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Four Seasons Spas Guide: 12 Spots for the Ultimate Spa Day

BY: EDITORIAL TEAM | 7.22.2016 |

Four Seasons Spas combine luxurious relaxation with world-class service. For decades, the name has been synonymous with quality, style, and first-class amenities. We talked to several Four Seasons spa directors who revealed insider tips on how you can elevate your hotel spa experience to luxurious new heights. Read up, then snag an amazing deal that will leave you glowing all over.

Oceanside Massages and Stretching with Whales in Maui

Get the Spa Deal: The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

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The Scene: It's no accident that this spa is located steps from Wailea Beach—Hawaiian legend suggests that water revitalized the mind, body, and spirit. Guests listen to surf and shore collide while they indulge in an oceanside massage at a traditional hale hau, or open-air thatched hut. Surrounded by fragrant naupaka-flower hedges and lush greenery, the tranquil spot has been described as the world's best place to have a massage.

The Local Flavor: The signature E Ola Hou, or Hawaiian healing wrap, is one of senior spa director Pat Makozak favorite indulgences. Therapists begin each two-hour treatment by gently exfoliating skin with ground dried coconut. They then apply healing gel made from Noni plant before wrapping guests in warm tī leaves—a plant ancient Hawaiians believed to be spiritually powerful. Warm-stone face massage, organic coconut oil scalp treatment, Vichy shower rinse, and passionfruit lotion application finish the day with decadence.

Something Different: Experience waves of relaxation during the in-ocean Wai Vari massage. You'll slip on a wetsuit, then slip into the water with a therapist who guides you to a floating position. Gentle stretching relieves discomfort while stress melts from the body and weightless washes over it. "It's particularly popular during whale season," Makozak says. "As you lay back in the water and feel gently caressed by the waves, often you will hear the whales singing to provide a truly unique Hawaiian experience."

Something Extra Drink a complimentary shot of fruit and veggie-packed green juice before departing the spa. Break for lunch onsite at Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante, which boasts gorgeous Pacific Ocean views, a romantic ambiance, and rustic stone-baked pizzas (reservation suggested).

Sugar-Cane Scrubs and Day Spa Decadence in Oahu

Get the Spa Deal: Naupaka Spa & Wellness Center at Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

 

The Scene: Towering palm trees and lush gardens line the resort and its four-level, 35,000-square-foot spa. Here, fronds shade guests as they relax in one of the many outdoor lounge areas and take in views of the glimmering Pacific Ocean. Spa professionals consider it their kuleana (responsibility) to share their love and respect for Hawaii by connecting the 'aina (land) to spa-goers through indigenous art forms and the use of native plants in their services.

The Local Flavor: If you're interested in "the best of everything"—as the treatment is called in English—try the Nō Ka 'Oi treatment, which calls upon Hawaiian healing wisdom and ingredients to enhance ola, or life, health, and well-being. It includes an invigorating sugar-cane and coconut-oil body scrub, a hydrating coconut-milk and aloe wrap, and a luxurious hair and scalp treatment. It ends with a lemongrass-ginger lomilomi massage, which is a relaxing modality developed by Polynesians.

Something DifferenThere a spa service for everyone at Four Seasons Maui. Guys can channel Hawaiian heroes like Kamehameha the Great and Duke Kahanamoku during a precision straight-razor shave with cleansing, exfoliation, and moisturizing. Teens can relax during a 'Alohi Lani (Heavenly Brightness) facial that targets clogged pores and breakouts.

Something Extra: Supplement your massage with a sunburn healing remedy that blends soothing aloe vera, mamaki leaf, noni fruit, and gardenia flower—or try a volcanic foot and leg treatment that uses pumice, sea salts, taro, and organic honey to exfoliate and calm skin. Finish your day enjoying the hot tubs, cold-plunge pool, eucalyptus steam room or strolling through the couple's garden.

Flawless Facials and Cabana Life In Beverly Hills

Book Your Getaways Deal: The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

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The Scene: If you were a movie star whose LA home was decorated by a top interior designer, it might look something like this Beverly Hills spa. Its light colors, sun-dappled greenery, and luxe furnishings lower blood pressure before treatments begin. The centerpiece is the rooftop pool, which Travel + Leisure extolled for its "see-and-be-seen scene ... where Hollywood bigwigs review scripts over Bellinis and divas disappear into poolside cabanas for their afternoon massages."

The local flavor: Hollywood starlets aren't the only ones with cabana access. Reserve your own lime-green hideaway for the Relax Like the Stars package, which includes two 50-minute treatments, lunch, Evian water, pressed juices, and a tropical fruit plate.

