11 spas this side of the Mississippi to cross off your bucket list of bliss
Start 2018 off with a well deserved spa day, or better yet, make it a vacation.
- Written byJennie Nunn
- AboveSanctuary Spa, Paradise Valley
L’Apothecary SPA at L’Auberge de Sedona, SEDONA
Why it’s on our radar: With the help of a spa specialist, blend your own body scrub, soak or bath salts using ingredients such as chaparral, sage, cacao, peppermint, nutmeg, Epsom salt and lavender.
Book now: Quiet Mind (90 minutes; $235), inspired by the Quiet Mind flower essence blend (including geranium and bird of paradise flower) from Lotus Wei, is a journey intended to help guests learn to turn off their mind for the ultimate massage benefits with guided breathing techniques and facial acupressure points.
Sanctuary Spa, Paradise Valley (shown above)
Why it’s on our radar: The property completed a major $2 million renovation to the Spa Casitas and Spa Suites with private outdoor space replete with a soaking tub and canopied daybeds, and a newly unveiled 3,500-square-foot, four-bedroom Spa House for retreats and getaways (think exclusive in-room experiences and deliveries such as a hand-and-foot bedtime aromatherapy massage and a meditative coloring book.)
Book now: The Wild Lime Blossom (Monday through Thursday, 90 minutes, $235; Friday through Sunday, 90 minutes, $245) is an aromatic scalp and full-body relaxation massage complete with warm wild lime oil.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Denver (shown above)
Why it’s on our radar: The recently redesigned spa retail area and fitness center (the hotel also completed a major refresh in the lobby, guestrooms and meeting areas), houses a well-edited collection of skin care and spa product lines including Boulder–based company Sanitas.
Book now: The Ultimate 5280 (75 minutes; $205) is a body wrap—complete with a dry brush and facial mask—that increases circulation and promotes deep hydration, a plus given the elevation of the Mile-High City. During the treatment, drift away while cocooned in Mylar and finish with an application of body butter for intense hydration.
The Spa at Hotel Talisa, Vail
Why it’s on our radar: The brand new spa, opened last month within Vail’s new ski-in/ski-out Hotel Talisa, is fashioned with a tranquil, grey-and-white color palette reflective of the surroundings and artwork and artifacts paying homage to the town’s rich history and Southern Ute Indian Tribe roots. Set along Gore Creek, the spa features 10 treatment rooms outfitted with music and lighting customized for each guest, and men’s and women’s locker rooms with steam rooms and salt saunas.
Book now: Colorado Wildflower Scrub (50 or 75 minutes) combines chia seed, jojoba and brown sugar infused with rainbow flourite crystals to exfoliate and soften skin. A bouquet blend of concentrated wildflower essences is selected to sync with your energy output and customize the experience, which concludes with a massage lotion application in the same bouquet as your scrub.
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Why it’s on our radar: A cozy, Spanish Colonial-style spa outfitted by Peter Marino and Associates (think New York Public Library and St. Patrick’s Cathedral) with ocean views, fireplaces, deep soaking tubs, handcrafted ceramic tiles and lamps, vases and intricate tile-topped coffee tables crafted by French ceramic artist Roger Capron. Other standout pieces include a photograph of The Biltmore swimming pool by artist Jennifer Kos that hangs above the spa desk.
Book now: Organic Seaweed Leaf Wrap (80 minutes) uses seaweed strands culled from the ocean in Silgo, Ireland, and commences with an exfoliation using finely ground seaweed and walnut shells, followed by a seaweed wrap (legs, arms, back and stomach, if desired, are wrapped in long strands of seaweed) for a deep detoxification. While wrapped, enjoy a relaxing scalp and/or foot massage.
The Spa at Rancho Valencia, Rancho Santa Fe
Why it’s on our radar: The Mediterranean-inspired spa with wrought-iron gates has just unveiled a new treatment menu and product line exclusive to the property in partnership with Natura Bissé. Other new additions include a 1,000-square-foot Serenity Yoga Pavilion and fitness workshops using Elemental Wellness spa therapies customized and based on William H. Sheldon’s somatotypes (making it one of only two spas in the country with these type of therapies based on body type: ectomorph, endomorph or mesomorph.)
Book now: The Kur (90 minutes; $285) is inspired by the European holistic holiday and includes a private soak, refreshing cool wrap and therapeutic massage.
Spa Ojai at Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai
Why it’s on our radar: The 31,000-square-foot, Mediterranean-inspired spa is appointed with 28 treatment areas, including massage rooms with fireplaces and two 1,500-square-foot spa penthouse suites replete with a meditation loft and a private outdoor whirlpool. For art classes and custom-blending workshops, guests can visit the on-site Artist Cottage and Apothecary at Spa Ojai.
Book now: Ojai’s East West Ritual For Balanced Beauty (100 minutes; $355) embraces the spiritual energy of the Ojai Valley using sustainably sourced Kypris skin care. It features a facial massage incorporating rose quartz crystals and energy work for the ultimate mind and body rejuvenation.
Spa Montage at Montage Laguna Beach, LAGUNA BEACH
Why it’s on our radar: Schedule a treatment at the oceanfront, Craftsman-style resort and take full advantage of the spa’s offerings including a daily morning Thalassic Beach Walk, an evening yoga class and access to Spa Montage’s signature 18-minute Art of Spa ritual replete with a steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and cold plunge pool.
Book now: Warming Ginger Massage (60/90/120 minutes; $255/$345/$435; book 90+ minutes and receive a $50 credit for next visit) addresses achy muscles and incorporates ginger oil to boost the immune system, while a restorative eye treatment soothes and hydrates.
Heavenly Spa by Westin at The Westin
Maui Resort, Maui (shown above)
Why it’s on our radar: The oceanfront oasis just completed a more than $70 million transformation to its guestrooms and suites.
Book now: Hualani Waterfall Experience (50 minutes; $165) is an island-inspired ritual with a gentle, Hawaiian-made sugar exfoliation and invigorating, seven-head Vichy shower. Finish with a massage application of a body crème infused with kukui, coconut and macadamia oils, and passionfruit and pineapple essences.
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort and Residences,
Jackson Hole (shown above)
Why it’s on our radar: Situated at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, die-hard skiers and outdoorsy types will revel in the cozy yet luxe, 11,685-square-foot spa with 16 treatment rooms and two private spa suites appointed with Swiss showers, deep soaking tubs and fireplaces.
Book now: Après Ski Spa Ritual is a new treatment designed for skiers and snowboarders using heat to help alleviate sore muscles. The journey begins with a Himalayan salt body soak followed by a native hot stone massage and a willow bark wrap—a natural anti-inflammatory.
The Spa at The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs
Why it’s on our radar: Next year this historic, fairytale-like property—which has played host to countless celebrities and dignitaries including Elvis Presley, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Margaret Thatcher—will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Daredevils and adventure seekers can sign up for a Soaring Adventure on one of two zip-lining courses (or a combination of both courses), or enroll in the Seven Falls Challenge. The guided, 10-mile course (with 700 feet of elevation gain) consists of a short bike ride to Seven Falls, a trail run to the top of the falls and intermittent body weight exercises with the help of a certified fitness trainer.
Book now: Tuscan Fig Hydrotherapy Ritual (50 minutes; $125) is a full-body, Tuscan-inspired bath that hydrates and revives skin using chardonnay grape seeds combined with sugar and Tuscan figs.
One question: Which to visit first?
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