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December 21, 2012

6 spas for holiday de-stressing

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.

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.

Details: www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork.

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.

Details: www.theboulders.com/Golden-Door-Spa.

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.

Details: http://bit.ly/67UAMo.

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.

Details: www.canyonranch.com/miamibeach.

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!

Details: www.ranchobernardoinn.com.

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.

Details: www.salishlodge.com.

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