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The best spa treatments lend a sense of utter calm and relaxation, while guests marvel at stunning settings that serve as departures from a stressful daily routine. But turning dreams of this blissful paradise into reality doesn’t require you to travel internationally — in fact, the best spa getaways may be just inside your reach. A weekend at the best spas in the United States is all too easy if you know where to look, as a full day’s worth of pampering and rejuvenation is just a road trip or train ride away.
Whether you wish for something entirely immersive and inclusive — or a day visit for just a few hours of bliss — many of the best domestic spas and treatment centers are indeed attached to full-service resorts. But travelers may be unaware they also function as day spas, where visitors can enjoy all the same amenities without the overnight stay. Our guide to the best spa treatments and comprehensive getaways keeps both kinds of experiences in mind.
Good Housekeeping editors and experts within the Good Housekeeping Institute have personally reviewed and vetted many of the spa services featured below. Whether it’s a last-minute weekend trip or a special occasion, get your bags packed; these spas offer unique, effective treatments in serene settings you won’t soon forget.
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The Breakers Palm Beach Resort
Situated on 140 sprawling seaside acres in Palm Beach, The Breakers’ Renaissance-style property is often identified as a luxe, tranquil getaway on beautiful sands just north of the bustle of Miami. But guests often overlook the draw of its 17 treatment rooms in its spa, alongside a world-class fitness center opening up towards the beach. A concurrent salon means you can experience a range of skincare rejuvenation and classic spa offerings while refreshing your getaway look.
Signature Services: Billed as the properties’ most extensive rejuvenating treatment, the Guerlain Black Orchid Facial works to reinforce topical skin’s firmness and aims to reduce wrinkles while redefining natural facial contours. Specialists within the resorts’ spa point to Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale Black Cream as uber-hydrating and the source of supple, radiant skin in treatment.
Travel Packages: 80-minute session starts at $375; currently, The Breakers’ is offering a Bed & Breakfast and Sixth Night Free promotion.
The Spa, EDITION West Hollywood
A new addition to Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip, the signature lush foliage intertwined into the West Hollywood EDITION’s minimalist design immediately signals an air of tranquility. You’ll find a quieting sense of calm among the greenery sprawling throughout the hotel’s public spaces, including its buzzy restaurants and its rooftop pool deck. That refreshed feeling truly encapsulates your mood when entering the modern full-service spa — offering a suite of modern treatments ranging from sound bath meditations for emotional distress to LED-light therapy offerings aiming to improve skin health and elasticity. Visitors to Southern California can also book “Stay All Day” packages that combine multiple services for a holistic approach.
Signature Services: Sweeping dry brush exfoliation and a soothing full-body scrub await those who book a RENEW package, which works to stimulate and soften targeted skin. Harnessing sea salt and organic algae, Undaria Algae Body Butter used in this application hydrates skin and aids in feeling entirely refreshed.
Travel Packages: The EDITION offers guests a $250 credit towards any spa services booked alongside a minimum of a two-night stay as part of its Escape to Wellness package.
Camelback Inn Resort and Spa, JW Marriott
Arizona is a haven for spa experiences, including those featured at the hidden gem that is the Spa at Camelback Inn. Treatments feature local ingredients and desert-adjacent wellness programs, all dressed in a 32,000-square-foot facility that contains 30 treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools and more. Plus, the pueblo-style accommodations are perfect for whole family getaways with pet-friendly policies and large casitas and suites — which can’t be said for other resorts known for spa programs nearby.
Signature Services: Guests experiencing the Beat the Summer Heat Facial will be treated to depuffing techniques to enhance your complexion, alongside a structured massage session. The spa’s Agave Massage can expect a proprietary blend of extracts in a topical treatment to moisturize against the dry desert heat.
Travel Packages: Pack for a trip to Scottsdale with a Casitas and ‘Ritas package, which includes a margarita happy hour for a couple nightly plus $50 resort credit for those who stay in a resort casita.
