- 1 Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, Spain
- 2 Loisium Wine & Spa Resort, Austria
- 3 Calistoga Ranch, California
- 4 The Sanctuary Spa House Retreat at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Arizona
- 5 Adler Thermae Hotel and Spa, Italy
- 6 Kingsford Homestead, Australia
- 7 Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia, Arizona
- 8 Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco, Italy
8 Wine-Friendly Spas Where You Can Booze and Beautify
Spa culture may be focused on clean living and detoxing, but we're partial to the idea of adding a glass of vino to our pampering rituals. Here, eight hotels and spas around the world where wine and wellness go hand in hand.
Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, Spain
With a setting surrounded by vineyards in Spain's Ribera del Duero wine region, this 12th-century monastery turned 21st-century luxury hideaway is full of revelations, from a Michelin-starred dining room set in the original abbey, with vaulted Gothic ceilings and original frescos, to a private church and secret wine cellar. But no surprise is as welcome as the El Santuario spa, a subterranean oasis dedicated to both holistic healing and old-fashioned pampering. There's a focus on vinotherapy offerings, including a unique spa "sommelier" concept: guests have a consultation during which they smell fragrant herbal oils and taste wines from the resort's own collection, then enjoy a treatment tailored accordingly using their chosen ingredients. There's also the option of sipping a glass of estate wine at the end of your treatment. Heavenly.
Loisium Wine & Spa Resort, Austria
Set near the town of Langenlois in the wine country of Austria's north, the crown jewel of this design-forward hideaway designed by U.S. architect Stephen Holl is the Aveda Destination Spa. Here, sybarites can book vinotherapy treatments that involve both soaking and scrubbing using specific grapes like Vetliner or Riesling (sourced from local producers) while also enjoying a glass of a wine recommended by the sommelier. We love the "Geniuss Salt Glow," which entails a salt scrub and nourishing, moisturizing massage followed by a glass of Geniuss wine from Weingut Steininger. The spa also features a host of dreamy corners for pre- and post-chilling, including infra-red cabins, two saunas, an amethyst brine steam bath, and sun beds and daybeds scattered around the vineyards. Bonus: the vinotherapy products available for purchase.
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Calistoga Ranch, California
This legendary Napa Valley bolthole has always been a big hit with couples seeking the ultimate dreamy escape among the vines. Everything about it encourages relaxation, from the lush natural surroundings—157 pine- and oak-studded acres—to the luxe, spacious lodges with their double-sided fireplaces, outdoor showers, and sundecks. Even the ranch's Auberge Spa cannily capitalizes on the romantic appeal of the place. In addition to a vast menu of treatments, it offers a special "Ultimate Indulgence After Hours" retreat in which couples can reserve the entire spa to themselves from 8 to 11 p.m. The three-hour evening begins with an hour-long aromatherapy massage in the deluxe couples suite; then, therapists leave guests to their own devices so that they may soak in the warm pools by starlight, hang out in the eucalyptus steam room, and sit by a roaring fire enjoying glasses of champagne and dessert.
The Sanctuary Spa House Retreat at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Arizona
With its iconic setting overlooking Arizona's dramatically craggy Camelback Mountain, cozy yet contemporary casitas-for-two, and one of the best spas in the country, what more could you want from the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain? Well, for those seeking even more privacy and pampering, there's the new Sanctuary Spa House retreat. Set inside a private enclave within the resort, this oasis features a 3,500-square-foot, four-bedroom home as well as the add-on option of four casitas—perfect for group getaways. Highlights include a movement studio with fitness equipment, spa treatment room, lawn with fire bowls, and a living room that opens onto the private pool, along with the chance for guests to tailor their own custom experiences. We love the idea of spa treatments followed by a "Mixology 101" class in the compound, where an expert leads a tasting of regional organic wines. After all, Arizona is fast becoming known for its quirky but delicious New World wines—what better setting in which to savor them?
Adler Thermae Hotel and Spa, Italy
Leave it to Italy to seamlessly combine life's greatest indulgences. This elegant wellness hotel in the rolling hills of Tuscany serves up an irresistible menu of bucolic scenery, great food and wine, and comprehensive spa services that deliver a spectrum of experiences, from Ayurvedic treatments to thermal water rituals. Two treatments for couples also offer the chance to sip some fine Tuscan blends: go for the Bacchus Ritual, which involves a Vino Nobile bath, grape-seed peel, full-body massage, and wine tasting.
Kingsford Homestead, Australia
Located a short drive from South Australia's acclaimed wineries in the Barossa Valley, this family-run estate is a private 225-acre property that also doubles as an authentic sheep station. Immerse yourself in the stirring Aussie landscape while also being spoiled rotten: activities include picnicking by the river, taking a balloon flight over the vineyards, or just hanging on the veranda of the 1856 homestead while savoring gourmet meals and Barossa wines. Our favorite part, though, is the alfresco bath experience. Couples can arrange a soak in a clawfoot tub set in a beautiful field (don't worry—it's in a secluded corner of the property), while also sipping glasses of sparkling wine from a local vineyard.
Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia, Arizona
Leave it to one of the country's best spas to find a fittingly decadent way to salute each new season. During each equinox solstice (in March, June, September, and December), Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa guests gather on the chic rooftop Joya Spa Terrace—with its swimming pool and inspiring views over dramatic local feature Camelback mountain—for a unique "Sangria & Sunset Salutations" yoga class, where they perform 108 Sun Salutations to mark the end of one season and the arrival of another. Afterwards, yogis sip sangria and browse the Crave Café, the on-property boutique and café that sells wine, coffee, clothes, and games.
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Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco, Italy
This 800-year-old, 5,000-acre grand estate is at the heart of the Brunello di Montalcino wine-making region, in Tuscany's UNESCO World Heritage-listed region of Val d’Orcia. As you can imagine, that has its upsides, not least of which is the spa (set in the former wine cellars), which offers a decadent "Tuscan Wine Ritual" that aims to take spa-goers on a sensory journey from the vineyard to the wine. The treatment starts with crushing grapes underfoot in a small barrel to stimulate circulation, followed by a full-body exfoliation, a shower, and an invigorating massage. While the ritual promises to be purifying, combating stress and aging thanks to the antioxidant effects of all those grapes, our favorite part might be the experience's conclusion: downing a glass from the resort's own label.
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