By Elizabeth Lavis
There’s nothing more relaxing than getting pampered, but picking a new spa when you’re on the go means you might wind up at a dud. If a chill-out and beautify session is a must on your next trip, why not trust the pros and pick a place where Hollywood’s hottest get glam? Celebrity-tested and approved, give these indulgent spas a whirl.
The Ranch Malibu, Malibu, California
We’ll start off with a legacy player in the spa world: California’s Ranch Malibu. It’s famous for its swarms of stars, including Rebel Wilson. Located close to Hollywood, convenience is definitely a factor, but the Ranch Malibu offers much more than your standard pedicure (although you can be assured that they do an excellent one). They are highly focused on health and wellness and have been credited for giving their glamourous guests a new perspective on life. You can visit for a day, a week, or 10 days and enjoy the Ranch’s “Integrative Lifestyle Physicals,” which consist of standard spa fare like deep tissue massages as well as medical testing. You’ll be fed a specialized, delicious diet to help you stay fit and reinvigorate your health. The Ranch believes in the power of outdoor exercise and the restorative nature of naps. Sign us up! Who knows, you might even rub elbows with Lea Michele on your hike.
The Peninsula Spa, New York City
Next time you’re in the Big Apple, go where the stars go and check out The Peninsula Spa in downtown Manhattan, where you may bump into Nick Lachey, Naomi Campbell, or Khloe Kardashian. Far from your run-of-the-mill spa, The Peninsula has a boutique feel with the highest-end spa treatments. There are 10 rooms, a sun terrace, and relaxing lounges for chilling out in between treatments. They offer a variety of different treatments, including one popular service that entails a massage with herbs and warm oil, guaranteed to leave your skin supple and smelling fantastic. The Peninsula is a nice little oasis in the middle of a bustling city and is guaranteed to delight.
The Spa at Spruce Point Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Even in the middle of a hot Maine summer, you’ll feel like it’s Christmastime when you visit this exclusive spa. And better yet, it’s also a popular, tucked away hot spot of the stars. The facility is quite small, so book ahead if you want to take advantage of one of their incredible treatments, like a cornmeal body scrub, organic blueberry facial, or expert deep tissue massages. Each of their five spa rooms is perfectly appointed and designed for maximum comfort and relaxation.
Aire Ancient Baths, New York City
We’re back to the Empire State for another wonderful spa experience at Aire Ancient Baths, which takes the best practices of luxury bathhouses and puts a new spin on them. Justin Bieber and Robin Thicke has been spotted at this hot spot. Immerse in a signature red wine bath, which includes a glass of vino so you can sip as you soak. As an added benefit, skilled staff give you a relaxing head massage as you luxuriate in their baths. Once your beauty bath is finished you’ll enjoy a rub down with grapeseed oil and then choose your next pleasure, be it enjoying the dead sea bath or letting your pores open up in their designer steam rooms.
Spa Montage, Beverly Hills, California
From East Coast back to West Coast, Spa Montage is popular with Hollywood’s most elite because of its top-notch treatments. They specialize in L. Raphael anti-aging oxygen facials. Since any anti-aging procedure that’s cutting edge is going to attract flocks of devotees, this proven procedure is very high in demand. While you’re finding the face of your youth in the massive 20,000-square-foot spa of the Montage Hotel’s third floor, you might be in the company of some celebrities, including Reese Witherspoon, who is a fan.
Canyon Ranch, Tucson, Arizona
Canyon Ranch is a heavy hitter where many stars looking for some pampering have booked a stay. The chances of your meeting January Jones of Mad Men fame or even Oprah Winfrey herself are much higher here than any other spa in the country. Canyon Ranch is famous for mixing Far East spa treatments together with Western practices for a truly unique experience that’s largely unduplicated elsewhere. You can enjoy Watsu; a massage in water, or special diagnoses of any part of your body. Standard spa services are also available at this exclusive destination, only here, you’ll be getting a top of the line facial next to your favorite celebrities.