Take a dip into the pool of luxury when you visit one of these recommended spas. No matter if you’re stateside of half-way across the world, one thing’s for sure: you’ll never want to leave!

By Readers Digest


The Mulia Spa

The Bali beachfront oasis of The Mulia Spa, right on the shores of the Indian Ocean, will have you miles and miles away from your worries. Featuring an award-winning wellness suite, wooden sauna, aroma steam room, outdoor meditation area for yoga, and Bali’s first and only Ice Fountain room to stimulate metabolism and healing, you must carve out time in your vacation schedule to indulge. Signature treatment: The three-hour Crystal Healing Ritual combines modern and traditional methods to detox your body. You’ll start with a soak, followed by a chakra practice, vibration therapy, a massage… and more.

Waldorf Astoria Spa

In the heart of Boca Raton, the Waldorf Astoria Spa transports you far away from Florida. You’ll savor every amenity of this 50,000-square foot oasis that was designed after the Alhambra palace in Spain, featuring gardens and a unique ritual bath experience. Here, you’ll find Swiss showers, whirlpools, steams, sauna and inhalation rooms, among other luxuries. Signature treatment: The Ultimate Waldorf Retreat, which features a signature ritual bath, an Artisan massage, a signature facial, a manicure and pedicure, and a shampoo and style.

Luna y Mar Spa

If you’ve been to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, you know just how Instagrammable it is. But what you might not have stumbled across is the luxe Luna y Mar. This destination thrives on attention to detail, starting with a welcome “moon drink” to get you in the right mindset. As the name suggests, the solar system dictates much of the experience here, where therapists will allocate specific spa treatments based on the phases of the present moon cycle. There are ten private treatment rooms, as well as a spa for grooming needs, too. Signature treatment: If you visit during the New Moon, you’ll experience a treatment that’s meant to awaken and invigorate your body through sea salt and chili oil. This is followed by a soothing massage, as well as a detox.

The Palms

Right off of the jaw-dropping Grace Bay, The Spa at the Palms in Turks & Caicosfeels like it’s smothered in tropical magic. In their 25,000-square foot area, all services are locally-inspired, with treatment rooms lined amongst a calm canal. With infinity pools and saunas, steam rooms and more, the most difficult part of the day will be leaving. Signature treatment: Pay tribute to the indigenous history of the island with a Zareeba treatment, meaning “protected enclosure.” You’ll experience herbal steam cleansing, detoxification, and meditation. Designed by a practicing Caribbean herbalist, you’ll begin with a foot ritual and end with a fusion massage, with plenty of goodness in between.

The Spa at Grand Hotel Tremezzo

After all of the pasta, wine, bread, and beyond, you’ll need a detox from your Italian holiday. Book a day at The T Spa at Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como, where this family-owned, five-star resort is one of the lake’s historic properties. In addition to pampering, you’ll be treated to gorgeous views of the Bellagio and the Gringe mountains. The 3,200-foot T spa features five treatment rooms, an infinity pool, a hammam ice fountain (the only one in Lake Como), a yoga studio, and much more. Don’t miss the most outrageous hotel amenities in the world. Signature treatment: Opt for the Lake Como Relaxing Ritual, which uses locally grown herbs to provide a full-body, super-relaxing experience.

L’Apothecary Spa

At the L’Apothecary Spa at L’Auberge de Sedona in Sedona, Arizona, you’ll be inspired by the nature surrounding you as you retreat to their wellness area. In addition to the traditional treatments you’d expect, they also offer forest bathing, sound healing, “feet in the creek” experiences, and bathing under the stars. Signature treatment: Ever feel like you can’t stop your thoughts from racing? If so, the Quiet Mind treatment is for you. It features a flower essence blend from Lotus Wei and helps to release tension. You’ll also learn future breathing techniques to use when you’re not at a spa.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental in New York

You might not associate the Big Apple with zen, but when you book a day at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, you’ll forget all about the hectic subway and city streets. Inside this iconic hotel, you’ll find six treatment rooms, including a few specialty suites that feature their own host of fancy amenities including deep soaking tub, a fireplace, private steam room, and more. Signature treatment: Spend a lot of time texting, emailing, and chatting? To detox from your iPhone, go for the Digital Wellness Escape, which concentrates on your head, eyes, neck, shoulder, hands, and feet to decrease strain from your computer use.

Mondrian London

When you’re in the Big Smoke, take a break from sightseeing and sipping tea to give your tired tourist legs a break. The Mondrian London is a luxe spa featuring a comfy lounge, a steam room, and a wellness-inspired food and beverage menu, including “skinny” champagne. Signature treatment: Since traveling often feels like an escape, keep the mood going with the Head in Heaven treatment. This uses a soothing, rhythmic massage that’s meant to slow down your mind, help you destress, and focuses on sensitive skin.

ITC Grand Bharat

If you ever get to tour India, along with the sites, consider an excursion 40 minutes outside of New Delhi to the Aravali hills to visit ITC Grand Bharat. It’s the first all-suite resort, set on 300 acres, and at the heart is the 35,000 square foot Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa. It has all the gold-plated luxury and Indian plush that you envision. Signature treatment: Splurge for the Wellness Bliss, a two-day wellness retreat with Ayurvedic sessions. In addition to changing your diet, you’ll also receive massages, a three-course dinner, yoga, and more.

The Brando Spa

In the soul of the South Pacific lies a stretch of more than 1,000 islands, making up French Polynesia. Overwater bungalows and serene, jaw-dropping views are just two of the gorgeous moments you’ll have while on vacation here, and a visit to the spa is essential. The 21,500-square foot Varua Polyneisa Spa at The Brando is surrounded by exotic plants and herbs, and the space itself feels like a bird’s nest inside a tree, making for even prettier views. Signature treatment: Go for the Taurumi Massage, based on the Polynesian tradition that uses techniques to help you relax and restore your zen.

The Spa at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach

On the northern end of Collins Avenue is the well-known Fontainebleau, home to plenty of weddings, bachelorette parties and of course, a luxe spa. Here you can experience the Lapis Ritual Water Elements using mineral-enriched water therapies, in addition to deluge showers, rain tunnels, mineral water jet baths, and other amenities. Signature treatment: Go traditional with a Swedish Massage, one of their highest-rated services.

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