Halehouse Spa at Stanly Ranch
Photograph: Courtesy Halehouse Spa at Stanly Ranch

The best spas and spa resorts in the U.S.

Stressed? In need of some serious pampering? These destination-worthy day spas and wellness retreats will restore your glow.

Scott Snowden
Written by: Lesley McCave
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If we had to choose one word to describe the past few years, it, unfortunately, may be "stressful." In today's fast-paced world, finding moments of tranquility and rejuvenation is essential for staying healthy and sane. Thankfully, there's no shortage of spas and wellness resorts across America that have perfected the art of pampering.

Whether you're looking to unwind amid stunning natural landscapes or indulge in urban opulence, the best spas in the U.S. offer a gateway to serenity for anyone, from affordable treatments in NYC to A-list pampering in L.A. and every level in between. Discover serene havens that combine ancient healing techniques with modern innovations, offering revitalizing massages, hydrating facials, and immersive wellness programs. If you're ready to invest in the ultimate self-care, we recommend checking out one (or as many as you can) of America’s finest spas that are redefining indulgence. 

Best spas in the U.S.

Even in wine country, where a stunning resort and spa lurks behind every twist in the road, Spa Solage is a standout for many reasons. Chief among them are the seductive farmhouse-style buildings, mud baths, a hydrotherapy circuit and geothermal pools, a nod to the healing nature of Calistoga's natural hot springs that bring visitors from around the world. A recent overhaul has resulted in additions such as a new indoor-outdoor relaxation lounge and an herb garden, whose crops will be incorporated into treatments.

Signature service: Solage Signature Mudslide, where you get to sidle up to the mud bar to select your own dirt. Can be enjoyed solo or as part of a couple or group.

Located in the ruddy buttes of Boynton Canyon, this award-winning, 24,000-square-foot spa recently re-opened after undergoing a major two-year, $40 million renovation. The result is a breathtaking wellness destination that draws extensively from its natural and cultural surroundings, from its name (which means 'one’s path or journey' in the Yuman language) to its services, which include ancestral stone massages and sound bath healings. The new spa facility features 21 treatment rooms, a refreshed onsite restaurant that focuses on healthy and local ingredients, and a re-designed Crystal Grotto for medication and reflection with an earthen floor, domed ceilings, and an illuminated quartz crystal. 

Signature service: Ancestral Stone Massage (100 minutes, including hot and cold stones to transfer energy and muscle relaxation.

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Vegas does it again. If you need a break from the casinos and clubs, head to Awana Spa located in the newest resort on the Strip: Resorts World. This spa is truly one-of-a-kind—in addition to an array of treatment options to choose from, you could spend the whole day enjoying the various pools and features throughout the 27,000-square-foot space. The Fountain of Youth experience boasts six vitality pools, a heated crystal laconium room, tepidarium chairs, vapor-filled steam rooms, cool mist showers, and the experiential rain walk. What's most unique, however, is the Event Sauna in which a "Sauna-Meister" directs hot and scented steam toward you by dancing rhythmically with a towel.

Signature treatment: Himalayan Salt Stone Massage (60 minutes) involves using warmed salt-crystal stones to gently exfoliate your skin to balance “the meridians and energy points of the body.” 

Blackberry Farm has welcomed overnight guests and foodies since the late 1970s, and its spa component, Wellhouse, opened in 2014. The rustic stone-and-wood spa offers wellness treatments and activities from aquafit to Zumba, to lifestyle lectures and 'forest bathing' (guided hikes and meditation in the woods). Meanwhile, treatments with such tempting names as Lavender and Vanilla Bourbon Body Drench will have your muscles unclenching—and your mouth watering—before you’ve even set foot in the door.

Signature service: Wellhouse Soothe (50 mins), a farm-to-treatment-table body wrap showcasing sorghum, a gluten-free grain rich in vitamins and minerals that Southern farmers have been harvesting for centuries.

