• Best Spa Sanctuaries in the US

    Tucked into the north corner of Napa County, Calistoga used to be the last stop on the train from San Francisco--and it never lost its historic, somewhat quirky charm. Family-owned Indian Springs Resort & Spa has been around in one form or another since Calistoga forefather Sam Brannan created it as a turn-of-the-century health spa. When your schedule is the only thing more crunched than your neck muscles, a short-haul spa getaway is the key to relief. And happily, there are spas all over the United States that are every bit as unique, exclusive and "away from it all" as any far-off island retreat. Check out our list of top spa sanctuaries in your big backyard.
  • Best Spa Sanctuaries in the US

    At the Allison Inn & Spa, luxury accommodations overlook Oregon's burgeoning Willamette Valley wine country, and the culinary program showcases seasonal cuisine and signature wines of the region. The spa is a 15,000 square foot haven to the holistic, housed in earth-toned stone and frosted glass. In the summer, guests can relax in balmy sunshine on the spa terrace.
  • Best Spa Sanctuaries in the US

    Cowboy chic melds with the eco-friendly experience at new luxury-inclusive Austin resort Travaasa. The 210-acre lakefront property holds a horse stable and a yoga studio, plus an organic spa with a Lone Star-inspired treatment menu. The signature "On the Road Again" massage incorporates organic cotton linen, hemp oil, and the tunes of Willie Nelson.
  • Best Spa Sanctuaries in the US

    Red rock canyons create a dramatic yet spiritual backdrop for Mii amo, a boutique destination spa nestled within the award-winning Enchantment Resort in northern Arizona. Guests strengthen and rejuvenate their minds and bodies with a variety of interactive classes, explore spiritual connections within Sedona's legendary energy vortex, and sleep comfortably in adobe casitas designed to evoke the Native American tribes of yore.
  • Best Spa Sanctuaries in the US

    Tucked in the vivid heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Highland Lake Inn combines traditional tranquility with organic American cuisine and Eastern wellness practices. The Highland Yoga Studio, located in organic gardens across from the main building of the inn, offers classes six days a week. The property is situated on 26 acres of woodlands, ideal for walking or cross-country running .
  • Best Spa Sanctuaries in the US

    Of all San Diego's myriad of spas (ranging from wellness retreats to med spas to day spas to resort spas), Golden Door may be the most legendary. Everything on the 377-acre property is dedicated to wellness and self-improvement. Each person has a customized program, so while one guest may decide to go in for a week of beauty treatments and pampering procedures, another may opt for a full program of spiritual healing with meditation and self-help workshops.
  • Best Spa Sanctuaries in the US

    Even self-proclaimed non-spa-goers are wooed by the Lodge at Woodloch's lakeview Jacuzzi, the AquaGarden with its "Hydromassage Waterwalls," and water volleyball games at the indoor pool. Treatment junkies have an array of tempting things to choose from, including a signature Deep Forest Ritual done with local herbs and earth. Outside the spa, the resort offers a full program of outdoor adventures in the Pocono mountains and "creative discovery" art classes and cooking demonstrations.
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    Situated halfway in between Miami and Ft Lauderdale, Acqualina escapes any sort of vacation-city hustle energy, but it still brings that South Florida glamour, with a beachside setup that evokes the Mediterranean, and an Italian restaurant that strives for Manhattan gourmet standards. But destination spa ESPA is the attraction that really brings people from all corners and from the neighboring cities, neither of which are short on destination spas. From expertly performed basic treatments (facials, massage, etc.) to unique features like the Ice Fountain, ESPA at Acqualina delivers the experience and the result.
  • Best Spa Sanctuaries in the US

    Newly opened and highly recommended by locals, this East Coast mountain retreat is more condo-style than "camp." The spa is the key attraction, offering body scrubs and wraps, all-natural facial treatments, and energy work geared toward mind-body wellness. An outdoor heated pool and two outdoor hot tubs give front-row access to the mountain sky.
  • Best Spa Sanctuaries in the US

    Named after Solitude Lake, one of the glacier lakes in adjacent Grand Teton National Park, Solitude Spa is all about reconnecting with nature and with one's self?to the point where it recently introduced a full spa/resort experience geared toward solo travelers. It also offers "soul readings" with resident clairvoyant Carol Mann.
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