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9 Hotel Spa Experiences Worth Traveling For

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9 Hotel Spa Experiences Worth Traveling For

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Whether you want to get pampered with an indulgent lavender and honey body treatment or a soothing aromatherapy massage, these over-the-top spa services and packages merit a trip all on their own. (Getty Images)

While some vacations call for action and adventure, others demand getting away from it all to catch up on some R & R. And what better way to escape from the daily grind than with relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatments at a top-notch hotel? If you're aching for a relaxing vacation that includes superlative spa experiences, head to these top-tier hotels.

The Peninsula New York
New York City

If you need a break from the pace of the concrete jungle, relax and unwind at The Peninsula New York. The Peninsula Spa's Spa-cation package offers the perfect way to decompress at the end of the day. Choose a 60-minute treatment of your choice (massage, facial or body wrap), and take advantage of a 15-minute "deeper relaxation" add-on, hotel lunch and use of the pool and fitness center. The hotel's "Escape from the City" spa package also pleases guests with four hours of pampering, including an invigorating exfoliation, a therapeutic 90-minute massage and 90-minute facial. Lunch and access to the hotel's spa, fitness, center, sun terrace and swimming pool are also included.

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
The Maldives

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort sits on a secluded atoll surrounded by crystal-clear waters, amazing flora and fauna and tiny islands and lagoons. Each resort villa sits above the water and includes a private pool and luxurious amenities. The hotel's Iridium Spa offers personalized services using Ayurvedic and acupuncture, among other remedies. Plus, private suites for couples treatment are offered for massages and facials, along with a steam room, sauna and special Blue Hole Pool – the largest heated seawater hydrotherapy pool in the Maldives.

Barceló Maya Grand Resort
Riviera Maya, Mexico

It's hard to imagine a more relaxing setting than a pristine stretch of beach in the Riviera Maya, but this property takes relaxation and well-being up a notch with its pampering spa treatments. The resort's Flotation Treatment Room is designed to simulate the Mayan night sky, and offers a tranquil respite. During your 50-minute treatment, you'll float in purified water filled with special salts. Numerous massage, facial and body treatment options are also available. And good news if you're traveling with youngsters: The resort has also just unveiled two new spa packages for kids. The Princess U Kids Spa Package offers hair-braiding, along with manicure and pedicure treatments. Meanwhile, the Queen Barceló Maya Package includes hair-braiding, a manicure and pedicure and makeup application.

Grotto Bay Beach Resort

Grotto Bay Beach Resort offers plenty of places to decompress and relax. The resort's Natura Spa offers treatment rooms in a spectacular natural on-site cave. Massages, facials and other treatments are offered inside cabanas that perch above a beautiful, ocean-fed lake, which sits surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites.

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California
Westlake Village, California

The Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California is an oasis set in near the idyllic Southern California coast. Tucked between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, the resort boasts recreation, rolling hills and proximity to some of the world's most beautiful beaches. What's more, the sprawling 41,000-square-foot spa offers a wide range of nurturing treatments, including facials, massages, wellness packages and even on-site dermatology treatments. Signature treatments include everything from custom-blended aromatherapy massages to lavender milk and honey body wraps designed to increase circulation and boost skin elasticity.

JW Marriott Chicago

The Windy City may not be seen as a destination for relaxation, but the Spa at JW Chicago, set inside the JW Marriott Chicago, offers spectacular spa experiences. The luxurious 24 Karat Gold Package offers next-level pampering. The treatment includes placing guests in a cocoon of mineral-rich, golden mud accompanied by a scalp massage, followed by an 80-minute signature massage. An 80-minute collagen facial rounds out the treatment.

Palazzo di Varignana Resort & Spa
Bologna, Italy

Located in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, the Palazzo di Varignana Resort & Spa offers an array of multicultural spa experiences aimed at promoting wellness and relaxation. Offerings include a hammam (or Turkish bath), which involves scrubbing, steaming and soaking, followed by massage. The Suntory Spa mimics a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn), offering spa-goers an authentic Japanese experience. Other spa amenities include soaking tubs, sensory showers, a Finnish sauna, a steam bath and whirlpool.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

It's hard to find a destination as relaxing than Bora Bora, with its crystal-clear waters, stunning mountain views and Polynesian charm. The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora offers a superlative experience, with overwater bungalows, captivating mountain views, amazing fine dining and top-notch snorkeling. The resort's Kahaia Haven treatment, which typically takes place in an overwater spa suite, includes a soothing body treatment, an exfoliating body scrub, a massage and a facial.

Carillon Miami
Miami Beach, Florida

Carillon Miami offers an oceanfront oasis that's well-suited for a wellness retreat. This property boasts sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean along with a 70,000-square-foot spa with a diverse range of services. Popular spa treatments available include detox rituals, personalized massages and couples treatments.

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