These Luxe Destination Spas Are a Road Trip Away (2022)

When it comes to rest and relaxation, nothing compares to enjoying an indulgent spa treatment in a dreamy locale. But there’s a certain cliché that tranquility seekers must travel to a far-off land (say, Bali or the Maldives) to experience the mind and body rejuvenation of an award-winning spa. The reality? There’s probably a luxury spa within driving distance of you. Whether you’re hunting for an unforgettable solo experience, shopping for a mother-daughter retreat, or searching for the perfect opportunity to round up your friends for some much-needed pampering, there’s a domestic spa destination for you. So mark a weekend on your calendar and prepare for a blissful experience at one of these serene getaways. We promise you will not be disappointed.

1Civana, Carefree, Arizona

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Nestled in Arizona’s Sonoran desert, Civana offers guests a world-class spa alongside access to wellness guides, healers, and health-focused menus. Start your visit with a session of aqua therapy, a healing ritual designed to increase circulation and promote relaxation, and then check into the spa for a selection of well-being, massage, and energy therapies.

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2Bathhouse, Brooklyn, New York

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Brooklyn’s Bathhouse provides top-notch treatments including massages, scrubs, skincare, and facials. A performance-based massage program focused on functional bodywork promotes deep recovery and an energy reboot. For guests looking for a lighter touch, the spa also offers a unique full-body exfoliating hammam scrub, facials, and soaks. Affordable packages are available that include admission and the use of amenities. And don’t miss the attached restaurant for light bites inspired by bathhouses around the world.

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3Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, Texas

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This secluded spa resort on the shores of Lake Austin in the Texas Hill Country (still just 30 minutes outside the city center) provides a series of indulgent treatments and invigorating activities. With over 100 ancient and modern spa treatments on offer, as well as private suites, swimming pools, and a café, guests are sure to find reason to unwind.

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4Carneros, Napa, California

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This wine country resort features two pools, a 3,000-square-foot fitness studio, and the Spa at Carneros, a private retreat surrounded by rolling Napa vineyards that's exclusive to resort guests. A mix of traditional and innovative massage treatments and technologies are on hand to help relieve stress and keep guests refreshed.

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5The Indigo Spa, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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The Indigo Spa at Hilton Head Health is part of a comprehensive health and wellness experience featuring custom services that guide guests toward inner peace (the color indigo signifies serenity) and outer beauty. Staff is on hand to help visitors define and work toward their unique wellness goals, while the environs, including a dedicated relaxation room, treatment rooms, and full-service locker rooms, pamper with productivity in mind.

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6Ojo, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Set amid 77 acres in New Mexico’s high desert, Ojo Santa Fe is a refuge for the weary, providing a place to decompress and reconnect with nature. Guests can explore the benefits of hydrotherapy in spring-fed thermal pools while enjoying farm-fresh cuisine. The Ojo Santa Fe spa utilizes innovative techniques and natural remedies in the capable hands of a team of practitioners who specialize in helping guests rebalance and relax. Also on offer are yoga, Pilates, hiking—and even a puppy patch, open weekday mornings.

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7The Seawater Spa at Gurney’s Montauk, Montauk, New York

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Located directly on the beach, the Seawater Spa at Gurney’s Montauk provides an array of wellness treatments that are directly inspired by the resort’s seaside location, including seawater and marine-based therapies, thermal pools, and a seawater pool circuit. Each unique environment is designed to work in tandem to provide invigoration and balance.

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8Spa Talisa, Napa, California

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The Four Seasons Napa Valley’s Spa Talisa invites guests to soak in the vineyard views while enjoying an on-site whirlpool, outdoor misting decks, detoxifying mud treatments, a steam room, and even a nail salon. As the first wine-country resort to offer the French skincare line Biologique Recherche, Spa Talisa offers a results-driven wellness experience designed to improve circulation, soothe muscles, and renew fatigued complexions.

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9The Ranch, Malibu, California

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This luxury fitness retreat invites guests—solo travelers as well as couples and groups—to unplug with an immersive weeklong wellness program. Guests are woken with Tibetan chimes and treated to a diverse and healthy menu alongside hiking, yoga, and massages, all situated in first-class accommodations discreetly tucked in the hills, three miles above the Pacific Ocean.

