With National Relaxation Day approaching on August 15th, we've compiled a coast to coast list of the best places to fully relax and unwind from the stress of everyday life.
The MODERN Honolulu, Honolulu, HI
The Spa at The MODERN Honolulu has four treatment rooms, manicure/pedicure stations and a full range of luxurious spa services. Generous locker rooms are designed for changing and showers are available to soothe away the stresses of plane travel. Stone sinks, natural materials and a neutral palate throughout the spa create an elemental and peaceful environment. The Spa features products from the highly selective and ecologically sensitive Eminence line. Eminence skin care products combine advanced levels of cosmetic technology with natural ingredients to heal and transform. The spa also features Ola Hawaii- bath, body and skin care. Ola products are all pure, natural and organic products made in Hawaii. In room and poolside massage and spa services are also available upon request. The MODERN Honolulu offers a special Light My Fire Massage, which engages all the senses with this hot massage, using only the finest 100% natural massage candle oil. Done candlelight, this is the ultimate pampering. Guaranteed to please, this unforgettable treatment that will leave guests feeling relaxed, hydrated and simply glowing. A take-home souvenir is included with this special package. 50
min | $150
Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, MX
Named Travel + Leisure's #1 Top Destination Spa in the 2014 "World's Best" Awards, Rancho La Puerta is the widely known as the original “fitness resort” and spa that welcomes guests each week to its 3,000 private acres of gardens, mountains and meadows in Baja California, Mexico.
Rancho La Puerta offers therapeutic one-hour, one-on-one sessions including outdoor Watsu night treatments, the leading therapeutic aquatic healing technique. In 96 degree water, Watsu promotes a deep state of relaxation and often dramatic changes in the autonomic nervous system. Watsu is one of Rancho La Puerta's top wellness and healing services that guests often come to the ranch just to experience.
Nighttime WATSU® (Water Shiatsu) is very popular at Rancho La Puerta. The calm atmosphere of the night, chirping of the crickets, moonlight, and the mist swirling around the pool creates a surreal environment for guests. The experience of floating outdoors in the high desert while watching the stars and expansive universe above can promote a profound mind-body-spirit experience. Being held in a safe 96 degree pool replicates the same environment as a mother’s womb, and often brings people to tears. Guests often say "I felt like I was a baby again", or "I had the experience of being held by my mother, father, or even God".
Many guests at Rancho La Puerta who experience WATSU® for the first time reap an array of benefits, including the expanding and lengthening of the physical body. Their non-gravity pool provides continuous support, and one experiences more space, clarity, and openness. The WATSU® session allows joints and muscles to release, bringing vital blood and nutrients to the body system, which immediately promotes healing.
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa focused much of its efforts during its recent $30 million renovation on wellness and relaxation with the re-launch of its award-winning spa. In Fall 2012, The Spa at Rancho Valencia unveiled an inspiring new treatment menu infusing Amala, the only luxury skincare brand to have its entire collection certified by NATRUE, the world’s most recognized and respected natural and organic cosmetic certification organization. The re-envisioned spa offers a carefully curated collection of treatments inclusive of purifying facials, invigorating body treatments and soothing massages, each utilizing the focused, results-oriented product line. The Spa also added an awe-inspiring new 1,000-square-foot partially open-air Serenity Yoga Pavilion. The Serenity Yoga Pavilion hosts extensive fitness programs with a variety of classes and events led by renowned fitness and wellness professionals and is equipped to offer Hot Yoga. The tranquil space features a floating dock for the instructor and evokes a zen-like atmosphere with serene décor and natural interior elements.
Invigorating and refreshing, this sunny ritual brightens both mind and body. Rancho Valencia's Brightening Brazilian Facial incorporates sun-dried white and pink clays with French Spirulina to regenerate, oxygenate and clarify while fair trade Cocoa Bean, Açaí, Andiroba, and Brazil Nut illuminate your skin, giving you a refreshing youthful appearance. Enjoy the massage of your choice and finish with their signature, skin loving Fresh Squeezed Manicure and Pedicure combo. 4 hrs | $525
The Wigwam, Litchfield Park, AZ
Serene and welcoming, the world-renowned Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa at The Wigwam is the ideal, rejuvenating complement to The Wigwam's vibrant palette of activities. Guests can follow up their tennis or golf game with a soothing Swedish massage. Relax by the spa lap pool after a long day of meetings, or simply let the spa be their activity. Luxurious skincare and body treatments are born of the latest scientific research while incorporating natural ingredients from the earth and sea. Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa at The Wigwam offers a Signature Stress Melter Ritual, an integration of soothing services including an olive oil skin softening scrub, plus a hydrating body wrap and Swedish massage, melting stress and rebalancing spirit.
