Need a little R&R? Here are our picks for favorite overnight pampering spots that are also some of the best spas in new England.
By Yankee Magazine
May 24 2022
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When planning your next getaway, why not consider a spot that has more on the menu than just a delicious breakfast and comfy beds? Are there maybe inns out there that are also some of the best spas in New England? We know that we can all can benefit from a little pampering, so we’ve chosen a handful of inns for our list of best overnight pampering spots in New England that will have you relaxed and glowing from head to toe.
With glossy magazine–worthy common areas and champagne at check-in, Blue Back Square’s long-awaited boutique hotel is astonishingly sophisticated for its suburban location. Even visitors who aren’t staying in the quiet, natural light–filled guest rooms can book a restful session at the hotel’s European-style spa and savor farm-to-table fare at the indoor-outdoor restaurant Artisan.
Recent renovations at Cliff House went beyond mere restoration to create a sleek contemporary hotel with every imaginable creature comfort and an ambitious spa for beauty and wellness treatments. All 226 rooms and suites come with private terraces and those same incomparable views that have been the resort’s calling card since Ulysses S. Grant was president.
This breezy resort hotel, with 40 rooms and suites, re-creates Aquinnah mud baths with glacial white clay in its signature therapeutic “Moshup” spa treatments.
It’s hard to believe that this inn at the gateway to the White Mountains was once a wood mill. Eat dinner in the former boiler room, and enjoy a “White Birch Herbal Wrap” at the spa.
Some of our favorite spas in New England have long been destinations in their own right. The 1902 grand hotel was upgraded to include an on-site full-service spa in 2009, giving visitors yet another reason to look forward to a relaxing White Mountains vacation. Offerings include skin care, body treatments, and massages, plus hair, nail, and makeup services.
In a class all its own, Ocean House boasts architectural splendor, Atlantic views, and a level of service that should be experienced by everyone who appreciates superlatives. The perks of staying include every imaginable amenity, from private beach to nature-inspired spa to indoor saltwater lap pool. Learn from chefs, play croquet or squash, hear live music, savor made-to-order mini doughnuts—every activity is destined to linger in your sense memory.
Now part of Auburge Resorts Collection, Connecticut’s notoriously luxurious 30-room country manor is “an exquisite country retreat that defines New England elegance.” introduce THE WELL at Mayflower Inn, New England’s newest holistic wellness destination. Visit the spa-sanctuary THE WELL at Mayflower Inn to experience a state-of-the-art wellness destination including a pool house with hammam and Biophilic Thermal Pool.
If you vacation with your kids in tow, and want them to have an equally enjoyable getaway, this may be the spa for you. The indoor pool at this Colonial Revival–style inn features a water slide through a life-size replica of the Mayflower, plus waterfalls and a whirlpool set in a faux Plymouth Rock. Let your family enjoy the fun while you settle in for a facial, massage, or pedicure.
At this gracious Georgian manor-turned-country-inn-turned-spa, your R&R comes via state-of-the-art treatments, a health-conscious restaurant, tennis, and swimming. Sound too tame? You’re just five minutes from the action at Mohegan Sun, and 15 from Foxwoods’ Fox Tower.
Where are your favorite hotels or inns with on-site spa services?
This post was first published in 2011 and has been updated.