The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
Pure nature meets newly renovated accommodations and encompassing wellness facilities at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, nestled within Vail’s Beaver Creek ski territory. The whole family will find something to do in any season; outdoor pools, golf, extensive hiking and biking and nearby fly-fishing are available. But the entire party can get in on relaxation at the resort’s spa, as it encourages all guests to access its saunas, thermal plunge pools and naturally sourced rock-lined grottos, included with your stay.
Signature Services: As spa services utilize locally sourced treatment agents, the mountain-inspired Miner’s Mineral Mud Wrap sources ore and activated charcoal mud from the region to detoxify your skin. A full body massage follows with rich amethyst oil in this 100-minute service.
Travel Packages: Reservations are now available after the resorts’ renovation; an Edge of Wild package grants a $200 resort credit for use on property, including at the spa.
The Cloister Spa at Sea Island
Dressed in Mediterranean splendor, families have been flocking to this Southern gem since it first began welcoming guests in the 1920s — the secluded Georgia coastal location is as tranquil as can be. But you’ll find even more calming relief in the Spa at Sea Island, nestled in the resort’s flagship hotel, The Cloister. Whether it’s a family getaway or a couple’s retreat, your whole party will find the garden atrium and man-made creek attached to this expansive spa simply irresistible. You’ll also spend plenty of time in circular whirlpools overlooking the sweeping grounds and a myriad of outdoor hot tubs, too.
Signature Service: The spa has a keen focus on hydrotherapy and couple’s treatments, including a 90-minute Duet Massage as well as a 60-minute Teen Treatment, which is designed to be a facial or massage experience for yourself and a preteen who needs a break from the island sun (or the glow of a cellphone!). Sea Island’s Spa is also connected to a full-service salon for additional pampering as needed.
Encapsulated by towering vistas of the Sierra Range and the cobalt blue waves of South Lake Tahoe, Spa Edgewood is an expansive 8,500-square-foot treatment center offering a suite of signature services in all seasons. A recent 2019 transformation added big draws like heated outdoor hot tubs on the shores of Lake Tahoe, a draw for any visitor — but those staying at the resort will have an opportunity to sample its wide range of skincare offerings and all of its unique full-body massages.
Signature Services: A 75-minute Sierra Stone Facial makes use of topical skin treatments through stones sourced from Lake Tahoe warmed to various temperatures to refresh skin. Coupled with a relaxing, rejuvenating treatment using Eminence products, spa-goers will hit the slopes or the shores with a new glow.
Travel Packages: Edgewood guests can enjoy the alpine setting and outdoors featured on the resort’s 235-acre lakefront setting while also enjoying a $100 credit through its Escape Lodging offer.
Alderbrook Resort and Spa
The Alderbrook feels like a total escape for anyone in the Pacific Northwest, as it’s coastal Hood Canal location is nestled just beneath the Olympic Mountains, with panoramic views of national parks and pure wilderness. The Spa cashes in on this setting with a Finnish sauna and therapy pool open to all guests, and treatments ranging from full body wraps to sea salt-adjacent facials and basalt stone deep tissue massages. The Spa’s tranquil reputation is well-loved by guests coming from near and far — demand on scheduling put Alderbrook’s spa appointments at six weeks out, currently.
Signature Services: The algae and sea brine used in the spa’s Organic Aloe Wrap don’t have to travel very far, as the hyperlocal treatment leans on the coastal setting of Alderbrook’s spa. Plus, the treatment’s aromatherapy-aided massage of your scalp, neck and feet will have you forgetting that you’re even wrapped to begin with.
Willowbrook Spa at The Lake House
Guests at the Lake House at Canandaigua among New York’s Finger Lakes can’t miss its bay side saunas and proprietary herbal oil blends featured in its extensive spa treatment list. Senior Home Editor Monique Valeris found the spa’s curated spa therapy selection to be impressive while on a weekend getaway — the newly opened Willowbrook Spa touts a team of spa therapists who will do an intake of your needs upon check-in, and direct you to one of its 20+ treatments after a consult, including express options for those who are itching to get outdoors with family or friends.
