Five High-End New England Spa Retreats
Looking to get away from it all? Mud season doesn’t stand a chance against these luxury trips.
The Healing Lodge at Spruce Peak’s gorgeous spa is just that—a Zen space tucked into the Green Mountains of Vermont where you can do salt and mud therapy in between luxurious spa services, including one that uses a portable cryotherapy machine to deliver hot and cold treatment to specific areas of the body. But my favorite part about this spa is the ability to use Spruce Peak’s year-round outdoor heated pool and two hot tubs—all with a gorgeous view of the ski hill.
Stowe, VT, sprucepeak.com.
Chatham Bars Inn
The relaxing vibe here extends to all aspects of your stay: Start the morning with a yoga workout, then retreat to the gorgeous spa for the Nirvana massage. Afterward, soak in the outdoor hot tub before returning to your suite in the adults-only spa building, where you can continue your water journey with a private sauna, steam shower, and hydrotherapy tub alongside a cozy fireplace. Order farm-to-table room service and sleep like a baby—since there are none in your quadrant of the hotel.
Encore Boston Harbor
Don’t have time to travel? Enjoy a welcome retreat from busy city life with a spa staycation at Encore. The relaxation haven is best known for its amenities—including a sauna, steam room, plunge pools, and hot chaises for relaxing between treatments with a glass of bubbly in hand. Travel down the hallway, taking in the über-high ceilings, gorgeous European décor, and positive chi from the healing stone as you make your way to one of the impeccably appointed treatment rooms for faves such as the 90-minute Good Luck Ritual—a signature service that includes a full-body, face, and scalp massage and exfoliation.
The Ocean & Harvest Spa sits atop Watch Hill, where you can do just that—watch the ocean waves roll in with a view of the serene indoor pool at your toes. Massages are the specialty here, including the one-of-a-kind Time Together couple’s massage in your own private double suite and a massage that uses warm beach stones from the local shore to ease sore muscles. Afterward, enjoy five-star dining at Coast, then rest your head on a cushy pillow upstairs.
Watch Hill, RI, oceanhouseri.com.
Treat yourself to a holistic mind-and-body retreat at this temple to wellness in the Berkshires. Whether you’re staying on-site or nearby, you’ll want to book the Relax & Renew day package (which includes lunch, smoothies, and a spa credit) to take advantage of the full slate of unique treatments. Before or after sessions, relax your mind with a soak in the hot tubs or indoor-outdoor pool—and after lunch, sharpen it with classes like hatchet-throwing, chicken-keeping, and archery. Pro tip: Book Monday to Thursday for the best rates.
First published in the print edition of the March 2023 issue, with the headline “The Luxury Spa Trip.”