Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grand Lakes Wins Readers' Choice!

Spa at The Four Seasons Atlanta, Ritz-Carlton Spa Amelia Island, Spa at La Posada de Santa Fe and Spa at Loretto at The Inn & Spa at Loretto also winners

"Spa travel experiences are not a luxury, but essential to a healthy body and mind," says 10Best Spa Expert Ava Roxanne Stritt, a.k.a. Spa Travel Gal. Some of the nation's best spas are found within hotels and resorts, and our readers have just voted for the crème de la crème among 20 nominated facilities.

  • Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte

    The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte is an LEED-certified eco-friendly facility. This green hotel removes stress with their Vitality Lounges, including a eucalyptus steam room, a dry sauna and experience showers. Also not to be missed, the Zen-inducing Aqua Lounge, which includes a pool, whirlpool and refreshments.
    Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Charlotte

  • Spa at The Four Seasons Rancho Encantado

    The Spa at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado lies near a high mountain desert landscape in Santa Fe, the perfect backdrop for relaxation. Deeply inspired by the desert landscapes, the spa utilizes indigenous ingredients such as honey, adobe and blue corn. Spa treatment rooms are located in a building connected by a strolling pathway with large glass walls for a unique indoor-outdoor feel that incorporates Santa Fe’s natural beauty into the decor.
    Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Rancho Encantado

  • Spa at Belmond Charleston Place

    The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place lies in the heart of Charleston. Wellness is taken seriously here – the hotel takes part in a program to aid in the wellness of the entire town, especially its children, with their “I Will Reflect” program. For a hotel spa their community involvement is unprecedented. This spa with a heart also offers an extensive menu of treatments along with a beautiful swimming pool with a retractable roof.
    Photo courtesy of Belmond

  • Well & Being at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    Over 40,000 square feet of spa bliss awaits at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess's Well & Being Spa, a true wellness destination in Scottsdale. The spa menu has all the standard offerings plus nutrition counseling, acupuncture, life coaching and body composition testing. Jacuzzis, grotto waterfalls, a rooftop pool and a Eucalyptus inhalation room - to enjoy before or after treatments - are part of the appeal. Classes include aerial yoga and Rip Surfer.
    Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

  • Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza New York

    Personally selected wines served in an exclusive wine lounge set apart the Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa at the Fairmont Plaza in New York City. Signature treatments in this lovely heart-of-the-city spa include a barrel bath, Crushed Cabernet Scrub, Honey & Wine Wraps, Wine Maker’s Massage and Caudalie’s famous facials with grape and vine active patents. The vinotherapy theme extends beyond the treatments to the décor which includes symbolic vine sculptures.
    Photo courtesy of Caudalie Vinotherapy Spa

  • Spa at Loretto at The Inn & Spa at Loretto

    The Spa at Loretto strives to award every guest with a refreshing wellness journey that enhances their Santa Fe experience. Most of the spa treatments utilize indigenous plants of New Mexico, and each treatment begins with a respectable Santa Fe tradition of burning sage in the guest's honor. This is a rare spa that has only private suites, each elegantly appointed. Special touches include antique Kohler claw foot tubs and a private spa elevator that whisks patrons directly to the interior of the spa from the hotel floor.
    Photo courtesy of Destination Hotels & Resorts

  • Spa at La Posada de Santa Fe

    The Spa at La Posada de Santa Fe is located at a resort with a long history of family hospitality. This spa utilizes sage and other local indigenous ingredients in most of its treatments, but it uses locally-made chocolate best. Chocolate infused with chili revitalizes tired bodies during a Santa Fe Chocolate Chili Wrap or Santa Fe Chocolate Chili Pedicure. The spa's unique chili-infused chocolates are made with a custom red Chimayo pepper for warmth while the chocolate yields an antioxidant power. Accompanied by champagne and exquisite chili-shaped chocolates, the pedicure is a multidimensional experience.
    Photo courtesy of La Posada de Santa Fe, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

  • Ritz-Carlton Spa Amelia Island

    Today spas are all about highlighting the local culture, and this spa by the sea at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island nails it with a unique Heaven in a Hammock signature service. This unique service is a massage performed inside a hammock! Not only does the gentle swaying of the hammock sway one to relax, it also gives a weightlessness to the body that helps elongate the spine. It’s one of the spa’s most sensory experiences, and  one of the most unusual spa treatment found anywhere.
    Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island

  • Spa at The Four Seasons Atlanta

    Located at the most luxurious hotel and residence in Atlanta, The Spa at The Four Seasons Atlanta welcomes guests with a breathtaking marble stairway just steps from the spa entrance. The therapists here have a level of training much higher than the local regulations and standards require. The city’s most photo worthy indoor pool – a Roman-inspired saline pool – is part of the spa facility. A poolside menu features spa-inspired nourishment from a menu designed by the top chef in town, Robert Gerstenecker of Park 75.
    Photo courtesy of dolgachov

  • The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Orlando, Grande Lakes

    The grand dame of spas in Orlando has traditionally been The Spa at Grande Lakes. Located between sister properties the JW Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, this multi-floor spa includes 40 treatment rooms, a 4,000 square foot heated lap pool, a well-stocked boutique and a spa cafe. The spa may make you forget to visit the theme parks.
    Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grand Lakes

New Mexico and Florida came away as big winners, with two spas each in the top 5. Taking home the first place title is the Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grand Lakes, a multi-floor space featuring 40 treatment rooms and a 4,000-square-foot heated lap pool.

The Spa at The Four Seasons Atlanta, runner-up for Best Hotel Spa, is home to one of Atlanta's most stunning indoor pools, as well as a staff of highly trained therapists and a spa menu designed by Robert Gerstenecker of Park 75.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Hotel Spa are as follows:

  1. Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grand Lakes
  2. Spa at The Four Seasons Atlanta
  3. Ritz-Carlton Spa Amelia Island
  4. Spa at La Posada de Santa Fe
  5. Spa at Loretto at The Inn & Spa at Loretto
  6. Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza New York
  7. Well & Being at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
  8. Spa at Belmond Charleston Place
  9. Spa at The Four Seasons Rancho Encantado
  10. Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Ava Roxanne Stritt (Spa Travel Gal), Anne Dimon (Travel to Wellness) and Dena Roché (The Travel Diet), together co-founders of Wellness Travel Media, were chosen for their expertise in the spa travel industry.

Additional nominees included the Spa at The Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, Spa Montage Laguna Beach, Mokara Spa at Omni Nashville Hotel, Centre for Well-Being at The Phoenician, Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, Mii Amo Spa at Enchantment Resort, Kohler Waters Spa at The American Club, Spa at The Grand Del Mar, Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn and the Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge Reynolds Plantation.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.

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