ll choose a treatment then learn how to make the very products it uses. The 60-minute Green Coffee Body Sculpt zaps puffiness with a thermogenic chili and coffee oil massage.
Château Saint-Martin and Spa
This stylish upscale hotel, just a short ride from Nice, describes its signature 50-to-80 minute Haute Couture Rose Tango Treatment (€150 to €240, or about $170 to $270) as a “sensory journey,” but if you ask us, it describes bliss. This treatment is designed with one aim, and one aim only: to completely remodel your skin, with the help of rose oil, so you’re fully relaxed.