Spa Destinations

Metro Magazine
December 2012

A Guide to the World’s Best Destination Spas

by Taylor Arnold and Emily Conser

Whether you’re looking for a spiritual retreat, a place for healthy weight loss or an all-inclusive vacation, chances are pretty good there’s a destination spa that can accommodate your needs. This month, Metro is taking a look at some of the finest destination spas around the globe and narrowing it down to our top 15 picks. From resort and hotel spas to health and fitness spas, there is nothing you won’t find here. Read on for a breakdown of some of the best destination spas in the world’s most beautiful settings.

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa
Located on 200 exclusive acres in the California hillside, this beautiful Mediterranean-style resort offers over 100 classes and over 32 villas and suites for the most relaxing stay. Guests can indulge in hot stone foot massages and oxygen facials and many other spa treatments. Cal-a-Vie is also the only resort spa that has its own private 18-hole golf course. For more information visit
Golden Door Spa
Golden Door is a perfectly Zen oasis in Escondido, California. The intimate Japanese-inspired inn offers a variety of spa treatments, exercise classes and different amenities such as a labyrinth and two pools. Golden Door is situated on 377 acres in northern San Diego County and includes 20 miles of private hiking trails. Guests also can partake in women’s only and men’s only weeks to engage in personalized fitness programs and world-class cuisine. For more information visit

Red Mountain Resort
Nestled in the landscape of beautiful southern Utah, Red Mountain Resort has everything you need to enjoy a customized spa experience. This resort offers a range of health, fitness, nutrition, cooking, stress management, anti-aging and wellness classes and more. The ideal location also allows for trips to Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks, while Snow Canyon State Park is only about a quarter of a mile down the road. For more information visit

Miraval is a top-rated, all-inclusive destination that includes a resort, an award-winning spa and world-class cuisine. Situated in the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona, Miraval offers more than 90 different complimentary activities and classes to choose from every week. Guests can take part in yoga, meditation and fitness classes, wellness lectures and workshops, equine therapy, art workshops and photography walks. This resort is also a great spot for hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing in the beautiful Sonoran desert. For more information visit

Lake Austin Spa Resort
Situated on one of the most scenic waterways in the country, Lake Austin Spa offers all-inclusive vacation packages that consist of accommodations in one of 40 charming lakeside guest rooms, three gourmet meals daily, indoor and outdoor fitness activities and classes, and a selection of spa and body treatments. Guests can take advantage of an array of outdoor water activities, garden-inspired cuisine and a range of new spa treatments that incorporate local ingredients like rosemary, lemongrass, figs and pears, just to name a few. For more information visit

Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa – Miami Beach
This spectacular Miami Beach hotel boasts à la carte hotel services with the limitless healthy choices of acclaimed Canyon Ranch health resorts. Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach offers signature spa services in a stunning luxury hotel setting – plus more than 700 feet of sandy beaches. Guests can relax in a sparkling pool, savor gourmet cuisine, organic wines and spirits at award-winning Canyon Ranch Grill™, work out in the world-class fitness center or take part in a variety of activities for both parents and children. For more information visit

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain
In addition to topnotch skiing and golf, the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Beaver Creek, Colorado is home to the 27,000-square foot rejuvenating Spa Anjali. The facility features a wellness and fitness center with 14 unique treatment rooms, a full-service salon, extensive fitness equipment and a lap pool as well as spin, Pilates and yoga studios. Signature spa treatments include the Red Clover and Mountain Honey Body Mask, the Fossil Fusion Mud Body Wrap and the Himalayan Journey to Serenity day package. For more information visit

Les Sources de Caudalie 
In the heart of France’s Bordeaux region is a tranquil oasis known for its Vinotherapy Spa, which combines grape oils and wine extracts in its signature treatments. The hotel itself stretches over five buildings on the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte estate that also includes a three-hole golf course, an outdoor Jacuzzi and swimming pool, and an idyllic lake and surrounded by the vineyards and wineries of Bordeaux. Les Sources de Caudalie (the word "caudalie" refers to the pleasant afterglow of wine) also houses a magnificent wine cellar and world-class restaurant. For more information visit

Adler Thermae Spa Resort
The Adler Thermae Spa Resort offers luxurious spa facilities against the backdrop of Italy’s gorgeous Tuscan landscape. Guests can immerse themselves in the soothing thermal waters that flow straight from the source, relax in one of the saunas or steam rooms, or get pampered with one of many spa treatments that include massage, facials, pedicures, body wraps and more. The facility also boasts a medical spa that offers detox and weight loss, aesthetic medicine, de-stress and regeneration. But perhaps the best part is the authentic Italian cuisine – on site chefs incorporates fresh, local produce and ingredients to create a wide variety of sophisticated meals and Tuscan specialties.For more information visit

The Plateau Spa at the Grand Hyatt Hong King
Located on the 11th floor of the Grand Hyatt, the Plateau Spa offers privacy, seclusion and an escape from the vibrant city of Hong Kong. Guests can indulge in award winning spa services in luxurious private rooms with en suite bathrooms. Treatments include massage, reflexology, facials and more. Guests also have access to private pools, saunas, steam rooms and a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness studio. For more information visit

Rancho La Puerta
Founded in 1940, this modern-day fitness resort and spa in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, is actually the world’s first destination spa. Today guests can choose from an amazing program of fitness activities, healthful cuisine, luxury spa amenities, superb accommodations and fabulous entertainment. The 3,000-acre property also offers landscaped gardens, an organic farm, an internationally known cooking school, and mountainsides and meadows perfect for hiking. For more information visit

Copperhood Retreat and Spa
For the NYC crowd that wants to escape the hustle and bustle, the town of Shandaken, New York is an ideal getaway. Just a two hour drive from the city, this destination offers beautiful hikes on the 40-acre private spread. Guests can enjoy amazing food, hiking trails, fishing and tons of breathtaking views. Copperhood has six rooms for massages, facials, and a wide variety of other treatments available for the guests year round. For more information visit

The Spa at Travaasa Hana
This incredible resort is located on the water’s edge in peaceful Maui, Hawaii. This spa’s main focus is relaxation, and not weight loss like many other spas. Guests can indulge in body treatments, facials, hand feet and body massages, and waxing services all within a short walk of the water’s edge. For more information visit

Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa 
Located on the edge of the Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile, this resort is the perfect escape from the stress of everyday life. Surrounded by natural beauty, the spa offers deep tissue massages, a Jacuzzi, saunas and steam baths. For those seeking some action during their stay, there is a plethora of outdoor activities such as half day walks, full day hikes and horse rides all along the breathtaking Lago Sarmiento Lake. For more information visit

St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel
Set in the heart of London, this beautiful hotel offers a range of general and specialized spa packages. The spa is located underground in this enormous Victorian-inspired hotel and offers treatments from around the world. Guests can indulge in the Japanese Ko Bi Do facial, an Udvartana Ayurvedic Slimming Ritual from India, or a Puree de Papaye Radiance scrub from the Kingdom of Siam, just to name a few. For more information visit