Inhale, Exhale and Unwind at Marriott Bonvoy Insiders’ Favorite Hotel SpasBy Shayla Martin
Do you happen to be in need of an uber-relaxing getaway? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Marriott Bonvoy polled its Insiders — our most well-traveled members — for the scoop on the best hotel spas around the world, those that go above and beyond traditional facials or massages to provide healing experiences for mind, body and spirit.
Inhale. Exhale. Here are the top five spas for a blissful escape.
As always, check for travel restrictions and closures before planning your trip.
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
If you’ve ever pictured paradise in your mind, chances are you conjured up The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. The setting, on a private island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is mesmerizing, with a private lagoon, overwater villas and 360-degree panoramic views.
The overwater Iridium Spa is plush and intimate, with six suites all facing the sea so each treatment is enhanced by the fresh ocean breeze.
Indulge in the Ultimate Maldivian Hafla treatment: a soothing foot soak, a body scrub of coconut and hibiscus, a nourishing Mococoa body wrap and a warm bath scented with tropical essential oils. The treatment concludes with a massage with Maldivian sea shells and an enzymatic facial.
JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
Situated on three miles of immaculate private beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort couldn’t be a more tranquil location for a spa.
The menu at the 24,000-square-foot Spa by JW is divided into four hallmarks: Calm, Indulge, Invigorate and Renew, inviting you to find a treatment tailored to your exact needs.
Each treatment starts with a brief conversation about how you’re feeling and your goals for the spa experience, ensuring that you’re on the same page with your therapist before the treatment even starts.
Find the pinnacle of relaxation with the 5 Senses Massage on the Calm menu, which incorporates all five senses into the healing process for a truly unique experience. Afterward, enjoy the spa’s sauna, steam room and plunge pools, or simply lounge by the adults-only spa pools.
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is a welcome oasis in the land of Mickey Mouse. The luxurious setting is green and lush, with Spanish-moss-draped trees, multiple lakes, a lazy-river pool and a soothing palette of cream and ice blue.
The theme of nature spills right into the 40,000-square-foot spa, where palm trees surround an outdoor lap pool and treatments incorporate honey from the resident bees and herbs from the resort’s organic garden.
Get into the Floridian spirit with the Grande Citrus Escape, a top to toe treatment including a body scrub, bath, wrap, scalp treatment and full-body massage with antioxidant rich honey and sweet orange.
The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
St. Regis is synonymous with stunning locales and exquisite service, and The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort may be the best example of both.
Perched on a tranquil, 22-acre peninsula surrounded by azure waters and tropical flora, the resort is home to the luxurious Remède Spa, where each treatment is customized to an individual’s unique needs.
Opt for the destination-inspired treatments, which find inspiration in the centuries-old traditions of Punta Mita.
The Puebla Hot Stone treatment revives fatigued muscles with local obsidian stones during a deep-tissue massage, while the Ocean Pearl Body Indulgence refreshes your skin with a crushed-pearl exfoliation followed by a warm seaweed body mask.
The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
The American Southwest, particularly the desert, is known for transformative spa experiences, and The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale absolutely lives up to that reputation.
The Phoenician Spa experience begins with a preparatory hot-and-cold contrast hydrotherapy ritual to flush toxins and stimulate circulation before your treatment.
All treatments begin with an energy balancing ritual. Then you choose from regionally inspired options like the hydrating Sonoran Wellness Scrub, Massage & Wrap, which utilizes salt crystals, desert sage, wild lavender, rose stone and healing aloe to restore you from head to toe.
Or try the Fire & Ice massage with warm arnica extract and clove oil to offer pain relief and cooling eucalyptus to reduce inflammation and cleanse toxins.