8 Incredible Spas For The Ultimate Getaway

Yes, there are a dozen convenient spas right near your house that offer massages and facials. But are the massages so relaxing that your shoulders are gloriously un-hunched from around your ears, or do the facials leave your skin smoother than it's been since your pre-puberty days? We didn't think so.

With this in mind, we went on a hunt to find the world's best spas, where technicians are more like magicians. The relaxing ambience and mind-blowing treatments of the following spas are truly worth traveling for.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Allison Inn & Spa.
The Allison Inn and Spa, Newberg, OR

The Allison is located in the lush green Willamette Valley, home to 200 wineries; go to a tasting or take a yoga class in the garden to relax before your appointment. The spa provides “pinot therapy” — not just by the glass, but by infusing treatments with wine and grape seed extracts, that are packed with antioxidants to improve skin.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Allison Inn & Spa.
The Allison Inn and Spa, Newberg, OR (Continued)

Service to try:
The Grape Seed Cure ($185) body treatment starts with a crushed grape seed scrub to exfoliate the skin, and an organic honey and wine wrap to purify.
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Photo: Courtesy of Calistoga Ranch.
The Auberge Spa at Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley, CA

Not only is this spa located in a beautiful wooded canyon, it also offers easy access to many of the region's fabulous wineries. Each treatment room has its own open-air garden shower and private mineral water tub.


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Photo: Courtesy of Calistoga Ranch.
The Auberge Spa at Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley, CA (Continued)

Service to try:
The Honey Dream Bee Well Body Massage ($250), which includes a somehow unsticky honey-infused massage and homemade honey face mask, produced by the more than 100,000 bees on the property.
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Photo: Courtesy of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
Talise Spa Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This hotel knows luxury — think butlers and a chauffeured Rolls-Royce for guests — and the spa follows suit. Spread across two floors (with separate facilities for men and women), the award-winning Talise spa sits nearly 500 feet above the city of Dubai, with elaborate infinity pools, Jacuzzis, and treatment rooms overlooking the Arabian Gulf.

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Photo: Courtesy of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
Talise Spa Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Continued)

Service to try:
Experience one of the facials that uses actual gold, platinum, or caviar-infused La Prairie products to make skin look rejuvenated and younger. (Prices upon request.)
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Photo: Courtesy of Rancho La Puerta.
Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico

This 3,000 acre fitness resort also takes relaxation seriously in all its forms. Cooking classes, tai chi, watercolor painting, hiking, and chanting classes are available, in addition to spa treatments that use herbs grown on-site.

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Photo: Courtesy of Rancho La Puerta.
Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico (Continued)

Service to try:
Watsu ($145), or "water Shiatsu," is an aquatic healing treatment where you're supported in a warm outdoor pool while your masseuse gently moves your body, helping your muscles reach new levels of relaxation and release.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn.
The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA

The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn uses so many natural, California-grown ingredients in its spa treatments (strawberries, avocados, lemons, and honey), that it sounds more like a restaurant menu. Before your appointment, relax tight muscles by taking a dip in the heated outdoor saltwater pool.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn.
The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA (Continued)

Service to try:
The summer-only Tropical Twist ($180) uses moisturizing coconut oil for the massage, a lime scrub to exfoliate, and a vitamin A-rich mango butter wrap to make skin look bright.
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Photo: Courtesy of Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa.
Anantara Spa at Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa, Koh Samui, Thailand

The spa at this exotic hideaway is nestled within the hotel's water garden, and features private, glass-walled spa rooms enclosed in bamboo. After your treatment, soak in your room's private outdoor tub, where the water is filled with local flowers.
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Photo: Courtesy of Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa.
Anantara Spa at Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa, Koh Samui, Thailand (Continued)

Service to try:
The Journey of Siam is a 200-minute (!) treatment that features an herbal steam, white coconut scrub, and a traditional Thai massage. (Prices upon request.)
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Photo: Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.
The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, CO

Experience the luxurious side of the Rocky Mountains all year-round at the Ritz-Carlton's spectacular Beaver Creek property. Catch your breath in the Oxygen Lounge, take a guided hike (or in winter, a snowshoe tour), enjoy a private yoga class, or relax in a claw-foot copper tub.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.
The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, CO (Continued)

Service to try:
Soothe sore muscles after hiking or skiing with the Hot Herbal Poultice treatment ($225), which uses deep heat from a damp herbal compress to loosen and relax tight spots during the massage.
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Photo: Courtesy of the St. Regis Princeville.
Halele’a Spa at St. Regis Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii

Aloha spirit isn't just a gimmick — everyone is friendly and relaxed here. But it's hard not to be when you're looking out over green mountains and the beautiful Hanalei Bay on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii’s "garden island."
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Photo: Courtesy of the St. Regis Princeville.
Halele’a Spa at St. Regis Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii (Continued)

Service to try:
Rainforest Shower and Taro Butter Polish ($185) smooths skin with local sugar infused with the scent of maile, a local vine. Taro, called "the root of life" for its importance in Hawaiian legends, is used as a super-hydrating moisturizer after the body polish.