Not surprisingly, more people are booking spa treatments while on vacation—especially post-pandemic. Whether it’s a soothing body wrap, a deep tissue massage or a hydrating facial, these spas offer a variety of menu options. It’s not a bad idea to book your treatment ahead of time, as spa appointments are booking up days—and even weeks—in advance.
Newport Beach, California
Name of spa: Boost Spa
Where it’s located: Lido House, Autograph Collection Hotel, Newport Beach, CA
Treatment to try: The Rituals of the Sea Restorative Massage Journey is 80 minutes and focuses on body-mind synergy. It starts with gentle stretches and movement manipulations to stretch and elongate muscles and ease stiff joints. The full body massage follows, focusing on tension points throughout the body.
Good to know: The Lido House has beach-house vibe, with Cape Cod aesthetics and nautical themes. It sits on the site of the former city hall, and is a centerpiece of Newport Beach. The hotel even has a “social captain” who is an expert on social gatherings and things to do in the area. This person can secure tickets to Newport Beach Film Festival; throw a surprise birthday party at a local “hot” venue; and plan a special day for couples or families.
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Name of spa: The Springs Resort
Where it’s located: Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Treatment to try: The Energizing Herbal Renewal detoxifying wrap is one of the most popular treatments. It includes dry brushing, a face and scalp massage and an herb and clay full body wrap.
Good to know: The Springs Resort in Pagosa Springs, Colorado is a boutique property with 79 rooms. The resort has 25 soaking pools fed by the deepest geothermal hot spring in the world (so deep the Eiffel Tower could fit into it).
San Diego, California
Name of Spa: The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn
Where it’s located: Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, California
Treatment to try: The Eminence Gemstone Facial is 50 minutes and utilizes actual gemstones in the treatment. The facial also uses botanicals to focus on nourishing dry skin.
Good to know: The spa is inspired by San Diego’s laidback lifestyle and lush landscape, with open-air treatment bungalows and a private pool set among the resort’s botanical landscape. In addition to spa treatments, the resort’s weekly yoga classes—which focus on gentle movement sequences, breath work, silent meditation, mindfulness and guided relaxation—are quite popular.
Name of spa: O2 Beach Club & Spa
Where it’s located: Christ Church, Barbados
Treatment to try: For something unique, try the Vagus Nerve Meditative massage. This 80-minute treatment focuses on the Vagus nerve—the longest cranial nerve in the body – reaching from the brain to the gut. This nerve helps regulate stress and digestion. This massage utilizes warm compresses, essential oils—namely Juniper, Chamomile, Lavender and Jojoba—and gentle neck and body strokes.
Good to know: The O2 Beach Club & Spa is one of the most popular full-service spas in Barbados. In addition to its extensive treatment menu, it has panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Name of spa: Ama Spa
Where it’s located: The Edwin Hotel, Autograph Collection, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Treatment to try: The Whiskey & Wellness treatment utilizes locally-made bourbon to cleanse and revive dull skin. This 120-minute experience includes a Chattanooga Whiskey-infused sugar scrub, followed by a warming body wrap and a full body custom pressure massage.
Good to know: The Ama Spa focuses on holistic healing achieved through Cherokee Indian-inspired spa rituals. Additionally, the spa focuses on locally-sourced products in the treatments.