10 Hotel Spas Where You Can Cool Down This Season

by Kristine Hansen and Rachel Friedman

10 Hotel Spas Where You Can Cool Down This Season

by Kristine Hansen and Rachel Friedman

From hot-stone massages and soaking tubs, to lavender smells and sprawling pools — there's no better way to unwind this season than at a relaxing spa retreat. Here are 10 spas with rejuvenating treatments, from coast to coast and plenty of places between.

From hot-stone massages and soaking tubs, to lavender smells and sprawling pools — there's no better way to unwind this season than at a relaxing spa retreat. Here are 10 spas with rejuvenating treatments, from coast to coast and plenty of places between.

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Kohler Waters Spa / Photo courtesy of the property
L’Apothecary Spa at L’Auberge de Sedona
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L’Auberge de Sedona, Sedona, Arizona

L’Apothecary Spa at L’Auberge de Sedona is a totally zen treehouse that thrusts you right into a stunning red-rocks view, coupled with guided meditation. L’Apothecary Spa’s unique treatments include Sedona Dreams (60 minutes, $170), a full-body treatment using coconut-argan oil and warm stones to unkink your muscles. To get your body ready for spring, try the Desert Flower Massage. This 60-minute ($170) massage combines a Swedish and deep tissue massage with desert spring flowers found in essential oils of sage, lavender, and calendula to restore the strength and vitality of the body.

L’Apothecary Spa at L’Auberge de Sedona is a totally zen treehouse that thrusts you right into a stunning red-rocks view, coupled with guided meditation. L’Apothecary Spa’s unique treatments include Sedona Dreams (60 minutes, $170), a full-body treatment using coconut-argan oil and warm stones to unkink your muscles. To get your body ready for spring, try the Desert Flower Massage. This 60-minute ($170) massage combines a Swedish and deep tissue massage with desert spring flowers found in essential oils of sage, lavender, and calendula to restore the strength and vitality of the body.

Spa at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
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Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

A 20-minute drive from Santa Fe’s plaza is this luxe Four Seasons spa, which includes a fireplace in the relaxation lounge, adobe structures for treatments, and a glass-walled yoga studio to sweat it out through downward dogs. Just in time for bathing suit season, try the Lime and Ginger Salt Glow (50 minutes for $200) treatment, which is an invigorating full body scrub, incorporating a unique blend of bergamot, coconut, and sweet almond oils that leaves your skin feeling soft and glowing. 

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A 20-minute drive from Santa Fe’s plaza is this luxe Four Seasons spa, which includes a fireplace in the relaxation lounge, adobe structures for treatments, and a glass-walled yoga studio to sweat it out through downward dogs. Just in time for bathing suit season, try the Lime and Ginger Salt Glow (50 minutes for $200) treatment, which is an invigorating full body scrub, incorporating a unique blend of bergamot, coconut, and sweet almond oils that leaves your skin feeling soft and glowing. 

Kohler Waters Spa
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Kohler Waters Spa, Kohler, Wisconsin

Linked to a leader in luxury bath fixtures, this spa at The American Club, an hour north of Milwaukee, knows how to pamper. There's a see-through fireplace on the top floor and a plunge pool with an eight-foot waterfall you can actually swim in. Both the Great Lakes Stone Massage, which uses locally procured stones (50 minutes for $175), and the Woodsman Massage, with pine-infused oils (50 minutes for $167, or 80 minutes for $217) are ideal for relaxation.

Linked to a leader in luxury bath fixtures, this spa at The American Club, an hour north of Milwaukee, knows how to pamper. There's a see-through fireplace on the top floor and a plunge pool with an eight-foot waterfall you can actually swim in. Both the Great Lakes Stone Massage, which uses locally procured stones (50 minutes for $175), and the Woodsman Massage, with pine-infused oils (50 minutes for $167, or 80 minutes for $217) are ideal for relaxation.

Chuan Spa Spirit Suite
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Chuan Spa at The Langham, Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Snug in downtown Chicago, Chuan Spa (chuan means “flowing water” in Chinese) features deep purple linens and regal decor. Treatments such as the Ginger Renewal massage, with ginger oil and heated stones (80 minutes, $330), include a bathing ritual that ends in the Oriental Steam Room, where you'll find a pool under a ceiling of glittering stars. Post-massage, splurge on the afternoon tea service.

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Snug in downtown Chicago, Chuan Spa (chuan means “flowing water” in Chinese) features deep purple linens and regal decor. Treatments such as the Ginger Renewal massage, with ginger oil and heated stones (80 minutes, $330), include a bathing ritual that ends in the Oriental Steam Room, where you'll find a pool under a ceiling of glittering stars. Post-massage, splurge on the afternoon tea service.

Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe
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Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, California

Even if you don't ski, the 17,000-square-foot spa at the Ritz is a fab place to hunker down. It has 17 treatment rooms (some with private fireplaces) and a 55-foot granite fireplace in the lounge area. Enjoy the ultimate relaxation experience with 50- or 80-minute Relaxation Massage. Guests can unwind and de-stress with the aromatic treatment, with its soothing aromatherapy massage that uses a blend of essential oils to melt away tension.

