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Photos: See the Incredible Views at These 13 Spas

Yes, these spas offer amazing treatments. But what really make them worth the trip are the views, from the Chicago skyline to the jungles of Belize.

By , Friday, Jun 1, 2012, 8:00 AM

Source Article: Photos: See the Incredible Views at These 13 Spas

Spa Treatment room with View

Treatment rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong's Spa by ESPA are 1,624 feet above the city.

(Courtesy Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA)

Spa View during daylight

Arrive early to spend time relaxing in the lounge at the spa at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, which claims to be the highest spa in the world.

(Courtesy Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA)

Building Exterior

The spa at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is on the 116th floor and has views of the city and the harbor.

(Courtesy Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA)

La Serena Spa

The view from La Serena spa at The Reefs Hotel & Club is pure Bermuda: soft pink sand and transparent water.

(Courtesy La Serena Spa)

La Serena Spa

Sip herbal tea in La Serena's lounge, which overlooks the ocean from above the palm trees.

(Courtesy La Serena Spa)

Pool at La Serena Spa

After your treatment, take a dip in the pool at La Serena, which also has an incredible view.

(Courtesy La Serena Spa)

La Serena Spa

You can also opt to have your massage on Bermuda's pink sand at La Serena.

(Courtesy La Serena Spa)

Spa View

Venice's most famous landmarks are St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace—and that's exactly what you will see from the Bauers Palladio Hotel & Spa.

(Courtesy the Bauers Palladio Hotel Spa)

Spa Interior

Venice's Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa is known for its baths—a 30-minute scented soak in a king-size Jacuzzi next to a wood fire.

(Courtesy the Bauers Palladio Hotel Spa)

Spa Suana

End your trip to the Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa with a steam in the sauna, then taking the quick vaporetto ride back to the main section of Venice.

(Courtesy the Bauers Palladio Hotel Spa)

Spa View

Guests at the Spa by Occo at the Radisson Blue Resort & Spa at Dubrovnik Sun Gardens in Croatia can turn in all directions to see the unspoiled Elafiti islands and the stunning blues of the Adriatic Sea. 

(Courtesy Spa by OCCO at Dubrovnik Gardens)

Spa during sunset

Take in the sun setting over the Adriatic from the Spa by Occo in Dubrovnik

(Courtesy Spa by OCCO at Dubrovnik Gardens)

Spa by OCCO at Dubrovnik Sun Gardens

Treatments at Dubrovnik's Spa by Occo include hydrotherapy baths and wood pulp body polishes.

(Courtesy Spa by OCCO at Dubrovnik Gardens)

Aerial view

Continue to relax after your massage with a stroll through the gardens at the Spa by Occo in Dubrovnik.

(Courtesy Spa by OCCO at Dubrovnik Gardens)

View from Spa

The rooftop terrace at the Carrick Spa at the Cameron House in Scotland has views of the surrounding woods.

(Courtesy The Carrick Spa)

View from Pool

The rooftop terrace at the Carrick Spa also has an infinity pool for taking in the view.

(Courtesy The Carrick Spa)

Indoor Spa

Don't worry if there is a very Scottish misty rain falling: The Carrick Spa also has an indoor lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows.

(Courtesy The Carrick Spa)

Spa Lobby

Treatments at the Carrick Spa include products by Pure Lochside—an all-organic brand of products made in the Highlands.

(Courtesy The Carrick Spa)

View from Spa

The Spa at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago has views of the Windy City's skyscrapers, bridges over the Chicago River, and Lake Michigan, and guests are encouraged to come 45 minutes before their treatment to take it all in.

(Courtesy The Spa at the Trump International Hotel & Tower)

Treatment Room

The spa is a Trump property, so expect some seriously over-the-top touches like treatments using gemstone-infused oils

(Courtesy The Spa at the Trump International Hotel & Tower)

Spa View

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town has open-air gazebos where you can have your treatment looking out over the water.

(Courtesy The Twelve Apostles Hotel And Spa)

Spa Exterior

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town is surrounded by the wilderness of Table Mountain National Park.

(Courtesy The Twelve Apostles Hotel And Spa)

Treatment Room

Local ingredients play a part in the treatments at the Twelve Apostles in Cape Town, including fynbos, a plant found in the Western Cape said to have healing and detoxifying properties.

(Courtesy The Twelve Apostles Hotel And Spa)

View from Spa

Spa-goers at the Joya Spa at the Montelucia Resort & Spa in Scottsdale have the best views of the dramatically carved and layered Camelback Mountain from the spa's rooftop pool.

(Courtesy Joya Spa at the Monelucia Resort & Spa)

Spa Entrance and View

The Joya Spa is a desert oasis in Scottsdale.

(Courtesy Joya Spa at the Monelucia Resort & Spa)

Spa Treatment

Some of the treatments at the Joya Spa use the essance of the Arizona queen of the night, a rare flower discovered at the resort in 2008.

(Courtesy Joya Spa at the Monelucia Resort & Spa)

Spa View

The ancient oaks and rolling hills in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve seem to go on forever, at least when you are looking out from The Spa at Travaasa Austin in Texas.

(Courtesy Travaasa Austin)

Spa Exterior

The Spa at Travaasa Austin is located on 210 acres of serene country landscape.

(Courtesy Travaasa Austin)

Pool

The peaceful location of the Spa at Travaasa Austin means you will hear the chirping of the endangered songbirds that call the preserve home, including the adorably named Golden Cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo.

(Courtesy Travaasa Austin)

Spa view

Have your massage in one of the bungalows with views of the tropical valley at the Maluhia Spa at Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho'omaluhia.

(Courtesy Maluhia Spa)

Spa Exterior

Aromatherapy oils aren't really required at Hawaii's Maluhia Spa thanks to the refreshing scent of the surrounding evergreen trees.

(Courtesy Maluhia Spa)

View from Spa Fitness Center

Even the fitness center at Hawaii's Maluhia Spa has glass walls to optimize the view.

(Courtesy Maluhia Spa)

Spa View

Tall cliffs and the Dead Sea come together to make up an unforgettable view at the Sea of Spa at Ein Gedi Hotel in Israel.

(Courtesy Sea of Spa at Ein Gedi)

Pool at Sea of Spa

Israel's Sea of Spa is known for basic—but effective—massages and the beautiful palm-shaded location.

(Courtesy Sea of Spa at Ein Gedi)

Exterior of Spa

Massages, mud wraps, facials, and even manicures are done in thatched roof bungalows at the Maruba Resort Jungle Spa in Belize.

(Courtesy Maruba Resort Jungle Spa)

Pool at Maruba Resort

Relax amid the scent of the jungle and the views of towering palms and blooming orchids at the Maruba Resort Jungle Spa in Belize.

(Courtesy Maruba Resort Jungle Spa)

Spa Room

There is a whole menu of treatments at Belize's Maruba Resort Jungle Spa that use the spa's Mood Mud, made from local natural ingredients with potent mineral properties said to do everything from stimulate healing to encourage confidence.

(Courtesy Maruba Resort Jungle Spa)

Spa View

Alaska's Spa at Alyeska sits in a valley surrounded by glaciers and the jagged peaks of the Chugach Mountains, which you can take in from the spa.

(Ken Graham Photography)

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