Once you emerge for a dip in the pool, you'll be glowing more than Jennifer Lawrence amid red-carpet flashbulbs.

Something Different: Customize a spa day your way. Try reflexology, a mineral bath or the tingle of an essential-oil scalp massage. Boost a facial's effectiveness with high-tech treatments such as glycolic peels, microcurrent lifts, or collagen-stimulating LED treatments. Afterwards, relax in the treatment lounge complete with Swiss showers and dry sauna.

Something Extra: Keep tasting the good life with an upscale, three-course Italian dinner at the Four Season's posh onsite restaurant, Culina. Chef Denis Dello Stritto's divine dining antics romance the palate with flavors a la Italia and gorgeous wine pours. Get the dining deal here.

A Fitness Fix and Peaceful Sleep in Silicon Valley

Get the Spa Deal: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley

The Scene: Hone your spa smarts in this hotbed of high-tech innovation. Silicon Valley may be home to Google, HP, Tesla and the likes—but when it comes to recharging, the Spa at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley trumps them all.

The Local Flavor: Disconnect and explore the wilds of California without leaving your massage table. The Western Healing Massage is inspired by California redwoods, the hotel's unofficial symbol. "The massage uses a special combination of essential oils with restorative properties to reduce tension and stress, soothing tired muscles," says Malia O'Connor, the location's PR director. "The anti-inflammatory properties produce an uplifting and revitalizing effect while the pleasant, woody aroma is calming."

Something DifferentSupercharge nap time with one of the spa's newest treatments: California Dreaming Sleep Wellness Massage. The innovative modality incorporates breath work and sleep-inducing techniques to release stress and promote rest. Take home your own trigger-point sleep serum, a download of clinically studied ZMusic aural therapy, and the ZBliss Sleep Ritual Guide by sleep guru Robert Michael deStefano. Combined, it all serves "as a wonderful at-home sleep ritual for nightly practice ... to help you fall asleep and stay asleep," O'Connor says.

Something Extra: Power up your pampering sesh the Fitness Fix, an arnica gel therapy that helps soothe sore muscles. To get the most out of your visit, O'Connor suggests the Algorithm package. It's "a customized sequence of treatments designed to reprogram your body, including the Silicon Valley massage, Silicon Valley facial, Startup manicure, and Startup pedicure," she says. Want to relax overnight in Silicon Valley? Book your Four Seasons Getaways deal here.

Swedish Massages and Spa Lunching in St. Louis

Book Your Getaways Deal: The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

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The Scene: square feet with city Spanning 12,000 views that include Ga eway Arch, this Four Seasons location is your gateway to relaxation. Longtime Sales Director Tim Powers says the space is "one of the best we have in the company." Dip your toes in the pool or one of two whirlpools; then finish your spa day in the hair and nail salon

The Local Flavor: Influenced by the spa's proximity to the Mississippi River, the Rhythm of the River massage features gliding, Swedish-style strokes and light pressure from heated river stones. And when guests book certain services, the spa will donate a portion of the value to a local LGBT or schools non-profit.

Something Different: Take time to turn back time with the signature anti-aging facial. It uses Babor products to lift skin and reduce signs of aging, including wrinkles and fine lines, by reversing the slowdown of collagen and elastin production. Light up your look with exfoliating AHA peels or brightening eye pads that compound the effects of nine distinct facials. Finish treatments with a brow or lash tinting to create a defined look.

Something Extra: Relaxation is hard work, so complement your pool day with a three-course Italian meal at Cielo, the Four Season's onsite restaurant and bar. Fresh scallop ceviche and roasted branzino pair with chilled glasses of champagne, coconut water, and more spa-friendly libations. Get the dining + pool access deal here.

Acupuncture and Hemp-Seed Body Scrubs in Toronto

Get the Spa Deal: The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

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The Scene: Spanning 30,000 square feet, the spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is a sizable, chic retreat. Lounge in the sunlit indoor pool on the terrace or take a timeout on a specially designed massage table. No matter where you relax, a custom HVAC system disperses an aromatic blend of essential oils, surrounding you serenity.

The Local Flavor: Unlike other Four Seasons Spas, this one echoes back the neighborhood's '60s origins. Upscale Yorkville was once a home to hippies, artists, and poets—why not channel the past with the We Are Yorkville package, which includes a welcoming foot ritual, dry body brushing, and a skin-refreshing hemp-seed scrub. Warm honey wrap and patchouli-scented hemp oil massage complete your service.

