From pampering and prevention to special-interest options, today’s spas offer a vast array of treatments and experiences. Whatever your passion or pleasure may be, there’s a perfect spa out there somewhere, just waiting for you. Here are just a few spa-match suggestions.
For the Horse-Lover
Hugged by the craggy, red hills of Utah, Red Mountain Resort (a two-hour shuttle ride from Las Vegas), offers a variety of restorative experiences, including horseback riding. Explore the trails and dunes of the spectacular Snow Canyon State Park, commune with a heard of wild Mustangs or try the popular Giddy Up Yoga Retreat. After a day on the trails, mosey up to the Sagestone Spa & Salon and ease your sore muscles with a Canyon Warm Stone Massage or another soothing treatment.
At Ste. Anne’s Spa, in Grafton, Ont., 90 minutes east of Toronto, an eight-level Learn to Ride program invites guests to cozy up to one of more than a dozen horses and learn to ride in private two-hour sessions led by a certified Equine Canada Coach 1 Instructor. The program also includes grooming, leading and saddle time. Following each lesson, seek out a warming, soothing eucalyptus wrap or a massage selected from Ste. Anne’s full menu of spa services.
For the Relaxation-Seeker
Located on its own private island and accessible only by boat, Sense Spa at Rosewood Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya guarantees a relaxing escape. Here, a private, jungle-embraced palapa is the perfect tranquil space for the Four Hand Massage, a treatment in which two therapists work in tandem with slow and synchronized movements to take the entire body to a state of optimum relaxation. Nearby, the cutting-edge spa at Diamond Suites, Riviera Maya uses customized treatments that meld Mayan philosophy with Asian-healing techniques for immediate relief of everyday tensions.
About a 90-minute drive northwest of Los Angeles, in the tranquil Ojai Valley, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa offers an expansive, on-site spa village with two swimming pools and plenty of private, peaceful spaces. Increase the R ‘n’ R factor with a yoga or art class, or concoct your own special relaxation aromatherapy blend in a therapist-led workshop. To up the luxury, book a two-bedroom spa penthouse with a private terrace, outdoor whirlpool and mountain views.
For the Nature Enthusiast
Whether the nature-lover in you prefers beaches, rainforests, waterfalls or mountain peaks, The BodyHoliday, on the lush island of St Lucia, delivers. One of the Caribbean’s most popular full-service spas and wellness retreats, the beachfront resort offers a variety of outdoor activities (from sea kayaking and off-road mountain biking to archery) that, when paired with a variety of therapeutic spa services like the Aloe Vera Body Wrap or the Wellness Deep Tissue Massage, make for the perfect combo.
On Vancouver Island’s Pacific coast, nature’s allure hits you as soon as you walk into Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn; the dramatic ocean view from the lobby is captivating. At the inn’s Ancient Cedars Spa, enjoy a Lomi Lomi massage with techniques that mimic the undulating waves pounding against the black molten rocks just outside your door. Then breathe in the sea air with a long walk along the beach.
For the Water Baby
Wet. That’s what you can expect to be when you visit The Standard Spa, Miami Beach, best known for its spacious, marble-tiered co-ed hammam. This Turkish-inspired “wet area” includes a sauna, an ice-cold rain shower and several steel soaker tubs large enough for two. In the open-air Mud Lounge, you can indulge in the curative effects of water and mud. Slather on one of the detoxifying algae-infused muds, let it dry, then wash it off with a high-pressure Scotch hose meant to relieve tension and increase circulation.
At Nordik Spa-Nature in Chelsea, Que. (just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa), you can soothe your nerves and “take the waters” in all their various forms. Get steamy in a eucalyptus-scented sauna, try an ice-cold plunge, then bring your body back to normal temperature in a relaxing tepid pool. The signature underground saltwater floating pool—called the Källa treatment—is a silent space where you can experience weightlessness and release all of your physical and mental tensions.
For the Young at Heart
If you’re wishing to restore the look of youthfulness, get your glow on at Glow Medi Spa, one of Toronto’s most popular age-management spas. Founded and directed by medical practitioner Dr. Diane Wong, Glow offers an array of medical esthetics including the new OxyGeneo procedure, which gives you the benefits of three skin treatments in one: exfoliation, infusion and oxygenation. The result? A newly dewy complexion.
Guerlain Spa, a French-inspired oasis at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria, boasts a new cutting-edge menu of skin-care therapies including a micro-current non-surgical lift and technologies for anti-aging cell optimization. Among Guerlain’s signature treatments is the Abeille Royale Youth Facial Treatment, incorporating royal jelly concentrate from Guerlain’s very own bees, which are housed on the French island of Ouessant. The royal jelly is believed to promote the skin’s natural healing mechanism, diminish fine lines and improve firmness. Bee-utiful!
5 North American Spas With Treatments and Perks for Men
With men now hitting spas in greater numbers, hotel and day spas are specifically catering to this growing crowd with a range of male-centric treatments and perks like craft beer and big screen televisions. Here are six spas in Toronto, Scottsdale, New York City, Quebec and Ottawa that men will appreciate.