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5 Spa and Wellness Resort Memberships You’ll Want to Check Out This Year

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With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to get caught up in our daily routine of work, home-life, chores and more, but we rarely add or prioritize our own wellness on our ever growing list of “to-dos.” When it comes to self-care and wellness, consistency is key, which is why our editors have rounded up what we believe are some of the best wellness and spa memberships in the country to get you started on making you your number-one priority this year. 

Spa Palmera at The Boca Raton – Boca Raton, FL

Tucked beautifully inside one of Boca Raton’s most iconic luxury hotels and Private Clubs, the Ritual Bath at Spa Palmera is an experience to be added to everyone’s 2023 wellness plan. One of the spa’s most luxurious wellness options— the Tropical Fusion Ritual treatment—has a heavy Moroccan influence and is the perfect way to unwind post-holiday.

In order to take advantage of all the amenities the Spa Palmera has to offer, you can begin your relaxation journey by de-stressing in the salt room and detoxing in the sauna before being escorted to my private soaking tub for a fruit-filled soak. As you bathe, take in the breathtaking scenery and gaze in awe of the mosaic tiles and grand arches that add to the overall ambience of the experience. Conclude your wellness journey with a stimulating Swiss shower and some quality time at the private spa pool. 

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Not only does the Spa Palmera offer incredible in-house services accompanied by breathtaking views and a generally serene atmosphere, the spa products available are equally as luxurious. Featuring some of the best brands skin care has to offer today, products and lines from the likes of Natura Bisse, Moroccanoil and Eminence Organics accompany and enhance your overall wellness journey. Plus, every experience at the spa includes the gift of a signature scent to take home with you. 

It’s true what they say, membership does have its privileges. Although the Spa Palmera at The Boca Raton is only open to club members and hotel guests, this is an experience our editors highly recommend. If you are lucky enough—or able—to book a room at The Boca Raton, try staying in the newly renovated 27-story Tower that has been 2+ years and $65 million in the making. Every room is a suite and includes unparalleled, innovative room service like snack delivery provided by in-house robot butlers, Johnnie and Ethel. If you’re looking to become a Spa Palmera club member, visit their website to apply for and inquire about membership. 

Rancho Valencia – Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Located within the beautiful scenery of southern California, the Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa is a can’t-miss destination for all things spa, relaxation, fitness and wellness. Amongst tons of other luxurious amenities, The Spa at Rancho Valencia is one aspect of this resort destination to be marveled at. You can find the resort’s spa hidden away within the serene olive groves and lush gardens that make Rancho Valencia such a must-have location for the cultivation of wellness practices and self-discovery. This Forbes 5-star rated spa offers an array of custom treatments that cater to the mind and body. 

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In terms of face and facials, the spa offers hyper-customized facial treatments courtesy of luxury skin-care brands like Biologique Recherche and Environ, as well as facial rejuvenation treatments like dermaplaning, lightstim LED therapy, and microdermabrasion, making The Spa at Rancho Valencia a hub for facial relaxation, rejuvenation and restoration. 

For the body, the spa offers the latest in cutting-edge body sculpting technology, including EmSculpt Neo treatments as well as an array of specially targeted massages like those for expectant mothers, athletes and more. Also available are some of today’s most sought after wellness therapies like lymphatic drainage massages, reflexology, and The Kur. 

Another incredible aspect of Rancho Valencia’s spa menu is their variety of spa fitness options. Offering an average of 95 classes a week from spin, yoga and TRX classes to personal training, guided meditation and pilates, the fitness menu at the resort is just as extensive and all-encompassing as their spa menu, making the resort truly a one-stop destination for all things wellness. 

If you’re looking to enjoy all the amenities available within the gates of this Southern California 5-star community without the commitment of an overnight stay, Rancho Valencia has two different memberships available for inquiry and purchase—Rancho Valencia Spa Membership and the Rancho Valencia Tennis Membership. For those interested in cultivating their wellness practices, the Spa Membership might be the one for you. The list of benefits associated with this exclusive membership is extensive, but includes 15% discount on all spa treatments, food and beverage at Rancho Valencia, all regularly priced merchandise in the Spa or Resort Boutique and guest room accommodations as well as access to adult-only Spa Pool and family-friendly Resort Pool, and Jacuzzis, member pricing on fitness assessment and personal training sessions, use of cold plunge, steam rooms, sauna, and hydrotherapy circuit, and access to the coveted tennis facilities. 

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort – Miami, FL

Heading back down to sunny Florida, the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is yet another spa and destination in this sunshine state that offers an extensive selection of treatments that are sure to cater to any and all of your wellness needs. From comprehensive wellness retreats to in-house treatments that focus on an array of health and beauty concerns to access to countless fitness classes and even access to board-certified plastic surgeons, therapists and more, the Carillon is one of the most innovative and all-encompassing wellness the country has to offer.

The Carillon’s spa has almost too many amenities to include in just one paragraph, which is what makes the resort so impressive in terms of wellness offerings. With three different menus that cater to therapies for anxiety, therapies for metabolism and weight loss, and therapies for anti-aging, some of the spa’s most incredible services include non-surgical facelifts, corrective and recovery facials, whole-body or targeted cryotherapy, and stress-reducing treatments like NuCalm, V.E.M.I and vibrational sound therapy. Of course, the spa also offers an extensive range of facials and massages in addition to their non-traditional spa and wellness services, but it’s pretty clear that there’s not much—if anything— this spa doesn’t have to offer. 