The Mulia Spa at The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas | Bali, Indonesia
For travelers looking for a blissful getaway during National Relaxation Day, The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas in Bali, Indonesia has launched a new lifestyle wellness program that includes personal attention, luxury amenities, and a myriad of activities that embrace fitness, sensible dining and holistic achievement. Travelers and yogi enthusiasts alike can recharge, rebalance and explore their yoga practice within the beauty of the gentle Balinese culture at The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas. Located on the majestic coastline of Nusa Dua, the full-day (five to six hours) or half-day (four hours) wellness program features a specially designed wellness menu and training regimen that is designed to nurture and restore well-being. This new wellness program can be custom tailored up to seven days with a variety of dining options, fitness classes and treatments to choose from.
Full-Day or Half-Day Lifestyle Wellness Program includes:
• Customized Healthy Dining Options (each meal is less than 300 calories)
• Classes that include:
o Yoga Stretching Class
o Aqua Aerobics Class
o Power Yoga
• Signature treatment options including facial treatments, body wraps and a blend of unique massage techniques
• Access to the signature Wellness Suite including Asia Pacific's only Ice Room
• Visits to the local temples, walks on the white sand beach, and experiencing the picturesque sunsets
L’Auberge de Sedona | Sedona, AZ
One of the Southwest’s foremost luxury retreats, nestled on the banks of Oak Creek in Sedona’s renowned Red Rock region, L’Auberge features 62 luxury cottages and 25 traditional lodge-style guestrooms. Vista Cottages and Suites offer panoramic views of Sedona’s spectacular Red Rocks. Guests can sit back, and relax in celebration of the holiday with the Feet in the Creek Treatment. Feet in the Creek is a playful spa treatment that allows you to reconnect with the earth, nature and yourself. Guests will be guided to step into the ankle-deep water of Oak Creek, a spring-fed clear-water creek that runs through the property, to enjoy wading in the water, breathing fresh Sedona air followed by lounging creekside with bare feet resting on the earth. Earthing is an emerging science that promotes direct, conductive contact with the earth to balance mind and body. While seated creekside, guests will receive a head, neck and shoulder massage followed by a foot reflexology treatment with the new signature L’Apothecary flower essence serum. This serum includes a blend of rose, rosemary and lemon blossoms, which are designed to support guests in feeling cared for, having clarity and in allowing a pure childlike perspective.
Mayflower Grace, a 30-room boutique Relais & Chateaux property in Washington, CT, is the ultimate New England hideaway that allows guests to completely relax their mind, body and soul. The award-winning 20,000 sq. ft. spa, which is a destination itself, offers a Deep Blue Lavender Embrace treatment, which uses Red Flower's synergistic blend of lavender, peppermint, rosemary, ginger grass and fir, and accompanies you through a gentle sequence of buffing, steam and massage.
Hotel Monte Mulini, located in a tranquil bay near the picturesque old town of Rovinj, in the Croatian region of Istria, offers a Floating Bath Ritual - a method of attaining the deepest relaxation state. The gravity-free environment allows the body to balance and heal internally while of the senses are rested. Rejuvenating bath salts make the skin softer and gentler and the hair silkier and smoother. This type of relaxation has a profound effect on several levels: emotional, intellectual, psychological and spiritual. After a brief shower you will enter the flotation room, lie on your back and let yourself completely relax.
Chill Spa at Hotel Terra | Jackson Hole, WY
The elegant, intimate Chill Spa sits six floors off the ground, on the top floor of Hotel Terra Jackson Hole. Designed with crisp fresh colors and light airy textures, Chill Spa is the ideal destination to experience the Lavender and Goats Milk Hydrating Wrap. Therapeutic dry brushing prepares the skin for a rich shea creme infused with coconut oil and lavender while a dusting of goat’s milk powder produces deeper hydration. Raw lavender buds are used to exfoliate the skin during a foot treatment and the body is cacooned in a warm wrap surrounded by scents of lavender. Feeling soft and hydrated once finished, this is the perfect 80-minute treatment to experience on National Relaxation Day.
Solitude Spa at Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa | Jackson Hole, WY
Named after one of Grand Teton National Park’s most spectacular high alpine lakes, Lake Solitude, Solitude Spa offers a selection of experiential spa services that incorporate elements found in nature to delight the mind, sooth the soul and enliven the spirit. With roots in Thai history, the Warrior Poultice Ritual was originally used to restore Thai warriors after a long day of battle. Incorporating turmeric, mint and lemongrass spice, the treatment targets deep acupressure points while a hot herbal compress with steamed herbs is used to pulverize each tender and sore muscle in the body. Followed by a warm aromatherapy oil massage to smooth away every last knot, there is no better way to truly feel at ease on National Relaxation Day.
