My 10 Favorite Spas Around the World

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As winter (aka the cold!) is approaching – I always like to start planning my next trip or vacation.  Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting a variety of unique hotels and spas. As a part of my Wellness Series I wanted to share my top 10 favorite spas around the world with you!

I took a bit of a break from my regular weekly Wellness Posts because I had 3 huge public speaking engagements last month (I usually only do 3 a year!) and just launched my latest collection with Gigi New York.  I’m so excited to talk a little bit more about each of these spas.  Some of the spots I’ve included are big hotel spas and some are more boutique spas.  I personally love smaller spas because they feel more intimate and charming versus massive ones that can often feel sterile.  If you happen to visit any of these – please let me know!  And make sure to tag #WLFKtravelAPP if you do :)

  1.  Soho Farmhouse, England
    This spa is located in the most rustic, charming hotel set in the English Countryside.  Enter into a log cabin full of oriental rugs and organic beauty products.  Their hotel rooms each have a huge copper tub with about 30 different soaps for you to choose from.  Start a fire in the fireplace and cozy up for the weekend.
  2. The Greenwich Hotel Spa, NYC
    Whenever friends ask me where to stay in NYC I say either the Crosby Street Hotel or the Greenwich Hotel.  This is a celebrity hangout for a reason.  It’s located on the chicest street in TriBeCa and has a stunning, zen asian inspired spa downstairs.  Whether you’re visiting or you’re a local – it’s 100% worth holing up there for a day.
  3. The NOW, LA
    This is one of the most instagrammed spas in LA for a reason.  Each one of their locations in the city is GORGEOUS, bohemian and ethereal.  I always like to pick up bath salts and crystals from their front shop and their prices are SO reasonable.  
  4. The Berkeley, London
    I visited this dreamy hotel in London 3 years ago for high tea (they have one of the best in London) and afterward made my way upstairs to their rooftop pool + spa for a heavenly massage.  It’s one of the few hotels in London with a rooftop and their grassy area with lounge chairs is the ultimate spot to relax and unwind.
  5. Rosewood Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen
    This spa experience was life changing.  I was led through a greenhouse by a fourth generation, 80 year old Shaman who then took me into a temescal (sweat lodge) for an incredibly memorable ceremony.  Afterwards, I had a 2 hour long deep tissue massage using the rosemary that I picked from the garden.  This property was voted the best hotel by Travel + Leisure for a reason!
  6. Camelback Inn, Scottsdale
    I was lucky enough to grow up in Scottsdale, Arizona which is full of world renowned spas.  Every year for Mothers Day, my sister and I would take my mom to the Camelback Inn spa for massages, lunch and lounging by the pool.  To this day, it’s still one of my favorites and it’s no surprise that’s it’s one of the most popular in Arizona.
  7. We Care Spa, Palm Springs
    This spa is an oasis in the middle of the desert.  Drive out from LA and spend the night, weekend – or even full week there.  It’s a spa, detox retreat, and haven for anyone who needs to rest, recharge and cleanse.  Cameron Diaz wrote her body book based off a ton of information from the spa, Ryan Seacrest, Gisele, and Matthew McConaughey are all regulars and I once saw Tom Ford walk in wearing his signature suit and gold aviators in the dead of summer LOL!  Ask for Juan for a Thai massage and Ron for reflexology – thank me later :)
  8. Soho Beach House, Miami
    I head to Miami every winter (it’s such an easy, sunny getaway for New Yorkers!) and love holing up at the Beach House for a few days.  They recently renovated it and I can’t wait to see what it looks like now.  Their spa is ultra cozy and feels like someone’s living room.  They often host bridal parties or events in one of their pamper rooms overlooking the pool.  You can’t go wrong with any of their treatments.
  9. Sugati Spa, Park City
    I had one of the best massages of my life here.  It’s a Japanese spa with big wooden soaking tubs that you can soak in before you go in for your massage.  It’s right on Main Street in Park City and such a great option if you decide to skip skiing or are sore from a full day on the slopes!
  10. Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina
    Ahhh this brings back memories!  This hotel in Italy is INSANE and the little spa at the bottom of the hill is a must see.  Lounge by their picturesque pool after your massage, then have lunch, dinner, or cocktails overlooking the property.  Their sister hotel Villa Sant’Andrea is equally as stunning so you’ll definitely want to head over there as well!
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