35 Most Luxurious Spas in the US
DESTINATION & TOURISM | CHELSEA DAVIS | APRIL 19, 2018
You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to enjoy an incredible spa experience. In fact, some of the most luxurious spas are right here in the United States. Serene facilities, innovative treatments, lavish products and luxe accommodations can be found at any one of these 35 spas.
From a tranquil Japanese bath ceremony in the quaint seaside town of Carmel, California to an ayurvedic herbal rejuvenation in Lenox, Massachusetts, the treatment options are vast, varying and customizable to your liking. We’ve rounded up the most esteemed spas from around the country, all you have to do is get ready for some serious pampering.
Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel
Situated in California's picturesque Carmel-By-The-Sea, this 3,600 square foot spa invites guests to renew and relax with unique treatments that include a hammam and a Japanese bath, among other specialized beauty rituals. Spa features include eleven treatment rooms and a color therapy relaxation room.
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Jeanne Cooper | Nov. 21, 2017
Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur are no less beautiful in winter than in any other season. Exploring their outdoor attractions in the cool, rainy season — whether you’re whale watching on Monterey Bay or spying on sea lions at Point Lobos — provides the perfect excuse to warm up later at one of the region’s renowned spas.
These five welcoming oases draw on techniques from all over the world, while offering an ambiance that’s unmistakably true to their distinctive settings, from urban Monterey to rustic Big Sur. Here are their best ways to shake off any chill and emerge renewed for the new year.
1. Cinq Mondes, Carmel
Tucked inside the casbah of Carmel Crossroads lies an authentic Moroccan hammam with tiled steam room, shower, heated stone massage table and bench-lined lounge area. A 20-minute “ceremony” session here focuses on multisensory relaxation: Clients breathe in fragrant steam under soft colored lights. The two-hour “ritual” adds a body scrub with traditional black olive soap, which exfoliates and moisturizes; a North African rhassoul poultice, a full-body application of mineral clay that softens and tones the skin; and a massage. The hammam is open to singles or couples of both sexes; women can book “beauty parties” for up to five.
118 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel. (831) 625-4410, www.cinqmondesspacarmel.com. Hammam ceremony, $45; ritual, $295; beauty party, $200 for three, $50 per additional person.
Crossroads luxury spa soothes many
To feel like you’re being pampered in another world, step inside the Cinq Mondes Spa Paris at Carmel’ Crossroads Shopping Center.
The spa owned and operated by Phillippe and Chantal Tourtin, greets guests in a luxurious ambiance that extends on to thirteen rooms with treatments for the face, massage, bathing ceremonies, scrubs, waxing services and more services.
“It is important to us that our place is organized and clean,” Chantal said as she pointed out the shelves with neatly stacked towels and other necessary supplies, and a tour into some of the rooms that were not being used at the moment.
Every room is painted with deep maroon and then the walls are decorated to depict each room and the service available.
In the Casablanca, Morocco room, there is a stone slab the guest would lie on while the purification process begins. Black soap, an ancient recipe, deeply exfoliates the skin with a Kassa Glove. The water is splashed over the guest, and then the excess water slips into an infinitesimal drainage under the stone, so when the guest arises from the stone, he/she will not slip on the floor.Then, to be taken further into total bliss, you can choose the additional purifying detox treatment of the North African Rhassoul Poultice of Casablanca. It is a purifying Arabic clay wrap that promotes visible toning, silkiness and will detox the skin.
“You feel transported to the magic universe of a traditional Hammam ritual,” so states the brochure, and confirmed by Chantal.
Or you may choose the other variety of rituals from Siam, Thailand; Japan; Java, Indonesia, or the Bora Bora, Polynesia ritual to leave feeling energized and renewed in spirit.
“All customers are treated the same, and feel they are taken care of, with no pushing of products or services,” said Chantal.
“If someone would like a facial, but doesn’t know which one to choose for the particular need, we give a complimentary assessment and then a recommendation,” she said.
Facial services are extensive and leave the skin feeling rejuvenated. The professional attendant uses plant-based and biotechnological active ingredients that stimulate and rebalance the skin’s natural metabolism.
“The products of Conq Mondes are 100% plant based and have been tested in French laboratories. If it says 100 % then it must be exactly what they say,” Chantal stated.
The laboratory guidelines are that the active ingredients are organic, with no paraben, phenoxyethanol, silicon, mineral oil, or artificial coloring and are tested under dermatological control.
All products are available to purchase and are seen prominently displayed in the lobby.
To say the developers of Cinq Mondes, Nathalie and Jean-Louis Poiroux look for the best plant-based raw materials is an understatement, for the Poirouxs’ traveled the world for fifteen years searching for the best beauty rituals of the world.
The Tourtins run the flagship spa Cinq Mondes in Carmel.
Chantal and Philippe have owned and operated another flagship spa for 24 years, with the French company, Yon-Ka Paris before their current affiliation with Cinq Mondes.
Chantal, a paramedical esthetician, has trained with dermatologists and plastic surgeons in the U.S., and with thirty years experience, is the trainer for the Cinq Mondes Company.
Chantal had begun the education in law in France, with the goal to become an attorney, but as fate sometimes takes hold, her goal changed to skin care. Phillipe, a pilot, who has achieved licensing up to commercial, with only aerobatics left, is an electrical and mechanical engineer, who’s interest also changed to that of a skin care owner. He still takes a plane out to fly, however.
They first began the skin care business in Sacramento, where they lived for seven years upon settling in the U.S., before moving to Carmel.
“I first worked in skin care with my cousins in France, so had some knowledge before,” Chantal said.
She went on to describe how the three years of law school helped in organizing a new business.
“I had the knowledge about how to set up a business, involving licensing and contracts,” she stated.
“In Carmel when we first got started, and for ten years, we worked seven days a week, with no days off. We had four rooms. Today we have thirteen rooms,” she said.
The licensed professionals, including estheticians, cosmetologists, massage therapists, make up specialists, and professionals doing eye lash extensions, micro-needling, waxing, microdermabrasion, VascuTouch, work on appointment basis.
Americans tent to appreciate all things French, and to utilize that, and other superlative benefits from other places in the world, go to Cinq Mondes Spa at www.cinqmondes.com.