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10The Ritz-Carlton Spa, New Orleans

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Spread across 25,000 square feet, the Ritz-Carlton Spa, New Orleans is the largest spa in the city. Appointed with 20 treatment rooms, a café, and a boutique, the experience is about more than relaxation: Signature treatments are inspired by the city itself as with a couple’s experience utilizing coffee and praline, and a Southern citrus body scrub. Life in the Big Easy just got a whole lot easier.

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11Canyon Ranch Lenox, Lenox, Massachusetts

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The historic Bellefontaine Mansion and Integrative Health Center house a 100,000-square-foot spa equipped with saunas, cold-dip pools, and inhalation rooms, all in the restorative shadow of the Berkshires. But the real focal point of Canyon Ranch Lenox is the Bellefontaine Mansion itself, an 1897 Gilded Age house, modeled after the Petit Trianon in Versailles, France, that used to be a Jesuit seminary.

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12Castle Hot Springs, Morristown, Arizona

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Reopened in 2019, Castle Hot Springs is an oasis in every sense of the word, from the mineral-rich natural hot springs at the heart of the property to the farm-to-table dining at the on-site restaurant, Harvest. A former haunt of JFK as well as the Wrigleys, Roosevelts and Astors, the latest iteration of Castle Hot Springs offers spa services in custom cabanas set along the spring water creek and under towering palm trees. If leaving your room doesn’t strike your fancy, spring water is conveniently piped to each room to fill private soak tubs.

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13Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores, Colorado

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Nestled deep in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies, Dunton Hot Springs is a small, exclusive resort in a romantic old mining town where the wood cabins are conveniently equipped with Wi-Fi. The local hot springs provide restorative bicarbonate waters rich in dissolved iron and manganese for guests to soak in, either at the source, in one of the property’s pools, or even in a restored 19th-century bathhouse.

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14Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia

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Virginia’s Salamander Resort & Spa is a Forbes Five-Star resort featuring 168 guest rooms and suites. Clocking in at 23,000-square-feet, Salamander Spa offers integrative and regionalized treatments as well as result-driven therapies with a focus on helping guests maintain a healthier lifestyle; the private stone treatment terraces, aromatic steam rooms, and infinity-edge pool are just icing on the (low-carb) cake.

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15Miraval, Tuscon, Arizona

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Nestled into the Sonoran Desert and surrounded by the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains, Miraval’s 16,000- square-foot Life in Balance Spa is sure to inspire awe as much as unwinding. With 23 indoor and outdoor treatment rooms offering over 100 unique treatments, plus three heated pools, outdoor trails and even equine therapy, Miraval is the perfect spot to practice mindfulness while indulging your spirit’s affinity for the finer things.

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16Golden Door, San Marcos, California

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Celebrity testimonials from Liev Schreiber and Susan Sarandon attest to the efficacy of Golden Door’s holistic approach. (We should note that Oprah Winfrey is also a fan.) And it’s not hard to see why: Included in each guest’s seven-day program is a daily in-room massage, five skincare or body treatments, and a manicure or pedicure. A menu of luxurious beauty and body treatments is also available in the bathhouse, from exfoliating body scrubs to hydrotherapy baths. And if that’s not enough to leave you sated, you’re invited to wander the five acres of bio-intensive gardens in search of inner peace (or even just your step goal.)

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17The Spa at Shou Sugi Ban House, Water Mill, New York

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Inspired by the Japanese principles of wabi-sabi and a spirit of openness and exploration, the Shou Sugi Ban spa is rooted in connection to the natural world, offering treatments that draw from the inherent wisdom and curative properties of the ocean, local pine forests, wild flora, and indigenous herbs. As an added bonus, guests are invited to enjoy pre- or post-treatment access to the indoor and outdoor relaxation lounges and solarium deck, featuring landscape design by Lily Kwong.

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18Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, Vista, California

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Cal-a-Vie is an award-winning French-country-inspired fitness and health spa nestled between vast fields of grapevines and lavender. The 450-acre SoCal setting is the perfect backdrop for antioxidant-rich vinotherapy or an aquatic massage in the watsu pool. Aromatic oils and restorative lotions are used in everything from the facials to the body scrubs; the spa even makes its own wraps using native crops including grape skins, honey, and lavender.

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19Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina

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Come for the 20,000 acres of South Carolina Lowcountry, stay for the Spa Montage. With wellness rituals inspired by nature, Montage Palmetto Bluff’s Spa Montage offers a suite of massage therapies, facials, and body treatments that are focused on helping guests relax and unwind beside the property’s serene waterways and moss-laden oak trees.

