April is Stress Awareness Month, which increases public awareness of stress and cures for this modern epidemic. Making relaxation a priority is an essential component of keeping stress at bay. So if tax season has you stressed to the max or you just can't disconnect from work, consider a retreat to one of these local luxury spas:
Synonymous all over the world for extraordinary splendor, the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, North Carolina is no exception. Located in Uptown and offering the latest in spa therapies, Charlotte's Ritz-Carlton Spa & Wellness Center includes four treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, cycling studio, swimming pool, whirlpool, and more. The penthouse spa spans two hotel levels and offers fitness, healing, and relaxation with the help of expert therapists, trainers, and technicians.
Centrally located in South Charlotte, The Spa at Ballantyne has been a top spa in the area for many years, delivering treatments inspired by nature and designed to soothe the senses and enhance wellness. In addition to their massages, facials, body treatments, and hair salon services, enjoy spa dining, pools, a steam room, and more. Make sure to check out their exclusive Carolina Lavender Collection using locally grown herbs.
Think the fun in Myrtle Beach is just for kids? Think again. The Awakening Spa at Anderson Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina offers all-natural holistic treatments for the body and soul. From an array of massage therapy to skin care and facials, the Awakening Spa will leave you feeling relaxed and invigorated. The Anderson Ocean Club, an upscale oceanfront hotel located in Myrtle Beach, gives you access to the spa, indoor and outdoor pools, a lazy river, a fitness center, and more.
Not only can you get some of the best food in the world in Charleston, South Carolina, but you can also leave your cares behind at the Spa at Belmond Charleston Place. Located in historic downtown Charleston, the Spa at Belmond Charleston Place renews your spirit with a range of indulgent Southern treatments, from classic deep tissue massages to the decadent Magnolia Blossom Body Scrub. The spa houses a 50-foot salt-water pool with retractable roof, sauna, steam room, whirlpool, and a tempting spa menu that can be served by the pool or on the rooftop deck, weather permitting.
Located at the world-famous Kiawah Island Resort, the Spa at the Sanctuary is a complete escape for body, mind, and spirit. Inspired by the natural beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry, this spa offers customized regimens using botanical extracts derived from local seaweed, mineral-rich mud, and natural enzymes designed to calm, heal, and restore. While you are here, take advantage of their fitness center featuring both cardiovascular and weight training equipment, a relaxing indoor pool, as well as Pilates and yoga studios.
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff sits beside tranquil waterways amidst stately oak trees on the May River. The trained staff at the Spa at Palmetto Bluff help keep you connected to a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Their signature Palmetto High Cotton therapy combines a massage, hair mask, and foot reflexology. Be sure to enjoy the fitness facilities, which include state-of-the-art equipment, a movement studio, and heated lap pools.
Plan to spend at least two days at The Spa at the Inn on Biltmore, as you need at least a full day to tour the historic Biltmore house and a day to relax at their well-appointed spa. Imagine yourself as a pampered guest of Edith Vanderbilt while you enjoy any number of services including massage, skin care, beauty treatments, and more. Consider one of their decadent Spring Renewal treatments and emerge feeling relaxed and restored.
A wooded retreat located in Cary, North Carolina, the Umstead Spa is a return to nature with their outdoor meditation courtyard, therapeutic whirlpool tub, and aromatic eucalyptus sauna and steam room. The Umstead Spa features an outdoor seasonal pool, fitness center, and more. Book their signature Emerald Treatment Series to receive a complete detoxifying and revitalizing experience.
Chances are, you have at least heard of the historic Chetola Resort in Downtown Blowing Rock, North Carolina. But the world-class Spa at Chetola Resort is a surprise to many travelers. Opened in 2009, the spa features the familiar Bob Timberlake decor and a Mission motif, evoking a rustic mountain feel. The treatments, however, are anything but rustic, offering a wide variety of services including massage, facials, a hair boutique, nail treatments, and more. Enjoy complimentary teas, house-made granola, and even a relaxation room with cascading wall fountains.
Before embarking on your decadent spa vacation, visit your local AAA Car Care location for a free pre-road trip inspection, including a battery check. AAA offers premium batteries with the best service in the business. You could also rent a car for your outing. AAA members save 10-20% from Hertz. Visit your local AAA travel agent to help take the stress out of vacation planning with hotel discounts, spa reservations, and TripTiks, AAA's exclusive travel planner. Make sure to download our Mobile App which provides exclusive member discounts, access to roadside assistance, instant battery quotes as well as travel planning tools. You can easily manage your AAA membership online or call 1-866-593-8626 while on the road.