With frigidly cold winters and blissfully pleasant summers, Minnesota is a wonderful place to plan a spa vacation at any time of the year. While many of the top spas are in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of the state, there are also smaller communities that are very wellness-focused and offer rejuvenating experiences that are perfect for your next getaway. Here is a sampling of the top Minnesota spa resorts to treat yourself to something special.

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Grand View Lodge, Spa and Golf Resort, Nisswa Entrance at Grand View Lodge
Entrance at Grand View Lodge

Grand View Lodge, Spa and Golf Resort, Nisswa

Located in Nisswa, this spa resort has been helping guests make memories since 1916. It is home to the Glacial Waters Spa, which is open daily for appointments and uses the healing mineral water of ancient glacial lakes to restore balance to your body. Spa packages are offered here that include lodging, spa credit, weekend fitness classes, and other perks. There are also multiple dining venues onsite to serve you breakfast, steak, regional flavors, wine, pizza, and more. Patio and beachside dining are also available. The resort has two golf courses, the Pines and the Preserve, for you to tee off and enjoy the game. Overall, this is a family-friendly, four-season resort with a packed calendar of activities to keep everyone in your group entertained and enjoying beautiful Minnesota.

Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Minneapolis Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Minneapolis
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Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Minneapolis

Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Minneapolis

A top hotel in Minneapolis, Hotel Ivy is a Marriott-brand hotel that has a great spa for your getaway vacation. The on-site Anda Spa uses crystal-based wellness practices and holistic treatments to help you find harmony in your mind, body, and spirit. There are nine treatment rooms here, including a couple’s suite. Other offerings are the Anda’s café with healthy foods, the fitness center open 24 hours a day, and wellness classes for yoga, nutrition coaching, and personal training. Hotel Ivy has modern rooms and suites and is connected to the Skyway system for easy access to downtown attractions. Guests also enjoy the basement speakeasy called Constantine, Italian restaurant of Monello, and 24-hour in-room dining when they book a spa trip here.

Madden’s on Gull Lake, Brainerd Madden’s on Gull Lake
Madden’s on Gull Lake

Madden’s on Gull Lake, Brainerd

This Brainerd, Minnesota resort offers lakeside accommodations, multiple on-site dining options, and a great spa. The spa here is set to reopen for the season in April and offer massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and other services. Discounts off spa services and merchandise are available for “Spaaaaaah Club” members, and spa package deals are also offered. Accommodation options include golf villas, Mission Point rooms by the beach, and multi-bedroom houses. Golfers will enjoy the four-course layouts of the historic Pine Beach East, scenic Pine Beach West, fun Social 9, and championship course called The Classic. You’ll find lots of family-friendly recreational activities here, including a waterski school, croquet club, pools, tennis, trap shooting, fishing, and beaches.

Chase on the Lake, Walker Chase on the Lake, Walker
Chase on the Lake, Walker

Chase on the Lake, Walker

You can also plan a trip to Walker, Minnesota for a spa vacation at Chase on the Lake. This is a historic resort in pristine northern Minnesota that is home to the Copper Door Spa. It offers massages, skin, nail, and waxing services in an environment of quiet lakeside tranquility. Meanwhile, The 502 restaurant serves delicious food with spectacular views and also hosts happy hour. To really experience the far north during your stay, you can try ice fishing and rent snowmobiles in the winter. Fishing, biking, golfing, and boating are all popular summertime activities for guests.

The Lodge on Lake Detroit, Detroit Lakes The Lodge on Lake Detroit
The Lodge on Lake Detroit

The Lodge on Lake Detroit, Detroit Lakes

This is a Best Western Premier hotel in Detroit Lakes that is home to the Spa Within. This spa offers revitalizing treatments with basalt stones, facials, massages, detox and slimming wraps, manicures, and pedicures. Spa guests also enjoy the lodge’s free hot breakfasts, indoor heated pool, and fitness center. The pool area has a therapeutic whirlpool. Eco-friendly travelers will appreciate that this spa resort has many green initiatives, such as organic ingredients in the cuisine, high-efficiency heating and cooling, and organic skin care ingredients for toiletries and at the day spa.

Radisson Blu Mall of America, Bloomington Radisson Blu Mall of America
Radisson Blu Mall of America

Radisson Blu Mall of America, Bloomington

You can also stay at the Radisson Blu Mall of America for a spa experience when you’re in Bloomington, Minnesota or want to be near this famous shopping complex. Here you’ll find the Solimar Spa and Salon that is open daily and offers many services that include massages, facials, body wraps, hair, and nails. The hotel offers free shuttle service to the Minneapolis airport for your convenience, while the Metro light rail is nearby to explore the Twin Cities area. Guests here also enjoy the on-site restaurant and cocktail bar, fitness center, and indoor saline pool.

Loews Minneapolis Hotel, Minneapolis Suite at Loews Minneapolis Hotel
Suite at Loews Minneapolis Hotel

Loews Minneapolis Hotel, Minneapolis

This Minneapolis luxury hotel has newly renovated guest rooms and suites in the downtown area and is home to the Embury Spa for your tranquil getaway. This full-service spa offers body treatments, massages, facials, make-up application, waxing, blow dries, and more. Spa express options for 25-minute treatments and half-day spa experiences are offered. You’ll also love being in close to shopping, entertainment, and the Skyway from here. This is a pet-friendly hotel and one with onsite options for dining and cocktails.

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge and Spa, Deerwood Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge and Spa
Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge and Spa

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge and Spa, Deerwood

Ruttger’s is a Deerwood, Minnesota destination that is home to the Fine Line Salon & Spa. This is a top spa in the Brainerd Lakes area that offers spa packages, wedding services, and a full line of Aveda products. This is a fun place to stay in a cabin, cottage, or villa. It is the oldest continually owned family resort in the state and has a history that dates back to 1898. The resort also features golf, onsite dining, and a kids’ club for traveling families. Other fun features here are hockey camp, yoga classes, concerts, kayak tours, horseback riding, zip linings, and the marina for boating. There are multiple onsite dining options and also fun events scheduled throughout the year, such as a waterski show, Fourth of July celebration, and annual Oktoberfest celebration

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