These spa getaways offer unique treatments in stunning locations around the U.S.
A trip to the spa is always a good idea, and fortunately, you don't have to travel too far from home to indulge in some pampering. What's more, the U.S. is home to some seriously stunning wellness resorts — many within easy driving distance of major cities — that make for the perfect weekend escape. Whether traveling solo, with a partner, or with friends, these spa weekend getaways offer something for everyone, going far beyond the basics of hot stone massages and facials (though those are nice, too). Instead, expect an array of unique offerings such as Ayverdevic-inspired rituals, state-of-the-art hydrotherapy, hot springs soaking, energy healing, and body treatments utilizing locally sourced ingredients. From adults-only all-inclusive resorts to award-winning boutique hotels, keep scrolling to check out our top picks for the best spa weekend getaways in the U.S.
Canyon Ranch Lenox
According to Fora travel advisor Tiffany Kulkarni, Canyon Ranch Lenox serves as a tranquil oasis for those seeking R&R thanks to its "comprehensive approach to wellness, [which] includes everything from fitness classes to nutrition consultations." This all-inclusive wellness resort, a 2023 World's Best Award Winner, is nestled in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, where natural beauty abounds. Sun-drenched rooms and suites and glass-enclosed walking paths help bring the outdoors in. Property highlights include an on-site health and performance center, a 100,000-square-foot spa and fitness complex, indoor and outdoor pools, and three restaurants, including a demo kitchen.
"My stay at Miraval Arizona was truly the most relaxed I have ever felt," says Fora travel advisor Nadia Bass. She continues, telling Travel + Leisure, "The staff at this property are exemplary; all of the guest services staff are friendly and helpful, and the practitioners are all experts in their field." This adults-only all-inclusive resort also offers dozens of incredible activities plus a desert-inspired spa with facilities — including a serenity pool, hot tub, saunas, steam room, and relaxation lounge — that are free to all guests. That said, it's certainly worth splurging on one of the regionally inspired treatments such as the prickly pear sugar scrub. Best of all, says Bass, "All meals, snacks, coffee, smoothies, and non-alcoholic beverages are included, and, let me tell you, the food is spectacular!"
Amangiri, which translates to "peaceful mountain" in Sanskrit, is best described by Fora travel advisor Elizabeth Kaczka as "a modern desert marvel, seamlessly integrated into the natural landscape." This 2023 World's Best Award-winning resort has attracted seclusion-seeking A-listers such as Kim Kardashian and Brad Pitt. Accommodations take the form of spectacular suites and pavilions, complete with white stone floors, concrete walls, Instagram-worthy desert views, fireplace-equipped outdoor lounges, and, in some cases, private pools or roof terraces. The 25,000-square-foot spa features a water pavilion with a steam room, sauna, and two pools, while the flotation pavilion offers its own relaxation area. All stays include breakfast, lunch, and dinner; guided group hikes; daily group wellness classes; and access to on-site hiking trails to explore at your own pace.
Red Mountain Resort
Spa lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and relaxation seekers alike need not look further than Red Mountain Resort, says Kulkarni. This one-of-a-kind wellness retreat near Zion National Park offers adventures such as hiking, biking, rappelling, and canyoneering, along with less strenuous activities like yoga and meditation. Alternatively, the travel advisor says those craving something more low-key can "just sit by the pool or go to the spa while enjoying the mountain scenery." Don't miss the signature treatments, including the Red Mountain Revitalizer (a full-body treatment that includes a prickly pear sugar scrub, full body massage, and warm Vichy shower) and the Adobe Lavender Hydrating Cocoon, which utilizes local red clay.
According to Fora travel advisor Amna Ismail, "Mii Amo is an ideal destination to escape, rejuvenate, and immerse yourself in a tranquil natural environment." The acclaimed spa hotel — a 2023 It List recipient — is located in Sedona, best known for its energy vortexes, which have attracted soul-searching travelers for decades. The newly renovated resort works with guests to create highly personalized and unique experiences (known as "journeys"). These all-inclusive itineraries also feature complimentary consults, lectures, fitness classes, specialty programming, and a daily spa or Trail House credit, which can be used for outdoor activities like hiking and biking. Although Ismail described the health-conscious cuisine here as "out of this world," it's also worth noting that guests also have the option to dine at sister property Enchantment Resort.
