The Best Spa Resorts to Help You Chill
We all know life can get super crazy — between work demands, family obligations, meal prep, the gym, and squeezing in time for sleep, it’s no wonder many of us experience burnout.
If you’ve been feeling a little lethargic or just need to hit the refresh button, a relaxing spa getaway at one of these spa resorts may be just what the doctor ordered (plus, it’s a great excuse to travel without coming back a puffy mess). Whether you’re looking for the best spa resorts in the US or abroad, here are our top spa picks to help you relax, unwind, and unplug so you can return home refreshed and ready to take on the day.
6 of the Best Spa Resorts Around the World
1. Luxury DolceVita Resort Preidlhof, $ (South Tyrol, Italy)
Let the magic of the Alps soothe you in this multi-award-winning spa resort. Named the best spa in the world for clean eating by Condé Nast Traveler, the six-floor spa tower at Preidlhof includes a whopping 16 infused saunas and relaxation rooms, an infinity pool, a sun deck, a fire lounge, a “deep-sea” light and music relaxation room, and sauna ceremonies and performances.
I stayed at this resort recently and can honestly say it was one of the most impressive spas I’ve ever been to. I had a Chinese medicine facial where the esthetician pointed a laser at my heart chakra (no idea what that does, but was not at all mad at it) and exfoliated about six years off my skin. And I mean, this view of the Dolomites alone could soothe any exhausted soul.
Their med spa includes four basic programs: Detox, Vital Age & Rejuvenation, Health Check, and Perfect Shape, including traditional baths, lymphatic drainage treatments, ayurvedic detox treatments, tailor-made facials, and even saltwater pool floating massages!
2. Cal-A-Vie Health Spa, $ (San Diego, CA)
On the hunt for the best spa resorts in the US? Try Cal-A-Vie: Inspired by the tranquility of a small French village, this is a five-star Southern Californian oasis just north of San Diego. With a staff-to-guest ratio of 5:1, personal attention is not lacking at Cal-A-Vie.
After exploring one of their 100+ exercise classes or twenty mind-body-spirit classes, indulge in spa highlights like reflexology; Thai, Shiatsu, and bamboo massages; or lavender honey, espresso limón, and thalassotherapy seaweed wraps. Choose from one of their three-, four-, or seven-night packages and check back regularly for specials!
3. Rancho La Puerta Resort & Spa, $ (Tecate, Mexico)
The original “destination spa,” Rancho La Puerta offers a great value for the rate, which includes fitness classes, meals, and lectures. While they have amazing food, great hikes, committed staff, and effective fitness programs, their three different spas (one for men and two for women) are what keep people coming back again and again. Craniosacral therapy, chiropractic services, Feldenkrais, acupuncture, reiki, WATSU, trigger-point therapy, and beyond, you’ll receive a holistic treatment experience at Rancho La Puerta to accompany your herb-infused oil massages and facials.
4. Spruce Hill Resort & Spa, $$ (British Columbia, Canada)
For a more affordable experience, take your spa getaway to the ranch at Spruce Hill Resort & Spa in the wilderness of Canada. After horseback riding, canoeing, biking, tubing, and a soak in the hot tub, choose from a wide variety of treatments all at reasonable prices. Their Canadian Wild Rosehip Deep Repair Facial and Sea Salt Renewal Scrub are only $89 each, and their Visible Eye Lift Treatment is only $45. Finish it off with an infrared sauna session and enjoy the beautiful and harmonious nature views.
5. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, $ (Ojo Caliente, New Mexico)
Set among ancient healing and mineral-infused hot springs Native Americans considered sacred, a trip to Ojo Caliente is a great way to add a spiritual component to your spa retreat while partaking in many restorative body therapies.
Ojo Caliente springs are the only hot springs in the world that offer four different types of mineral water including lithia, iron, soda, and arsenic, which are said to help with depression and skin conditions. While spa treatments are priced midrange, you can dip into one of their several pools (including a mud pool!) for a daily rate of only $25.
6. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, $ (Fairmont, Montana)
Who says a spa retreat has to leave your pockets empty? For a great budget option that will fully relax you for half the price, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort has everything you’re looking for. A half-hour massage or half-hour of reflexology is only $55, an ionic detox foot bath runs at $60, and a one-hour facial will cost you only $75. Pool access is included for guests, but if you’re not staying at the resort, $17 will grant you all-day access to their hot spring-fed mineral pools. Be sure to check their website for specials, like the Family Fun Package or Summer Spectacular that earns you fun bonus treats.