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A spa resort can make for the perfect “staycation,” AKA a vacation where you don’t have to drive a long distance from home. If enjoying luxuries like hot pools for soaking, massage and beauty treatments sound like a great way to spend a weekend or longer, there’s a good chance that there’s a perfect option near you. These spa staycations around the U.S. are pretty much guaranteed to melt your cares away.
Tucked in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert, the Miraval Resort is a top spa resort in Arizona that offers a luxurious oasis for transforming the body and mind. An all-inclusive property, your stay will be individually customized to include wellness workshops, exercise classes and outdoor activities. There are three pools, a world-class gym and a lavish spa that offers a variety of massage options, manis and pedis, body scrubs and alternative therapies like crystal energy work and qi grounding. You can look forward to delicious and nutritious gourmet meals and a room with lots of high-end perks, including a private patio. The most luxurious options come with large terraces, desert views and plunge pools.
If you live in or near the Mile High City, the Oxford Hotel can provide an ideal spa staycation in Colorado, set inside a magnificent Victorian building. Opened in 1891, it’s the oldest in Denver and one of the swankiest, with one of its standout features being the beautiful two-story Oxford Club, a spa and salon where you can enjoy everything from chemical peels to massage with fabulous city views. There’s a full schedule of classes hosted at its fitness center, including fit barre, yoga and full-body workouts. Guests also enjoy butler service and a complimentary Lincoln Town car, while the gorgeous rooms come with claw-foot tubs and four-poster beds.
If you live in the Los Angeles area, Shutters on the Beach sits right on the sands of Santa Monica, providing beach access along with a wealth of high-end amenities. Enjoy swimming in the ocean-facing pool surrounded by loungers and cabanas, and indulging in treatments at ONE Spa. It offers everything from wraps and scrubs to a range of massages in an especially soothing space. There’s also a fitness center with Technogym equipment and a steam room. Guest rooms include deep soaking tubs and four-poster beds, many boast sliding doors with shutters that open up to ocean-view balconies.
For South Florida residents, the Mandarin Oriental offers a relaxing, luxury stay on an island that overlooks Brickell Bay. All rooms at this top spa resort in Florida come with outstanding views of the island or city skyline as well as bathrooms that have separate soaking tubs. Its Asian-inspired spa has a menu of healing treatments based on Thai, Balinese and Chinese traditions that can all be enjoyed among cascading falls and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the bay. Look forward to dining on Peruvian fare at La Mar and enjoying the menu of small plates at MO Bar + Lounge which hosts nightly live Latin and jazz.
Enjoy a stay on the lake at the Lake Austin Spa Resort, an all-inclusive destination spa and wellness retreat spread across 19 lakeside acres. Guests can kayak, canoe, paddleboard, hike or just relax with lake views. The spa offers practically an endless list of services, including facials and massage along with more unique options like floating meditation and acupuncture. There are also exercise classes, wellness lectures and three pools along with a restaurant serving gourmet cuisine that utilizes produce and herbs grown in the resort’s own organic garden. All rooms come with private patios and large bathrooms with soaking tubs.
This 27-acre Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch resort is ideal for Phoenix/Scottsdale area residents, featuring a massive pool complex with 10 swimming pools, nearly four dozen waterfalls, 20 fountains, cabanas and a poolside café. The spa offers blissful treatments to soothe the mind, body and soul, and there is a wealth of recreational activities too, like exercise classes, a rock-climbing wall, tennis courts and one of the Southwest’s top golf courses. The large guest rooms all come with private patios or balconies and kitchenettes.
Philadelphia area residents are guaranteed an unforgettable staycation at the historic Rittenhouse, with its prime location in the city. You’ll be close to many iconic attractions if you want to play tourist – in fact, you can even be driven around in the hotel’s own Jaguar, but there are plenty of things to do without leaving the property. The outstanding spa has a full menu of options like massage, facials, body rituals and much more. Award-winning dining is offered at the on-site Lacroix, and there’s a beautiful atrium swimming pool too. Rooms have marble bathrooms with tubs – some suites feature four-poster beds, kitchens and washer/dryers.
The Ballantyne is an upscale hotel in Charlotte with a re-designed spa, offering an idyllic staycation for area residents. Enjoy body wraps, facials and customized treatments as well as a full-service beauty salon and a Eucalyptus steam room. There’s also an indoor pool, whirlpool, resistance pools and a fitness center. Plus there are fitness trails, tennis courts, yoga and personal training options too. Dine at The Gallery Restaurant which serves seasonal, locally-sourced cuisine, and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep in rooms with comfortable beds, Bose radios, robes, slippers and luxe toiletries.
When you think of Manhattan, relaxation may be the last thing that comes to mind, but The Langham Fifth Avenue manages to provide an incredibly serene oasis in the heart of it all. Its Chuan Body + Soul Spa offers customized treatments inspired by traditional Chinese medicine in an intimate space where guests feel as if they’re in their own private spa. Relax in the Himalayan salt sauna before getting pampered with one of a long list of indulgent treatments. There’s also an ice cave, a steam room and a 24/7 fitness center. The Michelin-star French/Italian Ai Fiori restaurant and bar serve world-class meals, and guest rooms all have Swedish Duxiana beds – some even boast Empire State Building views.