6 spas for holiday de-stressing
12/21/2012 11:37 AM
12/21/2012 11:46 AM
If the holidays are stressing you out, we’ve got just the thing to make that anxiety melt away: A spa weekend with no relatives allowed. Before you stuff the turkey or fill the stockings, book a little you-time with a Swedish massage and maybe even an herbal facial add-on. Your entire Christmas bonus doesn’t have to go toward the kids – you’ve been good this year, too! Check out a few of our favorite stateside spas for holiday de-stressing – and then smile at your visiting your in-laws.
Mandarin Oriental New York
The stunning spa at the Mandarin Oriental New York is one the Big Apple’s best, with six treatment rooms, a Thai Yoga Suite with deep soaking tub, and a VIP Suite with fireplace and private steam room. The Asian-accented décor is sure to keep you in full Zen mode throughout the holiday chaos, especially once you enter the Oriental Tea Lounge.
Treatment pick: The Personalized Ocean & Earth Body Wrap, which includes therapist-selected wraps and oils, and an Oriental head massage.
The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa, Phoenix
The Golden Door is one of the most luxurious spa chains in the country, and the expansive 33,000 square-foot facility at the Boulder Resort in Phoenix is no exception. The spa has 24 treatment rooms, a pool, a cafe, and a signature tranquility labyrinth accessed by a scenic pathway.
Treatment pick: The Watsu “Back to the Womb” Massage, which includes a treatment in the private outdoor pool.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Calif.
The spa at the Ritz-Carlton overlooks the beautiful mountains and valleys of Lake Tahoe. With 17 treatment rooms and a heated lap pool, the spa is the perfect spot to find release after a day on the slopes – or a day of intense holiday prep work.
Treatment pick: The Lake Tahoe Stone Massage, which uses pinyon pine nut and arnica oils to relieve tension.
Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa, Miami
Canyon Ranch is synonymous with health and wellness, and the Miami outpost boasts the largest spa in Florida at a whopping 70,000 square feet. All treatments at the spa are top-notch, but for a truly soothing (and luxe) experience, you can book the renowned Aquavana suite, which uses healing waters inside a thermal cabin to enhance any treatment.
Treatment pick: Ayurvedic Herbal Purification includes a scrub for toxin removal, followed by a full-body massage.
Rancho Bernado Inn, San Diego
Located in a quiet residential neighborhood in San Diego, the Rancho Bernado’s peaceful location gives the spa an added dose of calming bliss. Facilities at the spa include a lovely garden with water features, temperature-controlled casitas, a saline pool, and private cabanas.
Treatment pick: Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, which includes fresh ingredients to invigorate and refine the skin – the only thing missing is the stuffing!
Salish Lodge and Spa, Snoqualmie Valley, Wash.
Surrounded by gorgeous natural scenery – including the Snoqualmie Falls – the Salish Lodge and Spa is the best spot near Seattle to indulge in some serene alone time. The spa area features a eucalyptus steam room, a dry sauna, several pools, and some pretty incredible views.
Treatment pick: The Salish Signature Rosemary and Mint Body Scrub includes an exfoliating mixture of delicious ingredients – all before your holiday feast even begins.
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