Signature Service: Start your morning early with a private Sauna Ritual for a group of up to four guests, which includes a targeted blend of aromatherapy topicals for your pleasure. Plus, the Instagram-friendly sauna barrels are just steps from the waterfront; an idyllic setting just after sunrise.
The Florida Keys’ subtropical marine wetlands set the scene for a secluded yet inviting environment at The Spa at Cheeca Lodge, all while providing plenty of under-the-sun fun for kids of all ages. The historic resort, which occupies 27 mangrove-packed acres in Islamorada, has delegated exclusive amenities to its spa patrons — including butler-serviced poolside cabanas, a wellness lounge, and seven treatment rooms providing a wide array of services featuring fair-trade products that won’t impact its locale. Combined with its wide stretch of well-maintained sandy beaches along the Atlantic bay, Cheeca Lodge provides one of the most encompassing getaways in Florida.
Signature Services: While guests can sign up for the Cheeca Spa Sampler to experience its finest offerings throughout a stay, they shouldn’t leave without submitting to a signature Jade Stone Massage session, which is complemented with a cranial wave head massage and customizable body treatments based on personal preferences.
If you’re on the hunt for a more physical-based rejuvenation, Alpine Wellness services featured at Salt Lake City’s Goldener Hirsch is just the ticket — especially when you consider its indoor fitness center with saunas overlooking Utah’s Deer Valley. A recent renovation of its rooftop facilities, which include infinity pools and hot tubs with stunning mountain peak vistas, make this resort a big draw for the outdoorsy crowd in all seasons. You’ll find restorative yoga offerings in the resort’s new zen garden, in-room massage therapy and facials, hiking and biking in almost any direction, and personalized training available upon request during your stay.
Signature Services: Since the resort hasn’t designated a formal spa treatment space, all of its spa offerings are offered in-room — including its Elemental Bath Meditation. You’ll work through water-focused therapy enhanced by stereophonic sound, and follow up the experience with a curated Sēfari bath kit that will help lull you into a restful sleep.
The Spa at Inn By the Sea
This quintessential coastal Maine resort is quaint but not as petite in size — it manages to pack in distinct wellness retreat amenities in adjoining areas for men and women, with some shared amenities like a whirlpool tub overlooking nearby Crescent Beach. Much of the beauty of this resort intertwines within its setting amid nearby wildlife sanctuaries, so it makes sense that warmer weather allows spa therapists to conduct full-body treatments and revitalizing facials al fresco, just above Cape Elizabeth’s shoreline. Locals and visitors to Portland can stop by for day treatments as all spa guests can enjoy individual accommodations, including lockers and steam rooms, before and after treatments.
Signature Services: Can’t head outside due to weather? Don’t fret; guests at the Inn can book the half-day Cape Escape Couples Retreat, which includes an exclusive spa suite complete with a soaking tub, and 90-minute massages enhanced by proprietary aromatherapy blends. Lunch is included with a private meal furnished by the resort’s top-class restaurant, Sea Glass.
Travel Packages: Check into the Inn for a relaxing getaway with the INNcredible Spa Package, which includes $40 breakfast vouchers daily and a $220 credit for a spa service of your choice with a two-night accommodation.
The Spa at Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
The spa at this luxe French Quarter property pays homage to its local roots with some seriously unique treatment offerings — but a recent renovation brings its services into modern elegance that’ll leave you feeling more than refreshed. At 25,000sqft, this spa is billed as the largest in New Orleans with 20 treatment rooms and a bespoke boutique. Alongside other amenities, day visitors can kick back in lofty relaxation lounges, complete with complimentary champagne and lite bites, before taking a turn in eucalyptus-infused steam rooms and sauna facilities. Louisiana newcomers often opt for the spa’s ‘Voodoo Ritual’ massage, which makes use of local incense and a proprietary mix of absinthe and bourbon in body oils you won’t soon forget.
