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The World’s Best Hotel Spas

10 Retreats That Make Relaxation the Center of Any Dream Vacation


While traveling for a weekend encourages a change of scenery and exploration, sometimes the only change of scenery you want is the inside of your hotel room. No car. No agenda. Just relaxation.

Splurging on spa treatments, ordering room service and disconnecting from the everyday humdrum can be just the ticket. We’ve rounded up 10 hotels in different cities across the world with spas so over-the-top, they are the main attraction for a dream vacation getaway.

And each of these hotel spas offer specialty treatments unique to their respective city. These are the world’s wonder spas.

The Broadmoor

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Rocky Mountain views, organic treatments and oxygen-infused offerings are the perfect concoction for resetting at the venerable Broadmoor. The Spa at this gateway to the Rocky Mountains offers experiences and treatments that celebrate the resort’s natural Colorado surroundings with a supreme focus on acclimating guests to the 6,000-foot altitude with oxygen rooms and oxygen-infused skin treatments.

One of the spa’s signature massages, the Herbal Poutice, dates back to the 14th century. The Herbal Poultice is a deep heat massage that combines herbs absorbing into the body to help reduce aches and pains, while stimulating circulation. For the adventurous, the spa experience extends high atop a mountain at The Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp, which sits above Cheyenne Mountain at 9,200-foot elevation.


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While soaking up spectacular panoramic views, you will also be able to inhale 88 percent pure oxygen and various spa treatments — an opportunity to connect with nature and restore the body from the inside out.

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The Broadmoor’s Herbal Poultice is a deep heat message with herbs to reduce aches and pains. (Photo by The Broadmoor)

The Spa at Sea Island Resort

Sea Island, Georgia

Enveloped by imported palm trees, banks of moss-draped oaks and serene Atlantic waves lapping the shore, The Spa at Sea Island Resort exudes relaxation amidst classic Southern charm. The resort even has an outdoor labyrinth, perfect for meditation and zen-filled afternoons.

The spa prides itself on its thoughtfully shaped spa packages for everyone and every age. From the “Handsome, Not Rugged Facial” for the fellas to the “Millennial Facial,” you will find anything but a one-size fits all treatment. To top off relaxation and rejuvenation, the resort also has sommelier classes in a private wine cellar.

The Phoenician Spa

Scottsdale, Arizona

Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain awaits the newly opened Phoenician Spa. At its essence is a collection of offerings transformative in nature, inspiring peace and purity. Included on the treatment menu: meditation, tarot and hypnotherapy sessions.

Another popular service is the Harmonic Bowl Healing therapy. An expert therapist will place hand-made Himalayan singing bowls on and around the body to cultivate healing vibrations. Sound therapy uses both audible sounds and tangible vibrations to achieve its effect. This internal pulsation reaches the cellular level and is supposed to bring relaxation and energy balancing for the body and mind.

Atop the three-story spa sits a rooftop pool, VIP suite, salon and full-service nail spa.

River’s Edge Hotel

Portland, Oregon

The spa at the River’s Edge Hotel, minutes from downtown Portland, sits on a tree-lined edge of the tranquil Willamette River and specializes in creatively curated treatments from facials to reflexology. Just in time for fall, the team behind the treatment menu has created the signature pumpkin cream body wrap.

The aroma of creamy pumpkin will evoke the spirit of autumn and inspire a sense of wellbeing. Pumpkins have naturally occurring antioxidants and high amounts of Vitamin E that hydrate and revitalize the skin.

The Sanctuary Beach Resort

Marina, California

The Sanctuary Beach Resort, overlooking Monterey Bay, recently launched soothing retreat offerings at the Spa at Sanctuary Beach. This newly opened spa aims to provide an elevated and unique spa experience, while nestled along 19 acres of the shoreline. Private yoga, active stretching and meditation sessions are offered for spiritual and physical enrichment.

To pamper your skin from head to toe, many of the treatments focus on sea salt as the primary ingredient.

