Whether you’re looking to do a full-scale detox or are in need of some serious pampering, booking a session at the spa is a great way to relax while improving your physical and mental wellbeing. From specialty massages and facials to other unique body and wellness treatments, there are many fun and different ways to treat yourself at the spa. When you’re planning your next round of relaxation, here are 14 of the best spas in the United States that you need to add to your bucket list.
Best Spas in the U.S.
1. Halele’a Spa
Located at the prestigious St. Regis Princeville Resort in Kauai, the Halele’a Spa offers guests therapeutic treatments inspired by the islands that source Kauai’s finest ingredients. The 10,000 square-foot spa includes a couples’ room and a VIP room, featuring an extensive menu of luxurious services. In addition to their traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, two standout treatments they offer are the Taro Butter Polish, which consists of a Kauai sugar scrub followed by their Vichy shower and a moisturizing Taro Butter Kiss application, and the Kauai Coffee Scrub and Cardamom Massage, a purifying treatment that exfoliates and tones the body with coffee, black olive, crushed almond, sugar and fresh lemon juices, finishing off with a relaxing massage that features a blend of cardamom, patchouli, vetiver and black pepper.
2. Chuan Spa
Relax in the lap of luxury at this Asian-inspired spa located at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena. The massage therapies are combined with Traditional Chinese Massage techniques and private label blended oils to restore balance and harmony. All sessions begin in the Contemplation Lounge, where guests fill out a questionnaire that identifies their element of the day. Upon entering the Moon Gate, change into a robe and enjoy the luxurious changing facilities, then sip on one of their Chinese five element teas while resting in the Dream Room. Their new Bamboo Massage comes highly recommended and works to balance, calm and energize the body by using warm bamboo to promote healthy circulations, relieve muscle tension, and aid in detoxification.
Open since 2012, this unique spa is located in a former textile factory in the trendy Tribeca neighborhood of New York. Experiment with their different baths at various temperatures from hot to cold, in addition to the steam room, propeller-jet bath, and the Flotarium – a relaxation room where guests may rest on heated marble seating while enjoying tea or water. Go all-out by trying their Red Wine Ritual, an indulgent 30-minute wine bath in a private thermal tub that offers the antioxidant effects of red wine.
This unique Texas spa is adjacent to the property’s infinity edge saline pool, sitting against a scenic country landscape featuring rolling hills. Their 11 treatment rooms offer indulgent, pampering treatments designed to heal and revitalize the body. One treatment you won’t find anywhere else is the Hill Country Honeybee Massage & Body Treatment, which nourishes skin with organic honey, propolis, ginger and rosemary. A myofascial massage uses warm organic honey and ginger massage oil to relieve sore muscles, followed by a nourishing facial with shea butter, Tamanu oil, and essential oil-infused balm.
5. Tomoko Spa
Tomoko Spa offers the ultimate Japanese day spa experience with signature treatments that are aided by the highest-quality organic massage oils and fine aromas. Prior to treatment, guests are greeted with a welcome tea, a light treat and a foot soak. Their menu features a variety of massages including Iro Iro (Asian blend), Ashiura (foot), and Oriental (deep and strong). If you enjoy company, we highly recommend bringing your significant other or a friend to enjoy the Couples Experience, which takes place in a private suite with a shower and tub and includes a Japanese natural bath treatment, the Tomoko massage, sushi from Sugar Fish restaurant, and Japanese sweets for dessert.
This 35,000-square-foot alpine oasis provides ultimate relaxation and comfort in a majestic mountain setting. Amenities include redwood saunas, steam rooms, jetted whirlpools, deluge showers, and an indoor mosaic lap pool with stunning views. The Escape to Serenity treatment is for couples and takes place in the Serenity Couple’s Suite. The experience begins with a mountain herbal soak in a copper tub, followed by a scalp treatment, nurturing hot oil massage and shower rinse. The session finishes with reflexology and a tranquil warm foot bath, and also includes lunch from the spa cuisine menu.
