Readers' Choice 2014: Top 20 Spa Resorts
Each year, we ask our readers choose their favorite spa resorts. From the American Southwest to Indonesia, discover some of the best spas in the world.
— Luxurious health/fitness resort and spa in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson.
— Tranquil spa resort amid 400 acres of desert gardens and waterfalls in the Santa Catalina foothills, 50 minutes from Tucson. Casita-style lodgings are arranged in six small “villages,” each with its own courtyard.
— Cosmopolitan resort terraced into a hillside overlooking Napa Valley vineyards in Rutherford, 90 minutes north of San Francisco.
Sea Island, Georgia
— Renowned family-oriented resort and golf community on a 10,000-acre island estate connected by a causeway to St. Simons Island, midway between Savannah and Jacksonville.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— Luxurious residential resort terraced into the panoramic bluffs of Punta Ballena overlooking two private coves. Clusters of four-story earth-toned casitas contain 57 guest rooms.
— Grand resort in dramatic grounds along a half-mile rocky shoreline on the north Kona Coast, adjacent to Kona Village.
Paradise Valley, Arizona
— Sophisticated boutique resort set on the tranquil northern slope of Camelback Mountain, midway between Phoenix and Scottsdale.
— Stylish resort atop 7,000-foot East Gros Ventre Butte, 15 minutes from downtown Jackson.
Canyon Point, Utah
— Exceptional resort set amid 600 acres of stupendous desert landscape close to Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam.
— Dramatically sited resort secluded in a box canyon surrounded by sensational red rock formations, 15 minutes from downtown Sedona’s shops and galleries.
— Country house hotel owned by the Beall family since 1976, set on a 9,200-acre estate bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 25 minutes south of Knoxville.
— European-flavored coed health/fitness/beauty spa amid 200 private acres in a secluded valley 40 miles north of San Diego.
— Splendid 40-room destination spa on 19 lakeside acres in the Hill Country outside of Austin.
Laguna Beach, California
— Imaginatively conceived resort hotel amid 30 landscaped acres on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 30 minutes south of Newport Beach.
Maundays Bay, Anguilla
— Stylish resort on its own 180-acre garden peninsula, fronting one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean.
San José del Cabo, Mexico
— Casually elegant Mediterranean/Spanish-style residential resort adjacent to the Cabo Real championship golf links, midway between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
— Exquisite sanctuary overlooking the Ayung River Gorge near the artists’ village of Ubud. High, moss-covered walls conceal 30 pavilion suites entered through temple-like gateways.
Carmel Valley, California
— Refined resort in the peaceful Carmel Valley amid oak-covered hills with a backdrop of the Santa Lucia Mountains, 15 minutes from Carmel.
Punta Mita, Mexico
— Seaside hotel on a scenic 1,200-acre peninsula with two pretty beaches, 45 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta airport.
— Legendary 393-room resort hotel, founded in 1876 and set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River amid tranquil gardens. Two modern towers augment the atmospheric 19th-century Authors’ Wing.
4. The Cloister - Courtesy of Sea Island
6. Four Seasons Hualalai - © John De Mello
8. Amangani - Courtesy of Amanresorts
9. Amangiri - Courtesy of Amanresorts
10. Enchancement Resort - © Mark Boisclair
11. Blackberry Farm - © Beall and Thomas
12. Cal A Vie - © Jerry Ward
13. Lake Austin Spa Resort - © Terry Vine
14. Montage - © Jackie Caradonio
15. Cap Juluca - © Maurice Naragon
16. Las Ventanas - HKS Inc © Blake Marvin
17. Amandari - Courtesy of Amanresorts
20. Mandarin Oriental Bangkok - © George Apostolidis