The best destination spas in the United States entice us to pause and indulge in ourselves — whether the aim is to relax the muscles or clear the mind, or both. And according to Travel + Leisure readers, there are plenty of standout options from coast to coast, from the Texas spa that specializes in equine therapy to the California property that offers CBD deep-tissue massage.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. In the destination spas category, readers rated properties on their accommodations and facilities, treatments, service, food, and overall value.
Travel + Leisure readers’ favorite spa destinations varied in approach, but as far as location goes, one state led the way: four properties in Arizona made this year’s list. “Mystical desert vibes give you the best positive energy,” wrote one voter, who visited Civana Wellness Resort & Spa, which earned the No. 5 spot. “It’s the best atmosphere to reset.” Noteworthy neighbors: Miraval Arizona (No. 6), Canyon Ranch Tucson (No. 7), and Mii Amo (No. 8), which has been undergoing intensive renovations.
Ten Thousand Waves in Santa Fe, New Mexico, nabbed the No. 2 spot with a similar magic. “It can be romantic, as well as family-friendly,” wrote one voter, who praised the property’s versatility. “There are many rooms depending on what you’re looking for — meditation, communal and private spas, and a sauna.”
East Coast wellness icons appear on this year’s list, including last year’s winner, the Japan-inspired Shou Sugi Ban House in New York’s Hamptons (No. 3 this time around), and Canyon Ranch Lenox, Massachusetts (coming in at No. 13). One reader celebrated getting the first COVID vaccine with a trip to the No. 10 winner, the Lodge at Woodloch. “After the pandemic, we needed a stress-free getaway, but were very concerned about cleanliness,” wrote a voter, who stayed at the property in Hawley, Pennsylvania. “The staff went beyond expectations and even managed to add