There’s a lot more to Orlando than theme parks, malls and humidity. Orlando also abounds with pamper palaces, where you can escape for an afternoon, and rejuvenate over rose-petal massages and fragrant facials. Where to begin? Consult our top 10 picks for Orlando spas. Enjoy!
The magic of Walt Disney World has seeped into the Mandara Spa at the Dolphin Hotel on Disney property, all with a Balinese flair. Inside the grandiose halls, find two interior gardens – the Meru Temple meditation garden and the Asian Bale – that provide delicious herbal teas and ambiances. Influenced by the elements of Bali, Mandara Spa offers a slew of massage packages with unique aromas and treatments, from the Elemis Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage to the Elemis Exotic Frangipani Body Nourish Wrap and Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial. To include the entire family, consider booking a “YSPA” treatment, a special package of massage and facials offered solely for teens.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa
With three floors and over 40,000 square feet of treatment-ready space, the Ritz-Carlton Spa holds something unique for everyone in your vacation party. For starters, the spa features 40 serene treatment rooms with a host of multi-cultural rituals and ancient massage methods, inspired by everywhere from Hawaii to Europe to Thailand. Treatments include ingredients like warm lime blossom, ginger oil and aromatherapy milk. End the massage by wrapping in a warm duvet before hitting the fitness equipment to work out at the Wellness Center.
Spa at Buena Vista Palace
For those who carry stress and tension in their minds and muscles, the Spa at Buena Vista Palace should be high on the list of priorities when visiting Orlando. This getaway focuses on improving health through massages, hydrating facials, body wraps, scrubs, reflexology and acupressure. Guests of all ages will find a treatment to match their needs; older visitors can indulge in the Fountain of Youth facial that hydrates the skin through an exotic seashore plant. Even expectant mothers and kids from 11 to 16 will find wonderful packages that cater to them.
Spa at Marriot World Center
Reshape your mental, physical and nutritional health with the help of the experts at the Spa at Marriot World Center. The resort focuses on improving one’s overall wellbeing, with lifting massages, after-sun and aloe-infused treatments and traditional Swedish massages. Refuel at the inviting cafes that serve healthy dining options. One of the center’s most popular options, however, is the creative massage “Around the World in Eighty Minutes.”
Grand Floridian Spa & Health Club
What better way to indulge than against the backdrop of Cinderella’s sparkling castle at Walt Disney World? Stationed along the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon is the Grand Floridian Hotel, housing its world-renowned Spa & Health Club. Heightened with the whimsy of Disney, this resort has mastered an innovative treatment known as the Aurum Manus Massage in which semi-precious stones and heated organic oils pair to help alleviate migraine pain and tinnitus. Of course, no Disney spa is complete without packages that cater to the younger crowds, including some for adventurers as young as the age of four.
Rosen Shingle Creek Spa
From fitness studios to serene pools, Rosen Shingle Creek Spa has it all in the heart of Central Florida. Nine treatment rooms encompass all the pampering essentials, from body treatments, manicures and pedicures to exfoliating scrubs, wraps and classic massages. The spa, however, also features a slew of taste- and scent-inspired treatments like the Chocolate Lover’s Manicure and the Orange Blossom Facial with Native Tea Peel. Fall into the Floridian landscape with natural ingredients like seawater, green tea, wheatgrass and eucalyptus. Ready to sweat? Sign up for private workouts on the resort’s tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.
Spa at the Omni Orlando Resort
Blending mental and physical health remains is at the heart of the Spa at the Omni Orlando Resort. The flair of a Floridian escape is embraced through flowing palm trees, linen-adorned cabanas and poolside chairs. A favorite treatment is the Dragonfly Signature Spa Facial. This process focuses on exfoliating impurities and fighting the natural aging process with essential oils, minerals and vitamins. Afterward, consider completing the experience with the Dragonfly Stone Massage, where warmed stones of basalt lava help soothe tense muscles and increase the body’s circulation.
Papillion the Spa
Named after the French word for butterfly, the Papillon Spa at Westgate Lakes Resort is nothing short of luxurious. The architecture mirrors a Grecian temple, including statues, candlelight and magnificent fountains. Plus, lovers of ancient techniques should not miss the mud application during a Papillon Experience massage. Or, try the Papillon Signature Hypno Massage, which is said to aid in everything from losing weight to stopping smoking. One spa package includes six full hours of complete pampering, landing itself on our list of Orlando’s most relaxing spas.
The Spa at Reunion Resort
After a long afternoon in the Florida sun, one of the last things a tired body needs is stressing over checking into a resort and trying to plan out a full spa day. That’s why, at The Spa at Reunion Resort, a host of spa concierges take on the tedious tasks of selecting spa services, providing drinks and snacks and answering questions during the treatment process. A personal concierge os assigned to each guest, and they’ll help you choose which facial peel to use for acne-ridden skin or which customized aromatherapy treatment is ideal for overworked muscles. Guests instead may use that brainpower for focusing on their breathing and falling deeply into step with the art of relaxation.
Canyon Ranch Spa Club
In 2008, Canyon Ranch Spa Club won the Mobil Four Star Award, solidifying its place on our list of must-do spas in Central Florida. For this Kissimmee-based hideaway at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, rejuvenation is key. Twenty-five rooms house an array of treatment options, including the Abhyanga massage in which two massage therapists synchronize their movements on one body with the use of essential oils. The 100-minute service called Euphoria, however, defines this spa’s eclectic offerings; in this treatment, sage oil covers the body along with a botanical body mask and soothing scalp massage. After the mask is removed, the aestheticians finalize the process with a mollifying bath and more reflexology.