In the age of smartphones and frantic calendars, it’s important to get one’s aaaah on every now and then. You know what we mean: facials, body wraps, hot stone massages—whatever it takes for you to unplug from the chaos and marinate in some good, old-fashioned rest and relaxation. These ten luxury spas are certainly unique in the treatments that they offer (there’s even a “blue corn” scrub in the mix), but what they share is a commitment to all-out, no-apologies, take-no-prisoners indulgence. And what, pray you, sounds more soothing than that?
Click through our guide to top-notch rest and relaxation around the world.
And do tell, what’s been your all-time favorite spa moment?
The spa at Auberge du Soleil occupies 7,000 square feet above Napa Valley and only uses natural indigenous ingredients—eco-divas, rejoice! Nature-friendly body and facial treatments pave the way deep relaxation...not to mention a clean conscious. 180 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford, California; aubergedusoleil.com.
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Leading luxury resort Banyan Tree Phuket houses what was once the first luxury spa in Asia. Today, its modern relaxation techniques draw on those same ancient Asian traditions to achieve deep physical and spiritual well-being. How's that for old school? Choeng Thale, Thalang Phuket, Thailand; banyantree.com.
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The Sirenuse Spa in Positano, Italy boasts crisp, modern design by famed Italian architect Gae Aulenti. Some of the ultra-luxe treatments include a Caribbean lime foot-bath, body-defining "detox" massage and wrinkle-reducing facial. 30 Via Cristoforo Colombo; Positano, Italy; sireneuse.it.
Named one of the "Top 50 Spas in the U.S." by Conde Nast Traveler, the Setai in South Beach is an oceanfront resort with a super-indulgent spa outfitted with specially-designed suites that reflect the particulars of each treatment. 2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida; setai.com.
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Situated on top of a cliff in the Virgin Islands, the award-winning spa at the Rosewood Little Dix Bay boutique resort offers a menu of luxury treatments that sound good enough to eat, including the Virgin Gorda goat milk and honey wrap. Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands; rosewoodhotels.com.
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Nestled in Sedona's staggering Red Rock landscape, Mii Amo is the spa retreat at Enchantment Resort, and has consistently snagged high rankings in Conde Nast Traveler with treatments like the blue corn body polish and various massage therapies. 525 Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona, Arizona; miiamo.com.
Bali's Ayana Resort offers a number of lavish treatments at its luxe Spa On The Rocks, including the outrageously posh Diamond Miracle—a La Mer facial with pure diamond dust and petals from 500 red roses. Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Indonesia; ayanresort.com.
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The modern Omphoy Ocean Resort in Palm Beach features a beachfront spa designed to provide inner and outer well-being with "transformational" massage therapies in its private meditation garden. 2842 South Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach, Florida; omphoy.com.
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The luxury spa at Capella Ixtapa in Ixtapa, Mexico offers treatments with a distinctly local flavor (a papaya mango scrub and coffee-ground wrap sound especially decadent) in quiet treatment areas overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 40880 Ixtapa, Guerrero, Mexico; capellahotels.com.
Voted the number one resort spa in Hawaii by Conde Nast Traveler, the Spa at Travaasa Hana is a real paradise sanctuary with indulgent services that incorporate Maui's local bounty of ingredients. 5031 Hana Hwy, Hana, Hawaii; travaasa.com.