As much as we love swapping the stresses of daily life for pampering getaways, the phrase "destination spa" makes us a bit nervous. We've seen too much Laura Ashley chintz, endured too many gimmicky massages, and heard too much Enya — so much Enya! — to feel otherwise.
And yet, the idea of focusing on nothing but rest, relaxation, and wellness remains appealing, no? That's why we've scoured the country for our favorite, well, destination spas. You'll find zero cheese factor: no tinkly-dinkly wind chimes or faux-Provençal styling here. Instead, we've highlighted out-of-the-ordinary treatments (beer pedicure, anyone?) and unusual settings. Some offer solid value, while others are mind-bogglingly luxe — but, they're all worth the trip. Read on, and be sure to tell us about one of your favorite sybaritic escapes.
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