Signature Services: Capitalize on spa treatments using hyper-localized products with the spa’s Southern Ceremony routine, which includes a citrus-focused body scrub and rejuvenating facial, capped off with a full-body massage to help you fully relax.
The Spa at Greystone Inn
One of the most intimate on this list, the Greystone Inn on North Carolina’s Lake Toxaway is a Swiss chalet-style retreat that leans into holistic wellness for its guests. Whether it’s before or after you kayak your way across the lake (or simply enjoy a free sunset cruise!) and take in views of adjacent National Forests, the Spa offers a full suite of body treatments and boutique skincare treatments to please anyone staying in its 31 rooms and suites.
Signature Services: Full-body massages aside, facials are popular for Lake Toxaway visitors; the 60-minute Greystone Signature Facial includes a cleansing application, steaming, and deep exfoliation along with a facial massage that targets lymphatic drainage and face sculpting.
The Spa at Spruce Peak
Vermont is known for skiing and leaf peeping, but those in the know make their way to Stowe in all seasons for pure relaxation in picturesque mountainside accommodations. Endless outdoor activities make this locale perfect for families, but The Lodge at Spruce Peak takes it a step further by creating a wellness retreat for kiddos, too. The Spa has a full menu of services for those between the ages of three and 14, alongside its many offerings for adults in the group; all are welcome at the resort’s Healing Lodge, with his and hers saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms. Plus, day visitors can relax in the facilities’ Sanctuary space, as well as the outdoor pool that’s heated in cooler temperatures.
Signature Services: A trip to Vermont isn’t complete without sampling local brew — and spa therapists have embraced the perk into a truly singular spa treatment known as the Stowe Cider Uber Scrub. You’ll enjoy a full-body application of naturally spiced cider sugar scrub to buff out overworked skin — plus, you’ll enjoy a full sample of local Stowe Cider to sip on while you relax.
Travel Packages: Given that there are more than 20+ unique treatments available at this facility, the I Want It My Way package is popular with regulars. You’ll choose three services and qualify for a 20% discount on all treatments.
Lakeside Spa & Salon at Mission Point Resort
You’ll leave stress and worries behind at the dock when you board a ferry to Mackinac Island, a seasonal haven tucked near the Michigan shorelines of Lake Huron. Home to its signature lush French lilac and car-free, nature-packed surroundings, the island is full of quaint charm in its lodgings and artisanal restaurants — including Mission Point Resort, which has managed to pack in a full-service spa into its beachside property. Coupled with an Aveda salon, the spa takes pride in a wide array of treatments, with some focus on prenatal services for mommies-to-be. Staying onsite for a weekend getaway will give you plenty of time to explore your nautical surroundings on bikes and by horse-drawn carriage when you’re not being pampered.
Signature Service: Harnessing its fresh supply, the Lakeside Spa offers a unique Lilac Facial & Body Treatment, which includes proprietary skincare products and massage oils that you won’t find elsewhere. Capped off with a hydrating foot mask and hot towel service in the spa’s charming treatment center.
The Wilderness Adventure Spa, Spring Creek Ranch
Taking a vacation to marvel at the natural beauty of the American West doesn’t always mean you have to be “roughing” it, so to speak. Spread out on a high butte of its own in Jackson Hole, Spring Creek Ranch is just a stone’s throw from Grand Teton National Park and a short drive from Yellowstone. The resort’s spa is framed with sweeping views of the Teton Mountains and is flanked by the hotel’s grounds, which are also designated as a wildlife sanctuary. You’ll take it all in between treatments in the spa’s 20-person outdoor saltwater hot tub, which feels like a magical escape in almost any season.
Signature Service: Start with the Teton Forest Massage, which combats the dry, high-altitude air with a mineral scrub and mud-bubbling along your spine. You’ll end the service with a full body wrap massage using locally inspired oils.
