The World’s Most Tranquil Spa Getaways

Relax and indulge the senses at one of these five luxurious spa destinations.

Infinity pool at Como Parrot Cay

When life has you feeling a little overwhelmed or wound up, there are few better ways to unplug, de-stress, and enjoy some decadent pampering than a destination spa getaway. Here we highlight five of the most decadent and unique spas from around the globe.

Como Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
It's hard to imagine a setting more custom-made for a luxurious and relaxing spa getaway than this private Caribbean island retreat in the Turks and Caicos. With a climate described as "perpetual June," the resort is surrounded by hidden coves, reefs, and pristine beaches, and the interior features soothing whitewashed interiors and teak furnishings. The spa's Asian-inspired treatments include Japanese baths, an outdoor Jacuzzi garden, and Ayurvedic therapy, which uses herbal oils to detox the body, improve circulation, and increase energy. Como Parrot Cay — which has a variety of rooms, suites, and villas — also emphasizes health and wellness, with a renowned restaurant that serves Caribbean- and Asian-inspired dishes with fresh, organic ingredients. 

Park Hyatt, New York City
Head to the Big Apple's Park Hyatt New York for a one-of-a-kind vacation experience. The luxurious 210-room hotel is renowned for its enviable Midtown location, elegant artwork, modern design, and newly renovated signature restaurant. On the 25th floor you'll find Spa Nalai, which boasts six decadent treatment suites, a eucalyptus steam room, a hot tub, and a hydrotherapy pool. The adventurous spa-goer can eschew the traditional massage or facial and instead try one of Spa Nalai's seasonal international therapies, including a rejuvenating sand quartz treatment, during which you're bathed and partially buried beneath warm sand. Afterward, step out onto 57th Street, where Carnegie Hall, Central Park, and a host of upscale attractions are just a short walk away.

spa at Park Hyatt New York

The Park Hyatt New York's Spa Nalai is noted for its unique sand quartz treatment, during which guests are bathed and partially buried beneath warm sand.

Badrutt's Palace Hotel, Switzerland
Situated among the towering peaks of the Engadin Mountains in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the Badrutt's Palace Hotel deserves a spot on your bucket list. Opened in 1896, the historic hotel offers guests unparalleled skiing, epic views, and seven gourmet restaurants. The underground rock-walled spa is another top attraction, particularly its dreamy, glass-encircled pool. Lounge beside the heated outdoor pool and watch as snowflakes blanket the mountains. For the ultimate indulgence, book one of the cave-themed spa suites, where you can enjoy a Jacuzzi, steam room, and a variety of massages, body and beauty treatments, and wellness programs in a more private setting. 

Winvian Farm, Connecticut
With 18 luxury resort cottages situated among 113 pastoral acres in rural Connecticut, Winvian Farm is the ideal destination to relax and enjoy some decadent pampering. Once you've settled in, head to the tranquil 5,000-square-foot spa, which is surrounded by trees and lakes. Here you can indulge in a variety of restorative treatments and therapies, doze off in the sun-lit lounge, or join a peaceful yoga class. Later, enjoy a gourmet meal at the retreat's Litchfield Hills restaurant, which specializes in farm-to-table dishes with seasonal ingredients from the farm's own organic gardens. And if you enjoy traveling in style, charter a flight with Wings Air Helicopters in New York, which will transport you directly to Winvian Farm from most destinations in the northeastern United States.

yoga at Winvian Farm

A restorative yoga class is just one of the many activities you can enjoy at the Winvian Farm spa, which is situated among 113 pastoral acres in rural Connecticut.

One&Only Palmilla, Mexico
Relaxation is only a 20-minute ride via chauffeured, luxury SUV from the Los Cabos International Airport in the Baja California South Peninsula of Mexico. Built in 1956, the One&Only Palmilla resort has hosted such legendary icons as John Wayne, Lucille Ball, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Today, guests are drawn to this glamorous, 115-room retreat because of the region's renowned deep-sea fishing, lush oceanfront scenery, and world-class cuisine; but this premier spa is also a draw of its own. Nestled among vibrant tropical gardens with hot and cold rock pools, the spa has 13 private treatment rooms, along with Beverly Hills celebrity stylists who offer a host of beauty treatments to ensure you look and feel your best.

Sam Boykin is Senior Editor for Wells Fargo Conversations.

Photos courtesy of COMO Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt, and Winvian Farm

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