The Lodge at Woodloch
This adults-only all-inclusive wellness resort in the Pocono Mountains recently took home a 2023 World's Best Award in the "Domestic Destination Spas" category — and it's easy to see why. The sprawling 40,000-square-foot spa is free for all resort guests, regardless of whether or not they book a treatment. Highlights include two relaxation rooms (one of which is silent), several pools (including an infinity-edge one overlooking the mountains), a snow room, and a Himalayan salt sauna. The property itself is situated on 500-plus wooded acres. After completing one of the dozens of activities, sit down for a gourmet meal before retreating to one of the 59 rooms and suites, which serve as tranquil sanctuaries with contemporary decor and private balconies.
Castle Hot Springs
Fora travel advisor Karen Hart calls this luxury all-inclusive resort "perfect for those seeking spa treatments, activity, nature, a mountainous setting, and farm-to-table dining." She continues, telling T+L that "Everything is balanced here, with activities and services that go well beyond just the woo-woo of green juices and intense yoga practices." This 2023 World's Best Award recipient is most famous for its eponymous mineral-rich hot springs, which guests can soak in. The travel pro also notes that each bungalow-style accommodation — outfitted with outdoor decks, fireplaces, and bespoke stone tubs — offers an ideal sense of seclusion. That said, she's quick to note that "community and socializing are also part of the stay in the dining areas, the bar, the outdoor fire pits, and main buildings."
Inns of Aurora
The Inns of Aurora was crowned among the best New York State resorts in 2022 and 2023. The Finger Lakes property is unique in that it's comprised of five individual boutique properties to create a charming village-style feel. The resort's world-class spa is perched on a hill, offering stunning views of nearby Cayuga Lake. Expect a range of Ayurvedic- and holistic-inspired services, including reiki, dry brushing, and hammam rituals, along with signature massages and body treatments. Other wellness-centric amenities include hydrotherapy circuits, a sauna, and a steam room. It's also worth mentioning that the town of Aurora itself was recently named America's Best Small Spa and Wellness Town by T+L.
Sundara Inn & Spa
Sundara Inn & Spa in the Wisconsin Dells was recently named a 2023 World's Best Award winner, making it among T+L readers' favorite Midwest resorts. Take your pick of dozens of spa services, including seasonal favorites like pumpkin spice latte-themed manicures and body polishes (available through November) and the Winter Warm Up (an array of bath and body treatments featuring notes of Madagascar vanilla and freshly distilled small-batch bourbon). Post-spa, head to one of the scheduled wellness activities like journaling, breathwork, yoga, or sound healing. Otherwise, enjoy a dip in one of three pools, unwind in one of the relaxation lounges, or take advantage of the five-step hydrotherapy circuit. We'd also be remiss not to mention the spa-like suites and villa accommodations — some of which have bonus features like private outdoor soaking pools, expansive balconies, and fireplaces.
The American Club Resort Hotel
The 2023 World's Best Award-winning American Club Resort Hotel is another Midwest staple. Located in the charming town of Kohler (yes, like the company known for its toilets, tubs, and sinks), the property — which is part of the greater Destination Kohler complex — offers world-class golf, top-notch food and drink offerings, and the over-the-top 25,000-square-foot Kohler Waters Spa. Speaking of the spa, it's renowned for its water-centric facilities, including a hydrotherapy circuit, relaxation pool, rooftop whirlpool, and cold plunge pools. There are also a handful of hydrotherapy treatments and one-of-a-kind bath rituals. Let the relaxation continue at the adults-only American Club Carriage House, where luxury rooms and suites include deep soaking tubs.