In a driving radius from New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore, this remote lodge in the Poconos has access to a wide array of outdoor activities, bolstered by its main resort access to the largest man-made lake in the state, Lake Wallenpaupack. Rooms at this resort hotel are outfitted with grand verandas dressed in lush greenery, a theme that translates well into its 40,000-square-foot spa with 27 treatment rooms. It’s not out of place that the spa offers activities like forest bathing; there are a lot of treatments to choose from, from hydrotherapy to carefully constructed prenatal services, making it a great weekend escape from city life in any season of the year.
Signature Service: Bodywork is a focal point at the spa, with therapists leaning into everything from Reiki to reflexology; you’ll receive a blend of approaches with a Restful Retreat, which combines gentle body, scalp and foot massages and aromatherapy to help you feel at ease. The warmed swaddle is just a bonus!
Tamaya Mist Spa, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort
Equidistant from Santa Fe and Albuquerque, the Tamaya Spa is the jewel of this 500-acre resort on the Santa Ana Pueblo; a low-level sprawling 12,000-square-foot retreat from the hot sun and desert climate. Guests often come to experience rich native culture and sample time-honored Tamayame cuisine, or spend as much time exploring the surrounding valleys and the Rio Grande riverbanks. A session at the spa, which has split gendered facilities and amenities that sprawl out into surrounding dry lands (including outdoor soaking pools!), seamlessly blends into your itinerary on a trip to the rich lands of New Mexico.
Signature Services: A range of timed HydraFacial offerings helps to rejuvenate skin using hydra-dermabrasion techniques, resulting in skin feeling smoother and refreshed; additional service points like LED-light therapy are also available as part of the 50-minute service.
Mokara Spa at Omni Barton Creek Resort
Recently constructed at Austin’s only true full-service resort, the Mokara Spa opened in 2019 amid the resort’s 4,000-acre property, stacked with amenities that make it worth a trip away from the city’s center. All the spa treatments at this Mokara Spa iteration draw inspiration from the locale and Texan climate; the rooftop pool (adults only!) has a sweeping view of Austin and its city limits, and remains open to spa guests alongside saunas, whirlpools, steam rooms and more.
Signature Service: The 80-minute Mokara Inner Glow Ritual includes an encompassing body scrub and a shea-butter enhanced hydration wrap. A massage follows with aromatherapy featuring Zents products and seasonal body oils.
Travel Packages: Experience bliss in one of the spa’s 17 treatment rooms with a $115 spa credit through the resort’s Simply Spa Package.
Montana is home to seemingly endless unique wellness retreats, but none are as accessible and yet close to the action of Yellowstone as Sage Lodge. Your family and friends may opt for fly-fishing or scenic water rafting, but the spa at this resort packs in a sprawling fitness center and amenities that help you feel like you’re not missing the action. The expansive couple’s suite makes for a romantic getaway, or any one of the beauty-adjacent perks (gua shua and hair masks included!) helps complete a girl’s trip away. In any case, guests can enjoy time spent in saunas and steam rooms, as well as hot tubs that have seriously impressive views of Paradise Valley.
Signature Service: Available in 60-minute or 90-minute increments, the spa’s signature Sage Customized Facial is calibrated for both men and women with almost any kind of skin concern. The treatment features Eminence Organic Skin Care and ColorUp CBD products to help your skin feel that much better.
Travel Packages: Get a true taste of wilderness wellness with a Sage Signature Spa package that includes two 60-minute customized massages, a bottle of champagne and a $50 dining credit with a minimum two-night stay.
Spa Nalai, Park Hyatt New York
Finding blissful refuge in New York City can be tough, but day visitors to Spa Nalai — which encompasses the 25th floor of the Park Hyatt in Midtown, harboring priceless Central Park views — won’t have a hard time getting there. Treatments were once offered on a limited, seasonal basis; it’s since become hyperfocused on full-body massages in the wake of the pandemic. But you’ll have more to look forward to than just deep-tissue relief, as there’s an accessible fitness center, a private outdoor veranda, and a 65-foot indoor swimming pool that guests can also enjoy on their very own Big Apple escape from reality.
