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Some of the best spas in the Western United States are located in places where you can enjoy incredible landscapes before heading indoors to relax and be pampered - while still enjoying beautiful views of the places you were just playing in. From the snow-capped mountains to the sun-kissed desert, check out these five spas in five different states.
Imagine going to a restaurant and having the chef ask you all about your favorite foods, when and where you like to eat, the role food plays in your life, etc., and then comes up with a personalized banquet for you and sends you off with some great recipes to try at home. The same principle applies to the Elements of Wellness program at Spa Montage. You give them information and they come up with a spa experience tailored to your individual needs, while also giving you a wellness plan to use after you get home. Your made-to-order treatment may include a soak in your own private therapeutic tub complete with stunning views from the mountainside location to the valley below. The rest of the luxurious 35,000 square-foot facility includes a beautiful indoor pool area.
The top-of-the-line treatments are just the beginning at this jewel of the desert. Before or after your treatment, you can hit the private rooftop pool, sit under the outdoor waterfall in an enclosed oasis, or simply breathe deeply in the Eucalyptus inhalation room. If you're feeling invigorated, try classes such as Aerial Hammock Yoga, where you'll flip out - literally and figuratively, or work your core in an indoor SurfSet class complete with a specially-designed surfboard, the sound of crashing waves and a background video that makes you feel like you're riding. After your day at the beach, recuperate with the Well & Being Signature Massage, a rhythmic massage that includes a scalp massage with wild lime oils.
OK, so maybe Las Vegas doesn't scream "great outdoors," but the Strip does offer a unique landscape where you can exhaust yourself physically. When you get right down to it, what Las Vegas is designed to be a place where you can really enjoy the things you love, whatever those things happen to be. If spas are what make you happy, the ultimate Las Vegas Strip experience is found at Caesars Palace. Vegas is also all about choices, and at Qua Baths, your choices range from ice cold to comfortably warm. Experience indoor snowfall in the Arctic Ice Room, or get snuggly warm before your treatment in the tiled and dry-heated Laconium Room. Vegas is also about romance, so you and your partner should try the Twin Souls Treatment where you'll enjoy a side-by-side massage and scrub before rinsing off together in your own private shower.
Amangani gives you the call of the wild with views of the Grand Tetons above and Snake River Valley below. While the outdoors will beckon, you'll feel comfortable sitting in steam rooms with slate floors and walls. You can even schedule a treatment in there. Mud, salt and seaweed body treatments are all available in the wet room.
While the Napa region is more recently known for wine, it was historically considered a spa area where the "taking of the waters" was a time-honored curative. That tradition continues at Auberge Spa, where you can get rid of the travel stress you accumulated in getting there with "The Antidote," a treatment which uses ancient Yogic massage techniques so you can relax and get ready to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty of the area. Once you're ready, the wellness menu includes hikes in the surrounding area, Tai Chi, Qigong and "Calist-Yoga."
The spas of the West offer not only excellent treatments, but beautiful surroundings in which to enjoy them.
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