Hotel Spas

Sometimes spa treatments tip over the edge of relaxing and enter the realm of downright strange. From fish pedicures to snow rooms, hotels around the globe are offering unique (and kinda weird) options for guests to indulge in. Some might swear by these alternative services, others may be skeptical — but we at Oyster will try (almost) anything once! Here, we’ve rounded up the craziest spa services we’ve come across during our travels. Take a look and prepare to get pampered in a whole new way!

The Treatment: Sparience Oxygen Bubble

The Spa Hotel: Gran Hotel La Florida, Barcelona 

The Sparience Oyxgen Bubble experience is stress-reducing.

At the Zen Zone Spa in Barcelona, guests can try out the Sparience Oyxgen Bubble. Meant to relieve stress and minimize injury recovery time, these bubbles are filled with 99.5 percent pure oxygen, which should induce intense mental and physical relaxation. The sculpted AlphaSphere bed combines color, shape, and light with sound, vibrations, and warmth to increase the effects of the treatment. It all sounds well and good, but doesn’t it remind you a bit of this John Travolta classic? Read More »

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Visiting Europe is often composed of a whirlwind tour, during which visitors hurry from one tourist destination to another. Therefore — in between trips to museums and monuments — finding the time to breathe can be surprisingly difficult. To help speed along to the moment where you actually find relaxation — you’re on vacation, after all — some of our favorite hotels across the pond are outfitted with top-notch spas designed to get you to that “Ahhh” feeling faster than you can say “Euro Trip.” Whether all you want is some downtime in the sauna or a deep tissue massage, these properties have you covered. So sit back and relax—the Louvre will still be there tomorrow.

1. K West Hotel & Spa, London 

The intimate spa encourages relaxation at every corner.

K West is a smart and sophisticated option in London, with its main attraction being the beautiful K Spa. Featuring sleek style and impressive facilities — the hydrotherapy pool and “Snow Paradise” room are particularly noteworthy — the spa is well-regarded throughout the United Kingdom. The “Snow Paradise” room is meant to follow a hot steam treatment, and is based on Finnish spa techniques of using hot-cold therapy to stimulate circulation and the immune system.

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There are a lot of things that make a spa great — the range of services, the quality of the masseuses, the number of features. That’s all well and good, and you can find the lists of our favorite spas in cities across the states on our Hotel Spas page. But what makes a spa great isn’t necessarily what makes a spa sexy. The spas that make our sexy list, however, are, in a nutshell, stunning. These spas beckon you; just looking at the photos makes you calmer. So sit back, relax, and enjoy these super sexy spas that’ll make you say ahhhh.

Terranea Resort, California

Spa at Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Spa at Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

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Most of us will spend Monday night popping bottles of (cheap) champagne, passing cheese platters, or ordering in MSG-loaded Chinese food. Regardless of which indulgence you chose, there’s definitely at least a tinge of holiday hangover – alcoholic or otherwise. Start the year off right by heading to one of these super-sleek spas in a city near you.

The spa bathroom at the Beverly Wilshire; Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES: The Spa at the Beverly Hills Wilshire
The Detox Treatment: The Detox Massage ($180 for 60 minutes)

The Deal: As if complimentary use of the 8,000-square foot spa’s saunas, steam rooms, and experience showers (which feature the likes of colored lighting and variable pressure) wasn’t rejuvenating enough, every treatment here is top-notch, which is why we’d head straight for a Detox Massage. Therapists at the Rodeo Spa use specific massage techniques to flush out kidney, liver and other bodily toxins that will relax your mind, too.
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Couples getaways can be great. But, unfortunately, they can feel more like a job if you’re bringing a needy girlfriend along. No judgement here; we get that you love your girlfriend, but a few hours of peace and quiet will allow you to fully soak up the benefits of a vacation. This is where we, as hotel experts, come in to help. While we don’t have direct experience with handling a needy girlfriend, we may have been that girl once or twice. (Is wanting your boyfriend to be hyper-attentive soo much to ask?? But we digress…) So who better than us to give you the low-down on the most distractable hotels and amenities? We may be committing a major breach of girl code, but here goes. Check out our top 5 hotels for distracting a needy girlfriend — and enjoy your 5-minutes peace!

 Hotel: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort; Bahamas

Girlfriend Type: Shopaholic

Salvatore Ferragamo at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort; Bahamas

Salvatore Ferragamo at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort; Bahamas

Why It’ll Distract Her: If your needy girlfriend is shopping-inclined, then you’re guaranteed some alone time at the Atlantis. With more features than any other hotel in the Caribbean, the resort has over 100 shops; everything from Atlantis logo stores, stuffed with t-shirts, bags, and hats, to high-end designer shops like Salvatore Ferragamo and Bvlgari. Hey, we didn’t say this would be cheap.

Alone Time It Earns You: We’d say at least three hours. If you lend her your credit card for the afternoon, that grants you two more (and probably some debt to boot). Use your alone time to win that money back at the elaborate casino. Or check out the dolphin show; it’s pretty awesome.

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We know how bloated/badly/gross you felt on New Year’s Day — and how you vowed to kick the nasty habit causing your “pain.” (Or weight gain, whatever.) Well, folks, it’s January 16 — can you say that you’ve started your resolution yet? Because around here at, many of us have (whoops) let our resolutions fall to the wayside — because we’re so dedicated to our jobs, of course. But for the rest of you, well, you don’t have an excuse. No matter what you’ve planned on resolving, we’ve got the perfect hotel to remedy it.