Vail's RockResorts Spas at The Lodge at Vail and The Arrabelle | Vail, CO
This summer, the crisp, clean alpine air of mountain towns is the new beachside relaxation. National Relaxation Day calls for scenic views and rejuvenation, which makes Vail's RockResort Spas a must-try on every spa lover’s bucket-list.
The Arrabelle and The Lodge at Vail are offering summertime-fresh spa specials with fresh ingredients utilizing seasonal bounty to refresh the body, mind and spirit. Treatments include —
• The Arrabelle at Vail Square Summer Spa Special: Ginger Sorbet Body Scrub and Pedicure
o A gentle citrus and sea-salt exfoliation smooths and caresses the skin, preparing you for a massage with creamy Ginger Sobet body milk that will leave you longing for more!
- 50 Minutes | $99
o Escape reality while nourishing tired legs and feet with a gentle citrus and sea-salt exfoliation that caresses the skin. This decadent experience indulges the senses and skin - making event the roughest of feet soft and smooth.
- 50 Minutes | $80
• The Lodge at Vail Summer Spa Special: Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub
o Be polished to perfection with a fresh Watermelon-Basil Vodkatini Sugar Scrub infused with Square One Organic Vodka. Next, skin is enveloped in antioxidants with a Sparkling Citrus-Cilantro soak. Relax with a juicy grand finale vitamin-rich whipped Shea butter swirled with live fruit cells.
- 50 Minutes | $99
Rancho Bernardo Inn | San Diego, CA
The award-winning Spa at Rancho Bernardo features an outdoor spa garden and patio area with treatment casitas in which guests can receive treatments outdoors. A saline Spa Pool is adjacent to the garden area and features seven cabanas for relaxation. In 2008, readers of Condé Nast Traveler voted it the best resort spa in North America.
The new summer Made Fresh Daily Treatment, “Peachy Keen” is a full body treatment including a banana peel sugar scrub, peach yogurt masque wrap, and massage. It is served with a complimentary refreshing peach spritzer. Banana peel acts as a natural skin exfoliant that soothes dry skin and helps heal blemishes. Peaches are full of vitamins A and C to nourish the skin, while the natural lactic acid in yogurt softens and tightens skin.
*80-minute spa escape, $175*
Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort and Spa | Carlsbad, CA
Situated along the sunny Pacific Coast in Carlsbad, CA, Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa, a AAA Four Diamond Hotel, is among North San Diego’s finest luxury hotel destinations. Inspired by the healing powers of the sea, Ocean Crest Spa offers an environmentally-mindful spa experience with coastally-derived treatments. It utilizes exceptionally pure, naturally-sourced products, available in few other domestic spas.
This summer only, the Ocean Crest Spa features the Deep Sea White Clay Body Mask With Pearl Extract. This treatment is a special summer detoxifying and rejuvenating body treatment consisting of a clay body mask. It is formulated with white Kaolin clay as well as anti-aging, super moisturizing hyaluronic acid, and conditioning peptide Pellicer. It contains Pearl extract to brighten and rejuvenate the skin and improve skin elasticity while hydrating and repairing. White Kaolin clay’s mildly drying and disinfectant properties help heal existing blemishes and inflammations, drawing impurities from the skin. The high mineral content of White Kaolin Clay rejuvenates the skin while the clay exfoliates and stimulates blood circulation to the skin.
*50- Minute wrap and massage $125 | 80- Minute wrap and massage $180*
Cornelia Spa at The Surrey: New York, NY
Cornelia Spa at The Surrey launched its Experts in Residence program last year designed to offer clients exclusive access to celebrated authorities in beauty and wellness. Renowned skin expert Melanie Simon, launched the program with her celebrity renowned Chemistry Facial solely available to guests of The Surrey in New York and many other experts have some to follow including body and mind expert Chris Matestic of the Matestic Method and feng shuai hairstylist Billy Yamaguchi. Guests can find ultimate relaxation with energy healer, author and medical intuitive Diane Golder who is back in residence August 5, 6, 7 offering life altering experiences tied together with Cornelia Spa treatments.
Regent Spa at Regent Palms: Turks & Caicos
Regent Palms Turks & Caicos includes 72 oceanfront suites featuring panoramic views and accommodations located on the famed Grace Bay Beach. The elegant resort is home to the 26,000 sq. ft. Regent Spa, which has been named Best Spa in the Caribbean time and time again. Led by beauty expert Stephanie Rest, guests can discover their own personal relaxation with Caribbean-inspired treatments in stand-alone treatment rooms, each accented with a water feature by day and a fire feature by night. New to the spa is the deep soaking tub with sound and light therapy in-combination with the finest organic sea ingredients. Guests can relax and rejuvenate with the Detox Seaweed Leaf Bath in the tub utilizing the power of hand harvested seaweed which will remineralize the body.
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Masseria Pettolecchia la Residenza Puglia, Italy
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