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Top 10 Destination Spas in the U.S.


Relaxation Meets Complete Rejuvenation

The stunning Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Destination Spas in the U.S.

The Best Destination Spas

Destination spas are quite different from other spas, including those at luxe, amenity-heavy hotels, in that they address the whole person through comprehensive life enhancement programs. These include weight loss for life, healthy eating, smoking cessation, stress management, life coaching and more. Destination spas know that taking charge of one's life means more than a massage or facial, so they offer classes in anything from yoga to writing. Some feature acupuncture, reiki and other healing modalities. Others focus on hiking or visualization techniques. All in all, destination spa-goers are happier, healthier, fitter and more agile than non spa-goers and regular vacationers, according to findings by Cornell University. From the Berkshires to the Red Rocks of Utah, the following ten properties have consistently won awards, and our own experts agree: these are truly the ten best destination spas in the country.

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