7. Spa V
The 6,000-square-foot spa at Hotel Victor in South Beach was designed by Jacques Garcia and has many incredible amenities, including the Hammam: a co-ed Turkish steam bath, in addition to Vichy Shower Room, which features a seven-head rain bar for detoxifying and hydrating treatments. Try the Vietnamese Green Tea & Mint Sea Salt Scrub to boost energy, or the Ultra-Hydrating Body Butter & Coconut Oil Thermal Wrap to hydrate and soothe.
8. Abhasa Spa
This hidden gem at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki is tucked away in a spa garden oasis, where guests can enjoy treatment in a lush tropical setting. Recommended treatments include the Hawaiian Organic Spa Experience, a total body rejuvenation that uses organic extra virgin coconut oil, passion fruit and Hawaiian honey. The service includes a pampering back treatment with the 80-minute experience. If you’re looking to extend your experience, also get the Lomi Pohaku Facial, which uses the healing powers of hot stones combined with an invigorating Lomi facial massage.
9. Allyu Spa
This stunning, eco-friendly spa features sustainable resources that include textured clay plaster, mesquite and cork floors, reclaimed barn wood, walls of Wisconsin field stones, and adobe cob seating. They offer a range of treatments, from Reflexology and Sauna Therapy to Chakra Balancing services that include reiki gentle touch, guided visualization, aromatherapy, crystals, shamanic techniques, and personal affirmations. In addition to therapeutic massages and bodywork, the spa offers free monthly meditation on the second Wednesday of every month at noon; sessions last 30 minutes.
This unique spa is inspired by the Japanese mountain hot spring resorts and offers a wide range of massage, spa, and skin care treatments in a Japanese-inspired environment. All of their massage therapists are trained in-house at their own certified massage school. Try the Nose to Toes treatment, which includes a full body exfoliation, Thai stretching, a massage that extends to the head, neck, shoulders and feet, as well as a foot scrub that utilizes rice bran, green tea, and adzuki bean powder followed by a warm towel cleanse.
11. Qua Baths & Spa
Relax in the heart of Las Vegas at Qua Baths & Spa, which is conveniently located inside Caesars Palace. Open since 2007, the 50,000-square-foot spa grounds include three Roman baths and the snowing Arctic Ice Room. Some of the more interesting treatments on the menu include the Gentlemen’s Poker Facial, Chardonnay Luxury Manicure and Pedicure, and the Stone Massage with Aromatherapy.
12. Mii Amo
Set against a stunning backdrop of red rocks, this desert spa is inspired by the wisdom and traditions of Native American people. In addition to holistic therapies like their Vibrational Massage and Thai Reflexology, try one of their experiences like the Spirit of the Full Moon. This treatment is only offered on days around the Full Moon, and treatment begins with identifying or writing down thoughts and feelings that you want to release, followed by a scalp and body massage with wild Arizona sage infused with the light from the full moon. The session concludes with a foot massage using frankincense.
New and ancient healing rituals are combined at this day spa with state-of-the-art technology to provide guests with a unique experience via different treatments such as their Herbal Sea Salt Glow – an exfoliating treatment that rejuvenates the skin’s appearance. They also have a Tea Spa, which is an exquisite gallery that is furnished with salvaged teak from Indonesia, where guests can experience group treatments such as the Aromatic Hand Washing Ritual and the Cross-Cultural Tea Tasting.
Spread over two floors, this luxurious retreat offers a series of beneficial and relaxing body and facial therapies that are personalized to individually suit each guest’s needs. Facilities include a 60-foot saline water lap pool, yoga studio, fitness center, and relaxation area. Try the Personalized Ocean and Earth experience, which includes a body exfoliation, body wrap that uses a choice of Marine Mud, Algae and Oshadi Clay, and finishes with a mind-calming oriental head massage.
This article was written by Kamala Kirk.