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It’s hard to narrow down what we love about this mini-chain, which currently operates two outlets: Portland and Boulder. From its recycling policies to its own range of gorgeous handmade lotions and potions, Dragontree checks all the eco-friendly boxes. As for the menu, it’s an appealing array of facials, massages and ayurvedic therapies, plus acupuncture, nutritional consultations and the like. Those on a tight budget should book a foot, hand or head treatment in the communal-but-comfy Sangha Room.

Signature service: The Abhyanga massage (60 mins) is done with an Ayurvedic technique to decrease the pressure on your heart and increase circulation and improve energy levels. Unlike a Swedish massage, the Abhyanga focuses less on the muscle tissue and more on the skin, lymphatic, and circulatory systems, marma points and energy fields.

Located within Stanly Ranch, an Auberge Resorts Collection property that opened in 2022, the Halehouse Spa is a wellness oasis in the heart of Wine Country. Set on 712 acres of vineyards and ranch land, take in views of the vines from anywhere you sit. At the heart of the spa is the Springhouse Circuit, a series of alternating heat, cold, steam, and salt inhalation therapies. You can even book time in the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber, which improves circulation and is often used to treat chronic muscle pain or acute injuries. Once you're done with a treatment or the circuit, relax by an outdoor firepit or heated spa pool. 

Signature Treatment: The Halehouse Facial (90mins) uses cold-pressed organic botanicals, extracts, and oils to leave your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.

 

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Yes, it’s within a hotel (and a chain at that), but Spa Montage sneaked onto our list for several reasons. The 35,000-square-foot wellness wonderland is billed as an 'alpine oasis'—and we’re not arguing. Highlights include the indoor mosaic lap pool with mountain views, fireside his ’n’ hers copper soaking tubs for couples’ services, and even a dedicated spa menu for junior guests. Meanwhile, the Alpine Body Massage is targeted toward skiers who’ve overdone it on the nearby slopes.

Signature service: There are four variations of the Elements of Wellness Signature Service, but Pure Bliss offers customized body-balancing treatment designed to 'set you on a path of ultimate well-being and renewed vitality' (120 mins).

Think 'destination spa' and Pennsylvania might not immediately spring to mind, but The Lodge at Woodloch has rightly earned its numerous accolades. Frazzled urbanites flock to this Poconos hideaway to soak away their stress under the Aqua Garden’s HydroMassage waterwalls, nap by the fireplace or veg in the aptly named Whisper Lounge. Treatments are top-notch, ranging from massages and wraps to facials; some take their inspiration from the resort’s prime woodland location. And if choosing among them fills you with angst, simply call upon the customization skills of the spa concierge. 

Signature service: The Blues Be Gone massage (75 mins) helps ease the symptoms of adrenal fatigue, including headaches, depression, stiff muscles, and aches, by enhancing the immune system and re-energizing the mind. This is a Swedish-style massage incorporating ginger root oil and acupressure techniques. 

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Just 20 minutes from LAX, the sprawling 50,000-square-foot Spa at Terranea is a destination in itself with its own boutique, pool, gym and café—not to mention facilities such as steam rooms, outdoor cold plunge pools and Jacuzzis. Sign up for a complimentary workout class in the fitness studio—offerings include open-air cycling with vast ocean views—or catch some rays by the private spa pool before your service. Some of the spa’s 25 treatment rooms and three suites come with copper bathtubs and balconies overlooking the water, adding the soothing sound of crashing waves to the experience. 

Signature service: Tranquility (60 mins) is made up of a cocoon wrap to nourish, calm and harmonize the body. A neck, scalp, and face massage is incorporated for complete bliss.

A Japanese-style hot springs resort outside Santa Fe might sound a little unlikely, but Ten Thousand Waves’ legions of fans can’t all be wrong. Stay overnight in a hillside cottage or drop by for a day-spa service (facials, massages, wraps and more are all up for grabs). Or simply soak up the fresh forest air from the comfort of a communal hot tub (note: some are clothing-optional). If that sounds a little too social for you, prebook a private tub or spa suite. Don’t miss the nibbles and artisan sakes served in the izakaya-style restaurant, Izanami.

Signature service: Shiatsu Deep Tissue Massage, performed fully clothed and designed to open major muscle-energy systems and address pain-related blockages (80 mins).