Even if you don't ski, the 17,000-square-foot spa at the Ritz is a fab place to hunker down. It has 17 treatment rooms (some with private fireplaces) and a 55-foot granite fireplace in the lounge area. Enjoy the ultimate relaxation experience with 50- or 80-minute Relaxation Massage. Guests can unwind and de-stress with the aromatic treatment, with its soothing aromatherapy massage that uses a blend of essential oils to melt away tension.

Argentta Spa
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Argentta Spa at The Watergate Hotel, Washington, DC

The Watergate reopened a couple of years ago with a more modern look that extends to Argentta Spa, where treatments —like the Silver Moon Salt Scrub (50 minutes, $165), which uses Dead Sea salt, aloe butter, freesia, and Boronia, will leave you full of freshness that flows through the whole body.

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The Watergate reopened a couple of years ago with a more modern look that extends to Argentta Spa, where treatments —like the Silver Moon Salt Scrub (50 minutes, $165), which uses Dead Sea salt, aloe butter, freesia, and Boronia, will leave you full of freshness that flows through the whole body.

The Spa at Four Seasons St. Louis
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Four Seasons St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri

The spa at the Four Seasons St. Louis offers treatments for all types of spa-goers. Try the Lavender Dreams (100 minutes, $315) experience, which will have you thinking you’re getting pampered in a lavender field. This popular treatment starts with an earthy mineral and lavender full body exfoliation; followed by a back, neck, and shoulder massage with lavender oil; and ends with a foot and pressure point scalp massage. Or, experience the exclusive Ch’i treatment, (80 minutes, $245), which includes intentional guided meditation, a steamy Tibetan foot soak, aromatic warming oil, KunYe massage, and singing bowls all work in unison to melt away stress and restore energy.

The spa at the Four Seasons St. Louis offers treatments for all types of spa-goers. Try the Lavender Dreams (100 minutes, $315) experience, which will have you thinking you’re getting pampered in a lavender field. This popular treatment starts with an earthy mineral and lavender full body exfoliation; followed by a back, neck, and shoulder massage with lavender oil; and ends with a foot and pressure point scalp massage. Or, experience the exclusive Ch’i treatment, (80 minutes, $245), which includes intentional guided meditation, a steamy Tibetan foot soak, aromatic warming oil, KunYe massage, and singing bowls all work in unison to melt away stress and restore energy.

The Red Rock Spa by Well Being
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The Red Rock Spa by Well & Being, Las Vegas, Nevada

Though Vegas is known for its party scene, head west towards Summerlin and Red Rock Canyon and you'll find a more laidback feel. Not only is Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa much smaller than the mammoth properties on the Strip, it's also home to the high-end Red Rock Spa. Treatments ideal for relaxation include the Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, where instead of hot stones, the skin is massaged using Himalayan crystal salt stones (50 minutes from $180, 80 minutes from $245).

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Though Vegas is known for its party scene, head west towards Summerlin and Red Rock Canyon and you'll find a more laidback feel. Not only is Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa much smaller than the mammoth properties on the Strip, it's also home to the high-end Red Rock Spa. Treatments ideal for relaxation include the Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, where instead of hot stones, the skin is massaged using Himalayan crystal salt stones (50 minutes from $180, 80 minutes from $245).

Shibui Spa at Greenwich Hotel
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Shibui Spa at Greenwich Hotel, New York City

The contrast between this zen-like spa and the hectic pace just outside its door is reason enough to book an appointment. Every treatment is created with balance in mind and inspired by nature, such as the Elemental Well-Being treatment and massage, which begins with a soak in a Japanese ofuro tub (75 minutes for $285, 105 minutes for $365). Also at the spa is a lantern-lit pool under a 250-year-old farmhouse reconstructed on site.

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The contrast between this zen-like spa and the hectic pace just outside its door is reason enough to book an appointment. Every treatment is created with balance in mind and inspired by nature, such as the Elemental Well-Being treatment and massage, which begins with a soak in a Japanese ofuro tub (75 minutes for $285, 105 minutes for $365). Also at the spa is a lantern-lit pool under a 250-year-old farmhouse reconstructed on site.

The Spa at The Whitley
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The Whitley, Atlanta, Georgia

In the heart of Atlanta’s boutique-shopping district (Buckhead), The Whitley’s spa (within a former Ritz-Carlton property) is a true retreat, with the entire ninth floor devoted to wellness and pampering (including adjacent overnight suites). If winter-related stress has added some kinks to your body, then The Calm Down can be a cure (50 minutes for $150, or 80 minutes for $210), or The Hotlanta, the spa's signature hot-stone massage (50 minutes for $185, or 80 minutes for $245).

In the heart of Atlanta’s boutique-shopping district (Buckhead), The Whitley’s spa (within a former Ritz-Carlton property) is a true retreat, with the entire ninth floor devoted to wellness and pampering (including adjacent overnight suites). If winter-related stress has added some kinks to your body, then The Calm Down can be a cure (50 minutes for $150, or 80 minutes for $210), or The Hotlanta, the spa's signature hot-stone massage (50 minutes for $185, or 80 minutes for $245).

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