November 9, 2012
The Top 10 Destination Spas in the U.S.
By Kate Mulcrone
Gayot has rounded up the best destination spas in the United States. We've included a story for each destination to help you with your planning.
1. The Biggest Loser at Fitness Ridge, Ivins, UT
Sure, the Biggest Loser Ranch is gimmicky, but that doesn't mean it isn't the most fabulous health spa in the Southwest. The low-calorie spa cuisine and more than twenty indoor and outdoor group classes simply can't be beat.
2. Birdwing Spa, Litchfield, MN
This lovely retreat is set on 300 acres and offers a very comprehensive range of treatments which include metabolism assessment, personalized take-home fitness programs, cooking demonstrations, goal setting presentations, qi gong, yoga, and kickboxing.
3. Cal-a-Vie Spa, Vista, CA
This spa's impressive treatments include weight training, Pilates, core workouts, aqua workouts and Zumba! Of course, there are also meditation classes and massages for those who simply want to chill.
4. Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA
Nestled in the Berkshires, this gorgeous ranch offers more than 40 complimentary classes that focus on strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance.
5. Copperhood Retreat and Spa, Shandaken, NY
This gorgeous Catskills spa offers the usual classes and treatments, but peace of mind might be the best value to be had. The area is known for bird watching, horseback riding, and tranquil nature walks.
6. The Kerr House, Grand Rapids, OH
This luxurious and intimate spa is tucked away in a quiet corner of Ohio. The stately Victorian manor could remind one of simpler times, but the spa's treatments are ultramodern, ranging from holistic stone facials and Reiki to their specialty, holistic microdermabrasion.
7. New Life Hiking Spa, Killington, VT
This spa is all about weight loss the old fashioned way, through diet and exercise. You'll find the usual classes and healthful cuisine, and they aren't kidding about the hiking. There are so many gorgeous trails guests could use a different one each day of their stay.
8. The Oaks at Ojai, Ojai, CA
This serene Asian-influenced retreat offers everything from acupuncture and aromatherapy to yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, water workouts and cardio classes.
9. Regency Wellness Resort and Spa, Hallandale, FL
Another weigh loss spa, Regency's oceanfront location makes frolicking in the Pacific a tempting alternative to the drink in the Tai Chi, yoga, and aqua classes on offer. There's also a holistic spa.
10. Green Mountain at Fox Run, Ludlow, VT
This low-key, women-only health retreat in Central Vermont focuses on healthy, mindful eating. The spa sits on 26 wooded acres and offers a wide range of classes, everything from healthy cooking to Zumba.
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