It’s that time of year again. The bitter cold is just setting in and maybe you’re already looking for a way to escape it.. even if only for a few days.
It may be time to for a spa getaway! Imagine relaxing at an indulgent spa and being warmed to the core by a luxurious hot stone massage treatment, and then spending the rest of your day in the sauna or jacuzzi. Imagine having all of your meals chef-prepared and just focusing on relaxing your tired, cold muscles for a while. And the great thing is you don’t have to go too far to have a nice spa getaway. While this list includes some interesting spa destinations around the world, there are several on this list that are right in North America!
So, are you ready for a winter getaway that will provide some much-needed rest and relaxation? Look no further than these six spas around the world to let all your worries melt away!
#1. Scandinave Spa Whistler - Canada
With this getaway, you can enjoy some of the best skiing in the world and then relax at a world-class spa! After a day of hitting the world-class slopes of Whistler Blackcomb, try soothing your aching muscles in the traditional Scandinavian baths and reaping the full benefits of the ancient practice of hydrotherapy. Finish off the day with an indulgent massage. Prepare to reconnect with yourself in quiet; the Scandinave Spa requires cell phones be turned off and silence while using the pools. This could be a very dynamic getaway if you spent a few days in Vancouver proper, and then drove up to Whistler for skiing or snowboarding, and finished your trip at the Scandinave Spa.
#2. Kayotei – Japan
In Japan, the art of relaxation and reconnection has been perfected in the many ryokans spread across the country. The Kayotei, a small ten-room inn located in the village of Yamanaka, encompasses all you want and need in your first visit to a ryokan; it’s gorgeous, peaceful, and entrenched in nature. Book a room with a private open-air bath and enjoy the charming details of the inn, like original hand-painted screens and handmade pottery. This is another getaway where you could easily make the spa just one focal point of the trip; the Kayotei is two hours north of Kyoto, an area rich with Japanese culture and history.
#3. Retreat Spa and Hotel- Iceland
Situated on the iconic Blue Lagoon in Iceland, the Retreat Spa and Hotel is the epitome of rest, relaxation, and indulgence. The suites are unique and warm, minimalist in nature, without compromising comfort. They offer incredible views of the lagoon and the surrounding volcanic rocks. Walk out the doors of your suite and into the turquoise pools of the Blue Lagoon to enjoy the healing benefits of its mineral-rich water. The water gets its blue hue due to the silica content in the water. Silica is known for its anti-inflammatory, healing, and rejuvenating properties for the skin.
The spa offers unique treatments such as an in-water massage using the revitalizing powers of geothermal seawater. Or, participate in “the ritual” using the three natural wonders of the lagoon: the natural occurring white silica, nutrient-rich algae, and a combination of minerals to energize and exfoliate the skin. While the winter is typically Iceland’s off season, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the warm Blue Lagoon, the smaller crowds, the lower prices and, of course, the spectacular Northern Lights.
#4. Be Tulum and Yäan Wellness Spa- Mexico
Beat the cold by escaping to Mexico and treating yourself to a stay at Be Tulum and Yäan Wellness Spa. Your hotel room will boast sweeping vistas of powder white sands and turquoise blue water. But the views are not the only thing you will enjoy here: the spa offers pre-Hispanic indigenous treatments, cleanses and detox programs, bath treatments, and muscle-melting massages. The resort also includes healing water therapies with every treatment; you can utilize the sauna, steam room, and mineral pools to make the most of your experience. Finish off your day at the incredible on-site restaurant, Maresias, and spend your evening devouring oysters, ceviche, and all the fresh fruit you could want.
#5. La Tourelle- Ithaca, NY
Bundle up and hunker down in this beautiful Christmas card perfect 54 room hotel, located on over seventy acres of wooded and manicured property. Let it snow as you book a deluxe room with a plush king-sized bed, where you can cozy up with a glass of local vino and a good book in front of your own personal fireplace. Venture on down to the spa where they use all local ingredients in their oils and treatments, or indulge in the “waterfall’ experience where you relax as six showerheads cover your body in warm water while a therapist massages and buffs your skin. Feel like venturing out into the snow? Explore the easily accessible Buttermilk Falls (and if you don’t feel like making the trek back, the hotel is more than willing to come to pick you up), or better yet, walk around the charming town of Ithaca and explore Cornell University or the local wineries.
#6. Two Bunch Palms- Palm Springs, CA
For a great spa getaway, you don’t really have to look any further than Palm Springs, the unofficial spa capital of the western United States. Two Bunch Palms is the first carbon-neutral resort in America, due to their installation of a solar field and use of the hot springs from Miracle Hill. Unwind in the mineral therapeutic hot springs on site and experience the rejuvenating properties. From there, book a deep tissue massage or a Desert Detox clay wrap and end it all with a meal at the spa restaurant that offers locally-sourced sustainable produce and artisanal cocktails. If you want to earn your relaxation and get your heart pumping, the resort offers numerous guided hikes and activities like yoga and pilates.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always ready to splurge on a little winter getaway. The snow is beautiful for awhile, but when January and February roll around, I am ready to feel the warmth on my skin again. A spa getaway is a time to release sore muscles, be warmed to the core, and be pampered for a little while. All of these spas offer something different, but each one could make for an amazing mini vacation!
Who Wrote This?
I’m Renee Hyde and I’ve been a digital nomad freelance writer since 2012. So far I’ve visited 60+ countries and counting! On this blog I share tips about dreamy travel destinations, travel hacks, ways to work remotely and travel, and advice for living your best nomadic life!