By Anne Dimon
Meditation Atrium at The Phoenician, Scottsdale.
Today, with the emphases on whole-body wellness, spas are part of many good group events. They may be worked right into a program, offered as an optional activity or, at the very least, made accessible to delegates should the mood strike.
Here’s a list of personally-tested spas in 10 top North American meeting destinations:
The Mandarin Oriental Spa, at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, brings a touch of Asia and feng Shui to the city known as the “Athens of America.”
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort & Club has a country club feel and day spa guests have access to extras such as the swimming pool and outdoor jogging track.
Qua Spa & Baths at Caesars Palace – inspired by ancient Roman bathhouses – has a few unique features, including the Arctic Ice Room (with real snowflakes) and a tea program designed by the spa’s tea sommelier.
At the crossroads of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard, The Spa at the Beverly Wilshire is the ideal choice for combining Hollywood glam with spa serenity.
The spa at Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa is also a preventative health care facility, with daily lectures and fitness classes.
Caudalie Spa at The Plaza, in central Manhattan, is a “vinotherapy” spa, with its very own sommelier serving wine in the spa lounge.
For spa guests, The Wellness Centre at The Phoenician offers daily meditation classes in a natural-light-filled atrium.
The newly-branded My Blend Spa by Clarins, at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, has two beautiful couples’ suites, plus one of the largest co-ed spa lounges in the country.
With its authentic Asian feel and holistic approach to the spa experience, CHI, The Spa, at Shangri-La in Vancouver, tops the category of best Asian-inspired spa in Canada.
Vida Spa, at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, combines the principles of Ayurveda – the ancient Indian lifestyle science – with modern spa practices.