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If you’re in need of a relaxing stay along with pampering treatments, you’ll find alluring spa resorts across Pennsylvania to choose to suit your needs. Many are located in beautiful wooded settings in places like the renowned Poconos, but they can also be found in some of the state’s exciting cities too. No matter what you’re after in your spa resort vacation experience, you’re sure to find it among this list.
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Lodge at Woodloch is one of the world’s best spa resorts. This luxury Poconos oasis is an adult-only property ensuring an especially tranquil stay, located in a secluded wooded setting among over 400 acres near a private lake where you can fish or kayak. The spa features over two dozen treatment rooms, an aqua garden with co-ed soaking pools with heated hydromassage waterfalls and a year-round outdoor whirlpool. Its whisper lounge has a fireplace and an outdoor porch for relaxing, while the fitness center offers classes like yoga, Pilates, tai chi and aqua fitness. An on-site farm-to-table restaurant serves delicious and healthy gourmet meals, including room service. The spacious rooms all have private verandas for watching the sunrise and enjoying the peaceful sounds of the Rock Garden Waterfall.
Chocolate lovers can do no better than the luxurious Hotel Hershey, dubbed the “Chocolate Spa.” Its spa features cocoa-based treatments like the cocoa massage, chocolate fondue wrap, Hershey shower and the decadent whipped cocoa bath. It includes soaking tubs, hydrotherapy baths, Vichy showers, silent meditation rooms, a beauty salon and more. There are also large indoor and outdoor pools, multiple restaurants and golfing nearby at the Hershey Country Club. Rooms are available in the hotel itself or in cottages as large as a six-bedroom which has a stone gas fireplace, dining table, and wet bar with mini-fridge and microwave.
This couples-only resort in the Poconos lies along the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack, providing the ideal retreat for those who want to enjoy recreational activities and relaxation. A popular destination for romance-seekers since the ’60s, its founder was the inventor of the heart-shaped Sweetheart Tub, providing the ultimate for couples into nostalgia who can also immerse themselves into one of the huge Champagne glass-shaped whirlpools. Outdoor adventures on offer include golf, tennis, horseback riding, swimming and speed boat rides, while the spa offers a variety of services, including massage. Live nightly entertainment is provided too, with everything from DJs to comedians. All-inclusive packages are available.
Often referred to as the “Grand Lady of the Mountains,” the Pocono Manor Resort & Spa has been around for nearly 120 years, having opened its doors back in 1902. While it offers a relaxing visit year-round, winter is an especially good time to stay with lots to do indoors, including swimming in the pool, tennis and taking advantage of the treatments at the spa. There are both indoor and outdoor pools as well as a fitness center. Spa-themed packages are available while the Mountain View dining room serves a breakfast buffet on weekends and holiday dinner buffets. Enjoy light pub fare and drinks at the Lamplighter.
This Poconos bed and breakfast is located on Huckleberry Mountain, providing especially scenic views while the luxurious suites boast fireplaces, Jacuzzis for two and private balconies for enjoying the scenery. The spa suites come with especially romantic four-poster beds or column-style king beds. The spa features a hot tub, indoor saltwater pool, a wide range of massage options and a long list of pampering treatments like the French cocoa wrap. The on-site restaurant has been called one of the best in the Poconos, a multiple award winner, while the Philadelphia Inquirer called a meal here “Dinner Fit for a King.” Activities are offered too, like hiking on the trails throughout the property, yoga in the summer and fall, and winter snowshoeing.
The Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa is hard to beat for a romantic spa retreat. The 1890s chateau hosts 10 elegant castle-style rooms and suites all of which come with a private balcony with spectacular views, a Jacuzzi and fireplace. The spa offers services that can be enjoyed as a couple or individually, with everything from facials, body wraps and massage to hand and foot treatments. There are all sorts of special packages available, and the mansion is also popular for weddings and wedding reception.
The Omni Bedford Springs has a long history that dates back more than two centuries, located in the Allegheny Mountains about two hours from big-city attractions in Washington D.C. and three hours from Philadelphia. It has played host to 10 presidents over the years, seven of whom were in office at the time. There are eight mineral springs located on the grounds of the hotel, originally built for those who wanted to “take the waters” to reap their healing properties, and today, guests still enjoy them in the Springs Eternal Spa. The property also hosts five restaurants and there are miles and miles of scenic trails for hiking nearby. Couples seeking romance may want to book one of the packages that include various options like sparkling wine and strawberries or a signature spa welcome treatment.
The Five-Diamond Award Rittenhouse offers a prime Philadelphia location near many of its iconic attractions, along with an in-house spa and world-class dining. The historic hotel has long set the standard when it comes to the city’s luxury hotels. Staff greet guests by name, who are welcomed with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Its suites overlook Rittenhouse Square, and when you want to get out and explore the attractions, if you don’t have your car you can be driven in the hotel’s own Jaguar. The property also houses several dining options, including the award-winning Lacroix, a relaxing atrium pool and the Rittenhouse Spa & Club with a full menu of options like massage, facials, body rituals and special services for brides, grooms, and couples.