Last updated August 18, 2023
Venture north of New York City to discover eight spa resorts in the most scenic settings upstate has to offer.
There are spa days and then there are days at the spa. If you’re looking for an ethereal escape with a side of deluxe amenities, you’ll love what these Upstate New York spa resorts have in store.
Eight Favorite Upstate New York Spa Resorts
From the charm and accessibility of the Hudson Valley to the remote reaches of the Adirondacks, you’ll find everything you need to unwind and feel brand new after an upstate spa stay. Here are our favorite eight!
1. Mirror Lake Inn — Lake Placid
Between the pure mountain air, lakeside luxury and award-winning spa, Mirror Lake Inn gives guests reason upon reason to return year after year.
Set on the shore of Lake Placid and nestled in the pristine wilderness of the Adirondack mountains, Mirror Lake Inn offers unparalleled postcard views, ample opportunities to relax and unwind, and a wide range of outdoor activities to enjoy every season.
Browse their spa menu and find an incredible array of treatments from Reiki and reflexology to a Vichy shower scrub and body-balancing dry float, and salt therapy. Many of their spa services incorporate healing elements of their rich surroundings. Think scent blends inspired by the Adirondacks, aromatherapy lotions made with distilled water from Lake Placid and locally sourced maple sugar scrubs.
Guests also have access to a fitness center, indoor lap pool, sauna, hot tub and seasonal heated outdoor lap pool. With an atmosphere that seeks to nurture mind, body and soul, there’s a lot to love about this upstate gem.
2. The Whiteface Lodge — Lake Placid
Leave it to Lake Placid to bring you two pristine Upstate New York spa resorts. The Whiteface Lodge beautifully captures the rustic elements of the picturesque woodlands surrounding it while offering guests the kind of amenities you’d expect to find at an upscale resort.
There’s something about this place that leaves you feeling on top of your health and self-care routines. A favorite among the spa elite, this expansive yet cozy spa draws inspiration from the Adirondacks to create a restorative experience unlike any other.
With luxury wraps using therapeutic ingredients and classic massages designed to melt away stress and tension, it’s no wonder The Whiteface Lodge consistently ranks as a top spa resort.
3. Mohonk Mountain House — New Paltz
When you think of Upstate New York spa resorts, you think of Mohonk Mountain House. This Hudson Valley hideaway has been around since 1869, and its longevity and word of mouth speak for themselves.
Forty thousand acres of forest surround this Victorian castle that holds an expansive spa wing. And it’s only 90 miles north of New York City. Their award-winning spa features 16 treatment rooms, a solarium, an outdoor heated mineral pool, an indoor heated pool, a fitness center and a yoga studio.
With forest bathing in the warmer months and snow-shoeing in the wintry months, Mohonk is the perfect place to escape any season.
4. Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck — Rhinebeck
One of Upstate New York’s most fabulous spa resorts is calling all city-dwelling weekend warriors. Less than two hours away from Manhattan, this old-world chic Parisian château features an expansive award-winning spa with eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, a Himalayan salt sauna as well as more than one dozen treatment rooms, each with its own fireplace and private sound system.
But wait, there’s more! An outdoor aqua terrace with a hot plunge pool and private bar perfectly balances wellness and indulgence. As do the culinary creations sourced from multi-generational farms, emergent food artisans and craft distillers.
Adding to the inn’s wellness offerings are the daily yoga, spin, Tabata, Pilates and tai chi classes. Self-care is always within reach in the heart of the Hudson Valley at Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck.
5. La Tourelle Hotel & Spa — Ithaca
Whether you’re exploring the waterfalls, lakes and gorges that are the hallmark of Ithaca or you’re indulging in the spa’s signature Waterfall Vichy Experience—a massage in a wet room where warm water from six showerheads rains down on you—you’re never far from the rejuvenating effects of water at La Tourelle.
Where ancient Eastern healing traditions meet the wellness innovations of the West, you’ll find August Moon Spa. This year-round relaxation destination emulates the natural environment that surrounds it in unique ways.
The aestheticians and massage therapists go to great lengths to ensure your spa experience is as personalized as possible, from the music selection playing during your service to aromatherapy blends and focus on problem areas. All that and the grounds and accommodations of this French-inspired inn are so memorable and enchanting, you’ll just have to return.
6. The Lake House on Canandaigua — Canandaigua
Who knew lake life could be so luxurious? The Lake House on Canandaigua did, and that’s why they created one of the most-coveted Upstate New York spa resorts. Modern sophistication meets timeless charm in this spectacular Finger Lakes find.
Their prized spa features a picturesque sauna garden, a heated lakefront pool, all the treatments you’d expect and a bunch you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Their ancient purification rituals, in particular, caught our attention.
At Willowbrook Spa, your treatments are tailored to your wellness goals. And their custom-blended herbal tinctures and massage oils infuse restorative elements into your blissful experience.
7. The Sagamore — Bolton
Lake George’s loveliest escape combines timeless elegance and upscale amenities in its original 1883 hotel, lodges, standalone houses, residential-style condos, and bi-level luxury suites.
The Sagamore serves up stunning lake views, award-winning waterfront dining, immersive outdoor activities and, of course, a spa experience that will leave you feeling renewed. Whether you’re getting away to celebrate a special occasion or simply unplug and indulge, you’ll find it effortless to unwind here.
Designed to be a tranquil, neutral-toned sanctuary, the spa features a hydrotherapy area, 13 treatment rooms and an extensive luxe menu. In terms of treatments, you’ll find all the usual suspects (with an Adirondack twist), plus a few you always hope to see on a menu—cue hot oil and scalp therapy, hydrafacials and gua sha.
8. Honor’s Haven Retreat — Ellenville
If you want to feel far away without having to venture far from the Big Apple, Honor’s Haven Retreat’s 200 acres of lush greenery are here to transport and nurture you.
This is where you go for wellness beyond the spa. Of course, you can indulge in saunas, steam rooms, and your favorite massage and skincare treatments. But after one of their retreats, you’ll feel centered, restored and ready to return home with a clear mind and healthy new habits.
The therapeutic programs are created with a holistic healing philosophy encompassing East Asian energy principles as well as integrated wellness services, including yoga, tai chi and meditation, plus mind-body training programs and workshops. Spend a week surrounded by the Catskill Mountains with views of a freshwater lake and seemingly endless rolling hills to discover just how healing this retreat can be.
Your Upstate Escape Awaits
Whether you’re browsing for a long weekend or a weeklong spa vacation, northern New York is waiting to pamper you. Check out all of our wellness and active vacations in New York.
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