One of the most popular items is the “Salt Wood Spa RX,” a sea salt exfoliation to help the body release toxins, as it leaves you with that “just went to the spa” glow. The sea salt used is actually a farm-to-table salt blend created by the resort’s chefs.

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The sea salt exfoliation at The Sanctuary Beach Resort will give you that just-went-to-the-spa glow. (Photo by The Sanctuary Beach Resort)

Four Seasons Rancho Encantado

Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Spa at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado offers guests a revitalizing respite in the rugged terrain that is a 15-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Santa Fe’s shops and popular restaurants. With a collection of locally inspired treatments, guests can add “Spiritual Enhancements” to their experiences, such as a smudging ceremony and energy flow treatments.

The resort, located on a spiritual vortex found by a local shaman when he was blessing the property, offers treatments such as the “Mountain Spirit Purification” which combines a sage smudging, followed by an adobe clay body mask and a juniper sage massage using hot stones. Tucked into the Sangre de Cristo foothills, this high desert refuge is a mecca for mind, body and spirit.

Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

There are many pluses to checking into this spanking new luxury lifestyle resort on Seven Mile Beach, not the least of which is The Spa at Seafire. Having many natural resources for beautification of the body in the Cayman Islands, many treatments are skin-focused to hydrate and nourish sun-soaked skin.

The Spa at Seafire relies on natural and time-tested ingredients coupled with the most up-to-date technologies to dip into its self-dubbed “fountain of youth.”

A popular treatment among guests, the “Ocean Cool Wrap,” cools and hydrates the body, while relieving excess heat and redness. A mask of marine algae, almond oil and nutritional compounds restores equilibrium, encouraging the body to return to its natural state.

Amatara Wellness Resort

Phuket, Thailand

Traveling halfway around the world is not too far to roam in order to experience the exotic luxuries of the Amatara Wellness Resort, overlooking secluded Panwa Bay and lapped by the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. The picturesque ocean views merely add to the luxurious treatments in the spa which enjoys a a design playing heavily on Thai culture. “Thai Hammam Experience” is one of the most requested offerings.

It involves deep skin exfoliation with an authentic Hammam Kessa glove, natural Moroccan black soap massage and skin softening, therapeutic thermal mud treatment and a Himalayan salt cave relaxation session that leaves you in a state of complete bliss. For a more hands-on experience, and if you’re traveling with that special someone, you can sign up for the “Learn to Massage Another” session, where an experienced therapist teaches you to massage your partner.

To top off the relaxing day at the spa, you can head to the Sun & Moon roof terrace to watch the sunset over the Andaman Sea.

Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas

Las Catalinas, Costa Rica

Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas offers all spa treatments in the comfort of your own suite, in partnership with the village’s WAKE Spa. You don’t even have to get dressed to venture to the lobby and navigate your way to the spa. Wake up, open the door and be greeted by your luxurious spa services.

A facialist or masseur will customize your spa experience, and you can even enjoy the ocean breeze with the windows open in your villa.

And if you feel inclined to channel your inner yogi, you can Namaste in bed — literally. Each room is equipped with a yoga mat, and the private yoga session will come right to you. Be sure to request a villa with your very own private plunge pool to relax after a yoga session, or relaxing spa afternoon.

Kaya Kalp — The Royal Spa

Jaipur, India

This spa’s mantra is unhurried luxury. A sanctuary for holistic wellbeing and offerings you might not easily find in the U.S., the Kaya Kalp experience brings indigenous therapies and international forms of healing. There are no cookie-cutter treatments here.

The spa specialists identify individual body types and customize an array of mystic massages that stimulate circulation and nourish the skin.

The “Bharat chakra balancing ritual” is perhaps one of the most unique offerings. The ritual is initiated with a deep relaxing exfoliation, full body massage incorporating chakra healing and the pouring of warm oil over the third eye.

Along with zone therapy to the hands and feet, this bespoke therapy works to improve lymphatic, nervous and muscular systems.

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