Because we emulate nearly everything the royal family does, especially fashion- and beauty-savvy members like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, it’s no surprise we’re following suit with the latest and greatest move made by one of them: a spa-themed bridal shower. Yep, Meghan Markle had us all fangirling over reports that she enjoyed a low-key weekend of relaxation and pure bliss with her close friends and family at Soho Farmhouse, a 100-acre rustic spa located in the Oxfordshire countryside. Sounds pretty darn nice, right?
Because every bride-to-be deserves a little (or a lot) of TLC to alleviate the stress and anxiety involved in wedding planning, we’re rounding up some of the best bridal shower destinations around the U.S. that offer up equally luxurious and relaxing treatments for brides-to-be and their squads.
Who says you can’t have it all for your bridal shower? By all, we’re talking access to some of California’s most coveted vineyards and a swoon-worthy spa ready to pamper you like the soon-to-be-married princess that you are. That’s what brides-to-be can expect out of a bridal shower at The Estate Yountville, a 22-acre property located in California’s wine-growing Napa Valley. The Spa is the largest in the area, featuring 12 total treatment rooms with five luxurious private spa suites, all of which have their own indoor and outdoor fireplace and lounge areas, a Swiss Shower, and outdoor hydrotherapy soaking bath. Water features include a steam shower, sauna, and jacuzzi.
In the cozy mountainsides of Vermont, you’ll find this picture-perfect resort best known for its top-of-the-line ski slopes. But any time of year that you happen to stumble upon it, you’ll be delighted by its offerings, specifically The Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge. Inside this 21,000-square-foot facility, you’ll find a relaxing spa sanctuary lounge with cozy fireplace and picturesque views of Mt. Mansfield, dry sauna, herbal steam, “rain panel,” swim-out outdoor pool, and hot tubs. Enjoy a customizable scrub bar of Himalayan sea salts and sugar with a variety of aromas and hand and foot rituals, which can be done poolside (the pool is heated 365 days a year—even in the dead of winter!). Bridal parties can also take advantage of a private group yoga session as well as a guided early morning Java hike or snowshoe (or stroll, depending on the energy level) with coffee to take in the spectacular views of Mt. Mansfield.
Just a scenic two-and-a-half-hour drive outside of Boise is this award-winning, full-service spa hideaway at Shore Lodge, nestled in the Salmon River Mountains next to the Payette National Forest. It’s peaceful, serene, and everything you could hope for in a weekend or week-long getaway with your girls in preparation for your big day. You can rent out all six treatment rooms for your own intimate private bridal party spa experience. All treatments are nature-themed—Deep Blue Wrap, Wildflower Facial, Skipping Stones Massage, Clearwater Scrub, and more—and the facilities include saltwater immersion pools, herbal manicures and pedicures, waxing services, light lunch fare and, of course, a glass of bubbly.
If you’re really looking for a Meghan Markle-inspired wedding shower, why not host yours at a spa that emulates techniques native to the Cotswolds of England? All treatments are deeply rooted in nature, sustainability, and holistic living, and many of the skincare products used meet the highest standard of organic certification from the UK’s Soil Association—a stricter standard than measured in the U.S. Brides and their crew will have access to a private relaxation room that’s inspired by traditional farming hay barns and natural elements (think hand-carved wooden doors, rustic branch shelves, and full-size tree trunks).
If you’re looking to make a full weekend out of your bridal shower and happen to be a fan of skiing, snowboarding, or just serenity in the snow, this spa inside the luxurious, 285-room Hotel Talisa is right up your alley. The Spa honors its environment by infusing fresh mountain air and indigenous ingredients into its wide range of services, from massages, facials, and body renewal treatments to a full-service salon including hair and nails. Relax among their 10 well-appointed therapy rooms, including two oversized treatment rooms, a tranquil relaxation room overlooking Gore Creek and the nearby mountains. The separate men’s and women’s locker rooms include an aromatherapy steam room and salt sauna.
Tucked into the Sangre de Cristo foothills just minutes from Santa Fe, this immersive resort is a mecca for mind, body, and spirit. The resort itself is located on the site of a spiritual vortex and is home to one of Tatler’s 101 best spas. You and your bridal party will get far more than your average massage or facial, as the offerings include meditation, yoga, as well as immersive cultural treatments. You can even get spa treatments in the resort’s onsite teepee! Regionally-inspired treatments include the Blue Corn & Honey Renewal, a local remedy for treating desert-parched skin, and the Mountain Spirit Purification, a unique treatment incorporating natural elements of the earth such as sage, a clay body mask, and a juniper-sage massage using hot stones.
NYC brides-to-be and their girl gang will find the most ideal escape from the city’s hustle and bustle within the walls of Haven Spa on Mercer Street in Soho. Bridal parties can rent out the entire spa for a half or full day of total indulgence, booking as many services as they would like—from massages and body treatments to facials, waxings, mani/pedis, and hair services (they have a whole pamper room dedicated to blowouts!). They also offer a slew of luxurious treatments you’ve never even heard of before, including Facialates, which activates unused facial muscles, sculpts the face, and increases muscle tone; The Geek Massage, an intense combo of therapeutic stretching and targeted deep tissue work; and Spoil Me Rotten, a deep heat medicinal muscle treatment that dates back to 14th-century Thailand!
For a true taste of Southern hospitality, bridal parties can experience The Spa at The Ballantyne. You and your guests will start with a custom luncheon with a pre-selected menu before being escorted to the spa facilities where you can relax and enjoy the indoor pool, whirlpool resistance pool, sauna, and relaxation lounge before your pre-selected treatment. Afterward, you can enjoy a group yoga session catered to your de-stressing desires or head into Charlotte for a night of dinner and dancing.
For a tropical paradise that doesn’t require a passport or a whole lot of travel to get to, this luxurious oceanfront property located in the heart of Key West will be just the ticket. SpaTerre at Ocean Key Resort & Spa overlooks the pristine waters where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Atlantic Ocean, so even in between treatments and pampering sessions, you’ll feel relaxed and at ease—as you should during your bridal shower! Exotic Balinese spa treatments and Thai body rituals are custom-designed to your liking, including the Javanese Royal Treatment, the Volcanic Earth Clay Ritual, and the Tropical Essence Massage. Intimate rooms lead to private patios where you and your group of friends and family can relax amongst traditional outdoor Japanese tubs filled with aromatherapy-infused water and topped with fresh flower petals.
Right in the heart of California wine country, and only an hour-and-a-half drive outside of San Francisco is the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, which offers a package made for the bride-to-be: The Royal Treatment Day-Spa. It includes entrance and use of the spa facilities, mineral pools and fitness facilities, a choice of two 60-minute treatments, choice of a Willow Stream Manicure or a Shampoo and Blow-Dry, a spa gift, and a glass of sparkling wine or cider. When you and your girls are done relaxing and soaking in the oversized jacuzzi baths, you can experience a private wine tasting at Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, just an hours drive north.