North Carolina boasts luxury spas at many world-class hotels and resorts, from the mountain town of Highlands to Greensboro to the Outer Banks. Here are 12 of the top ranked, many of which have been recognized for excellence by respected travel resources such as AAA, Condé Nast Traveler, Forbes Travel Guide and Travel + Leisure.
1 The Umstead Spa
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The Umstead Spa makes this hotel 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 holds a Five Star rating from Forbes Travel Guide.
2 The Spa at Grandover
2 The Spa at GrandoverGreensboroSee on map
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.
3 Sanderling Resort
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Overlooking Currituck Sound, the Spa at Sanderling includes much more than soothing views inside and out (including an adults-only tranquility pool). 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.
4 The Spa at Pinehurst
4 The Spa at PinehurstPinehurstSee on map
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.
5 The Spa at Old Edwards Inn
5 The Spa at Old Edwards InnHighlandsSee on map
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 Boutique Hotels in the USA” for 2018.
6 The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte Spa
6 The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte SpaCharlotteSee on map
With an unbeatable Uptown location, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte Spa features five treatment rooms, including a couple’s suite; men's and women's Vitality Lounges, a fitness center, Aqua Lounge with a swimming pool and whirlpool, and a nail salon. In 2017, the hotel received its seventh-consecutive AAA Five Diamond award.
7 The Omni Grove Park Inn
7 The Omni Grove Park InnAshevilleSee on map
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.
8 The Spa at Chetola Resort
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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.
9 The Spa at Fearrington
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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. Travel + Leisure ranked Fearrington as one of the "10 Best Resort Hotels in the South" in 2017.
10 21c Museum Hotel Durham
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You can feel the energy exuding from downtown Durham as one hotspot after the other opens, and 21c is the cultural hub. Upon transforming an historic building and opening in 2015 to feature the 125-room boutique hotel, spa, contemporary art museum, and Counting House restaurant, it was named one of the "Best New Hotels Around the World" by Architectural Digest. Elevate your stay by choosing from one of several packages, such as "Relax with Art" and "Call in Sick," which include spa credits. Or rent the 21c suite for the weekend; it includes a soaking tub on your own private terrace.
11 The Spa at the Inn on Biltmore Estate
11 The Spa at the Inn on Biltmore EstateAshevilleSee on map
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.
12 The Spa at Ballantyne
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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 p.m. late check-out and complimentary valet parking.