Nothing beats the unadulterated pampering of a blissful day at the spa except if it’s a serene treatment while on vacation. Vacations should be the best time to relax and get away, so you feel recharged enough to get back to the daily grind. Unfortunately, asking for time away from work, packing and flying to get to your destination can be stressful, even if it’s a trip to the West Coast with the promise of sunny skies and deep blue water.
Whether it’s a facial treatment to help you feel refreshed or a calming massage to ease the stress, a trip to the spa should be at the top of your vacation agenda before hitting your West Coast sun-filled activities.
The Best Spas Destinations on the West Coast
Four Seasons Vail
Spring in Vail, Colorado, means sun-filled afternoons in the snow, picnics on the mountain and powder days with fantastic skiing. Sound like the ultimate relaxation getaway? Believe it or not, there’s still room to take it up a few notches. The ski town of Vail is home to the Spa at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, one of Colorado’s top wellness destinations. The Four Seasons has outdoor hot tubs with breathtaking views of the ski slopes and other top-of-the-line amenities, including plunge pools, saunas, a eucalyptus steam room and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Try the “Vail River Stone Massage,” a soothing massage that uses heated river stones and evergreen essential oils to melt away the travel stress.
Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa is one of the country’s best destination spas that has won the heart of top celebrities like Oprah Winfrey. The spa resort is nestled in the Arizona desert with views of the spectacular Santa Catalina Mountains. The goal of Miraval is to help their guests live in the moment through various spa services and wellness activities.
Golden Door in Escondido, California, was the first destination spa in the United States and remains one of the best in the country. Expect to be pampered daily with massages, manicures and pedicures, body wraps and facials. You will also enjoy yoga classes, hikes, archery lessons and workouts.
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Spa
Las Vegas is known for being a little extra with over-the-top entertainment, and lavish hotels, so extravagant spas are to be expected. The two-story, 27,000 foot Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Spa offers spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip. The resort features a dedicated yoga room, vitality pool, spa and luxurious treatments focused on bringing balance to the body, mind and spirit.
The Spa at Sensai Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort
This secluded oasis in Lanai, Hawaii, has sparkling oceans views which are more than enough to help you relax on vacation. At the Spa at Sensai Lanai, guests can opt for the “Guided Sensei Experience” for two, which includes a minimum two-night stay with yoga and meditation classes, spa treatments, island excursions and guided hikes.