Something Different: Delve into the realm of Traditional Chinese Medicine when you combine acupuncture treatments with cupping, gua sha and more Eastern healing techniques. The package can include three subsequent appointments that further attempt to relieve pain, stress, and other issues.

Something Extra: Add a Moroccanoil serum scalp treatment to massage or facial and revive overprocessed hair. Visitors also have access to the co-ed pool, yoga studio, hair and nail salon, locker rooms, steam rooms, and whirlpools. For those wanting to experience the rest of the hotel's luxury, we've got you covered, too. Get the deal here.

Oxygen Facials and Swimming Along the Skyline in Chicago

Book Your Getaways Deal: The Spa and Fitness Center at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

The Scene: Located steps from the bustling Magnificent Mile but elevated floors away, the spa and 24-hour fitness center at the Four Seasons Hotel ascends you to new levels of luxury. Swim laps in the 50-foot pool while the city streets bustle below.

The Local Flavor: Thanks to gangsters like Al Capone, Chicago and Prohibition are inexorably linked in the public imagination. So it should come as no surprise that a Bourbon Massage is at the top of the list for many spa-goers, according to Charlotte Berlin, the hotel's PR director, who explains the treatment: "A brown-sugar [and] bourbon scrub gently exfoliates the back, leaving skin hydrated and renewed. A full-body customized massage follows with a blend of organic oils to relieve tension and alleviate tight muscles. The experience culminates with a glass of Four Seasons Hotel Chicago's exclusive single-barrel bourbon."

Something Different: Look and feel like a new you almost instantly with the Intraceuticals hyperbaric oxygen facial, which minimizes fine lines and lift and tighten skin. Pressurized oxygen delivery boosts the absorption of products infused with hyaluronic acid, calming green tea, and vitamins A, C, and E.

Something Extra: When it comes to treatment add ons, all the usual suspects are here—hot stone massages, reflexology, facial waxing, and more. The spa's biggest perk? You have full access to all the spa's amenities if you book any service lasting 55 minutes or longer. And since the spa is open until 9 p.m. Monday–Friday, it's easy for anyone to take advantage.

Ayurvedic Healing and Coupling Up in Santa Fe

See More: The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe

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The Scene: The spare, Southwestern style of the 10,000-square-foot Santa Fe spa harks back to the region's Pueblo history—15 treatment rooms emulate the sacred kiva rooms used in spiritual rituals. Couple-friendly suites open to private courtyards with open-air baths for total immersion in the desert landscape.

The Local Flavor: Native American culture influences many treatments; others may help combat the effects of dry, desert air. The Mountain Spirit Purification ritual combines sage smudging, an adobe-clay body mask, and a scalp and foot massage. Following a refreshing shower, a juniper-sage massage with hot stones relaxes muscles. Alternatively, the Blue Corn and Honey Renewal with body wrap and massage is a local remedy for nourishing dry skin.

Something Different: Though Southwestern in style, the spa features a variety of globally influenced treatment techniques. Experience Ayurvedic and East Asian healing disciplines—or try the Biorhythm service. Hailing from the Jimbaran Bay resort in Bali, it deeply relaxes the nervous system with an energy scrub, mineral-rich mud wrap, and kundalini-crystal back massage.

Something Extra: Add on a mani-pedi to any service to rejuvenate hands and feet. Be sure to linger after a spa package to and enjoy the spa's amenities: outdoor soaking tubs, steam rooms, and a relaxation lounge. Cap your day with an elegant culinary experience at Terra, the resort's chic dining space.

Detox Wraps & Secluded Sandscapes in Palm Beach

Book Your Getaways Deal: The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach

The Scene: Palm Beach is a decidedly luxurious destination, and its palatial spa is no different. Designed with clean lines and bathed in golden hues, the space invites you to unwind or wander to its private beach to enjoy the sun and surf.

The Local Flavor: Thousands flock to Florida's sandy beaches every year—if you're among the travel-weary, try the Pine Island Detox Wrap. Treatments include exfoliation, mineral-rich seaweed mud application and a cozy warming wrap. Get miles away from stress with a pressure-relieving sinus massage, reflexology, and a massaging application of myrtle oil to finish.

Something Different: You can choose how to cruise into vacation mood—but the signature Palm Beach massage may be just what you need. Developed by area therapists, the head-to-toe treatment starts with an invigorating scalp massage that evolves into a blend of reflexology and traditional massage, enhanced with warmed key-lime and vanilla essential oils.

