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Readers' Choice 2014: Top 20 Spa Resorts

By Andrew Harper

The Hideaway Report | September 1, 2014

Each year, we ask our readers choose their favorite spa resorts. From the American Southwest to Indonesia, discover some of the best spas in the world.


1. Canyon Ranch Tucson

Tucson, Arizona — Luxurious health/fitness resort and spa in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson.

2. Miraval

Tucson, Arizona — Tranquil spa resort amid 400 acres of desert gardens and waterfalls in the Santa Catalina foothills, 50 minutes from Tucson. Casita-style lodgings are arranged in six small “villages,” each with its own courtyard.

3. Auberge du Soleil

Rutherford, California — Cosmopolitan resort terraced into a hillside overlooking Napa Valley vineyards in Rutherford, 90 minutes north of San Francisco.

4. The Cloister at Sea Island

Sea Island, Georgia — Renowned family-oriented resort and golf community on a 10,000-acre island estate connected by a causeway to St. Simons Island, midway between Savannah and Jacksonville.

5. Esperanza

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — Luxurious residential resort terraced into the panoramic bluffs of Punta Ballena overlooking two private coves. Clusters of four-story earth-toned casitas contain 57 guest rooms.

6. Four Seasons Hualalai

Ka`upulehu-Kona, Hawaii — Grand resort in dramatic grounds along a half-mile rocky shoreline on the north Kona Coast, adjacent to Kona Village.

7. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain

Paradise Valley, Arizona — Sophisticated boutique resort set on the tranquil northern slope of Camelback Mountain, midway between Phoenix and Scottsdale.

8. Amangani

Jackson, Wyoming — Stylish resort atop 7,000-foot East Gros Ventre Butte, 15 minutes from downtown Jackson.

9. Amangiri

Canyon Point, Utah — Exceptional resort set amid 600 acres of stupendous desert landscape close to Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam.

10. Enchantment Resort

Sedona, Arizona — Dramatically sited resort secluded in a box canyon surrounded by sensational red rock formations, 15 minutes from downtown Sedona’s shops and galleries.

11. Blackberry Farm

Walland, Tennessee — Country house hotel owned by the Beall family since 1976, set on a 9,200-acre estate bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 25 minutes south of Knoxville.

12. Cal-a-Vie

Vista, California — European-flavored coed health/fitness/beauty spa amid 200 private acres in a secluded valley 40 miles north of San Diego.

13. Lake Austin Spa Resort

Austin, Texas — Splendid 40-room destination spa on 19 lakeside acres in the Hill Country outside of Austin.

14. Montage Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach, California — Imaginatively conceived resort hotel amid 30 landscaped acres on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 30 minutes south of Newport Beach.

15. Cap Juluca

Maundays Bay, Anguilla — Stylish resort on its own 180-acre garden peninsula, fronting one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean.

16. Las Ventanas al Paraíso

San José del Cabo, Mexico — Casually elegant Mediterranean/Spanish-style residential resort adjacent to the Cabo Real championship golf links, midway between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.

17. Amandari

Bali, Indonesia — Exquisite sanctuary overlooking the Ayung River Gorge near the artists’ village of Ubud. High, moss-covered walls conceal 30 pavilion suites entered through temple-like gateways.

18. Bernardus Lodge

Carmel Valley, California — Refined resort in the peaceful Carmel Valley amid oak-covered hills with a backdrop of the Santa Lucia Mountains, 15 minutes from Carmel.

19. Four Seasons Punta Mita

Punta Mita, Mexico — Seaside hotel on a scenic 1,200-acre peninsula with two pretty beaches, 45 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta airport.

20. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand — Legendary 393-room resort hotel, founded in 1876 and set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River amid tranquil gardens. Two modern towers augment the atmospheric 19th-century Authors’ Wing.

4. The Cloister - Courtesy of Sea Island 6. Four Seasons Hualalai - © John De Mello 8. Amangani - Courtesy of Amanresorts 9. Amangiri - Courtesy of Amanresorts 10. Enchancement Resort - © Mark Boisclair 11. Blackberry Farm - © Beall and Thomas 12. Cal A Vie - © Jerry Ward 13. Lake Austin Spa Resort - © Terry Vine 14. Montage - © Jackie Caradonio 15. Cap Juluca - © Maurice Naragon 16. Las Ventanas - HKS Inc © Blake Marvin 17. Amandari - Courtesy of Amanresorts 20. Mandarin Oriental Bangkok - © George Apostolidis

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Andrew Harper Photo Andrew Harper is the editor of The Hideaway Report, a luxury travel newsletter that first appeared in 1979. He travels anonymously and pays his own expenses in pursuit of unique properties that offer unusually high levels of personal service. Hotels have no idea who he is, so he is treated exactly as you might be.

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