Top Destination Spas


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In 2005, Travel and Leisure magazine rated many international spas based on their service, ambience, treatments, and value. The ten spas with the highest overall ratings were then named the World's Best Destination Spas. This article will list the top ten spas as decided by Travel and Leisure and offer information about their services, location, and specialization:

10. Lake Austin Spa Resort

Lake Austin Spa Resort, located in Austin , Texas , was ranked tenth best in the 2005 awards. Specializing primarily in the areas of fitness and self-awareness, Lake Austin Spa Resort offers classes in fitness, water sports, gardening, cooking, self-awareness, special interests, relationships, and arts and crafts. They've been voted among the top ten U. S. spas by many sources over the course of the last four years.

9. Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires Health Resort

Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires Health Resort, located in Lenox , Massachusetts , was voted ninth best in the 2005 awards. The 100,000 square foot spa contains yoga studios, indoor swimming, indoor jogging track, indoor tennis, racquetball, and squash courts, spa rooms, and 126 hotel rooms and suites. Some of the activities offered at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires Health Resort are hiking, biking, tennis, canoeing, kayaking, sculling, snowshoeing, and skiing. Canyon Ranch specializes in health-related spa visits, and therefore they offer stress management, pain management, and smoking cessation packages, among others.

8. Terme di Saturnia

Terme di Saturnia, located in Grosseto , Italy , was voted eighth best in the 2005 awards. Staff members speak many languages in order to cater for their guests of many nationalities. Terme di Saturnia is a fitness, health, and pampering spa, offering exceptional spa services, fitness classes and diet menu items, and cosmetology and dermatology services. The spa is built around a large thermal pool that, 3000 years ago, Etruscan warriors bathed in, to help their wounds heal.

7. Golden Door

Golden Door, located in Escondido, California , was voted seventh best in the 2005 awards. Golden Door offers week-long programs for health and fitness, world-class spa, beauty, and fitness facilities, gourmet cuisine, a high staff-to-guest ratio, men or women only weeks, coed weeks, and private weeks for company trips. The food at Golden Door is all organic. Their fruits and vegetables are grown in their own organic garden, their turkey is raised in a free-roaming environment at local farms, and their fish is caught fresh from the Pacific Ocean .

6. Canyon Ranch Health Resort

Canyon Ranch Health Resort, located in Tucson , Arizona , was voted sixth best in the 2005 awards. However, they were voted best overall in 1999, 2000, and 2001. The focus at Canyon Ranch is on health and wellness in all aspects. They offer nutritious award-winning cuisine, preventive and integrative medicine, fitness classes, healing waters, and programs designed for emotional health as well. Canyon Ranch is located in the desert, and offers several room types to choose from during your stay.

5. Rancho La Puerta

Rancho La Puerta, located in Tecate , Mexico , was voted fifth best in the 2005 awards. The focus at Rancho La Puerta is on pampering and fitness. The pampering services offered at Rancho La Puerta are numerous, offering eight different types of massage, seven types of body treatments, five different facials, salon services, head, hands, and feet services, and hydrotherapy. Additionally, they offer fitness classes, Pilates, tennis, arts, crafts, lectures, and hiking.

4. Hilton Head Health Institute

Hilton Head Health Institute, located in South Carolina , was voted fourth best in the 2005 awards. The focus at Hilton Head Health Institute is on weight loss and chronic disease management. Primarily, they help people learn healthier eating habits in order to lose weight, prevent or manage diabetes, or improve cardiovascular health. Additionally, they offer smoking cessation classes, fitness classes, and spa services.

3. Green Valley Spa

Green Valley Spa, located in George , Utah , was voted third best in the 2005 awards. While Green Valley Spa doesn't seem to have a specialization, it does seem to conform to nature lovers. Guests can hike, mountain bike, rock climb, and ride horseback in local state and national parks such as Zion Brice, the Grand Canyon , and Snow Canyon . However, Green Valley Spa also offers fitness and weight loss activities, general spa services, award-winning cuisine, medical procedures, and spiritual activities.

2. Mii Amo

Mii Amo, located in Sedona , Arizona , was voted second best in the 2005 awards. The focus at Mii Amo is on physical health, emotional well-being, and spiritual renewal. Activities at Mii Amo include hiking, yoga, tennis, water aerobics, meditation, photography, and Native American storytelling. Additionally, Mii Amo offers general spa services.

1. Miraval - Life in Balance

Miraval - Life in Balance, located in Catalina , Arizona , was voted the best spa in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine in 2005. Miraval's spa offerings include massage and hydrotherapy suites, a complete salon, a quiet room, wet steam, dry sauna, and whirlpool rooms. Additionally, they offer numerous activities, including fitness, golf and tennis, nutrition, creative expression, meditation, yoga, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and rock climbing, among others.

Melissa Steele is a freelance writer for This site features local and far away day spas, luxury spas, medical spas , spa resorts, dental spas, weight loss spas and more.


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