Autumn is all about a change in scenery, a kick start to the last few months of the year. Every good change begins with a bit of bliss best brought to fruition with a relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatment. For the upcoming season, Forbes Travel Guide has lined up seven incredible spa sanctuaries to help you ease into autumn.
The Spa at Encore Las Vegas
Relaxation is required after a night or two in Sin City and the Asian-themed Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa at Four-Star Encore at Wynn Las Vegas is exactly where you should do it. The incredible complex of designer treatment rooms, garden villas and couples’ rooms presents the perfect venues for massage sessions, body treatments and the spa’s signature Encore Exclusives, ritual treatments for individuals and couples designed to indulge every rejuvenation and beautification whim. Take special note of the 130-minute Encore Escape, a satisfying mix of massage techniques, herbal detoxification therapies and hydration wraps.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa Amelia Island
On the northeast coast of Florida, Four-Star The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island sits as a sanctuary of southern gentility. While golf and tennis are major draws to the resort, it’s also home to the luxurious Four-Star The Ritz Carlton Spa. Though it has scrubs, massages, skin and touch therapies, plus salon treatments, The Ritz Carlton Spa also has an à la carte menu that includes daily specials such as Monday Happy Feet, a 50-minute intense exfoliation, as well The Ritz-Carlton Signature organic facial that stimulates cell repair and The Ritz-Carlton Seasonal Body Scrub, 45 minutes of massaging and pampering with natural products to remove impurities and cleanse skin.
The Cielo Spa, Buenos Aires
You’ll want to head to the swank Recoleta district and the urban oasis The Cielo Spa at Four-Star Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires after a day of shopping and sightseeing around Buenos Aires. The Cielo Spa is an homage to Argentinian culture and rhythm through ritual treatments, massages and therapies. Take the afternoon off and schedule the 80-minute Porteño Tango, a combination of massage techniques — exfoliation and hot stone massage — choreographed to a tango beat.
Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Nestled between Amelia Island and Orlando is Four-Star Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, a vintage 1928 resort that harkens a Florida from days of yore. Its 30,000-square-foot Four-Star spa offers endless hours of relaxation with services such as seaweed body wraps, deep-tissue massages and luxurious facials. When you visit, reserve an 80-minute Royal Coconut Milk & Honey Ritual, an intense hydrating and exfoliating massage with warm coconut milk, organic cane sugar, Fijian honey and exotic nut oils. Here’s a tip: Start the weekend getaway on a Thursday to be a part of Gentleman’s Discount Day (20 percent off all spa services).
Crown Spa, Macau
Macau’s City of Dreams feels more like a fantasy when you spend an afternoon (or better yet, a day) at Crown Towers Macau’s Five-Star Crown Spa. More than 37,500 square feet of luxury, the Crown Spa is a sprawling space dedicated to stimulation with vitality pools, treatment rooms, a massage lounge, beauty salon, sauna and steam rooms, and fitness center. Its menu includes signature and customized treatments as well as nail and hair services. Keep your eye on the spa packages, a series of scrubs, cleanses, therapies and facials that can extend to almost five hours of exhilaration. The 270-minute Crown Indulgence Journey is a head-to-toe showering of a facial, foot rub, pedicure and massage.
Spa Gaucin, Dana Point, California
Just a 70-minute drive from Los Angeles, the Five-Star Spa Gaucin at The St. Regis Monarch Beach is one of the best ways to enjoy a trip to the West Coast. Weekend or weekday warriors will enjoy the Spa package, which includes a $400 spa credit, valet parking and luxe overnight accommodations. Aspiring Jason Days who book the Swing & Spa package will get a round of golf on the oceanfront, par-70 course, a guestroom with a balcony and a 60-minute spa service.
Nizuc Spa by Espa, Cancun
One of the best spots to find your moment of zen in Cancun is at Nizuc Resort & Spa. The 30,000-square-foot wellness facility includes private couples suites, a movement studio, spa pool and an extensive list of services that combine European therapies with ancient Mayan healing practices. For optimum tension relief, try the Mayan Cacao, a two-hour muscle-relaxation treatment using restorative cacao oil. All therapies begin with a consultation, foot ritual and organic tea ceremony; treatments of 50 minutes and longer include the Nizuc Thermal Experience, which involves the aromatic steam room, sauna, vitality pool and more.