I was honoured to be chosen to nominate my 10 Best Hotel Spas for USA Today. These Spas were selected by myself and seven other travel experts, and I wanted to share some of my choices as well as giving my own readers the chance to vote for their favourite hotel spas out of those nominated. My picks included:
Overlooking the beautiful beach in my favourite part of Maui, Wailea, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Spa invites guests to experience the restorative power of nature through its full menu of treatment options, including four signature treatments. We love Oceanside thatched huts where guests can enjoy a massage to the soothing sounds of waves washing up on Wailea Beach.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Kailua-Kona in Hawaii, which I also nominated in the ten best destination resorts in 2017 and the top 10 hotel bars in the USA, has wild turtles that will swim with you in the sea and come up and say hi on their beach; alfresco showers and Tikki lit evenings at the water’s edge. Their pool is chiselled out of volcanic lava rock and is right next to the beach.
The 28,000-square-foot spa facility at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai includes 28 treatment rooms and 14 outdoor hales, where guests can indulge in a variety of Hawaiian-inspired treatments using ingredients like volcanic mud and Hawaiian sea salt. Between treatments, guests enjoy a serene garden, lap pool, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools and cold plunge pools.
The 13,000-square-foot Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando is part of this wonderful resort, just moments from Walt Disney World, making it a favourite for adults and kids, takes inspiration from the beautiful Florida Everglades. For a true indulgence, book one of two waterslide spa bungalows. Available therapies include massage, cupping, aromatherapy, soothing body wraps and rejuvenating facials. Kids enjoy also enjoy the spa, with prince or princess makeovers.
Andaz Maui Wailea is another lovely hotel in Wailea just up the beach from the Four Seasons. At the Awili Spa and Salon on the grounds of the Andaz Maui Wailea, guests are pampered with customised treatments using personalised products made from local Maui ingredients. This unique, apothecary-style spa experience offers treatments like organic facials, full-body exfoliation and hot stone massage.
The Peninsula Hotel Spa, New York
We love this hotel and the Spa here blends Asian, European and Ayurvedic treatments set the stage for relaxation at this urban oasis in Midtown Manhattan. The Peninsula Spa offers 10 treatment rooms, men’s and women’s private lounge areas, heat experiences and an Asian tea lounge.
See all the nominations and have your say by casting your ballot on USA Today once per day until Wednesday, August 2 at noon ET. The 10 winning resorts, determined by your vote, will be announced on Friday, August 4.
Other 10 best categories you can vote in include:
The best destination resort in the USA.
The 10 best hotel pools in the USA.
The best hotel bar in the USA.
The best health and wellness resorts in the USA.