Today’s spas turn up the allure by catering to the modern-day beauty that wants more from her visit than fab facials and perfect pedis. These three hot spots feature an array of treatments, services and programs for your mind, body or spirit!
The Spa at Terranea | Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif.
If wellness on the beach is your desire, look no further than this fresh-air spa at LA’s Terranea Resort, which sits on 102 acres of the scenic peninsula. Known for their oceanfront movement studio (which hosts yoga and circuit-training classes), this healing-oriented spa aims to beautify from the inside out with mineralizing clay wraps, immunity-enhancing crystal quartz exfoliation and detox by volcanic ash.
Must-Have Service: The Ocean Prelude ($325) full-body treatment gets you detoxed with a nutrient-rich seaweed wrap and a mineralized saltwater bath before a destressing massage that uses natural kelp oils.
Insider Tip: The resort offers au naturel sunbathing terraces for men and women and an on-site café with organic bites and juices.
(100 Terranea Way; 310-265-2800)
Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess | Scottsdale, Ariz.
A marriage of true luxury and holistic wellness is found at the full-service Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Set against the Arizona desert and full of that famous Southwestern welcoming charm, this East-meets-West spa employs highly skilled doctors and estheticians for nutritional counseling and acupuncture facials and offers uniquely fun workouts like aerial yoga and Ripsurfer. Must-Have Service: Working stiffs seeking relief from upper-neck knots should try the Cranio Sacral Therapy ($169), which uses a light hand with targeted pressure around the sensitive parts of the head, neck and spine to correct the inner rhythms.
Insider Tip: A 10-minute soak under the rushing grotto waterfall will give you some instant therapeutic back relief.
(7575 E. Princess Drive; 480-585-4848)
The Spa at the Four Seasons Baltimore | Baltimore, Md.
The Spa at the Four Seasons Baltimore offers 10,000 square feet of body scrubs, must-experience massages and an aroma steam room infused with cleansing oils that inspire you to ignore the blinking indicator light on your phone and chill out. From the signature 100-minute Harbor Scrub & Warm Oil Massage ($255) to the customized Back Beauty ($150), each tantalizing treatment is sure to satiate your skin and calm your soul.
Must-Have Service: Overworked? The Focus Massage ($75), offered during the week, caters to people who need to concentrate on themselves instead of their jobs.
Insider Tip: The glass-walled walk-in overhead rain shower is oh-so-stimulating, but bring a shower cap if your hair will care.
(200 International Drive; 410-576-5800)
PHOTOS: Model: Dodz Larysa; The Spa at Terranea: Courtesy of Subject; Willow Stream Spa: Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau; The Spa at the Four Seasons: Christian Horan