As more hotel guests have become aware of the benefits of visiting a spa, designers have also begun incorporating treatment rooms into their hotel blueprints. Today, these palaces of pampering have become a multi-billion dollar industry. Hotel spas not only offer a wide range of services that can make customers of either gender look and feel better, they also have a distinct advantage: after a relaxing treatment, spa visitors can walk back to their on-site accommodations or relax by the property’s pool instead of raising stress levels having to fight traffic on their way home. Here are our selections for our top ten spa hotels around the world.
1. UNITED STATES
Florida – Canyon Ranch Miami Beach
Commonly associated with elaborate rejuvenation retreats, Canyon Ranch Miami Beach perpetuates the healthful theme that this classic resort group is known for. Nestled into the warm sands of a wide beach, lavish accommodations are offered throughout the hotel and are especially emphasized in the well-being spa. The 70,000-square-foot facility provides a balance of standard and unique spa services. Nutritionists, exercise physiologists, and therapists are on-hand for additional assistance and fitness is accentuated in walking hikes and wall climbs. The popular Aquavana treatment, which utilizes the mineral-rich thermal waters of Europe, has been upgraded and designed into the first complete, therapeutic suite in the United States. Specialized touch therapies, hot stone massages, aqua-conditioning workouts, meditation classes, and body rituals add to the list of abundant possibilities to choose from. In typical Canyon Ranch style, health, happiness, and a pure lifestyle are encompassed in every aspect of this property.
2. UNITED STATES Kapalua,
Maui – The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Situated in the middle of a pineapple plantation, the 463 rooms and six restaurants at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua feature Hawaiian designs and artwork to offer the full experience of a quintessential Hawaiian vacation. The hotel also offers a tri-level swimming pool, golf course, fitness center, yoga studio and Hawaiian cultural programs to unite guests with traditional Hawaiian customs. Likewise, their recently renovated 17,500-square-foot spa (complete with saunas, hot tubs, outdoor showers and a lava stone grotto) bases its treatment practices on native Hawaiian healing therapies, utilizing the plants, flowers, fruits and herbs found locally. Waihua, the name Hawaiians gave to water in its purest form, guides this spa’s treatments to relieve tension and soothe your mind, body and spirit.
New York, NY The Plaza Hotel
As if the world-renowned The Plaza hotel needed another feather in its cap, the luxurious property reopened in 2008 with the 8,000-square-foot Caudalie at The Plaza, a Vinothérapie spa where wine and spa treatments are combined for the ultimate in relaxation. Guests can choose to be scrubbed with crushed grape seeds, soak in a wine cask or enjoy a fresh grape manicure. After your treatments, hang out in the relaxation lounge, which acts as a tasting room manned by a sommelier. If that’s not decadent enough, sample the caviar offerings in the Champagne Bar or enjoy dinner in The Oak Room.
The pristine white sand beaches at this luxurious boutique property are in stark contrast to the colorful Creole-style buildings situated on the 16 acres of tropical gardens and coconut groves. All rooms face the sea and feature comfortable bedding and furniture, while the suites boast private pools and Jacuzzis. The real draw here is the European-style Clarins spa, which offers 11 treatment rooms emphasizing classic French techniques with a native Caribbean flair. After a day of rejuvenation in paradise be sure to visit the on-site restaurant, Le Bartolomeo, to enjoy another feast for the senses.
This property is located steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace—one of Beijing’s most popular landmarks—yet somehow retains a sense of privacy and sophistication. This retreat is laid out as a series of dwellings and the 51 guestrooms and suites boast Ming Dynasty-style furniture and bamboo blinds covering windows that look out over the resort and architecture that mirrors that of the Summer Palace itself. The Spa features nine self-contained double treatment suites, each fully-equipped with two vanities, bathtub, luxurious shower, steam and massage room. The massages, facials and assorted holistic body treatments combine with ancient Chinese rituals and methods to soothe and relax. Those seeking more strenuous activities can visit the property’s fitness facilities, which include a large gym, indoor lap pool, two squash courts and a dedicated Pilates and yoga studio with fitness consultants for personalized training.
