RELAXATION AND REJUVENATION are a revered part of many vacations. And road-weary LGBTQ+ travelers will find more options than ever when it comes to spas that roll out the rainbow carpet.
Long-time favorite destinations with LGBTQ+ globetrotters are, not surprisingly, rewarding places to find spas well-versed at serving the community. In Key West, for example, La Concha Hotel & Spa’s Top Spa features suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies with inspiring views.
Farther north, in Miami Beach, Hotel Gaythering offers a rather randy, male-oriented approach to the spa experience, with a clothing-optional, men-only sauna and steam room. And the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa offers an upscale, all-welcome take with its Love Wins offer, available year-round and designed to tie in with international pride celebrations this month. The package includes a 50-minute couple’s massage at Si Spa among its amenities.
In Arizona, The Boulders Resort & Spa is a TAG-approved property (a designation indicating LGBTQ+-friendly tourism businesses) offering same-sex weddings, easily complemented by treatments in its 33,000-square-foot spa, with hydrotherapy, guided meditation and massages among the offerings. Couples looking for extra romance and pampering can reserve one of the 800-square-foot Spa Suites, complete with private shower, outdoor Jacuzzi and shower, private patio and outdoor fireplace.
Outside the United States, the variety of LGBTQ+-friendly spas is equally impressive. Consider the luxurious Westin Resort & Spa in gay-popular Puerto Vallarta, offering a spa with both indoor and outdoor treatment areas, and the trendy W Mexico City’s AWAY Spa, which bills itself as the only spa in Mexico City offering traditional temazcal treatments.
In the popular beach destination of Phuket, Thailand, travelers can check in to the posh Banyan Tree Phuket to indulge at the Spa Sanctuary, offering 50 free wellness activities every week, including enrichment workshops and herbal therapy. And Vabali Spa provides an expansive oasis of calm in Berlin, with wellness and experiences ranging from honey and fruit aromatherapy to a WellFit Kitchen that serves healthful cuisine. Spa getaways are, to be sure, one of the best ways to go home feeling better than when you left.
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