The Ranch Malibu
Famous for its organic vegan cuisine, luxury cottage accommodations, and signature weeklong retreat (aptly named The Ranch), this luxury health and wellness resort just so happens to be T+L readers' favorite domestic destination spa of 2023. Your day starts off with some early morning stretches followed by breakfast and up to four hours of group hiking. Before you know it, it's time for lunch and naptime. Then, you're off to strength training and yoga, followed by your daily massage. Post-treatment, you'll have free time to lounge by the pool, check out the infrared sauna or cryotherapy, or cozy up with a good book in one of the common areas. Best of all, says Kulkarni, "Everything is taken care of here for you, so all you have to do is enjoy the daily exercise, amazing food, and relaxation."
Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort
"Sensei Lana'i is a breathtakingly beautiful property on the secluded island of Lana'i (you won't see a single traffic light anywhere) that can be done at your own pace," explains Fora travel advisor Cindy Lu. "The island vibe takes off any pressure to hurry and ‘feel better,’ and you're allowed to center yourself in nature, comfort, and nourishment." The idyllic flora-filled property offers a slew of noteworthy amenities, including dining by Nobu, a tranquil pool area, complimentary beach shuttle service, wellness and fitness classes, and a soaking tub-dotted secret garden. However, says Lu, "The best part is having access to a private spa hale for yourself — a small bath house for relaxation and treatment that is an otherworldly experience."
Civana Wellness Resort & Spa
Let your worries melt away at Civana Wellness Resort & Spa. Located in the aptly named town of Carefree, this dreamy desert oasis is "known for its emphasis on holistic health and rejuvenation," says Ismail. She continues telling T+L, "With a focus on mindfulness, nutrition, and relaxation, Civana provides a serene retreat for guests seeking to unwind, improve their health, and connect with nature in a peaceful desert setting." Although it's not all-inclusive, the 2023 World's Best Award-winner offers a whopping 70-plus free fitness, personal growth, and spiritual classes every week — along with luxe accommodations, bike rentals, and access to 5,000-plus square feet of fitness, yoga, and meditation space. The spa features a hydrotherapy circuit and restorative treatments ranging from CBD massages and botanical-infused body scrubs to reiki and sound healing.
Ojo Santa Fe
"The tranquil grounds of Ojo Santa Fe invite relaxation and make you feel worlds away, even though the resort is a short drive from the center of town," says Fora travel advisor Jane Henzerling. This 77-acre property is famous for spring-fed thermal waters, where you can easily spend the entire afternoon soaking. "Shared pools are beautifully integrated into the grounds, and private soaking tubs with their own wood-burning kiva fireplaces are [also] available to reserve," explains Henzerling. Post-soak, head to the spa to indulge in signature treatments like the Lavender Body Quench Massage and Wrap. Carve out enough time to partake in daily morning yoga, go hiking, or attend a temazcal ceremony. Meanwhile, animal lovers also have the opportunity to snuggle with puppies and mingle with chickens. At the end of the day, retreat to your casita, which the travel advisor describes as "spacious and private, combining a minimalist aesthetic with creature comforts like fireplaces and throw blankets."
Lake Austin Spa Resort
This adults-only all-inclusive oasis is nestled in the heart of Texas Hill Country along the shores of Lake Austin. The 25,000-square-foot LakeHouse Spa offers more than 100 different treatments. Be sure to also take advantage of ample on-site activities and amenities like non-motorized water sports, daily hikes, fitness classes, culinary and cocktail classes, three pools, and a lakeside beach area. Meanwhile, the 40 rooms and suites are equally impressive, with bright, airy interiors and detail-oriented touches like vitamin C-infused shower heads and soaking tubs. When it comes time to refuel, head to the dining room to feast on seasonal cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients.
Hilton Head Health
Hilton Head, South Carolina is most famous for its golf courses and beaches. Unbeknownst to many, it's also home to one of the country's best wellness resorts: Hilton Head Health is a 2023 World's Best Award-winning property that offers three types of wellness retreats and three types of weight loss programs — all of which are all-inclusive of meals and snacks, fitness classes and facilities, lectures, sauna access, and activities like biking and yoga. No stay is complete without at least one visit to the serene Indigo Spa for some much-needed R&R. The contemporary rooms and suites are ideal for solo travelers and couples, while groups can rent multi-bedroom villas for even more space.
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