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Saybrook Point Inn, Spa, & Marina, Old Saybrook, CT

Overlooking the stunning spot where the Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River meet, the Saybrook Point Inn, Spa, & Marina is just two miles from historic downtown Old Saybrook. The property has a lovely 80-room hotel plus a 123-slip marina that can accommodate vessels up to 200 feet. Marina guests have access to the indoor and outdoor heated pools, the fitness center with its whirlpool and sauna, and the well-appointed spa. Indulge in The Kate, a full-body treatment designed to nourish and ground the mind, body, and soul, and named for Katherine Hepburn, who lived nearby for much of her life.

The Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, MD

The Inn at Perry Cabin is owned and operated by the luxury-hotel company Orient-Express, and looks out onto the picturesque Miles River in the town of St. Michaels on the Chesapeake Bay. To visit the property's Linden Spa, boaters can tie up to the inn's docks (there are no power hookups), or book a slip at nearby St. Michael's Marina that is in downtown St. Michaels, from which there's a water taxi service to the Inn at Perry Cabin. The Linden Spa was named for the linden trees that line the drive approaching the property and are said to have healing properties, and it made Spa Finder magazine's list of the world's best spas. One of the signature treatments, the Linden Ritual, incorporates infused linden flowers, black birch, sage, blackberry leaves, eucalyptus, and rosemary into a mixture that is wrapped around your body, then scrubbed off with salt and honey before the treatment concludes with a massage.

Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, FL

Set on Florida's Atlantic coast about halfway between Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, the Addison Mizner-designed Boca Raton Resort & Club recently underwent an extensive renovation that restored its old-school glamour while bringing facilities into the 21st century. The 32-slip marina can accommodate vessels up to 175 feet and is located on the Intracoastal Waterway. Transient boaters have access to all the resort's amenities, including two 18-hole golf courses, a state-of-the-art tennis center, and a restaurant from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. The spa building was modeled on Spain's Alhambra Palace, and the treatments bring the idea of pampering to a whole new level: sevruga caviar facials, cranberry-pomegranate body scrubs.

Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina, Madeira Park, BC

The Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina sits on Pender Harbor on British Columbia's beautiful Sunshine Coast. The top-notch resort has a deep-water marina popular with boaters cruising the Inside Passage to Alaska. The property's spa is an homage to the area's natural splendor and healing waters, with local-timber-beamed cathedral ceilings, a hydrotherapy room, and a spa garden, where visitors can go back and forth at their leisure between a hot/cold outdoor rain shower, a sauna cave, a glacial rain shower, and a warm salt-water flotation pool. Book one of the seven private rooms for a treatment such as a white-clay brightening wrap, then relax with a glass of wine in front of the spa's outdoor fireplace.

Kona Kai Marina, San Diego, CA

Kona Kai Marina occupies the tip of San Diego's Shelter Island, adjacent to the elegant Hawaii-themed Kona Kai Resort & Spa. The marina has 518 slips that can accommodate boats up to 200 feet, and marina guests have full access to the resort's amenities, including walking trails, bike rentals, a full-size pool, and a first-rate health club that runs fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, and karate six days a week. The property is lushly landscaped, with flowers and waterfront views at every turn. The spa has a complete roster of treatments, including Swedish and deep-tissue massages, aromatherapy body wraps, and sea-salt-scrub exfoliations.More featured spas..

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