By LL Editorial StaffThere are few experiences as relaxing as dedicating an entire afternoon to a much-needed trip to the spa and having your body draped across a massage table as you're pampered from head-to-toe. However, even better than a quick visit is a bona fide getaway to a destination renowned for its wellness and healing methods. Sometimes a spa holiday is all about the location, other times it has everything to do with the resort. When the two are aligned, location and setting, it truly results in the ultimate spa experience. Below are some specially-selected Luxury Link properties at which you can rest, relax, recharge and refresh in style.
A torch-bearer for upscale domestic spa retreats is Lake Austin Spa Resort in the Texas hill country, twice named the #1 destination spa in North America by the readers of Condť Nast Traveler. Complementing the resortís five-star accommodations, the on-site LakeHouse Spa offers over 100 services designed by an in-house expert and inspired by the serene natural setting. These customized spa treatments - including massages, body treatments, East Asian therapies, facials and more - offer the best of the world's ancient and modern therapeutic techniques. On the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea is the beautiful island of Barbados. With its pink and white sugar-like sands, crystal-clear water, and conflower blue sky, is it any wonder why this paradise is a top spa destination? In Speightstown is the luxurious hideaway of Cobblers Cove, a resort where well-being is paramount. Facials are a specialty, but signature massages - such as the Aromatherapy De-Stressor - were created to promote serenity, recovery, vitality and clarity by using proven Swedish massage techniques to boost circulation and alleviate pain associated with sore joints and muscles. Of course, one deep breath of that fresh island air also provides instant therapy for any urbanite.
Meanwhile, barefoot elegance prevails in Bali, the Indonesian paradise where wellness has been elevated to an art form. Nestled between lush mountains and the winding Ayung River and balanced atop wooden pillars, The Ubud Hanging Gardens is practically synonymous with serenity. In addition to Balinese appointments like thatched pergolas, zen gardens and a streamlined design with zero clutter, the resortís own Ayung Spa is a central experience to every stay. The Pure Relaxation spa package includes Balinese massage, body scrub and aromatherapy flower bath and embraces the traditional Balinese approach to healing and wellness.