The Best Spa Hotels and Retreats to Book in Virginia

Escape to a perfect Virginia wellness retreat at the Salamander Resort and Spa in historic Middleburg
Escape to a perfect Virginia wellness retreat at the Salamander Resort and Spa in historic Middleburg | Courtesy of Salamander Resort / Expedia
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20 December 2021

One of the 13 original states, Virginia may be particularly known for its Civil War sites, but wellness warriors know all too well that this state is spoiled when it comes to spas. Custom treatments, adults-only relaxation spaces and century-old techniques combine to deliver pampering unlike anywhere else. One of these days, the word will be out: Virginia is for spa lovers. Discover this hidden truth when you stay at one of the best Virginia spa hotels and retreats.

Salamander Resort, for holistic treatments in Middleburg

Deluxe room with two beds, plush carpet and a door to a balcony overlooking greenery at Salamander Resort
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Who could have imagined that a salamander would help you find your inner peace? Salamander Resort will take you on a wellness journey with holistic therapies. Aromatic steam rooms, infinity pools and a secluded spa courtyard will pave the way to a peaceful mindset. The calming Antara Ritual will wrap you in a cocoon of shea butter infused with CBD balm. A renewing blue eucalyptus treatment will double down on mindfulness, mending and rebalancing your adrenal system.

Primland Resort, for a plethora of massages in Meadows of Dan

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Rustic-luxe living room with stone fireplace, flat-screen TV and deck overlooking greenery at Primland Resort in Virginia
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Primland’s Auberge Spa won’t just give you a run-of-the-mill rubdown. This Virginia spa has treatments to soothe any ache your body may have. Eight different massages cover most of the bases, but athletes will want to try the golfer therapy for hand and foot renewal. Need an espresso mud scrub? Fancy a dragonfly anti-aging facial? Open up to the healing powers of nature in this spa and walk out feeling beyond relaxed.

Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa, for a eucalyptus steam room in Alexandria

Crisp two-bed guest room with abstract wall art and plush grey carpet at Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa in Alexandria, Virginia
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A peaceful urban retreat in Virginia, just off the main drag? You’d better believe it. Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa will make you feel worlds away from Washington DC, while being only a 15-minute walk from the museums and sights of historic Alexandria. The eucalyptus steam room is as good a place as any to linger, though most guests prefer to let it work its magic after a session in the fitness center. While the steam surrounds you, consider dabbling in one of the spa’s tantalizing treatments such as an exclusive rose quartz massage.

Lansdowne Resort, for post-golfing relaxation near Leesburg

Aerial view of large building and surrounding greenery at Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Virginia
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If 45 holes of Troon golf isn’t enough of a reason to book a stay at the Lansdowne, the Spa Minérale is. After shooting a round that your club caddie won’t believe, unwind with a plethora of treatments. Steam rooms, dry saunas and whirlpools pair well with the relaxation lounges to help you loosen up your shoulders. Therapeutic massages may not lower your handicap, but they’ll renew your mind, body and spirit, which we think is par for the course any way you slice it.

The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, for a history-infused stay in Abingdon

Exterior of picturesque, historic building with covered porch at the Martha Washington Inn and Spa in Virginia
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While the first First Lady never set foot in this inn, plenty of other presidents’ partners have called the Martha home for a fortnight. This historic two-century-old building will treat you to a regal stay with an on-property jacuzzi, mini-golf course, pickleball courts and more. Grab a book from the private library to read in the natatorium, then turn the page for a chapter full of pampering at the spa, from a signature HydraFacial to a couple’s Swedish massage.

The Founders Inn and Spa, for pet-friendly pampering in Virginia Beach

Traditionally decorated room with two queen two-poster beds and blue color scheme at the Founders Inn and Spa in Virginia
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This Virginia spa won’t make you choose between pampering and your pets. This pet-friendly hotel goes the extra mile to make sure all guests are accommodated no matter their leg count. The on-site dog park is just one of the perks for pups. You’ll wag your tail while perusing the Flowering Almond Spa’s treatment menu. It’s naturally a pet-free space, though it is ironic that it’s the only spot on property where you can pay for belly scrubs and rump rubs.

The Omni Homestead, for an adults-only thermal pool in Hot Springs

Luxury pool area with rows of lounge chairs, firepit and octagonal jacuzzi at the Omni Homestead in Virginia
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How spellbinding is Omni’s Serenity Garden? First and foremost, it’s an adults-only retreat, so you already know that only wine, not whine, will be on tap. Slip into the hot springs-fed pool after a quick dip in the pressurized deluge shower and just soak your troubles away with no concern for the time. Drink and dining service is available, so you won’t have to move a muscle. But if move you must, make sure it’s during a river reflexology walk.

The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, for champagne-based body treatments in McLean

Large luxury room in silver hues with brass four-poster bed and recessed ceiling at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, Virginia
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Fresh berries, avocado, brown sugar, cherry bonsai seeds – no, we’re not listing the breakfast menu; these are only a few of the natural ingredients used at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner Spa. Additional treatments using hemp-infused CBD help to restore your skin’s appearance, soothe your aching muscles and set your whole body at ease. You may notice the champagne-based body polishes, scrubs, manicures and pedicures also on the menu. Go ahead and say cheers to that, too.

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