Le Couvent des Minimes Hotel and Spa, nestled on the border of the Luberon Valley, replicates a traditional French castle with sprawling green pastures and an open courtyard. L’Occitane’s products are developed in this very region, providing a perfectly appropriate environment for its first spa. You will be well taken care of with three bars and a gourmet restaurant; burn the extra calories at the fitness center, outside swimming pool, tennis court or boules court. This innovative spa features six treatment rooms, an indoor relaxation pool, laconium, caldarium, hammam, and two saunas. Enjoy full facial and body care with a blend of honey, verbena, lemon and lavender.
Perched upon the foothills of the Black Forest and located near the town of Baden-Baden, Brenner’s Park-Hotel & Spa sits peacefully alongside nature. This Old-World style hotel offers 100 guest rooms and extensive amenities. Among these luxuries is the on-site beauty and medical spa that emphasizes modern and traditional treatments alike. Well known massages like the Lomi-lomi and shiatsu are offered, while the “body torture” therapy is said to be one of the world’s finest treatments. A Finnish sauna, Bio sauna, outdoor area, cold plunge pool, and whirlpool with aroma additives are all part of the spa offerings, while the medical branch offers routine check-ups and personalized attention via traditional medicine combined with naturopathic techniques to treat ailments and rejuvenate guests. Surrounded by stunning mountain views, this unique spa utilizes the power of nature to heal the body and soul.
Situated along a mile-long arc of white sand in the luxury enclave of Mayakobá on the Riviera Maya, the Rosewood Mayakobá features 128 suites and three unique pools. The real draw here is the 17,000-square-foot spa situated on its own private island. This island setting boasts 12 treatment rooms, as well as eight luxurious spa suites, each with a private treatment room, bathroom with outdoor garden shower, terrace with plunge pool, and rooftop sundeck. Other spa amenities include a heated pool, cenote, fully-equipped gym, juice bar, saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzi, cold plunge pool and relaxation areas as well as yoga and meditation classes and the Itzamná café, which serves spa cuisine. Be sure to try the Temazcal Ritual, an indigenous ritual that aligns you with your internal wellness through an herb-infused purifying steam bath, and hot stones which have been heated in an exterior fire.
A setting once famous for wheat fields and elderberry groves, Millbrook is now home to an exclusive vacation resort complete with a full-service spa. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and resting on a golf course, diverse accommodations and activities are all offered on the property. For those who prefer leisurely relaxation, the Millbrook Spa has numerous offerings on its menu. A long list of body treatments highlights marine clays and minerals that nurture the skin, while the Numue facial focuses on the individual’s specific needs. Their Vichy massage features a traditional water therapy that cascades down the back and relieves stress. Warm paraffin wax is utilized for manicures and pedicures, while the golfer’s reviver massage rejuvenates aching muscles. Exercise classes are offered for yoga, Pilates and aqua aerobics, and personal trainers are also available for hire. The Millbrook Spa is recognized as one of the finest spa facilities in New Zealand.
Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and overlooking Bon Island, this resort rests peacefully on the edge of the Andaman Sea. Private balconies adorn each guest room and leisure activities are abundant, from three outdoor pools to bicycle tours and boating adventures. The true shining star of the resort is embodied in their Six Senses Spa. This three-level indoor and outdoor facility intertwines among lily ponds and wooden decks, offering massages and body treatments influenced by Thai philosophy and technique. A traditional facial consists of a natural silk cocoon for skin nourishment, while tamarind juice is used in body scrubs to exfoliate. Various massages range from Thai and Swedish, to specific spa journeys like the Soul Restore that focuses on relieving stress. Wellness consultants are available daily for assistance and purification programs offer an educational kick-start to a healthier lifestyle.