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 >>
2. The Greenwich Hotel, TriBeCa, New York City
Asian-inspired, plant-based treatments, such as the signature Sake Ki massage with ginger-and-black pepper ointment ($280 for 80 minutes); and stunning design using woods and stone make Sibui Spa one of the Greenwich Hotel’s best assets. Sibui Spa features a lantern-lit pool under a 250-year-old wood and bamboo Japanese farmhouse roof.
3. Punta Cana Hotel, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Six Senses is one of the Dominican Republic’s best luxury spas, and focuses on natural products, administering treatments with its own line as well as Sodashi skin care from Australia. Its serene, modern facilities, include a sauna, steam rooms, baths, showers and — best of all — massage cabanas and Jacuzzis overlooking the ocean.
4. Fontainebleau Resort, Miami Beach
Mid-Beach, MiamiThe Lapis spa sits between the pool and the beach and looks like a shiny sapphire dropped from the sky. At 40,000 square feet, that’s a pretty big rock. A $40 spa pass gets you into the locker rooms, Jacuzzis, cold pool, steam room, and sauna, which are gracefully laid out in a large, concrete subterranean lair.
5. Mandarin Oriental, New York Upper West Side, New York City
This gorgeous spa, with Asian accents and fresh orchids throughout, offers a full range of treatments, from manicures to massages. A 50-minute massage runs over $200, and most treatments are over $300. But if you purchase a spa treatment, you also get access to Experience Showers, an Amethyst Crystal Steam Room, and a Vitality Pool. (Only guests staying in suites have free access to these facilities; other guests can pay $50 per stay to use them.) For the ultimate in luxury, guests can book a private, 650-square-foot VIP spa suite that replicates an Asian-style home and has its own fireplace, elevated bath, steam shower, and dual massage beds.
6. The St. Regis San Francisco, SoMa/Financial District, San Francisco
The 9,000-square-foot Remede Spa boasts beautiful facilities, an extensive service menu, and a serene 24-hour indoor pool complete with poolside drink and food service. For just $15 a day, all hotel guests can use the whirlpools, steam rooms, and saunas, plus relaxation rooms that serve chocolate truffles and champagne.
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