Combine the serenity of nature and exceptionally beautiful locations with luxurious spa treatments, and coaxing away stress suddenly becomes an art form.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Set in an outdoor cabana surrounded by tropical forest, the Sweet Honey and Rain Massage ($150) at The Tides Riviera Maya incorporates the natural elements of herbal bouquets, wild honey and gentle-falling water for a truly calming experience.
Surrounded by Water
Little Torch Key, Fla.
No fluty spa music is necessary when your customized massage ($500) at the Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Lower Florida Keys takes place on a private sandbar, leaving you surrounded by 360 degrees of ocean views, light breezes and the sounds of aquatic life.
Way Out West
Natural, 100-plus-degree, mineral-filled hot springs feed the indoor and outdoor pools of the 19th-century bathhouse at Dunton Hot Springs resort, a restored ghost town set in a majestic alpine valley. Enjoy a secluded outdoor massage ($185) next to the steaming hot springs, then relax in the therapeutic waters to finish unwinding.
Motu Tevairoa, Bora Bora
As the warm waters of a private pool overlooking the lagoon at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort and Spa embrace and support you, a Watsu expert gently stretches and massages away anxiety and tension ($150). Plus, AAdvantage members currently receive a 20 percent discount on rooms, complimentary breakfast and 1,500 AAdvantage Bonus Miles.
Relaxed, Very Relaxed
The FieldSpa at the Ian Fleming–built GoldenEye Hotel and Resort hovers over a calm turquoise lagoon — guests can even kayak to the spa. Their new Warming Bath treatment ($190 for 90 minutes; $130 for 60) takes place in a private outdoor claw-foot tub: A sea-salt scrub, hydrating body wrap and warm aromatherapy compresses follow a long soak in a bath infused with ginger, palmetto and mint.