Something Extra: We can't think of anything better after stepping off a plane than a menthol reflexology rubdown of the feet and calves, which promotes circulation and relaxation. (It only narrowly beats out the brightening collagen eye treatment that lifts tired eyes.) Later, enjoy the spa's menthol steam room, sauna, hot tubs, and relaxation areas before staking out a space on a stretch of private beach.

Mindful Meditation & Calming Feng Shui in Sunny Cali

See More: The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

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The Scene: Voted one of America's top spas by Condé Nast Traveler, this oasis occupies 41,000 square feet of rolling, green hills. Lush trees part to reveal private hot tubs, tents with billowing curtains, and shimmering blue tranquility pools that ripple beneath the curved roofs of Japanese-style houses.

The Local Flavor: You won't find a better place soak up that famous California sunshine. Ten private cabanas, each outfitted with a flat screen TV and a bar, dot the landscape surrounding the outdoor, heated serenity pool. For an authentic exercise in native relaxation, consider the California Dream body treatment. An aesthetician exfoliates skin with a mix of sugar cane extract, shea butter, and noni seed and safflower oils. A peppermint clay body mask then works to remove toxins and other impurities before an application of body butter caps everything off on a nourishing note.

Something Different: Four Seasons Westlake Village is among a handful of places in the country that features the cocoon-like Somadome meditation pod. The Somadome's 20-minute sessions may help to relieve stress and improve vitality thanks to a blend of color therapy, meditation, and energy healing.

Something Extra: Upgrade your massage or facial to a spa package and get your choice of lunch, private suite, or half-day of pool time. Want to relax on the regular? The Spa & Fitness membership nets a monthly massage, twice-annual private cabana rentals, and access to the fitness and pool facilities.

Finnish Rock Saunas and Nautical Views in Baltimore

See More: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

The Scene: The outdoor pool and the spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore boasts big views of the Inner Harbor, the city's marquee tourist attraction. Here you'll see a mix of old-fashioned tall ships and sleek yachts, soaring glass structures and brick industrial buildings. Such aesthetic contradictions seep into the spa, where heat therapies such as aromatherapy steam room and Finnish rock sauna soothe alongside arctic mist showers and a signature ice fountain.

The Local Flavor: Rejuvenate for 110 glorious minutes with the Harbor scrub, a mix of exfoliation, hydration, and total bliss. Each spa package includes a full body and scalp massage.

Something Different: Relax more intimately with your significant other during the Night Spa Experience. From 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., the spa becomes your personal zen playground. Slip on a pair of monogrammed robes before taking part in a welcoming tea ritual that segues into the Heat Experience (it's usually gender-segregated). The night of exclusivity also includes massages, a candlelit bath in a private soaking tub, and a multi-course tasting menu savored under the stars on a private terrace. Oh, and there's a bottle of champagne or wine, too.

Something Extra: Find your favorite "something more" for whatever spa treatment you choose:

  • Massage: Eucalyptus Sinus Release treatment opens up the nasal cavity and erase pressure

  • Facial: vortex extractions painlessly suction grime from pores

  • Mani-Pedi: organic yoga balm with peppermint, olive, and hemp-seed extracts + St. John's wort reduces inflammation

Don't forget to spend some time in the tea lounge, a calming space outfitted with plush fabrics, leather furnishings, and herbal relaxing remedies.

Healing Gemstones and Mile-High Relaxation in Denver

See More: The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver

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The Scene: With its piney fragrances and wood and stone interiors, the spa at Denver celebrates its mountainous locale. Pick a nourishing treatment to offset the effects of high-altitude air and blustery winds. Many menu selections incorporate Rocky Mountain stones and gems, local native traditions, and aromatic evergreen scents.

The local flavor: The Evergreen Massage's spruce and and pine oils have anti-inflammatory properties that relieve sore, tired muscles with deep pressure. Other massages, such as the Full-Body Revival and the 5,280 Relaxation, assuage discomfort that can arise with sudden altitude changes. The Wildcrafted Rosemary Sage body scrub is the perfect remedy for dry skin.

Something Different: Attain mile-high relaxation during the three-hour High-Altitude Revitalizing Gemstone Ormus Ritual. Sessions begin with a soak in Ormus water sourced from nearby mountain streams. Later, during a 90-minute massage, therapists will drizzle herbal oils energized with garnet, carnelian, rose quartz, and amethyst along the spine and place healing gemstones on top.

Something Extra: Book a Happy Hour session, Sunday—Thursday, and pick two 25-minute treatments, such as reflexology, seasonal body scrub, scalp massage. Quickie nail options such as the Express Foot Fix make it easy to add manicures or pedicures to any spa day. Cap your experience relaxing in the whirlpool, steam rooms, and lounges.