Sure, there are some amazing spas out there, but are they actually worth getting on a plane to visit? Here are a few which actually ARE worth getting on a long airplane ride to experience first-hand.
1. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado, Puerto Rico, US
The exquisite spa at Dorado Beach rests on 5 acres and includes herb gardens, outdoor relaxation areas, spa ingredients using local plants, a purification garden with waterfall showers and steam pavilions, a treehouse for a truly special massage, and more. The spa is reason enough to visit this resort!
2. Mii Amo and Enchantment Resort, Sedona, Arizona, US
Stay at either Mii Amo or Enchantment Resort and enjoy the spa at Mii Amo. This spa is considered by some to be one of the best spas in the US not only for its traditional spa treatments and high level of service, but also for its nods to and respect for the region. The spa incorporates unique, Native American-inspired physical and spiritual treatments; has treatment rooms utilizing adobe materials; and is set amidst the beautiful red rocks of Sedona.
When you’re not at the spa, you can enjoy hiking, a day-trip to the Grand Canyon, and delicious food. Some of clients have commented to me after their Enchantment Resort stays and Mii Amo spa visits … “Enchantment Resort was GREAT. The Traditional Thai massage and the deep tissue massage that we got [at Mii Amo] were great.” “Incredible hotel in such a cool location. Tough to imagine going to Sedona and not staying there. Far enough away from town but not too far. Very close to incredible hiking trails too. Allows you to easily hit the trails before they get too packed.” “Mii amo for breakfast was our every morning spot! Incredible menu with healthy options. Loved their coffees, smoothies, and juices too.” “Enchantment was AMAZING! It was a gorgeous resort with tons of activities and great food. We loved our dinner Thursday night at Che Ah Chi and enjoyed afternoon drinks on the outdoor patio View 180 Saturday afternoon.”
3. Amanoi, Vinh Hy, Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam
Immensely committed to wellness, Amanoi provides a full program to focus on helping you with your yoga techniques, nutrition plan, fitness regime, and relaxation. You can even arrange to stay in a suite dedicated to this. Their Spa Suite comes with its own, private, treatment room and includes various wellness treatments along with specialists dedicated to helping you in the privacy of your suite on a daily basis. Add the gorgeous pools, mosquito-free weather, and exceptional food, and you may never want to leave.
4. Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, Soufrière, Saint Lucia
Have a massage in the oh so serene Rainforest Spa. Listening to an infinite stream and whistling birds just outside of your treehouse treatment room will lull you into a calm. Hot tip: ask to have a steam in their stone room (what I like to call a steam cave) before/after your treatment.
5. UNICO 20°87° Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico
With unlimited spa treatments (from a select but varied list and excluding service fee), you can’t go wrong. I had a 50-minute relaxation massage, a 130-minute massage-scrub-wrap-facial combo, a 90-minute volcanic stone massage, AND hydrotherapy before each session all in just one stay … and they were all fantastic and complimentary! You will undoubtedly feel like butter after a stay here!
Tisha Neufville is a Luxury Travel Advisor and Founder of Neufville Travel. Neufville Travel is an independent affiliate of Brownell, a Virtuoso member.