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The Carillon Miami also features a wide range of fitness classes to help center and strengthen your body. The resort’s cutting-edge fitness center is complete with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment as well as their innovative thermal experience, all situated conveniently in front of stunning, ocean-front views. Outside of the center, the resort also offers an array of group fitness classes in yoga, barre, cycling, pilates, TRX, meditation, boot camp, and more in addition to personally curated private training sessions. 

In terms of membership, Miami’s premier wellness club offers a variety of membership options ranging from their Signature Membership—which includes $750 in Resort Credits, for food and beverage, spa & fitness, $2,000 in Complimentary Services including 8 Cutting Edge Touchless Wellness Experiences, one 50-minute Spa Treatment, one complimentary hotel stay, one private training session, and unlimited access to several amenities like the fitness center and adults-only saltwater pool—to their Elite Membership, which includes $2,000 in resort credits, $3,500 in complimentary services, and access to even more, VIP amenities. 

Gurney’s Montauk – Montauk, NY

Though many people associate New York with the craziness of the city, if you travel a little further east into the scenic, beachy vibes of Long Island, you’ll find that your escape from reality and your journey into wellness may be closer than you think. Gurney’s Montauk—home to North America’s only ocean-front Seawater spa— is yet another resort destination that has everything you need to make wellness your habit this year. 

Housing an incredible 30,000 square feet, the Seawater Spa at Gurney’s Montauk is not to be missed. Recently designed courtesy of Alonso Balaguer Designs, this spa is not just gorgeous but also incredibly innovative and holistic. Some of the location’s highlights include co-ed relaxation areas, luxurious, eucalyptus oil-infused steam rooms, four bathing pools, an ocean-fed, saltwater indoor pool, and newly designed treatment rooms for that house chromotherapy, hydrotherapy and full body treatments. For individual services, the Seawater offers an array of massages from Swedish to CBD infused as well as hydrafacials and rejuvenating body scrubs. 

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Open 24/7 daily, the fitness center at Gurney’s is another aspect of this New York resort that makes it all-encompassing in terms of your wellness journey. With beautiful indoor and outdoor facilities that face directly towards the rolling tides, it’s hard not to enjoy your workout. In addition to the center’s movement studio, weight room, cardio room, and outdoor movement space, the resort also offers complimentary fitness and wellness classes that range from water aerobics and HIIT to yoga and pilates. 

Gurney’s offers three different memberships—Resort, Spa and All-Access— as well as full-year or monthly options for couples and singles to best cater to your individual needs. The resort’s Spa Membership includes VIP access to all of the Seawater’s amenities including the ocean-fed seawater pool, the caldarium, thermae baths, steam rooms, cold plunge pools, and relaxation rooms as well as 24/7 access to the fitness, yoga and strength studio. The Spa Membership also includes one complimentary, 60-minute treatment per quarter as well as priority access to wellness and resort programming and discounts on spa treatments, restaurants and retail products. The All-Access Membership combines the benefits of the Spa Membership with that of the Resort Membership to create an experience that’s truly incredible. 

The Phoenician – Scottsdale, AZ 

In one way or another, we’re all always looking for an oasis in a desert, and The Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ is just that. With a spa that is committed to nurturing the body and spirit and takes a contemporary approach to wellness and luxury, this spa resort is truly the breath of fresh air we all need. 

With an array of 5-star amenities, the Phoenician Spa has everything you need to make wellness your practice this year. To start, the spa has a recommended, 30-minute individual wellness ritual they encourage all guests to partake in before undergoing any treatments in order to help prepare the body to harness the full effects of your spa service. Additionally, all treatments begin with a gentle, energy balancing treatment to harmonize the mind and body. 

Some of the spa’s most coveted treatments and services include Sonoran Wellness Scrub, Massage and Wrap, Himalayan Salt Stone Ritual, Phoenicians Finest Facial, and a variety of specialized massages like Mother-to-Be, Fire and Ice, Body and Soul, and Relief. Not only does the spa offer countless services to relax the mind and body and jumpstart your wellness ritual, the Phoenician also offers several advanced skin care services including NuFace Facial Sculpting and Toning System and Hydrafacials. 

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The Phoenician’s fitness options are equally as personalized and professionally curated as their exemplary spa menu. What they have coined their “highly personalized wellness experience”, fitness at the resort includes access to Technogym equipment and programming designed to enhance sports performance, increase mobility, strengthen and sculpt the body. Programming includes 30 and 60-minute  personal training sessions, and access to the resort’s movement studio. 

The Phoenician offers annual membership packages for singles and couples that includes discounts on signature massage and facial treatments, access to the fitness center and movement studio, and more. Specifically, membership includes a 20 percent discount on all spa merchandise, unlimited access to all fitness classes including yoga, aerial yoga and meditation, one complimentary personal training session per year and 20 percent-off each additional sessions, 12 spa guest passes per year, one complimentary 50-minute treatment during your birth month, and one complimentary spa cabana per year.


If you’re looking to make wellness your practice this year, take a look at these incredible resort destinations and all the amenities that come with them. Spa days don’t have to be saved for vacation—with memberships to any of these luxurious spa and wellness destinations, you can enjoy the benefits of a spa moment anytime you like and get into the habit of self-care all year long. 

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