The Hotel Is Great, But You Should See The Spa

25 August 2015
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There are destination spas you visit for the whole "swaddle me in a bathrobe and see you in five days" experience. Those are lovely, but that's not what we're talking about here.

These are amazing hotels in incredible destinations around the world that just so happen to have great spas. (Because sometimes, having the whole island of Capri at your fingertips just isn't enough.)

Check out our list below of must-visit hotel spas including iconic destinations such as Switzerland, California and Italy.

4UR Ranch

 Dude ranch offers a sublime soak

Where: Creede, Colorado

What's to love: The no-frills fly fishing dude ranch offers shooting, hiking, horseback riding, and sublime soaking in the hot springs on the premises.

7132 Therme

 Modern temple to water rituals

Where: Vals, Switzerland

What's to love: Architect Peter Zumthor designed the minimalist spa around a Swiss ski village's Alpine spring. It's a modern temple to water rituals. After a day on the slopes, silent bathers spend evenings moving from outdoor pool to indoor plunge to aromatherapy bath to sound therapy pool, and back again.

The Allison Inn and Spa

 Spa by day, wine by night

Where: Oregon Wine Country

What's to Love: It's spa by day and wine by night at this hillside resort in the heart of Willamette Valley. Of course, you could combine the pleasures with an anti-ageing wine facial.

Blancaneaux Lodge

 Spell of the jungle

Where: Cayo District, Belize

What's to Love: Only in a Francis Ford Coppola vision could you conjure the scene: You, in the the thick jungles of Belize with Thai masseuses working under the spell of distant cascading waterfalls.

Calistoga Ranch

 Magic potions to detox and purify

Where: Napa, California

What's to Love: In this wooded canyon, you almost expect forest nymphs to usher you from the mineral hot springs to your treatment room, where the magic potions are made with local ingredients like mud and sage to detoxify and purify.

Capri Palace Hotel and Spa

 This "Beauty Farm" has it all

Where: Anacapri, Italy

What's to Love: Set the scene: You're at the top of gorgeous Capri, away from the maddening crowds of tourists, with sea views out to the horizon. The hotel has it all: art, cuisine, shopping, mosaic swimming pool, and a cutting edge spa (they call it "Beauty Farm") famous for its Leg School program.

Coworth Park

 Just an hour from London

Where: Ascot, England

What's to Love: The gorgeous country estate with magnificent horses, polo grounds, and meadows of flowers is a great one-hour detour from London. But the spa — gleaming, futuristic, built into the landscape — is a dollop of cream on the trifle.

Evason Ma'In Hot Springs

 Spa in a canyon

Where: Madaba, Jordan

What's to love: The five-star hotel and Six Senses Spa are nestled in a canyon surrounded by hot spring waterfalls, where the natural salt water pools — a mere 20-minute drive from the Dead Sea — are loaded with therapeutic properties.

Gora Kadan

 Restorative soak and slumber

Where: Hakone National Park, Japan

What's to love: Mount Fuji views from a top-of-the-crop ryokan (inn) a sheer 90 minutes from Tokyo. A restorative soak and slumber are yours — thanks to classic onsen rituals, out-of-this-world service, and incredible quiet afforded by the lush and leafy surroundings (and, of course, high price tag).

Il Pellicano

 The dolce vita vibe

Where: Porto Ercole, Italy

What's to Love: The spa offerings at the destination Tuscan beachside resort are massive, and a massage here has that dolce vita vibe going for it.

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

 Massage in your own casita

Where: Machu Picchu, Peru

What's to Love: You didn't come to here for the spa, but you'll be glad to end a day of hiking with a massage performed in your own casita with heated Andean river rocks.

Lefay Resort and Spa

 Paths to wellness

Where: Lake Garda, Italy

What's to Love: Running routes wind around lemon groves; wellness paths and therapeutic gardens make for easy meditating outside. An inventive East-meets-West program of tuina, flotation therapy, and acupuncture work out all your kinks in time for Italian lunch.

Les Fermes des Marie

 Relax at high altitude

Where: Megeve, France

What's to Love: Set in a quintessential chalet setting in the Alps, there is no deprivation here. The treatments and rich creams are specifically designed to soothe and combat the high altitude.

The Mayflower Grace

 A perfect escape

Where: Washington, Connecticut

What's to Love: Situated in the rolling Litchfield hills, the beloved country spa is truly luxurious — and the food is delicious. The recently renovated hotel makes for a perfect city escape from NYC.

Mohonk Mountain House

 Managed by magic hands

Where: New Paltz, New York

What’s to Love: Step back in time at this family-run inn in the Hudson River Valley north of NYC. Sit by the lake, nap by the fire, hike the surrounding trails — and make time for a massage, a facial, and a soak at the spa. The people who work here have magic, magic hands.

Nayara Springs

 Beauty of mud and ash

Where: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

What's to Love: Let the rainforest and volcanic spirits move you at this open-air spa where the mud treatments are mixed with ash. Bonus experience: Turn the indigenous natural mineral hot springs into your own private plunge pool.

Ocean House

 Cheap haircuts and expensive massages

Where: Watch Hill, Rhode Island

What's to Love: A Relais and Chateaux spa that has it all, from reasonably priced haircuts to wildly expensive massages.

San Ysidro Ranch

 Heaven indoors

Where: Montecito, California

What's to Love: The in-room spa services here are heavenly. Massages and Japanese skin brushing are done on the porch of your casita, and you're surrounded by flowers, waters, sweet scents, and gorgeous mountain views.

Ten Thousand Waves

 Tranquil and authentic

Where: Santa Fe, New Mexico

What's to Love: Inspired by Japanese mountain hot spring resorts with traditional gardens and woodwork, this is an authentic spa experience tucked in the tranquil foothills of the mysterious Sangre de Cristo Mountains just outside Santa Fe.

Terme Manzi

 Give this a whole week

Where: Ischia, Italy

What's to Love: There's a Michelin-starred restaurant and a rooftop pool, but the showstopper is the spa for its indoor pool, thermal waters, and powerful mud treatments. Do it right: Stay a whole week.

Woodstock Inn

 State-of-the-art spa

Where: Woodstock, Vermont

What's to Love: After a fairly recent redo, the classic inn now has state-of-the-art, LEED-certified spa. Perfect for post cross-country skiing.

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