Signature Service: Currently, guests most often opt for the aptly titled Nalai Signature, which includes deep-muscle relief as well as softer relaxation techniques. “Ease away tension and soothe tired muscles in a unique therapy created exclusively for you,” the spa adds.
Travel Package: For the ultimate spa getaway, ask about the Park Hyatt’s Town & Country offer — which will grant you one night’s stay at the hotel with a $100 spa credit and a picnic in the park, plus a secondary getaway at the Miraval Berkshires resort.
Salamander Resort & Spa
Just outside of Washington D.C., this equestrian-themed resort has earned a reputation for its lavish accommodations and its unique setting; a 22-stall horse barn and 340 acres of hiking, biking and riding trails are a welcome respite from the nation’s busy capital. The 23,000-square-foot spa provides a suite of treatments for many of its visitors, complete with individual saunas and tubs for men and women, an outdoor spa courtyard featuring relaxation pods and an infinity-edge pool, and private stone treatment terraces.
Signature Services: Sample a bit of the best treatments with the Calming Antara Ritual, which packs in a hydrating therapeutic wrap, exfoliation treatments, and scalp and neck massages with targeted CBD treatment oils.
Amid lush gardens and rolling Connecticut hills, the Mayflower Inn is a luxe, charming property that feels highly intimate, given its 30-or-so staterooms for guests. Even if you aren’t staying overnight, making a trip to what’s known as The Well at this countryside retreat is well worth the personalized attention and care you’ll receive. The spa’s Garden Room and indoor pool are destinations all on their own to help you relax in between treatments; you’ll have plenty to choose from, including options designed by the spa’s credentialed chief medical officer. And before you depart, take a peek at the spa’s Beauty Bar and enjoy a free consult with proprietary products available for purchase.
Signature Service: With a nod to the surrounding countryside and its contributions, The Well’s Milk, Honey and Lavender massage works to revitalize problem skin areas as well as increase micro-circulation. Lymphatic drainage massage techniques are used alongside warm lavender-infused honey for a unique sensation you’ll love.
The Spa at Whiteface Lodge
Lake Placid provides a beautifully tranquil backdrop to this Adirondack-style spa, which encapsulates 6,000 square feet of the main hotel and remains open in all seasons. There’s a wide range of draws to visiting the resort; skating rinks, bowling alleys, game rooms, outdoor lean-tos and even a trout pond will keep your little ones busy, all while you enjoy much-needed R&R at your time at the spa. When you’re not enjoying a skincare treatment or deep-tissue massage, you may even find time to explore the quaint Main Street and surrounding beaches just a few minutes away.
Signature Treatments: Pending the end of the pandemic, the spa offers day packages that encapsulate two 80-minute treatments of your choice and a balanced lunch from the facilities’ private full-service kitchen. In the meantime, sign up for the Ausable River Stone Massage, which makes use of heated Basalt Stones and Swedish massage techniques.
The Herrington Inn & Spa
Situated just above the banks of the Fox River in charming Geneva, this boutique hotel and spa offers a lovely weekend escape from Chicago. Accommodations feature oversized whirlpool tubs in each suite, which are built to accommodate in-suite treatments upon request. But the main draw is certainly the Spa, which features a serenity lounge for day visitors and rain showers for all guests who have signed up for massages, facials, body treatments, or a myriad of beauty services as well.
Signature services: After visiting the spa’s rainfall showers, you’ll enjoy a Chamomile and Lavender body scrub as part of The Herrington Delight, alongside a spa-specific soothing balm applied to tense muscles. After a full-body Swedish massage, a body wrap aims to hydrate your skin and leave you feeling rejuvenated.
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