by Adrian Northrup & Julia Spiro

You made lead a stressful life, but when vacation time comes, it’s all about relaxation! You love to take for Y-O-U, and spoil yourself with soothing body treatments. You like the feel of negative energy being (literally) kneaded out of you. You work hard and play hard, so you have to relax just as hard too. Hey you deserve it!

But spa doesn’t just mean some plain old resort with a tiny salon attached!

Your destinations are to calming places that are centered on relaxation. Appointments for stone massages, seaweed wraps and microdermabrasion facials fill your time. In between spa treatments, you bask in the relaxing surroundings and nibble on healthy, natural food. The trip isn’t just for the treatments; it’s for the whole spiritual, healing experience. Here are some of Tango Diva’s picks for spa vacations and resorts.

Telluride, Colorado: The Peaks Resort and Golden Door Spa

This luxury resort is a top spa destination year-round. In the winter, guests can enjoy world-class skiing on the snowcapped mountains of Telluride, suitable for intermediate and advances skiers. In the summer, the challenging and beautiful golf course and hiking trails await energetic guests. Guests who want to take it easy can simply stay within the hotel and enjoy incredible spa treatments at the Golden Door Spa. Not only does the spa offer its signature European treatments, but it also offers unique specialties inspired by the alpine surroundings, such as the Mountain Salvation Massage. The list of treatments is extensive and customized, including services specifically for expecting mothers or guests with high levels of anxiety. In addition to facials, body treatments, and salon services, the spa also offers yoga, pilates, meditation, and spinning classes, as well as outdoor activities like snowshoeing. Accommodations are luxurious and comfortable, and the dining options are fresh, healthy, and satisfying.

For more information and to make a reservation, visit the Peaks Resort and Golden Door Spa Web site.

Pranburi, Thailand: The Evason Hua Hin and Six Senses Spa
Set on twenty acres of lush tropical gardens and lotus ponds and overlooking the ocean, this resort features 185 rooms, including 40 private villas. Each room captures a fusion of eastern and western styles, with private balconies and spacious, open-style bathrooms. The spa services use all natural products and the selection of therapeutic treatments will rejuvenate the senses while relaxing the body and mind. Wellness sessions, including yoga and Tai Chi, also help guests to relax and energize themselves. With authentic Thai cuisine, and a walk-in wine cellar for wine tastings, as well as several other dining and refreshment options, guests here enjoy a delicious and unique culinary experience. This resort is for the spa girl who wants an exotic destination, a lush and tropical local, and authentic, restorative treatments.

For more information and to make a reservation, visit the The Evason Hua Hin and Six Senses Spa Web site.

Santa Fe, New Mexico: The Inn and Spa at Loretto
Located in the heart of historic San Francisco, this inn and spa combines a surrounding setting of urban culture and history with an inclusive sense of tranquility and luxury. Recognized for its beautiful pueblo-inspired architecture, the accommodations here feature vibrant colors and designs inspired by Native American history and also include all modern amenities. Guests can enjoy authentic New Mexican cuisine made with fresh, local, organic produce in the restaurant, lounge, or from the comfort of their room with 24-hour room service. The spa is known for its fusion of new and old techniques and treatments, including aromatherapy, heated massage, and services using indigenous, organic New Mexican herbs and minerals. In addition to the spa body treatments, guests can also enjoy services such as astrology appointments, chakra balancing, reiki, a Japanese healing technique, and life coaching sessions. Guest can cleanse themselves even more with the spa’s various “global rituals,” including Native American blessings.

For more information and to make a reservation, visit the Inn and Spa at Loretto Web site.

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