They say you gotta have a gimmick.
Maybe if you’re a stripper. If you’re a spa, all you need to be is an awesome retreat. We found spots around the globe for every budget, where smoke and mirrors take a backseat to service and pampering.
Dollars: The Aman Spa at Amangiri
You’ll have big love for the water and flotation pavilions, Watsu pool, and candlelit treatment rooms (for Native American healing rituals or hot stone massages) at the swank new resort with the stunning Southwestern mesa backdrop.
Cents: Sagestone at Red Mountain Resort and Spa
Spend the mornings hiking the surrounding red rocks, then unwind with a Desert Dreams massage, incorporating Esalen and lomilomi strokes with lavender and chamomile oils.
Dollars: Capella Pedregal’s Auriga Spa, Cabo San Lucas
Organic rosemary-, fennel-, and eucalyptus-infused treatments are inspired by the various phases of the moon, and local folk healing traditions incorporate herbal tonics blended from on-site gardens.
Cents: Casa de Sierra Nevada’s Laja Spa, San Miguel de Allende
Cha, cha, cha into Spanish colonial rooms for treatments named for local gods and a detox herbal wrap with brown sugar, honey, and healing plant infusions.
The massive new CityCenter is a Blade Runner-esque spectacle of hotels, casinos, and restaurants galore.
Dollars: The Spa at Aria
Know when to fold into the 80,000-square-foot spa’s innovative, Asian-influenced options: Japanese stone sauna Ganbanyoku beds, Thai poultice treatments with lemongrass and ginger extracts, and poolside cold stone massages.
Cents: Vdara Health & Beauty
Who needs lame spa shakes? You’ll be busy at the champagne bar before your Red Flower Hold Life Rituals with Indian jasmine and Italian blood orange.
Dollars: Viceroy’s The Spa at Icon Brickell
Chaise lounge in Philippe Starck’s hedonistic, futuristic royal court after having essential oils dripped down your spine (Raindrop Therapy), a body scrub and DNA facial (The Masterpiece), and a Green Monkey cult yoga class.
Cents: Spa 101
It’s intimate (very few rooms) and super customized (from face to foot). And it’s easier than getting the same treatment in Bali, which is where the spa owner learned her best beauty secrets.
Dollars: Hôtel Plaza Athénée’s Dior Institut, Paris
The new, results-oriented Dazzling Radiance facial will transform a lady from madam to mademoiselle.
Cents: Domaine de Verchant’s Spa, Montpellier
The grapes age, but you stay young with vineyard estate Verchant’s Valmont and Anne Semonin lift facials.
Dollars: The Spa at Encantado
Celebrate Santa Fe’s 400th anniversary with Native American healing rituals, like Abhyanga with warm oil and the regionally inspired Blue Corn & Honey Renewal.
Cents: Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa
One of the oldest mineral spas in the U.S. has new treatment rooms and cliff-side suites; Moor mud wraps and desert dew face treatments; and healing hot springs of lithia, soda, iron, and (yes, really) arsenic.
Dollars: Raffles Amrita Spa at Raffles Canouan, The Grenadines
Imperial head massage and Elemis deep-tissue treatments go down in thatched bungalows reachable only by boat.
Cents: Sandals Emerald Bay Red Lane Spa, Great Exuma
The new resort (in the former Four Seasons) is running a 60 percent off room deal. Which makes the West Indian treatment (with white sand and indigenous ingredients like Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee) way more affordable.
Dollars: Banyan Tree Spa Hangzhou, China
The heated river stones used in the Gui Shi massage followed by the Yin and Yang Rainmist bath and scrub will turn you into a noodle at the spanking new resort in a wetland preserve.
Cents: La Résidence d’Ankor’s Kong Kea Spa, Siem Reap
The tropical flavors are there for the choosing with body scrub options like kaffir lime, water lily, and palm sugar; Ratanakiri coffee and safflower; and jasmine rice and rose. Oooh, did someone mention a mango and Cambodian wild honey wrap?
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Photos: Courtesy of Amangiri; Courtesy of Casa de Sierra Nevada; Courtesy of City Center; Courtesy of Spa 101; Courtesy of Domaine de Verchant; Courtesy of Ojo Caliente; Courtesy of Raffles Canouan