Escape To The World’s Best Spas

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THIEF SPA, Oslo, Norway
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Viceroy Snowmass Resort, Colorado
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The Spa at Pebble Beach, California
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One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, Miami Beach, Florida
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the Mandarin Oriental, New York
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The Spa at Calistoga Ranch, California
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The Ritz-Carlton Spa at L.A. Live, Los Angeles
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The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina
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The Cloister Spa at Sea Island, Georgia
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The Bulgari Spa, London
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Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, Wyoming
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Six Senses Spa, Paris
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Six Senses Spa at Penha Longa Resort, Portugal
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Soho Beach House, Miami
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Spa Aquae at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort
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Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic, Beverly Hills
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Spa at the Miraval Resort, Tucson, Arizona
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the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
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Four Seasons Resort Hawaii, Hualalai
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Spa Valmont at Le Meurice, Paris
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Shibui Spa at the Greenwich Hotel, New York
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Sha Wellness Clinic, Alicante Spain
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Sanctuary Spa, Covent Garden, London
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Russian & Turkish Baths, New York
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Remède Spa at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Mexico
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Red Door Spa, Fifth Avenue, NYC
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Ole Henriksen Spa, West Hollywood
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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
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Mohonk Mountain House, New York
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Friedrichsbad, Baden
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Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie
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Ice Cold Towels at Spa Montage, Laguna Beach
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La Mamounia, Marrakech
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Lake Austin Spa Resort, Texas
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Leukerbad, Switzerland
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Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Florida
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the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
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the Four Seasons, Beverly Hills
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ESPA Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Moscow
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Crystal Spa, Los Angeles
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Encore Spa, Las Vegas
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Couples Spa Suite at the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
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Coconut Scrub at the Four Seasons Resort Hawaii, Hualalai
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Caudalíe Spa at the Plaza Hotel, New York
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Caracalla Therme, Baden
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Cagaloglu Hamam, Istanbul
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Bliss Spa, Atlanta
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Barvikha Hotel & Spa, Russia
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Aire Ancient Baths, New York

Sometimes you just need a day—a few hours, at least—at the spa. Spending the day getting scrubbed, wrapped, and deep-tissue massaged can help you unwind in ways that even a vacation cannot. While spas today may seem trendy, they’re hardly a new phenomenon. Since ancient times, weary minds and bodies have been rejuvenated by bathing in spring water, along with the imperative lounging around that accompanies a good soak. Nowadays the range of spas and spa treatments is so vast it can, ironically, stress you out. I find the best way to indulge in this historically-approved pastime is by booking one standard treatment, but arriving early and staying late to enjoy the facilities and maximize “me” time.

—Katherine Cotter

Katherine Cotter is a NYC-based home and garden consultant.

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  • Katherine Li Johnson

    Plus Tamarind in Koh Samui, Koccoon in Beijing, or Prana in Bali. Wish you guys had an Asia based contributor!

  • Katherine Li Johnson

    Or like, anywhere in the Maldives also?

  • Jessica

    I have social anxiety and so have never been to a spa. All of these people looking at me while they message me or whatnot fills me with fear (embarrassment ramped all the way up), and then what about all those other people enjoying the pool at the spa, or whatever?

    Has anyone here gone to a nice spa? What would you say to someone with anxiety about going?

    • softy

      hey! i love going to the spa. it's the most relaxing and luxurious treat i could give myself. there's only one person looking at you during your massage, and that's your masseuse! i have my eyes closed the entire time and sometimes even fall asleep. there's no need to be embarrassed about anything. if you go to a good one, they'll be professional. i've never gone to a pool at a spa, so i can't give any advice on that, but definitely do your body a huge favor and get a massage!

      • Jessica

        Thank you so much for your reply! You're right, the folks at the spa would act professionally, I'd hope. I don't like the idea of anyone looking at me and thinking "man, she needs to exfoliate more," but honestly that's no reason not to get a message.

      • http://www.lipglossandabackpack.com/ LGandaB

        I think it depends on where you live. I had a massage at the Gellert Baths in Budapest and there was no "modesty" sheet draped over my body, and the door to the room was never fully closed so people (women only) walking past could see in. It's the same at many Turkish baths (I seem to recall one being shown in the slide show)- you might have your massage on a huge heated stone with other women in the room. However, I've always had more than enough privacy at spas in North America.

  • Emilia Musena

    Emily!!!nooooooooooooooooo.agreed with R

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