Prioritize self-care with a trip to one of these world-class spas

Subdue the stresses of our modern world by including spa and wellness options in your family vacation planning.

Here are five ideas to consider.

Spa with a view. Hotel Arts Barcelona, Spain

At 43 The Spa, you’ll surround yourself with natural light, expansive views and a wealth of healing treatment options inspired by the Azure Sea below. Perched on the 42nd and 43rd floors of the five-star Hotel Arts Barcelona, the 3,000-square-foot luxury spa boasts eight treatment rooms and two private aquatic areas. The latter offer hydrotherapy pools, steam baths, dry saunas and stunning views of the Mediterranean, the cityscape and the harbor below.

During the warmer months, cap off your spa day on the outdoor tranquility terrace, relaxing high above the magical city of Barcelona.

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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Bali

For the most peaceful snooze of your life, opt for the Sacred Nap, offered in an open-air setting within this jungle resort’s Sacred River Spa. Designed by on-site Wellness Mentor Ibu Fera, the experience was inspired by rocking her own baby to sleep. Guests relax into aerial silk hammocks, most commonly used for antigravity yoga, simulating the batik sling used by Balinese mothers. Fera visits each participant, gently nudging the hammocks into a rocking motion before quietly telling the life story of Buddha, chanting mantras and adding the soothing sound of the singing bowl for more sacred energy. Most fall asleep within their cozy cocoon before her story ends.

Fera also works with guests to create individual wellness programs, sharing techniques for living mindfully and with a loving heart, some of which she learned during seven years as a Buddhist nun.

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Pronghorn Resort, Bend, Ore.

Set amid ancient juniper groves in Central Oregon’s high desert, this resort, near Bend, a mecca for outdoor lovers, offers multiple ways to pursue your wellness goals. Spend a day at the full-service spa, sampling restorative services. Take a meditative approach to a round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course, or ponder the meaning of darkness during a tour of the on-property cave.

Visit the Wellness Tepee for yoga classes; music-enhanced, guided meditations; crystal guidance workshops and herbal tastings. Stay in vacation rentals or the 104-room Huntington Lodge, where panoramic views of the Cascade mountains will take your breath away.

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The Lodge at Vail, Vail, Colo.

For a unique, whole-body experience, climb into the Dream Pod Float Tank at the Rock Resort spa tucked within this slopeside hideaway. You’ll step into the womb-like environment — designed as an alternative or complement to a massage — where the water is heated to skin temperature. Thanks to a hefty amount of Epsom salt, you’ll easily float and quickly relax, without the usual sound, light and other distractions that keep us focused outwardly. Floaters report a deep sense of relaxation after the zen-like treatment.

Committed to an eco-conscious approach, the spa also offers indigenous massages and wraps, facials and other treatments using organic ingredients.

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Acqualina Resort, Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.

A one-of-a-kind wellness experience, the Acqualina Spa by ESPA’s Sound Care Ritual treatment blends the therapeutic powers of music and massage. The relaxing journey begins with a foot massage during which guests review music choices via an iPad and custom sound-blocking headphones.

Options include original music compositions from classical and new age to Latin and reggae as well as the natural sounds of the ocean or rain forests. The French-based music application is reported to provide natural calm and aid with sleep disorders, stress and anxiety. Later, build sand castles on the beach, practice yoga, choose from a healthy menu or relax aside one of three oceanfront swimming pools.

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Lynn O’Rourke Hayes ( is an author, family travel expert and enthusiastic explorer.  Gather more travel intel on Twitter @lohayes, Facebook, or via

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