12 Luxury Hotels and Spas StatewideSanderling ResortThe Spa at Sanderling on the Outer Banks With world-class hotels and spas from the mountains to the coast, it’s easier than ever to make a reservation for a soothing stay. Here are 12 top hotels and spas across the state, many of which have been recognized for excellence by respected travel resources such as AAA, Condé Nast Traveler, Forbes Travel Guide, Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor.com. The Ballantyne Hotel & LodgeCharlotte The Spa at Ballantyne at Charlotte’s Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge is particularly popular for spa packages. The “Luxury Spa Collection” includes two nights in an elegant guest room, one choice of a 50-minute spa treatment per person per stay, fresh fruit and water amenity on arrival day, daily breakfast in the acclaimed Gallery Restaurant, 4 pm late check-out and complimentary valet parking. Chetola Resort at Blowing RockBlowing Rock Situated on the edge of the village of Blowing Rock, The Spa at Chetola Resort embraces a Mission-style motif by Bob Timberlake and local artisans. The two-night “Stress-Free Spa Package” includes accommodations in Chetola Lodge, The Bob Timberlake Inn, or one of Chetola’s varied condominiums, as well as a 60-minute massage, a fitness or yoga class, 10 percent off spa products and breakfast each day. The Fearrington House InnPittsboro The Spa at Fearrington in Fearrington Village draws on a Swedish farmhouse design that emphasizes natural simplicity and elegance through muted gray walls, bleached-wood floors and natural light. The Fearrington House Inn is particularly popular with couples, and the spa welcomes them with couples treatment rooms and offerings. Also, the inn made U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Hotels in the USA” for 2015. Grandover Resort & Conference CenterGreensboro Situated just outside downtown Greensboro, The Spa at Grandover has been a hole-in-one with visiting golfers and golf widows and widowers alike. The “Golf and Spa” package at Grandover Resort & Golf includes a “Golf View” guestroom, a round of golf at either of Grandover’s two layouts, a 50-minute massage, two breakfasts at acclaimed Di Valletta Restaurant and much more. The Greystone InnLake Toxaway The Greystone Inn is a charming country inn located on the shores of Lake Toxaway. While the setting is quaint and relaxed, there are a great number of world-class activities and amenities for guests, including North Carolina’s largest private lake, incredible hiking, a private golf course and a full-service pampering spa that adds to your relaxed state of mind and body. Note: The Greystone Inn is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar restoration, and is set to reopen to the public in spring 2017.The Omni Grove Park InnAsheville The historic Asheville resort features a world-class subterranean spa featuring cavernous rock walls, arches and tunnels—and 20 water features. The “Fire, Rock, Water and Light” treatment integrates all of the elements of the spa with an exfoliation, Vichy shower, bath, wrap, stone facial massage and soothing massage. Inn on Biltmore EstateAsheville A stay at the Inn on Biltmore Estate allows visitors a chance to savor the 8,000-acre Vanderbilt property without leaving it. At The Spa at the Inn on Biltmore Estate, treatment options range from the “Signature Biltmore Massage” to “Estate Experience” packages. Old Edwards Inn & SpaHighlands Located in the charming mountain town of Highlands, highlights of The Spa at Old Edwards Inn include expanded treatment rooms and common areas, the tasty spa café, the spa solarium, and six luxurious spa suites with private robe-and-slipper access to the spa. This inn also made U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Hotels in the USA” for 2015. Pinehurst ResortPinehurst The Spa at Pinehurst at revered Pinehurst Resort is a relaxing haven after a round of golf or shopping. The "Carolina Package" puts the mind and body at ease with a massage, facial, manicure and pedicure, while outdoor chair massages are a featured treatment at the 18th green of the fabled No. 2 layout. The Ritz-Carlton, CharlotteCharlotte With an unbeatable downtown location in bi-level penthouse facilities, The Spa and Wellness Center at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, is one of the nation’s top green hotel spas. Plus, the entire luxury hotel is LEED Gold certified, and it is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Hotels in the USA” for 2015. Sanderling ResortDuck Overlooking Currituck Sound, the Spa at Sanderling includes much more than soothing views inside and out (including a sound side gazebo sanctuary). The “Soul Mate Sanctuary” package includes use of the couple’s suite, a jetted tub soak, 80-minute massages with a view, and a gourmet spa lunch served in the solarium—complete with a sparkling wine toast. The Umstead Hotel and SpaCary The Umstead Spa makes The Umstead Hotel and Spa even more special, thanks to a unique meditation courtyard, more than a dozen organic treatments, a signature line of products and lots of special seasonal and holiday offerings. The Umstead made U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Hotels in the USA” for 2015. Search our site for more North Carolina hotels, resorts and spas. Lynn and Cele Seldon are Oak Island-based travel writers who love covering their home state.