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, golf widows and widowers alike. The extensive spa menu features a selection of massages, facials, and body and nail treatments for couples and individuals.
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
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The Spa at Pinehurst at revered Pinehurst Resort is a relaxing haven after a round of golf or shopping. The "Spa Escape Package" puts the mind and body at ease with all-day access to the sauna, eucalyptus steam room, whirlpools and tranquility area.
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.
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.
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 and 15% off certain spa products.
9 The Spa at Fearrington
9 The Spa at FearringtonPittsboroSee on map
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 a 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. 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 massages to facials to manicures.
12 The Spa at Ballantyne
12 The Spa at BallantyneCharlotteSee on map
The Spa at Ballantyne at Charlotte’s Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge is particularly popular for spa packages. Allow expertly trained massage therapists to provide a wide selection of massages for ultimate rest and relaxation. Or indulge in one of the various types of therapies.