There is no doubt that the word “spa” can conjure up images of seaside resorts that give massages by the ocean, aromatic fragrances of flower blossoms enveloping your senses and skin care treatments that make your face glow and leave you feeling rejuvenated.
Whether you have indulged in a decadent spa vacation or enjoy monthly spa treatments, finding the right spa for your needs can be overwhelming considering the number of spas and spa getaways out there. To make it a bit easier, we’re highlighting three spas that are at the top of their game, beckoning visitors with unique treatments, relaxing surroundings and spa menus that make you never want to leave.
Read on as we take an inside look at a Georgia spa resort in Sea Island, then head over to Tucson, Arizona and finally end in Queensland, Australia.
An Oasis of Calm
The Cloister at Sea Island
Cloister Spa and Fitness Center,
Sea Island, GA
Sea Island is part of the group of islands known as the Golden Isles of Georgia, which include Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island and Little St. Simons Island. As if being on a gorgeous island isn’t enough, you can also stay at one of the most decadent resorts on the island, The Cloister at Sea Island. This Forbes Five-Star destination boasts a relaxing spa and fitness center unlike any other.
Among the many treatments offered at this award-winning spa are cleansing and exfoliation services, massages and soothing body wraps. You can also indulge in an array of skin care services, mineral cosmetic application services, peels, waxing and acupressure.
Built in 2006, this 65,000 square foot spa boasts a fitness center complete with an indoor pool, strength and cardiovascular equipment, three squash courts, and five studios dedicated to fitness, Pilates, yoga, strength and cardio, and personal training. When you’re through working out, the spa’s saunas, steam room and pools will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
The focal point of this spa is a Garden Atrium, which provides a restful spot to sit, a central fountain and a pool. Inviting chaise lounges placed throughout are perfect for experiencing a quiet moment either before or after a service.
Don’t Miss: Enjoy the tranquility of the waterfall whirlpool and an outdoor garden labyrinth. Come either before or after your spa treatment to walk around this uniquely comforting and rejuvenating spot.
Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Set against the Santa Catalina Mountains in the High Sonoran Desert, Miraval debuted in 1996 with a range of experiences and programs all designed to promote well-being. The award-winning spa offers deep tissue massages, invigorating body scrubs, body wraps, acupuncture, Hammam rituals, facial treatments and more.
Miraval takes a step beyond the physical treatments to offer mental lessons including meditation, Holographic Memory Resolution, nutritional consultations and grief counseling, just to name a few. They also have the expertise of Dr. Andrew Weil, an internationally recognized expert and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. As the Director of Integrative Health and Healing, Dr. Weil offers workshops based on his most recent book “Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being.” You can also challenge yourself physically with activities like hiking, mountain biking, on-course golf coaching, wall climbing, equestrian lessons, zipline tours and rock climbing. In short, there is something for everyone to enjoy on 400 acres of idyllic land.
The idea of healthy living also encompasses the food that is served at Miraval. Using fresh, local ingredients, the Cactus Flower Restaurant has a range of menu items to accommodate most diets. They even harvest some of their own fresh ingredients such as Kaffir lime, sage, Mexican oregano, Genovese basil, chile peppers and more.
This focus on health, paired with Miraval’s team of wellbeing specialists, makes this spa getaway an unforgettable experience.
Don’t Miss: Unique experiences that transcend the typical spa treatments. Services like Miraval’s Equine Experience™ Immersion which challenges you to achieve greater self awareness through working with horses.
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
This spa retreat is the creation of Tony de Leede, owner of the former Atlanta-based Australian Body Works gyms. Located in the Hinterland of Queensland’s Gold Coast spread out over 500 acres, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat offers a unique approach to the spa vacation. Not your typical spa resort, Gwinganna, which translates to “look out,” in the Aboriginal people’s native language, has an environment that offers reprieve of the mind and body with treatments and services to help rejuvenate you from head to toe.
Everything from the facilities to the organic cuisine was designed to help relax you. The resort includes a guest lounge, two infinity pools, fitness studios, an outdoor amphitheatre, a Jacuzzi, seminar rooms and hiking trails. Unique spa programs ranging from four, five and six days allow you to experience a specialized weekend of themed services and treatments. The staff includes nutritionists, personal trainers and more.
One of the largest spas in the southern hemisphere, the 33 room Spa Sanctuary has an impressive array of treatments and services. Reenergize with any number of their specialty programs that include detox, sleep, women’s health, nutrition, organic gardening, cooking and men’s health. With such an endless array of options, no two days are ever the same at Gwinganna.
Beyond the traditional massages, body treatments and facials, Gwinganna also offers unique therapies such as Tribal Dreaming, a two and half hour treatment that involves an 80 minute massage combined with didgeridoo healing (the didgeridoo is an instrument that produces low frequency sound) and orchre clay. There is also Rockupuncture, a marriage of Japanese-style acupuncture and hot stone therapy. Whether you come for a week or longer, you’re sure to leave feeling rested and restored.
Don’t Miss: Delve into the relaxation of the mind with unique, insightful experiences at Gwinganna including Soul Path Reading, Tarot Card Reading, Numerology and Astrology.
Gwinganna, 192 Syndicate Road, Tallebudgera Valley, QLD 4228 Australia, (61) 7-5589-5000, www.gwinganna.com
Miraval Resorts, 5000 E. Via Estancia Miraval, Tucson, AZ, (877) 608-6646, www.miravalresorts.com
Sea Island, PO Box 30351, Sea Island, GA, 31561, (912) 638-5148, www.seaisland.com