Whether you need to detox, de-stress, or simply kick back after the big day, a pampering spa holiday is something every bride deserves. While it's obviously possible to indulge in some TLC at your local Burke-Williams or a fancy hotel spa, part of the fun is getting away to a gorgeous and romantic destination. Here, 10 of the world's best resort spas well worth the flight—or frequent flyer miles.
1. Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Maui
40 treatment rooms, 50,000 square feet and a spectacular melange of saunas, waterfalls, Swiss jet showers, a Roman tub, Japanese furo and specialty baths — need we say more? The largest spa in Hawaii is naturally a destination in and of itself. Ancient Hawaiian rituals meet Eastern and Western techniques in the vast menu of services.
2. Four Seasons George V., Paris
The landmark hotel's Pop Up Spa by Jeff Leatham is bright, white and opulent — with the ability to totally melt away tension, stress or aches. The head-to-toe Jet Lag Recovery "journey," which features Australian Sodashi products, is the perfect antidote to a long flight. In true Parisian form, macarons sometimes accompany the treatments.
3. The Peninsula Bangkok
You won't want to leave this property's three-story Thai colonial-style paradise overlooking the Chao Phraya River, which is decorated with local silks and handicrafts. The standards — massage, facial, body wrap — are available alongside dreamy rituals that blend European, Oriental and Ayurvedic techniques and indigenous tinctures and ingredients. There's also the option to have a therapist create a totally bespoke experience just for you.
4. The Spa at the Viceroy Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Not only is it in a magical location—palm trees, turquoise water, blue skies — but this Mexican dream destination makes a spa treatment a magical experience. Thanks to an on-property shaman, every guest gets a blessing upon arrival, and the treatments are equally enchanting. Ancient Mayan traditions and Mexican herbs are worked into a variety of options that also includes the super detoxifying and cleansing Temazcal Ritual in the sweat lodge, perfect for those celebrating a new beginning.
5. Four Seasons Bora Bora, French Polynesia
You've heard of over-water bungalows that allow you to view the colorful aquatic activity from your private quarters, but what about a glass-floored spa suite? The most romantic of this Bora Bora resort's treatment suites is open air and features a double-occupancy soaking tub, terrace and massage beds from which you can stare into the cerulean sea during your holistic body therapies.
6. Solage Calistoga, California
Great wine isn't the only thing bringing travelers to Napa. The land of grapes is also a destination for spa lovers. This Auberge resort offers an impeccable experience that includes a no-cell-phone rule for optimal relaxation. There's a mud bar, featuring local mineral-rich mud, naturally, and a full menu of innovative skincare treatments, scrubs and even a guided floating meditation class in the geothermal mineral pool.
7. Nihiwatu, Sumba, Indonesia
One of the world's most exclusive and luxurious — yet at the same time down-to-earth and perfectly beachy — resorts has an appropriately unique spa. The Sumbanese-influenced menu includes therapeutic options meant to alleviate the deepest stress, tension and knots, increase your sense of wellbeing and even recover from extreme activities like surfing. There's also the all-encompassing Spa Safari, which promises an unforgettable and incredibly pampering adventure.
8. La Mamounia, Marrakech
Ensconced in the painted mosaic tiles, arched doorways and glowing oriental lighting of the Mamounia spa, there's no question you're in a faraway land. The dozens of treatments at this spa mecca pick up where the decor leaves off, taking you on a sensorial journey to ultimate pampering and wellness. Don't miss the insanely gorgeous pool — or your camera.
9. Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine
Like Napa, this part of Spain blends the very best vino with over-the-top holistic pampering. Santuario LeDomaine is a 10,000-square-foot sanctuary featuring an innovative "fusion wine" vinotherapy concept, which translates to a treatment plan that actually begins with blind wine tasting. Guided by a spa sommelier, the whole experience inside a 900-year-old abbey's renovated former stables is personalized to the last drop of wine — or body oil.
10. Cal-A-Vie, California
Although you won't travel too far to get to this heaven-on-earth in Southern California, you'll feel far away. Bamboo massages, coffee scrubs, hot stone facials and European rose mud wraps are just a few of the time-tested treatments available at the bucolic, sprawling resort that also offers golf and fitness options aplenty.