One of the most rejuvenating ways to decompress and revitalize the mind, body and spirit in the winter is with a trip to the spa. Whether you’re feeling vitamin D deficient or seeking an afternoon of pampering after a day on the slopes, we’ve gathered the most luxurious spa retreats worldwide. These spas are elevating the definition of relaxation and provide the ultimate cure-all for any winter-weather woe.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Perched at an altitude of 6,000 feet in the Swiss Alps where the mountain air is at its freshest, the iconic Badrutt’s Palace Hotel provides an outstanding setting to revitalize, restore and enhance well-being. With an expansive Palace Spa and fitness center, a breathtaking indoor and outdoor pool and leading holistic services, wellness is a natural part of the Badrutt’s Palace lifestyle. The treatment center tailors bespoke offerings using world-renowned therapies and techniques, and the five elegant, individually themed private spa suites provide instant escapism after an active day on the mountain. A proven après ski recovery method, the Palace Spa’s aroma sauna and salt steam rooms promote circulation and clear the respiratory system. As a welcome pre-dinner wind-down, massage and reflexology treatments offer balance and recovery, and the spa’s cozy lounge area is the perfect place to take in views of the snow-capped mountains.
The Hythe is prominently located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies and serves as the gateway to world-class winter adventures on Vail Mountain. The property’s spa boasts cultivated European Swiss-inspired rituals to enjoy after a strenuous day of skiing. To connect with the area’s serene natural surroundings, the property offers a range of experiences such as Wilderness Fly Fishing by Horseback, Yoga with a Lululemon Ambassador, Photography Hikes and more. After a day of adventure, guests can immerse themselves in the Well & Being Spa, which offers Vail’s only Himalayan Salt Therapy Lounge with halotherapy—known to ease breathing problems and anxiety—along with treatments like oxygen refuel, locally grown CBD body wraps and the Doctor Babor Prescription cosmeceutical treatment for enriching skincare to pamper the skin in high altitudes.
Big Sky, Montana
Montage Big Sky
is the first luxury resort experience in Big Sky and it’s the ultimate, authentic winter mountain haven with unparalleled access to the great outdoors for luxury travelers. Rest and renew 7,000 feet above sea level at Spa Montage, an 11,000-square-foot nature-inspired wellness sanctuary encompassing an indoor pool and refined amenities, including heated plunge pools and steam rooms. Guests can enjoy the astonishing High Altitude Acclimation signature service, which includes a specialty massage designed to combat the effects of high elevation and an oxygen beverage, which delivers essential oxygen to the cells of the body. Another must try: their signature fusion of music therapy and a vibrational oil massage, a re-energizing treatment that helps lift guests out of the so-called “winter blues.”
Watermill, New York
Just 90 miles from New York City, Shou Sugi Ban House is the ultimate winter retreat from the bustle of the city that never sleeps. Here, the focus is on nature and everyone’s connection to it. Inspired by Japanese principles of openness and exploration, this spa offers rituals that draw from the curing properties of nature, including the ocean, natural flora and herbs. As the only comprehensive wellness program in the Hamptons offering hydrotherapy, holistic living, meditation and more, this 13-room spa provides complete body rejuvenation. To make a weekend out of it, their overnight retreats allow guests to create a custom multi-day ritual of winter wellness away from the city.
Located in the heart of Mendoza, Argentina and the only luxury wine hotel in Latin America with fully integrated in-room spa features and services, SB Winemaker’s House & Spa Suites
is the ultimate destination to relax and connect with oneself through lavish treatments and a wellness program designed for each guest. Suites are equipped with steam rooms, sensations showers, a dry sauna and more. Guests can enjoy the features at leisure or participate in a guided experience with the help of their personally assigned Wellness Butler. One-of-a-kind treatments showcase the resort’s wine roots and are designed to achieve the perfect balance between mind, body and sacred nature. To truly wind down after a day full of world-class wine tasting and luscious treatments, every evening the Wellness Butler prepares a special bath with local herbs and salts with aromatic essences to conclude the day.
New York City
When you need to unwind, look no further than The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad’s newly opened spa. This rare oasis in the heart of the city features a 6,800-square-foot signature Ritz-Carlton Spa and Fitness Center, including eight treatment rooms, and separate sauna and steam rooms. Some of their most luxurious signature treatments include the Rose Quartz Remedy and The Method by luxury skincare brand Augustinus Bader, which utilizes exclusive scents and oils inspired by the city’s iconic Flower District. Pairing guided breathing and visualization with deeply therapeutic massages, these signature treatments are a reprieve from the cold, hectic streets of the Big Apple and leave guests with the rare gift of feeling restored and balanced—in body and mind.