The Perfect Spa for Finding Your Inner Zen

by Jane Reynolds on November 16, 2011

Who doesn’t love a spa day? We know how nice it is to put your feet up and be pampered for a day — or for an entire vacation! But we also know that not all spas are for everyone. Maybe you want a one-with-nature, rustic experience or perhaps glitz and glam is more your thing. Either way, there’s a spa that’ll make you say “ah” and we’ve found some great options for every type of spa-goer we know. Check them out!

High Design

Spa at the Viceroy Miami

Spa at the Viceroy Miami

Spa at the Viceroy Miami

Spa at the Viceroy Miami

If Phillipe Starck is the mastermind behind it, you know its going to be cutting-edge cool and that’s just what the spa at the Viceroy Miami delivers. The 28,000-square-foot spa features 10 treatment rooms, redwood saunas, eucalyptus steam rooms, a media screening room, and a water lounge with marble floors, three jacuzzis, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the bay.
Immersion Spa at The Water Club at Borgata

Immersion Spa at The Water Club at Borgata

Immersion Spa at The Water Club at Borgata

Immersion Spa at The Water Club at Borgata


The Water Club at Borgata

The Immersion Spa at The Water Club, spread over two floors, is all about sleak lines, great views, and a tranquil atmosphere — an escape from the hustle and bustle and bright lights of Atlantic City. The main feature is the sexy, adults-only inifinity edge lap pool but it also includes a jacuzzi and tons of available treatments. The Water Club at Borgata will be available on Oyster.com soon — come back and check it out!

Name You Know

Bliss Spa at the W Atlanta - Midtown

Bliss Spa at the W Atlanta - Midtown

Bliss Spa at the W Atlanta - Midtown

Bliss Spa at the W Atlanta - Midtown

W Atlanta – Midtown

Some of us like to know what we’re getting into, and with Bliss (and W hotels) you can’t really go wrong. W hotels have a partnership with the high-end spa and many of the hotels, like the W Atlanta – Midtown, have a Bliss Spa offering treatments like the “hangover herbie,” the “peeling groovy facial,” and the “head over peels scrub and rub.”

Exhale Spa at the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos, a Wymara Resort

Exhale Spa at the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos, a Wymara Resort

Exhale Spa at the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos, a Wymara Resort

Exhale Spa at the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos, a Wymara Resort

Gansevoort Turks and Caicos, a Wymara Resort

The sexy Gansevoort has the only Exhale Spa outside of the US. Though the spa has only three treatment rooms  (two for couples and each featuring its own outdoor terrace and rainfall shower) and a mani/pedi room, it delivers the top-notch services that one would expect from the brand.

With an Ocean View

Spa at Parrot Cay and COMO Shambhala Retreat

Spa at Parrot Cay and COMO Shambhala Retreat

Parrot Cay and COMO Shambhala Retreat

Parrot Cay and COMO Shambhala Retreat

Parrot Cay and COMO Shambhala Retreat

The world-renowned COMO Shambhala Spa in Turks and Caicos focuses on Asian-inspired holistic therapies and Ayurvedic treatments. It’s housed in its own complex of buildings and features a boutique, male and female jacuzzis, and an on-site Ayurvedic consultant. But the best part may be the ocean views from the tranquil spa pool; the nine treatment rooms also have great views of North Caicos.

Spa at the Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa

Spa at the Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa

Spa at the Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa

Spa at the Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa

Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa

A sprawling oceanfront property, the Hilton Papagayo has a salon and a spa with 13 treatment rooms; the best ones are al fresco cabanas, just steps from the beach with calming ocean views.

Rustic (Kind of)

Spa at the One & Only Palmilla Resort

Spa at the One & Only Palmilla Resort

Spa at the One & Only Palmilla Resort

Spa at the One & Only Palmilla Resort

One & Only Palmilla Resort

The One & Only Palmilla is easily one of the most luxurious resorts not only in Cabo, but in Mexico. The spa, though ultra luxe, has a rustic, organic vibe to it. The jacuzzi, formed by rock, sits under a canopy of braided trees and there are numerous romantic cabanas in the lush gardens. The spa also has oceanside treatment rooms and offers al fresco yoga and pilates classes for a one-with-nature experience.

Spa at the Natura Cabanas

Spa at the Natura Cabanas

Spa at the Natura Cabanas

Spa at the Natura Cabanas

Natura Cabanas

Offering eco-friendly bungalows in a lush, friendly setting, Natura Cabanas is a taste of serene, northern coast luxury in the Dominican Republic for a remarkably fair price. It’s quiet, and a bit rustic without TV or AC in rooms, but that’s the point, and the vibe continuous to the fabulous spa. It offers a range of body treatments, reasonably priced at $40-$100, in the small complex of stone massage huts, teak treatment rooms, and mosaic outdoor showers.

Romantic

Spa at The Greenwich Hotel

Spa at The Greenwich Hotel

Spa at The Greenwich Hotel

Spa at The Greenwich Hotel

The Greenwich Hotel

Greenwich Hotel’s hidden gem is its underground spa pool, which sits under a 250-year-old wood and bamboo Japanese farmhouse roof. The pool is lantern-lit, to create an intimate, romantic ambiance, and is big enough for lap swims. The pool and spa were both designed by Japanese designer Mikio Shinagawa, who also designed Matsuri restaurant in New York’s Maritime Hotel. The aesthetic echoes the rustic interior of the hotel, but with a Japanese theme, and couples love the many Asian-themed spa treatments.

Spa at the Terranea Resort

Spa at the Terranea Resort

Spa at the Terranea Resort

Spa at the Terranea Resort

Terranea Resort

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.

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