These cultural resort destinations aim to pamper and please.

By Allen B. Bunting
December 17, 2007
The Fairmont Orchid
Courtesy of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

1. The Fairmont Orchid, Big Island, Hawaii
The appeal of The Fairmont Orchid lies outside. The resort's Spa Without Walls has 15 open-air cabanas, five fronting the ocean. A popular treatment, the Awa Earth & Fire, includes a rhythmic Lomi Lomi massage, a foot wrap, and a body rub with fragrant herbs. For more information, call 808/885-2000 or visit

2. Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
This private island oasis resort off Little Torch Key offers amenities such as oceanfront thatched-roof bungalows, fine dining, and luxury therapies at the award-winning SpaTerre. Treatments include the Caribbean Seaweed Body Mask, Sea Breeze facial, and massages in the seaside Palapa Point pavilion. The resort, which has a Zen Garden, also holds guided meditation and private yoga sessions. For more information, call 800/343-8567 or 305/515-3028 (SpaTerre), or visit

3. Wentworth by the Sea, New Castle, New Hampshire
Wentworth by the Sea has pampered guests since 1874. Updated and restored, this resort on the largest of the New Castle islands now includes a spa. Appealing to those who wish to escape the fast lane, the spa's Shirodhara treatment eases tension in the face, neck, and shoulders. Following your massage, take a dip in the spa's indoor pool. For more information, call 866/240-6313 (reservations) or 603/373-6580 (spa), or visit

4. The Healthy Cruise, Bahamas and Abaco Islands
The Healthy Cruise takes a guilt-free, health-conscious approach to island-hopping vacations. Visitors aboard the three-guest-room, 40-foot catamaran sail the Abacos, docking at Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana Cay, Treasure Cay, and other islands along the way. Serving vegetarian and low-fat gourmet meals, the boutique cruise also provides health and wellness education, yoga, and onboard or on-shore massages. For more information, visit

5. Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa, Galiano Island, British Columbia
Surrounded by beauty, the inn's Madrona Del Mar Spa promotes the healing power of water. Guests relax to ocean sounds in the open-air massage cabana, feel weightless in the Mediterranean Sea Flotation Bath, and meditate beside garden waterfalls. The spa's signature treatments include the British Columbia Seaweed Salt Scrub and Weekender Tension Relief aromatherapy massage. Each oceanfront room has a table for in-suite massages. For more information, call 877/530-3939 or visit

6. The Sanderling Resort & Spa, Duck, North Carolina
Between the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound, a waterfront spa creates a uniquely Outer Banks experience with therapies that utilize local ingredients. The Russian Olive Refuge, for example, employs the native olive tree in an exfoliation, body wrap, and moisturizing treatment. After combing the resort's shoreline, treat yourself to a signature Sea of Life facial and seashell face massage, or the Outer Banks Rasual Salt n' Sea mud treatment. For more information, call 252/261-4111 or 252/261-7744 (spa), or visit

7. Fisher Island Hotel & Resort, Fisher Island, Florida
This 216-acre private island community's resort and club was once part of a Vanderbilt mansion. Its Spa Internazionale, housed in an old seaplane hanger, has top-notch facilities such as a Roman waterfall, fitness center, lap pool, and saunas. Seawater is a key element in the Detox Ocean Bath, Optimum Hydration Facial, and Musclease Aroma Spa Hydra Bath. For more information, call 800/537-3708 or 305/535-6030 (spa), or visit

8. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Lahaina, Hawaii
On Kaanapali Beach in Maui, the Heavenly Spa by Westin treats guests to water views and relaxation. Amenities include hydrotherapy baths, a fitness center, open-air massages, and treatments that take advantage of local ingredients. The Island Lavender Body Butter Treatment uses a sugar scrub made from Maui lavender and passion fruit. For more information, call 866/500-8313 or 808/661-2588 (spa), or visit

9. Gurney's Inn Resort, Spa, & Conference Center; Montauk, New York
On Long Island's South Fork, the spa at Gurney's Inn offers services from aerobic walks on the beach to Reiki. Drawing on seawater's ability to detoxify and replenish, The Sea Water Spa's treatments include a Sea Water Herbal Bath and a Peppermint Sea Plunge. The Atlantic Ocean provides the backdrop for outdoor massages. For more information, call 631/668-2345 or visit

10. The Buccaneer, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
The Buccaneer, a family-run resort, dates back to the 17th century. Activities from snorkeling to golf abound on the 300-acre property. After enjoying the surroundings, spoil yourself with a Day of Indulgence. Choose a combination of spa services such as a reflexology massage, a Marine Spring Water Wrap, or a Fountain of Youth from the Sea facial. For more information, call 800/255-3881 or visit