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20The Reeds at Shelter Haven, Stone Harbor, New Jersey

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The Salt Spa at the Reeds at Shelter Haven is a luxury spa uniquely focused on rejuvenation. Guests can enjoy Turkish bath treatments in the private hammam, light therapy in the Himalayan salt-walled Brine Lounge, and even flotation therapy, with an additional suite of pampering experiences on offer for groups and parties.

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21Surya at the Santa Monica Proper, Santa Monica, California

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Surya Spa’s new 3,000-square-foot location at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel is a transformative wellness experience inspired by Indian healing traditions. Designed by Elle Decor A-lister Kelly Wearstler in tandem with founder and Ayurvedic expert Martha Soffer, the space has been thoughtfully outfitted to make guests feel at home: A kitchen provides nourishing meals as a key component of wellness; the womblike den is lined in hand-blocked saris for post-treatment meditation; and a retail component is stocked with rows of customized herbal oils.

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22Ten Thousand Waves, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Founded in 1981, Ten Thousand Waves is inspired by the great Japanese mountain hot springs resorts. Set on 20 acres outside downtown Santa Fe and only minutes from protected national forest, Ten Thousand Waves offers 14 unique lodging rooms with private hot tub suites, as well as an izakaya-style small plates restaurant with indoor and patio dining.

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23Willowbrook Spa at the Lake House, Canandaigua, New York

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Willowbrook Spa at the Lake House at Canandaigua offers guests a modern take on ancient purification rituals with creekside saunas, custom-blended herbal tinctures, and tailored spa therapies. The lake views and private garden access are simply cherries on the restorative top; a menu of express treatments and dedicated retail space help even strapped-for-time guests indulge the Willowbrook way.

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24The Wellhouse at Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee

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When you step into the Wellhouse at Blackberry Farm, a 4,200-acre luxury resort, you are steeped in the serenity of the surrounding Smoky Mountains. The spa menu is fittingly inspired by the region’s forests and gardens, with signature treatments like Appalachian Body Purification, as well as Reiki and Deep Tissue Muscle Recovery, all in service of the Blackberry Farm philosophy of an appreciation for natural balance.

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25Spa Oceana, St. Pete Beach, Florida

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The Don CeSar’s 11,000 square-foot full-service Spa Oceana features 16 treatment rooms offering a range of services from sound healing to scalp massage. Spa Oceana’s menu is uniquely inspired by the Atlantic Ocean, combining cutting-edge technology with ingredients found locally in the southern United States, including citrus, teas, magnolia, beach grasses, and homegrown fruits. Afterward, guests can unwind in the eucalyptus steam rooms and whirlpools or on the rooftop garden overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

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26We Care Detox Spa, Desert Hot Springs, California

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In the desert about 125 miles north of Los Angeles, you'll find palm trees, cacti, flowering vines, and dramatic mountain vistas as you detox, Hollywood-style, in this juice-fast led program. Guests often emerge reporting a one to three pound per day weight loss—as well as clearer heads and brighter eyes and skin. Credit goes to both the clean liquid diet and the raft of classes offered, including breath work, Reiki, sound-healing, yoga of every flavor, "creative visioning"—and even sessions about transitioning back to solid food.

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27Gurney's Newport, Rhode Island

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Gurney's Newport

While Gurney's Montauk outpost (see above) is a celebrity and influencer hot-spot, and the Rhode Island location promises to deliver on the same mix of low-key opulence and impeccable taste. With floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding sea, Gurney’s Newport’s Seawater Spa is imbued with the healing power of water. The spa’s amenities are designed to cleanse, calm, beautify, and enhance overall well-being. Before or after a treatment, guests can enjoy the 24-hour fitness center, dry eucalyptus saunas, heated indoor pool, relaxation area, or salon. The property also frequently hosts waterfront Pilates and yoga classes at The Spa Deck.

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28Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, New Mexico

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A cool hour drive from Santa Fe is this rambling retreat, and honestly, there's just one thing you need to know: There are seven different bodies of water for you to enjoy, including four natural springs and a mud pool, plus several regular old pools filled with healing arsenic and iron waters.

