Readers' Choice 2015: Top 20 Spa Resorts


Andrew Harper subscribers voted Acqualina and Calistoga Ranch as the most popular two resorts on this list, rankings which are all the more impressive considering that Acqualina was also voted the most popular Beach and Family resort, and Calistoga Ranch placed among the top five U.S. Hideaways as well as the top five Food and Wine Resorts. No European properties made the 2014 list, but this year two appear. I suspect this development has less to do with improvements in the quality of the Continent’s spas and more to do with the strength of the U.S. dollar, which encouraged more Americans to vacation in Europe.

1. Acqualina

Miami Beach, Florida — Lavish 98-room resort within a 51-story tower on four-and-a-half acres fronted by 400 feet of white sand. Rooms and suites have been decorated in a sophisticated style that combines traditional and contemporary elements with a dash of art deco.

2. Calistoga Ranch

Calistoga, California — Tranquil 157-acre resort of 50 freestanding guest lodges in a wooded canyon at the northern edge of the Napa Valley. The property features a superb lakeview restaurant and small spa complex with a natural spring-fed mineral pool at the other.

3. Canyon Ranch

Tucson, Arizona — Luxurious health/fitness resort and spa in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson. The spa provides massages, herbal wraps, skin care treatments and nutrition assessments.

4. Auberge du Soleil

Rutherford, California — Cosmopolitan resort terraced into a hillside overlooking Napa Valley vineyards in Rutherford. The property also offers a captivating garden swimming pool, a chic spa, a fitness center and tennis courts.

5. The Resort at Pelican Hill

Newport Coast, California — Lavish and well-managed resort on 504 acres south of Los Angeles. The property offers golf at two Tom Fazio championship courses and nearby Oak Creek Golf Club, in addition to a stunning circular mosaic glass-tiled pool and a spa.

6. Blackberry Farm

Walland, Tennessee — Country house hotel of 69 rooms owned by the Beall family since 1976, set on a 9,200-acre estate bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The property holds a newly renovated full-service spa, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, tennis, Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing and riding stables.

7. Meadowood

St. Helena, California — Distinctive resort on a 250-acre estate in the heart of the Napa Valley. Amenities include two outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, a nine-hole walking golf course, a golf performance studio, seven Plexipave hard tennis courts and an extensive spa.

8. Rancho Valencia

Rancho Santa Fe, California — Spanish hacienda-style resort enclave 30 minutes north of San Diego in Rancho Santa Fe. The property features a spa with 10 treatment rooms, a yoga and Pilates pavilion, a fitness center and an adults-only pool.

9. Miraval

Tucson, Arizona — Tranquil 117-room spa resort in the Santa Catalina foothills, 50 minutes from Tucson. The spa features two floors of massage and hydrotherapy suites, a lap pool, hot tubs, a reflexology pool, an acupressure stone walk and an outdoor treatment garden.

10. Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Lake Como, Italy — Hillside 1910-vintage hotel offering views of Lake Como from 90 comfortable rooms, including a fifth-floor all-suite “hotel within a hotel.” The property features a first-rate spa and 50-foot infinity pool.

11. Amangiri

Canyon Point, Utah — Exceptional resort set amid 600 acres of stupendous desert landscape close to Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam. Austere yet appropriate concrete structures contain 34 rooms, some with plunge pools, in two wings.

12. Four Seasons The Biltmore

Santa Barbara, California — Mission-style resort on a 22-acre estate across the street from the public beach. Red tile roofs, lantern-lit brick walkways, courtyard gardens and whitewashed cottages distinguish the 207-room enclave. Spanish Colonial-style spa features 11 treatment rooms.

13. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain

Paradise Valley, Arizona — Sophisticated boutique resort set on the tranquil northern slope of Camelback Mountain. This distinctive contemporary retreat is centered on a huge infinity-edge pool and chic spa featuring a 75-foot outdoor lap pool and an array of Asian-inspired treatments.

14. Les Sources de Caudalie

Bordeaux-Martillac, France — Country house hotel set amid the celebrated vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte. The celebrated spa with indoor and heated outdoor pools provides “vinothérapie” treatments, which employ grape extracts to repair the skin.

15. Enchantment Resort

Sedona, Arizona — Dramatically sited resort secluded in a box canyon surrounded by sensational red rock formations, 15 minutes from downtown Sedona’s shops and galleries. The property features the luxurious 24,000-square-foot full-service Mii amo Spa.

16. Amangani

Jackson, Wyoming — Stylish resort atop 7,000-foot East Gros Ventre Butte, 15 minutes from downtown Jackson. A low-profile sandstone structure houses 40 guest suites featuring sitting areas with fireplaces, large redwood baths and covered decks.

17. Post Ranch Inn

Big Sur, California — Unique coastal resort set along a bluff directly above the Pacific in Big Sur, 45 minutes south of Carmel. The property features two clifftop basking pools, a full-service spa and guided nature hikes.

18. Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands — Classic resort set on 500 acres curling around a picturesque beach. The 100 lodgings come with native stone, purpleheart hardwood and rattan furnishings. The property offers guided snorkeling tours and yacht day sails, as well as a spa with cliffside treatment rooms.

19. Esperanza

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — Luxurious resort terraced into Punta Ballena’s panoramic bluffs, overlooking two private coves. Clusters of earth-toned casitas contain 57 rooms. The property features oceanfront pool, sandy beach for lounging, refreshed spa and excellent golf nearby.

20. Amandari

Bali, Indonesia — Exquisite sanctuary overlooking the Ayung River Gorge near the artists’ village of Ubud. High, moss-covered walls conceal 30 freestanding pavilion suites entered through temple-like gateways.

4. Auberge du Soleil - © Trinette Reed Photography 5. The Resort at Pelican Hill - Courtesy of Pelican Hill 6. Blackberry Farm - © Beall + Thomas Photography 7. Meadowood - © Stephen Rothfeld 8. Rancho Valencia - © Rouse Photography 10. Grand Hotel Tremezzo - © Tommy Picone 11. Amangiri - Courtesy of Amanresorts 12. Four Seasons The Biltmore - © Blake Marvin 13. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain - © Al Payne 15. Enchantment Resort - © Lonna Tucker 16. Amangani - Courtesy of Amanresorts 17. Post Ranch Inn - © Kodiak Greenwood 19. Esperanza - © Trinette Reed Photography 20. Amandari- Courtesy of Amanresorts

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