VISIT: The Affinia Dumont, New York City

The fitness center at the Affinia Dumont; New York, NY

WHY: This fitness-themed hotel (Like, literally, there’s sports-themed artwork in the lobby) provides a complimentary “StayFit Kit” in each room, which includes a yoga mat, stretching blocks, 3 DVDs, workout bands, wrist/ankle weights, and a city map for a DIY jog. Basically, the Affinia Dumont is giving you all the tools to get ripped — in your PJs. And since the hotel is suites-only, you’ll have the space in your room to do so. Should you want to actually throw on some clothes, there’s an amazing gym and a special fitness concierge to help whip you into shape, too.
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The 6 Sexiest Hotel Spas

by Hilary on November 7, 2011

No matter where you are, there’s nothing sexier than an incense-induced deep tissue massage. Combine that with the top class, top service, and your most peaceful day — or night — dreams, and you may as well call yourself the Marilyn Monroe of spas. Check out our best picks for sexiest hotel spas (disclaimer: drooling may occur).

1. Terranea Resort  Beaches, Santa Monica and Venice, Los Angeles

No other Los Angeles spa can compete with the Terranea’s size or features, precisely because, well, it’s not really in L.A. — it’s in Ranchos Palos Verdes, a ruggedly beautiful coastal enclave at L.A. County’s southwestern tip. The three serene private treatment rooms, called VIP suites, are themed after the elements; the earth suite has a redwood sauna and shower, the fire suite has a fireplace, and the water suite has a copper tub and views of the Pacific. The facility encompasses a whopping 50,000 square feet and has 25 treatment rooms as well as its own pool and outdoor hot tubs. Get the full list of the 10 sexiest hotel spas >>

Terranea Resort Los Angeles
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Pool at the Huntington Hotel

The spa at the Huntington Hotel includes a beautiful pool

We could all use a weekend of senseless pampering from time to time, but finding a reasonably priced hotel that offers great spa facilities can be hard to come by. Below is a list of wallet-friendly hotels that have standout spas and are sure to be a hit with your girlfriends. And there’s something for everyone – from casino hotels on the Las Vegas Strip to urban retreats in New York City.

Vdara Hotel & Spa, Las Vegas

Las Vegas’ upscale City Center is a complex of hotels and shops that opened in December 2009, and its all-suite Vdara Hotel & Spa is a great option for a classy escape, removed from the casinos and gaudy lights of the nearby Strip. Spread out over two floors of this brand new hotel is a gorgeous spa outfitted in dark woods and fresh orchids, plus a small champagne bar for sipping some bubbly. Each locker room has a sauna, eucalyptus steam room, and hot plunge pools. Besides top-notch pampering, the hotel also has a bar, restaurant, pool and lounge, and shopping mall to explore.

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Dashing through the…no. Not ready for the snow and freezing cold temps just yet? Give yourself an early gift and enjoy your last moments of sweet, pre-holiday freedom in Hawaii. Or better yet: surprise someone this holiday season with a sweet Hawaiian getaway at one of the top hotels on Oahu, Maui, or Kauai.

We’ll make this even easier for you: here are our picks for the best hotels in Hawaii — for anyone on your holiday gift list.

For the Pampered Prince or Princess

The Adult Pool at the Four Seasons Maui

The Adult Pool at the Four Seasons Maui

The Four Seasons, our pick for the Best Luxury Hotel in Hawaii, is quieter and more subdued than Maui’s more grandiose resorts, but a two-to-one staff-to-guest ratio means over-the-top pampering like nowhere else in Hawaii — poolside Evian spritzes, beachside yoga classes, and they even have someone to unpack your bags for you. The best part? It’s all free — gym and spa access, beachside cabanas, outrigger canoe outings, and even the kids’ club. No ugly “resort fee” surprises either, unlike at most Maui resorts.


The best hotel spas in Hawaii

by admin on November 2, 2009

Halloween is over, and while you’re busying yourself at home in your bathroom mirror trying to scrub off the remnants of the weekend — teeny blots of facepaint that escaped your preliminary skin-cleansing, rogue flecks of glitter — perhaps you’re thinking about how much you need a vacation before the holidays sweep you away in a hurricane of fatty foods, annoying music, and out-of-control check out lines. Or maybe you just want someone to wash your face for you.

Or, perhaps, a spa just always sounds good to you, regardless of the time of year. And Hawaii doesn’t sound so bad either, does it?

To make your potential pamper-fest beach vacay even easier, we’ve rounded up our picks for the very best hotel spas in Hawaii.

Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea

Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea


Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa. Boasting the biggest spa in the 50th state (coming in at 50,000-square-feet), the aptly-named Spa Grande is consistently rated among the best in the U.S. Its bath offerings include five aromatic pools, a Japanese furo bath, cascading waterfall, Roman hot tub, and Swiss jet shower, and its treatment menu includes locally inspired signature therapies like the Pala’au Journey ($225 for 80 minutes). It’ll cost you, though: use of the facilities is $55 for two hours (or free with a treatment)– more than most spas charge for a whole day.

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