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6 Best Hotel Spa Getaways

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By AAA Travel Editor Laurie Sterbens
August 10, 2021
You’ve had a stressful year, and nothing sounds more appealing right now than escaping to a luxurious spa to relax and recharge. While restrictions and closures because of COVID-19 have caused changes to the way we travel, many hotels and spas have responded with enhanced cleaning protocols and adjusted spa services to allow social distancing. These AAA Diamond spa hotels not only earned AAA Inspector’s Best Of Housekeeping badges but were also awarded Inspector’s Best Of Spa designations, so you can rest easy knowing your spa experience has been approved by AAA’s meticulous inspectors. The spa hotels below are open with adjusted procedures as of press time. Phone ahead to confirm schedules and available services.
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Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa

82 Bradford St.
(508) 487-6767
The Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa has everything you need for a rejuvenating, adults-only getaway. The restored Cape Cod sea captain’s estate is within walking distance of the beach and the shops and galleries of Provincetown, Massachusetts, a quaint, historic seaside town, as well as fun things to do such as whale watching or sailing. If you just want to relax, spend the afternoon lounging in a tranquil garden and book a treatment at Shui Spa, a full-service, unisex spa offering massages, skin and body treatments, a nail salon and reflexology. While the spa’s mineral soaking tub, steam room and Himalayan salt sauna are closed at press time, all other spa services are available with enhanced sanitation protocols.
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Inn at Bay Harbor, Autograph Collection

3600 Village Harbor Dr.
(231) 439-4000
If you’re craving a spa getaway while planning a family vacation, the Inn at Bay Harbor, Autograph Collection covers all the bases. Built in the style of Michigan’s grand turn-of-the-century lake resorts, the Inn offers views of Lake Michigan, a private beach and heated outdoor pool, as well as kids’ activities and free child care. The Spa at Inn at Bay Harbor offers a complete menu of treatments and services for both men and women, with enhanced sanitation procedures between appointments along with other safety measures. AAA members save 5 percent or more when booking AAA rates.
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Mirbeau Inn & Spa Plymouth

35 Landmark Dr.
(508) 209-2626
You’ll feel like you’ve escaped to a French country estate at Mirbeau Inn & Spa Plymouth, with its graceful, Old World-style architecture set on a wooded landscape featuring ponds and gardens inspired by Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny. In fact, you’re just a short distance away from the attractions and activities of historic Plymouth, Massachusetts and the beach. With a claw-foot tub and fireplace in every room, French-inspired fare at The Bistro & Wine Bar, and of course, the spa and other wellness amenities, you may find it hard to tear yourself away. Though the steam room is temporarily closed, a full menu of spa treatments is available, as well as wellness amenities including outdoor and virtual fitness classes.
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Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach

One Monarch Beach Resort
(949) 234-3200
If you’re looking forward to a change of scenery, how about a luxurious Tuscan-style resort surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens overlooking the Pacific Ocean? With a private beach, destination restaurants with ocean views and a wealth of planned activities, Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach has all you need for a relaxing and fun beach getaway. The resort has revamped its fitness offerings for social distancing and now offers more than 40 fitness, yoga and meditation classes outdoors. Learn to surf, boogie-board or stand-up paddleboard on the private beach, or download the RunGo app for running routes designed by the Monarch fitness staff. The Miraval Life in Balance Spa will reopen soon with adjusted safety protocols according to the resort’s state-certified StaySafe Program. AAA members receive a 5 to 15 percent discount when booking AAA rates.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd.
(239) 598-3300
You may be looking for serious spa pampering, but your kids will think you're the coolest parent ever when they see the fun things to do at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Kids ages 5 to 12 can learn about Florida’s natural beauty in Nature’s Wonders in a facility that includes 11 aquariums with crabs, eels, turtles and sharks. Outdoors, there’s a family pool with a children’s splash pool—and an adults-only relaxation pool. The entire family can enjoy beach activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and body boarding. When it’s time for that pampering, head to the spa for treatments using local herbs, botanicals and stones from the Gulf, as well as aqua lounges, an outdoor mineral pool, a sauna and steam room. Other wellness offerings include a fitness center, water aerobics classes and nutrition programs. The resort offers special savings for AAA members when booking AAA rates.
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Solage

755 Silverado Tr.
(707) 226-0800
Calistoga, California was founded around its bubbling natural hot springs, and it’s still an unbeatable destination for a wellness vacation in Napa Valley. Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection offers a luxurious spa featuring mud and mineral water therapies, as well as fitness classes (currently being offered as private sessions), a fitness center and nearby historic hiking trails. Bike around the property on complimentary cruiser bikes, or rent a bike to explore the surrounding wine country. Dine on fresh, seasonal fare at Solbar, where the menu ranges from guiltless to indulgent. Whichever you choose, savor a glass of local wine as you take in views of the Palisades Mountains.
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