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29The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley, Pennsylvania

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It used to be that New Yorkers searching for a luxurious destination spa experience had to board a plane, until the Lodge at Woodloch (just two hours from NYC) arrived in 2006 with 57 nature-inspired rooms (each with a private veranda) and a 40,000-square-foot spa. The 150 wooded acres feature a private 15-acre lake, and there's no stone unturned in terms of what you can do to get healthy: from golf to kayaking to fly fishing; from snowshoeing and hot tubbing amidst snowflakes; from bathing in the hydro massage pools to working up a sweat at TRX, spin, or yoga sessions.

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30Westglow Resort & Spa, Blowing Rock, North Carolina

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Two peaceful hours from Charlotte is nestled this idyllic Blue Mountain escape in a restored Greek revival mansion. The grounds are a highlight, perfect for ambling and losing oneself in the opulence of a bygone area. When you come back to reality, enjoy state-of-the-art spa services in the all-inclusive facilities.

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31Mayflower Inn, Washington, Connecticut

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The Mayflower is close to New York City while still feeling like a full-blown escape, and if ever you want to feel like a New England royalty—a very well-moisturized, relaxed, and pampered member, at that—look no further.

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32Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah

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If you’re looking for a remote getaway, it doesn’t get more private than a spa tucked away in the stunning canyons of the Southwest. Amangiri’s spa facilities are the epitome of luxury: meditate in the Floatation Pavilion (a pool in which the water and air both match your body temperature), lounge in a heated stone-lined pool, or switch between the soothing steam room and the cool plunge pool.

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33Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

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The Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Prepare for one of those rare city moments where you can enjoy some peace and relaxation without having to actually leave the city. This dreamy spa in Chicago’s Near North Side neighborhood is perfect for a daylong pamper session, with amenities like a lap pool, health club, and some extraordinary spa treatments. The Signature Massage is one of their most popular because it is personalized for each guest according to their needs.

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34Fairmont Grand del Mar, San Diego

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar

The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar is one of only 25 five-star spas in the country. They have all of your favorites like therapeutic massages and deep-cleansing facials, plus a relaxation pool, both wet and dry saunas, and an indoor whirlpool. For an even more exclusive experience, the spa only uses their custom-made organic product line during treatments.

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35The Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village, California

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The Ranch in Malibu (see above) is one of Hollywood’s most star-studded spas. Enjoy the unparalleled glamour without the big crowd at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. This four-day cleansing program includes hiking, yoga, and a daily massage, as well as delicious vegetarian cuisine served in a private greenhouse.

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36Gage Hotel, Marathon, Texas

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Gage Hotel

Spend a relaxed weekend decompressing in western Texas at the Gage Hotel. This charming resort offers laid-back luxury with a spa that offers extensive day packages. Detoxify with an espresso mud body treatment or refresh with a lemon verbena body polish. After, explore 27 acres of lush gardens, take a wildlife excursion or stargaze, courtesy of Marathon's pitch-black skies.

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37Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport, Maine

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Hidden Pond

Escape into the trees at this luxury cottage resort hidden among 60 acres of birch forest. A walkway woven between trees will lead you to treetop treatment rooms (suspended eight feet above ground) where products made from organically grown herbs, flowers, oils and grains are used for spa services. Try a "Maine Honey Body Buzz" or a bamboo therapy massage.

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38C Lazy U Ranch, Granby, Colorado

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Between horseback riding and mountain biking at this ranch and resort, be sure to carve out plenty of time for the spa, which is situated along a creek in a beautiful meadow. Two massage tents are suspended over the water with glass floors (talk about an amazing view!) and treatments include signatures like the "Cowboy Soak," which involves a moonlit soak in therapeutic copper tubs overlooking a mountain range.

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39Maybourne Beverly Hills

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Rejuvenate at a hotel spa where you can still sneak in some Rodeo Drive shopping during the day. This Beverly Hills luxury hotel spa is centered around a mineral wellness pool. The 20,000-square-foot space is inspired by the Spanish Colonial Revival, and services include massage, facial, manicure/pedicure—and even facial enhancements.

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40Ame Spa and Wellness Collective Turnberry Isle Miami, Florida

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This luxury spa features bounty of offerings including a salt room, flotation tank and plenty of weekend retreats to choose from. With a focus on body therapy, this spa will leave you feeling healed with Fijian body butter massages, Ayurvedic treatments, steam cocooning and much more.

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