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A good spa is all about supreme relaxation, and the Allyu sets the tone from the moment you walk in the door for your appointment. Instead of sitting in a boring, run-of-the-mill waiting area, you can kick your feet up in a serene, dimly lit, semi-private tented chamber. The treatments take things to the next level too—think facials featuring botanical and vitamin-rich ingredients, hot stone massages, chakra balancing and more. 

Signature service: Infrared Detox Body Wrap (90 mins), which harnesses infrared heat to enhance relaxation, followed by a 60-minute massage. 

A World War I barracks might seem an unlikely venue for an Asian-inspired holistic retreat, but somehow it works. Nestled in the Presidio, SenSpa was founded in 2006 by Dave Spencer following a life-altering car crash that launched him on the path to wellness. The voluminous treatment menu encompasses everything from standard spa fare to Rolfing, oncology massage and 'rhythm entrainment' designed to stimulate creativity (well, it is San Francisco). Other draws include an infrared sauna, SenCafe, which serves organic fare from Bay Area chain Urban Remedy and a large Senboutique retail area.

Signature service: Zen Bundle (60 mins), which begins with a 30-minute infrared sauna session followed by a 20-minute Somadome session and a 75-minute massage of choice.

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While terms such as 'lifestyle retreat' and 'wellness institution' are bandied about left and right these days, the all-inclusive Canyon Ranch enterprise was a pioneer in the field when it opened in Tucson in 1979. It now boasts offshoots in Las Vegas and even on cruise ships, but the Lenox location is the best—hence its heavy quota of repeat visitors. Pampering spa services are a major draw, but what really lures guests is the opportunity to reboot their lives—whether it’s via better nutrition, stress management or spiritual reawakening—all amid the backdrop of a glorious 1897 Berkshires mansion.

Signature service: The Hungarian Scrub (50 mins) starts with vigorous and effective exfoliation of the whole body. Using sea salt, Hungarian moor mud and capsicum peptide, the skin’s texture is refined and left radiant and soft. The invigorating, firming body oil improves skin elasticity while balancing and soothing the body and senses.

The Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie proves nature and nurture can coexist in equal measure. Set deep within the iconic hotel’s woodsy Bel-Air canyon, the spa evokes a tranquil indoor-outdoor vibe with lily-pad-like sculptures, warm woodwork and dappled light in the relaxation lounge. The nurture quotient here is evident in the spa’s chic nail salon with individual mani-pedi pods and the seven treatment rooms kitted out with waterbed-style tables. 

Signature service: The Signature Valmont Facial: Vitality of the Stars experience (90 mins) is the ultimate in luxury beauty treatments, exclusive to Hotel Bel-Air Spa. Their 'bespoke massage technique will clear and detoxify, while Valmont’s cellular collagen masks for the face, eyes, neck and décolleté will renew and restore your skin. LED and microcurrent technology lifts and defines the contours of the face to add an effective finishing touch to this results-driven facial. 

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It’s nearly impossible to pick just one spa from all the striking spaces in Miami, but the Esencia Wellness Spa at Eden Roc Hotel gets our vote for its serene, Zen-like interior—a respite from the frenetic playground outside. Face and body treatments mingle with nail and waxing services on the menu, and in the unlikely event you’d rather work out than chill out, there’s a 24-hour fitness center (with ocean views, of course). The staff here goes above and beyond to deliver stellar customer service. 

Signature service: The much-ballyhooed HydraFacial MD (50 mins) promises to 'mitigate environmental damage, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and firm and plump the skin.'

Based on the theory that water brings health, Great Jones is outfitted with a popular water lounge complete with subterranean pools, saunas, steam rooms and a three-story waterfall. Access to the 15,000-square-foot paradise is complimentary with services over $100—treat yourself to a divinely scented body scrub, a massage or one of the many indulgent packages. 

Signature service: The Deluxe Facial (90 mins) uses natural antioxidant-rich ingredients to hydrate stressed skin and includes a fruit enzyme peel and an 'eye rescue' treatment.

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