12 Romantic Spa Vacations
Wellness vacations offer a relaxing way for couples to re-connect, go on a honeymoon or celebrate an anniversary. Spas in the U.S. and around the world offer unique services and treatments designed especially for the romantic couple. Understanding that peoples' tastes vary, this list covers a diverse range of romantic ideas, whether you are looking for to relax on a beach or a getaway that lets you learn about healthier eating. You can take art classes from local artists, plan a trip to a scenic island destination, or visit a city wellness retreat offering innovative services you can tell your friends about. If you have time, travel to a remote island in Bora Bora or Thailand where wellness centers draw inspiration from native healing traditions.
California's Wine Country
Book the Couple's Suite at Hotel Healdsburg in California's wine country which has its own private garden, spacious soaking tub for two, and two side-by-side massage tables where you can get pampered in style. Floor-to-ceiling plantation shutters can be closed during the treatment and opened again so that you can walk into the private garden. Other romantic ideas in Napa and Sonoma include Indian Springs, Milliken Creek Inn, The Napa Valley Lodge and The Carneros Inn.
Overwater Treatment Rooms - Bora Bora
Honeymooners should head to the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort which has one-of-a-kind overwater treatment rooms. Couples will also have access to the unique hydrotherapy, beauty care and gentle energy areas at the spa. Deep Ocean Spa is the first thalassotherapy center in the South Pacific. Bora Bora Nui Resort also has a nice wellness center.
Island Getaway in Thailand
Spa Naka on Naka Island features beautiful design, including an open-air sircular pool surrounded by a stone path that appears to be floating on the surrounding water. Luxury villas on the island are luxurious and offers awesome views of the water. The Surin Phuket is another great option for couples.
Healthy Cuisine and Art in California
At the Ojai Valley Inn, couples hav a a unique opportunity to adopt healthier eating habits, develop inner creativity at the Artist Cottage and sample unique treatments. The Artist Cottage offers art classes taught by local artists, including painting with oils, pastels and watercolor; precious metal jewelry making and silk scarf painting.
Suite with a Fireplace near Scottsdale
The "Suite” Escape" at The Boulders near Scottsdale (from $1,900 for 6 hours) gives the romantic couple access to the Sun Suite which overlooks the unique boulders from the private veranda. The package includes 8 50-minute treatments and access to the suite's amenities including a private outdoor whirlpool, fireplace and steam shower. The couples also receives a healthy lunch. Other romantic resorts in Arizona include The Phoenician, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Miraval and Starr Pass Marriott. Find more Scottsdale Vacation Ideas.
Combine Treatments with Relaxing on the Beach in the Caribbean
Having access to a white sandy beach in the Caribbean can only help your sense of wellbeing and relaxation. Visit the scenic island of St Lucia and stay at Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort. The unique rainforest retreat will make you feel like you've gone back in time and ended up in an ancient village. Treatment rooms are surrounded by lush tropical plants. The couples suites are spacious - a couple of different layouts are available, so be sure to let the hotel know your preferences.
Organic Treatments in Arizona
The wellness center at Arizona Biltmore utilizes organic ingredients in its treatments. Couples can get a side-by-side Couples Massage which uses a specially created aromatherapy blend of essential oils to release stress and relax the senses. If you visit from October through April, the couples massage is performed in the outdoor massage cabanas.
Spa and Beach in St. Barts
Isle de France in St. Barts is a romantic vacation with luxurious accommodations and relaxing facilities. Spend your days relaxing on the beach, get couples treatments, and have romantic dinners on the ocean's edge. Surrounded by natural beauty, your bodies will rejuvenate and re-connect to nature and each other. Look for specials from May to October which is low season in the Caribbean.
Canyon Ranch in Miami Beach
Head to the new Canyon Ranch in Miami Beach for spectacular views, stylish accommodations and innovative treatments. The wellness center is huge, measuring 70,000 square feet. It's the largest in Florida. Couples can take fitness classes, relax in the Aquavana thermal suite, try the climbing wall, and choose from a diverse range of healing therapies.
Aromatherapy in Bermuda
Aromatherapy is healing for the body and mind. The Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda offers couples soothing treatment options in a relaxed island setting. If you live on the East Coast, you can travel here for a long weekend of pampering and relaxation.
Feng Shui Retreat in the Caribbean
Casa Colonial in the Dominican Republic has a Feng Shui Spa. Couples can book a massage in an outdoor gazebo where tropical waterfalls provide a romantic backdrop during the treatment.