The Best Spa Retreats in North Carolina

Pinehurst Resort, with its in-house spa, is one of the top places to relax in North Carolina
Pinehurst Resort, with its in-house spa, is one of the top places to relax in North Carolina | @ Stock Connection Blue / Alamy Stock Photo
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31 December 2020

With its diverse natural landscape, the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains and the clear waters of the Outer Banks, North Carolina is a perfect destination for exploring. With so much to discover here, you’ll want to kick back and relax in luxury after a long day out. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the best spa and wellness retreats in North Carolina.

Chetola Resort

Resort, Inn, Lodge
4.5/5 (931 Reviews)
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Dating back to 1846, the Chetola Resort is a staple of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a firm favorite of visitors to the region. After being passed down through numerous owners and many different iterations, Chetola was finally opened to the public as a boarding house in 1982. The in-house spa, furnished with work by local artists, has a full range of treatments for you to book, with specialists offering massage therapies, nail treatments, facials and a fully functioning hair salon.

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Umstead Hotel & Spa

4.8/5 (346 Reviews)
The Umstead Hotel & Spa
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From $418 Per night per room
A short walk from central Raleigh, Umstead Hotel & Spa offers the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle common on the streets of the nearby state capital. Every room is carefully crafted, with curated works of art adjourning the walls, pleasant views of the neighbouring lake or gardens and a deep soak bath, perfect for sinking into after a busy day. Considered one of the best spas in the Raleigh region, Umstead promises its customers a selection of transformative therapies, including full-body massages, facials and body treatments, all taking place in a calming woodland setting.
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The Inn on Biltmore Estate

4.8/5 (779 Reviews)
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Built on the estate of the famed Vanderbilts, the Inn on Biltmore has always reflected the luxury and opulence that the Vanderbilts are renowned for. With amazing views over the Blue Ridge Mountains, every room features a collection of creature comforts for guests to enjoy, such as 24-hour concierge, a heated outdoor pool and a guest room dining service. The spa offers a professional experience, with expert therapists providing a full range of massage techniques including deep tissue, Swedish, neuromuscular and more. If available, be sure to add on the Detoxifying Dry Brush Exfoliation for a remarkably restorative experience.

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Ritz-Carlton Charlotte

Bed and Breakfast, Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.6/5 (198 Reviews)
The Ritz-Carlton
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From $523 Per night per room
Located in the heart of Charlotte, the Ritz-Carlton has a well-earned reputation for exemplary service, contemporary design and an eco-friendly approach to its many fantastic facilities. This hotel gives each of its guests a truly memorable stay in rooms designed by Alexander Julian, a dining experience using the best of local ingredients and a spa offering the very best treatments for your mind, body and soul. Many of the spas treatments use completely natural ingredients, such as the Eco-Green body treatment and the spa’s signature honey and chocolate detox, with honey grown in the hotel’s very own rooftop beehives.
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Omni Grove Park Asheville

Resort, Inn, Spa Hotel
4.5/5 (945 Reviews)
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From $472 Per night per room

Set amongst the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the Omni Grove Park is a sprawling five-star hotel that’s been welcoming guests for well over a hundred years. The mountaintop hotel is surrounded with pristine woodland and is a welcome sanctuary for guests looking for some dedicated me time. The Omni Grove has a lot going for it, with contemporary designed rooms, some fantastic eateries but their inhouse spa is a different world altogether. Voted one of the best resort spas in the country, this subterranean shelter is an electronics-free zone, with a full range of treatments available and a genuine focus on peace and tranquility.

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The Ballantyne

Resort, Spa Hotel, Golf Hotel
4.7/5 (453 Reviews)
The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte
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From $318 Per night per room
This recently refurbished hotel, located in Charlotte’s Ballantyne community, is the very model of southern hospitality. One of the top luxury hotels in the state, the Ballantyne is known for its opulence, with Frette linen, marble bathrooms and Molton Brown toiletries featured in every one of their rooms as standard. Ballantyne’s spa puts an onus on natural and historic remedies for 21st-century problems, with a selection of intriguing indigenous treatments such as the Carolina Lavender Collection as well as more traditional therapies.
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  • At Cumberland Falls

    Boutique Hotel, Inn, Spa Hotel
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    Just a short trip out of downtown Asheville, At Cumberland Falls is a charming bed and breakfast offering guests an ideal space for some thorough rest and relaxation. A relatively new addition to the North Carolina spa scene, At Cumberland Falls has been operating for a little over a year by owners David and Angela, but it’s already become one of the top guesthouse options in the state. Spa-wise, it’s a modest offering with a specialized focus on massage treatments and relaxing foot baths.

    Sanderling Resort

    Resort, Spa Hotel
    4.6/5 (308 Reviews)
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    From $343 Per night per room

    With sweeping views over the nearby ocean and direct access to the pristine beaches, Sanderling is a great option for guests looking to relax in the sun, sand and sea. The award-winning resort has a choice of contemporary hotel rooms or private beach houses to rent and has several excellent in-house dining options from the life-saving station or sandbar. Drawing inspiration from the nearby coast, Sanderling’s spa offers a variety of seasonal and naturally sourced materials for their treatments, taking a dedicated approach to your body’s rejuvenation.

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    Pinehurst Resort

    Resort, Golf Hotel
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    The Spa at Pinehurst Resort North Carolina
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    Made famous by its association with the massive US Open pro golf tournament held every year on its nine full-size courses, Pinehurst has much more to offer than its spectacular sporting heritage. With three separate hotels to choose from, including the Manor, Carolina Hotel and Holly Inn, each one individually styled but offering the same excellent service, you’ll be sure to find one to suit your stay. The in-house spa has a huge choice of treatments available, including ultra-modern cryotherapy, designed to relieve everyday aches and pains in a matter of minutes.

    Old Edwards Inn & Spa

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    Found amongst the spectacular natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Old Edwards Inn has the complete package for your getaway. Weaving traditional European elegance with a rustic American feel, Old Edwards Inn is a perfect retreat from the busy nature of everyday life. Along with its classic rooms and cabins available to rent, the Inn has dedicated spa suites for guests looking for some true R&R. Each suite features a private jacuzzi, a heated marble bathroom floors and an elevator taking you straight to the spa for a day of pampering.

    These recommendations were updated on December 31, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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