Natural Spas & Other Relaxing Outdoor Getaways

Looking to get away for the ultimate relaxing vacation? Planning a trip to a resort or spa can be a daunting task with so many locations to choose from in the United States alone. This list offers a few excellent locations to help get you started. There are literally thousands of options to choose from, this is merely a sampling of the some of the best.



Napili Kai Beach Resort in Lahaina, Hawaii

Many locations appear to be a great deal until you get down to the brass tacks. Suddenly, you’re paying far beyond what you expected to pay when you realize things like breakfast and lunch, access to activities, wireless internet, and even tours all cost extra. There are many all-inclusive resorts and spas, but Napili Kai Beach Resort offers so many complimentary extras that it earned a spot on our list for best amenities.

This resort offers parking, zero resort fees, complimentary morning coffee and afternoon tea wireless internet, beach and golf accessories, four outdoor grilling areas, shuffleboard courts, a golf course, a fitness center, four swimming pools, and Hawaiian dance lessons just to name a few amenities. A complete list of amenities is listed on their website.



Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

If your idea of fun and adventure is camping at the bottom of a 5,360-foot active volcano, then this is the resort for you. Situated at the base of the Arenal volcano, this resort boasts hot springs that run throughout the resort and are fed directly into man-made pools located around the spa grounds. 

You can take in spectacular views of the rain forest while touring the grounds or even while enjoying one of their extensive massage therapy treatments in an outdoor bungalow. Thanks to the hot springs and volcanic materials, this spa is unique in its offerings of volcanic-mud treatments and heated hydrotherapy.



The Oaks at Ojai in Ojai, California

Long gone are the days of tortuous sweat sessions to melt away the pounds. You won’t be locked away in a sterile gym for hours a day while an overzealous fitness instructor screams at you, “Work harder!”

The Oaks has been a favorite among the weight loss crowd for over thirty years. Yes, clients are there to jumpstart their weight loss, but that doesn’t mean they don’t do it in the style and comfort that The Oaks is known for. This all-inclusive spa employs experienced top chefs who create healthy spa cuisine to fuel you throughout the day as you work toward your weight loss and fitness goals.

You will enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables, flavorful seafood and poultry entrees, and freshly baked muffins and desserts.

While the daily calorie count may be low, the activities and fitness class offerings are abundant. Spend your days in non-strenuous aqua fitness sessions and yoga classes or burn a few more calories with high-energy aerobics. When you’re done sweating for the day you can relax with spa treatments such as facials and massages. 

There’s no doubt that any one of these resorts will be the rejuvenating and relaxing vacation experience you are looking for.



This article was provided by Samantha Greenbaum, health conscious active mother of two. If you’re looking for an even quicker spa-like destination, check out the pedicure spa chairs from T4 Spa which you can put right in your own home!

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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