Whether you're recovering from a long vacation, making a dramatic life shift or just looking for a Valentine's Day retreat worth remembering, these spas have gained attention as some of the best spa and wellness havens around the country. Grab a robe and some essential oils: These spas are sure to relax any weary traveler.
Reméde Spa--Aspen, Colorado
Voted as one of the best spas in the country, Reméde Spa is in the heart of ski-country at St. Regis Aspen Resort. Tucked into the hills just minutes from downtown Aspen, Colorado, this enchanting destination has been called the number one spa in the world, the kind of place where guests can get in a powder-shredding fix during the morning and relax in the spa in the afternoon--perhaps with a session in the oxygen lounge or a dip in a plunge pool. A perfect package might sound something like this: Champagne and raspberries during a bubble bath followed by a 60-minute massage and chromatherapy--the use of soothing light play--in the lounge area.
Qua Baths and Spa--Las Vegas, Nevada
Indulge in a Roman bath, an Arctic ice room and other amenities at the spa in Caesars Place. This is Vegas, after all, and it's not a town built to keep travelers sequestered in a hotel room. Your out-of-room experience doesn't have to be limited to casinos, shows and great restaurants: This 50,000-square-foot spa offers vary from a traditional Shirodhara massage in order to balance your chakras to Thai-style treatments, aroma massages and lounging in a raised, gold-foiled pool. Gold-foiled pool? Yes. Again, this is Vegas.
The Spa at Sea Island--Sea Island, Georgia
The Cloister is one of the most well-recognized luxury escapes in the South, featuring three golf courses and a beautiful spa. The property is located on miles of private beaches off the coast of Georgia, on a long peninsula convenient to both Savannah and Jacksonville. Most of the spa's packages focus on total health and wellness with guided beach walks, nutrition counseling, and even cooking tips all offered before the requisite massage. The resort offers European-style treatments, and guests can partake in for full- and partial-day packages alongside child- and teen-specific offerings to pamper the youngest family members.
Auberge Spa at Auberge du Soleil--Rutherford, California
This French-style inn north of Napa is known for breathtaking, floor-to-ceiling window views of the Mayacamas Mountains. Nestled in between a grove of Manzanillo olive trees and wine vineyards, this tiny escape boasts adults-only services on a tranquility-inducing property.
"Services incorporate house-infused oils and other handcrafted ingredients, some made with the flowers and herbs grown in the spa garden, including calendula, rosemary and lemon balm," Rachael Ward, San Francisco editor for Where, wrote in a recent guide to Northern California Wine Country spas.
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Article author Jamie Lowe is assistant travel editor for Where.
Photo Credits: Courtesy St. Regis Aspen Resort, Courtesy Spa at Sea Island, ©Trinette Reed Photography