Once upon a time destination spas consisted of little more than a few massage rooms and perhaps some yoga mats. Today, a variety of holistic experiences surrounding mental, physical, and emotional rejuvenation are all part of bespoke wellness retreats being offered by spas throughout the country.
Curated programs including Ayurvedic medicine and forest bathing are geared to achieve a delicate balance between the body, mind and soul. Concerned about special dietary needs while traveling? No problem because innovative spa chefs can accommodate most menu requests, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals.
Sea Island Spa, Sea Island, Georgia
Timeless elegance awaits you at the Spa at Sea Island. This expansive 65,000-square-foot facility reaches well beyond its four walls, invigorating guests through an array of treatments and amenities. From pampering to playful, The Spa at Sea Island offers various therapeutic interruptions to accommodate the needs of all guests.
The Performance Therapy Center at The Lodge, an extension of The Spa at Sea Island, is ideal for sports enthusiasts. The resort became the first in the country to offer whole body cryotherapy, a popular sports recovery technique used in Europe. The treatment, which involves taking a very short and extremely intense ice bath after a period of physical activity, is available in 15-minute sessions during which guests receive a professional consultation and three minutes in the cryotherapy unit.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana
Since opening in 2010 the Granite Spa at The Ranch at Rock Creek has evolved from a guest treatment sanctuary — offering signature massages like the Saddle Sore Soak — to a full blown wellness center providing year-round mind & body guided wilderness activities. Integrating nature in the spa experience, there are numerous natural plant based spa treatments (such as the new Clearing Sage Brush Scrub) and the spa experiences are predominately outdoors.
Time spent in nature improves ones mental and physical health, and the Ranch has 6,600 acres of restorative land to offer. Specialized programs include Wellness in the Wilderness retreats, Forest Bathing (a guided meditation), and Winter Bathing.
Shore Lodge, McCall, Idaho
Inspired by the mountain landscape, the glacier-carved Payette Lake and the spirit of adventure, The Cove Spa at Shore Lodge offers guests a space to unplug and be one with their surroundings. Nature-based massages, body treatments, facials utilizing Eminence Organics skincare products, and indoor/outdoor saltwater immersion pools lined with more than 30 tons of McCall granite boulders complement the needs of active explorers seeking a different kind of adventure.
A Deep Blue Wrap utilizes the powerful antioxidants in blueberries combined with green and black tea, into a full body toning wrap. Borah Peak offers six hours of pure ecstasy with its Skipping Stones Massage, Clearwater Scrub, Forest Flora Facial, Healthy Spa Lunch served by the Immersion Pools, and manicure and pedicure.
Gansevoort Park Avenue Exhale Spa, New York, New York
Need a respite from the frantic pace of New York City? Tucked away inside the chic Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel, Exhale Gramercy brings the best in fitness and spa to travelers and New York City residents alike. Guests can experience a Core Fusion Barre, cardio or yoga class in the light-filled and glass-walled studio overlooking Park Avenue South.
They can then select from a complete menu of spa offerings including massages, facials, waxing, and acupuncture therapies. Reiki, a unique healing therapy, restores the body to equilibrium through the transfer of beneficial energy. An intimate mind/body gym rounds out the Exhale experience. Exhale is a well-being destination, and through a balanced combination of results-oriented spa therapies, guests achieve optimal results.
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, Vista, California
Offering over 150 classes, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa’s French Provencal ambiance seamlessly blends with the California concept of fitness, wellness and nutrition. Begin each morning with a hike in the mountains surrounding the property, followed by a fitness or mind/body/spirit class in the morning and pampering spa and aesthetics treatments in the afternoon, all of which are hand selected by or recommended to the guest.
The spa helps to create an effective luxury wellness experience backed by modern science by utilizing Wellness FX, a digital test that measures cardiovascular, metabolic, hormonal and nutritional health with a simple blood test. It is the first destination spa in the U.S. to incorporate MUSE, a brain sensing headband that help users focus on meditation through brain-wave analysis.
L’Auberge de Sedona | Sedona, Arizona
The L’Apothecary Spa at L’Auberge de Sedona offers a wide variety of Sedona-esque treatments aimed at connecting guests to naturally healing properties of the surrounding environment. Feet-in-the-Creek is a treatment that facilitates a three-part connection between the earth, nature and the guest.
This creekside experience begins with a step into the ankle-deep water to breathe in the fresh Sedona air and listen to the soothing sounds of Oak Creek before a foot reflexology treatment. Moonlit Mediation is held around full moon phases at Serenity Point, the resort’s outdoor spiritual space. These gentle, guided mediation sessions help guests find inner peace and rejuvenation. Sound Healing is a customized guided mediation through sound, designed to create a very gentle and deep relaxation.
Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, Vermont
With its covered bridges, historic village, and quaint curio shops, Stowe is the quintessential New England town. The luxurious Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge is all about providing guests the local authentic experience. The Spa is made up of 18 treatment rooms, a relaxing sanctuary lounge with stunning views of Mt. Mansfield, dry sauna, herbal steam, “rain panel,” hot tubs, fitness center and swim-out outdoor pool.
The pool has two lap lanes and is heated 365 days a year. For the guest that enjoys breaking a sweat, the spa’s fitness center is equipped with TechnoGym equipment and two studios offering a variety of classes including yoga, spin, and boot camp. The spa offers 75 spa services including 110-minute body treatments, energy work, HydraFacials, one of a kind “Live Like a Local” treatments and kid’s spa, Chillax.
The Sonnenalp Spa, Vail, Colorado
Situated in one of the country’s most picturesque landscapes, the Sonnenalp Spa is an opulent resource to rejuvenate body and mind with an extensive treatment menu. Your experience comes complete with a grand fireplace, steam room, tranquility pool, and oxygen bar. The IGNTD Couples Retreat on November 16-19, led by husband and wife team Adi and Sophie Jaffe, focuses on utilizing expertise of physical and mental health, nutrition, exercise, neuroscience and self-actualization to positively impact individual’s relationships, career, and well-being.
Using varied approaches such as cognitive behavioral education and mindfulness techniques, itinerary highlights include an introduction to biofeedback, meditation, and stargazing. From hiking Vail’s countless breathtaking trails to private yoga classes, each thoughtfully designed program showcases Sonnenalp’s dedication to holistic wellness.