Fourteen beautiful spas around Japan, The Islands of Tahiti and the USA

STORY BY Debbie 17th January 2020


Sendai Akiu Spa Hotel Iwanumaya, Miyagi Prefecture

Hotel Iwanymaya offers guests the ultimate authentic Japanese experience while travelling around the Tohoku region. The hotel offers open-air and private hot-spring baths in a traditional Japanese-style inn that boasts modern facilities. Water comes straight from Akiu’s main spring, temperatures of the baths range from 39 and 42 degrees Celsius. There are two relaxation facilities; the Sumire Salon and Lavendar House where guests can book number of aromatic treatments and enjoy Thai, shiatsu, chiropractic or reflex massages.

Legendary hot spring ‘The Shingo Onsen’, Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture

The Shingo Onsen, located in Hachinohe, sources its waters from the Eagle’s Spring, legend has it that an injured eagle was found in a local hot spring nursing a wound and the waters of the spring cured it. This simple alkaline-based hot spring is claimed to be beneficial for muscle pain, stiff back and shoulders, poor circulation and more. The hot spring boasts beautiful scenery and nature as a result of being tucked away in the mountains, it features a large pool, an outdoor pool, a sauna, a rest area and a Japanese style tatami room.

Ofutei selected onsen ryokan, Hiroshima Prefecture

Hotel Ofutei in Tomonoura Onsen, Hiroshima, offers sea views from both private-use and open-air hot spring baths. Enjoy clear sunlight and sea breeze mornings whilst bathing in the luxury roof-top open-air baths overlooking the calm sea of Tomonoura. Alternatively, the private open-air baths enable guests to soak in hot waters overlooking the Seto Inland Sea in piece whilst soothing and relaxing the mind and body.

Energizing Tokyo at the Palace Hotel, Tokyo

Palace Hotel Tokyo are getting into the spirit of wellness in line with the Olympic and Paralympic games 2020. The hotel has set up a wellness getaway that come replete with an a la carte menu of fitness pursuits to refresh the body and mind and allow visitors to experience the city in a very active healthy way. Guests can choose from arrange of treatments from zen meditation, Japanese tea ceremony experience, Japanese seitai acupressure, massages and more.


The Islands of Tahiti

Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa, The Islands of Tahiti

Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa is known for being one of the best resorts in Bora Bora. Their spa is the only spa in the entire country that drives fresh seawater from 3,000 feet below the surface to use as healing waters for treatments such as, hydro-massage baths, pearl rain massages and a ‘water journey’ treatment, this includes deep-relaxing jacuzzi’s and cold seawater pools with massaging jets. Enjoy massages and beauty treatments with Tahitian oils in treatment rooms located in the overwater villas with glass floors whilst watching fish swimming below.


The Spa at Laguna Cliffs, Dana Point, California

The Spa at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a day of soaking up SoCal sunshine. There are a range of scrubs, wraps, facials and massages to choose from but those looking to really indulge should try the Perfect Harmony Package, a Serenity Massage, which aims to relieve stress, followed by a Botanical Balancing Facial, designed to revive skin. Finish off the experience with a glass of champagne at the secluded outdoor fireplace.

Lazy You Spa at C Lazy U Ranch, Granby, Colorado

C Lazy U Ranch is a luxurious dude ranch offering an upmarket yet authentic wild western experience. The C Lazy U Spa is set within beautiful log cabins next to Willow Creek, surrounded by acres of untouched land. Its signature treatment is the Cowboy Copper Tub Soak where guests can relax in a bathtub and enjoy incredible views of the Continental Divide mountain range, in complete peace and tranquillity.

Detox at Osmosis Day Spa, Sonoma County, California

With five secluded acres of creek side property, Osmosis Day Spa is extensively landscaped with five distinct Japanese garden areas. Owner Michael Stusser was inspired by spas he discovered in Japan for soothing pain, calming nerves, cleansing and brightening skin. Experience a restorative treatment overlooking the meditative gardens and bathe in a mix of fine cedar shavings, rice bran and plant enzymes where temperatures reach up to 48 degrees. To help cool you during the experience an attendant applies cold cloths and offers sips of ice water.

Aarna Spa at Paséa Hotel and Spa, Huntington Beach, California

Balinese-inspired Aarna Spa hosts eight indoor treatment rooms, each named after flowers found in the Balinese countryside, as well as a private garden enclave with additional treatment areas. Focusing on therapies using ESPA skincare’s signature spa products that help to relax and cleanse the mind, body and spirit. Experienced staff offer rejuvenating therapy treatments to wave goodbye to stress and welcome the new year.

The Lodge at Edgewood, South Lake Tahoe, California
Located on the shores of South Lake Tahoe, The Lodge at Edgewood is home to 154 luxury rooms and suites each boasting their own fireplace and private deck or terrace. Nestled in a private area on the second floor of the Lodge is the Spa at Edgewood Tahoe—an 8,500 sq. ft. space that offers guests uninterrupted serenity amongst a peaceful and inviting atmosphere. With a stunning streamlined design aesthetic influenced by the innate beauty of the area’s natural surroundings, the Spa at Edgewood inspires relaxation, rejuvenation and inner balance.

Majorelle Spa and Salon at Hotel Californian, Santa Barbara, California

Majorelle is an intimate spa comprising four treatment rooms, a courtyard and a circular-columned waiting area inside the stunning Martin Lawrence Bullard-designed Hotel Californian. This dazzling spa offers a comprehensive menu of treatments, from aromatherapy and skincare rituals to couples’ packages and massages. The interiors are inspired by the Moorish cities of Spain and Morocco, while one-of-a-kind spa treatments can be tailored to your personal needs. santabarbaraca.comThe Spa at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach, California
The Spa at Pelican Hill is a haven within a wellness retreat, it is a place for healing and inspiration perched on a cliff above the Pacific Ocean. Stresses, aches and imbalances melt away at The Spa, which includes 22 private treatment rooms, a full-service salon and ample areas for relaxation. Guests can try the 80-minute HydroFacial – a cutting edge treatment using LED light therapy for a transformative anti-aging effect.

Naples Grande Beach Resort Spa, Florida
Located right on the beach, Naples Grande Beach Resort Spa is a one-of-a-kind sanctuary dedicated to refreshing the mind and revitalising the body in an uplifting, inspiringly beautiful setting. Featuring 12 spacious treatment rooms, a serene meditation lounge and hair salon, the spa is the perfect place to unwind.

The Scandinave Spa, Whistler

For long-haul travellers, skiers and snowboarders the Scandinave Spa hydrotherapy offers an effective way of releasing tensions in both the mind and body. The cycle of hot-cold-relax is proven to both energize and rest the body, improving blood circulation and activating the lymphatic system to help detoxification. Hot cycles take place in eucalyptus steam rooms, outdoor hot baths, Finnish wood-burning saunas or dry saunas. The spa also hosts a Nordic waterfall, rain showers and cold plunges, after taking a plunge relax beside an outdoor firepit, in one of the solariums.

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