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Enticing spa ads are hard to miss. Some are able to live up or exceed expectations, others are just good on TV or prints.

From luxury to necessity, week-long spa getaways have become popular across the United States. Do you know that the key element in helping people relax and feel better at spa is being touched? Pampering will not be complete without physical contact.

But, not all spas are made equal. Mediocrity also exists in this industry. If you think you deserve or want more than the average, here is a compilation of the best spas peppered in the United States.

1.      The Spa at El Encanto

Santa Barbara, California

Relax between the Pacific Ocean and rolling hills of Santa Barbara’s wine country. This is what you get when you take a day off and spend it in The Spa at El Encanto.

Wide array of massages, organic facials, waxing and bronzing services are available. Price ranges from $40 to $460.

2.      Canyon Ranch Spaclub at the Homestead

Hot Springs, Virginia

Signature spa treatments at Canyon Ranch Spaclub include Homestead soothing scrub, Mineral Springs Mud Wrap, Southern Harvest Apricot & Sweet Vanilla Wrap, Canyon Stone Massage and Tension Zone Therapy. The tag price of these can go from $50 to $255.

They are also known for their KidSpa, where the little ones can enjoy pampering while mom and dad relax. They offer children’s yoga, stars facial and pink bubbles pedicure for children aged 5 to 13.

3.      The Spa at Terranea

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Multi-awarded The Spa at Terranea is a perfect side trip for hikers and kayakers. Another spa in California that boasts Pacific Ocean view and Palos Verdes coastline, it offers relaxation and rejuvenation services that can reconnect you with nature.

There are 25 treatment rooms inside the 50,000 wellness center.

4.      Vail Cascade Resort and Spa

Vail, Colorado

Cap your skiing adventure with a relaxing spa treatment at the Aria Spa at Vail Cascade Resort. Wellness treatments await guests within the 78,000 square foot facility.

Price for massages are between $89 and $219. Other services include Alpine Foot Journey, Rocky Mountain Rituals, Orange peel Body Buff and Moroccan Oil Intense Hydration Wrap.

5.      White Barn Inn & Spa

Kennebunkport, Maine

Bathroom with rain showers and a soaker tub are the two trademarks of White Barn Inn & Spa. Massages can go from 60 minutes ($135) to 90 minutes ($200), which include Swedish, Kennebunk River Stone, Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue and Thai. Guests are free to choose if they want these massages done in-room or poolside.

6.      Auberge du Soleil

Napa Valley, California

Nestled at the heart of vineyard and olive groves,Auberge du Soleil poses the perfect setup for rest and relaxation. Imagine this: sipping a hot herbal tea overlooking the picturesque view of Napa Valley while being pampered from head to foot. Perfection!

Usual spa packages would cost you around $275.

7.      Elysian Spa & Health Club at Waldorf Astoria

Chicago, Illinois

The 14,000 square feet complex of Elysian Spa & Health Club offers luxurious personalized experience in an urban sanctuary. They are famous for their pre-natal massage especially designed for expectant mothers.

8.      Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

South Carolina

The hotel where the spa is located has been given five star rating by Forbes and one of the top-ranked beach resorts in the United States. These alone can tell you that you are bound to experience something great.

The spa menu is stuffed with facial retreats, body fusions, body rescues, massage therapies and more. Ultra relaxing spa medleys ushered Sanctuary at Kiawah Spa to superstardom. Thai massage and yoga session in one for 2 hours will cost around $250.

9.      Lodge at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, California

The signature Pebble Massage lasts for 70 minutes or more. This massage uses warm sculpted stones for muscle penetration and deep relaxation. The service costs $200.

Stress reduction, better quality of sleep, soothing of joints and muscles or simply feeling better about yourself – whatever the reason is, spa experience has provided a lot of people with the chance to rejuvenate their mind and body. Those who have the resources would dole out and create their own spa at home. If you fancy this idea, there are fiberglass pools in Michigan that you choose from.

It’s Your Turn

What was your best spa experience like? How many times do you visit a spa in a month or year? What do you usually do to relinquish stress from work or daily routine?

Unwind your thoughts and share us your favorite spa stories and recommendations. The comment box below is wide open for you.

A herald of ethical blogging, Adam Prattler can easily route readers to the finest fiberglass pools in Michigan and travel destinations in the United States. He also loves to do some guest posts when he is relaxing at his home.