LUXURY SOCIAL DISTANCING - 8 Great Spas to Buy Out For You Or Your Pod

Sandra Ramani - The Robb Report

Add luxury spas to the list of things you can privatize to safely enjoy with your pod - or even alone.

Among the many industries forced to adapt during the pandemic is the wellness field, as spas and salons have had to navigate new and ever-changing safety protocols. For hotel and resort spas located in warmer climates, the most natural fix has been to move things outdoors, with treatment cabanas being set up on the beach or around the pool, and fitness circuits and mini-gyms—and even class studios—also heading al fresco. Touchless services that make use of things like massage beds and infrared light have also become popular, as have touch-free mindfulness therapies such as sound healing and reiki. For places that are offering services inside, more time is being blocked off between appointments so rooms can undergo a thorough cleaning, and both therapists and clients are donning masks for the duration of the sessions.

If you’re really missing the typical spa experience, however, there is another option to ensure safety: Rent the place out. Many hotels and resorts are allowing guests to book exclusive use of their spas so that small groups can have facilities such as swimming pools, hot tubs, relaxation lounges, and more all to themselves, in between enjoying treatments. (Note that in most states, steam rooms and saunas have not yet been approved for reopening.) From Hawai'i to Yosemite National Park to Palm Beach, here are eight soothing domestic spots in which you can safely relax, without a stranger in sight.


Opened in 2016, Rush Creek Lodge is set on 20 hillside acres in Groveland, Calif., near Yosemite National Park, offering the perfect base from which to explore the park year-round. Nature inspires everything at the lodge, including the new 5,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor Rush Creek Spa, which features warm “waterfall coves” (cascading massage jets inspired by area waterfalls), a Himalayan salt sauna, granite hot soaking tubs, and river rock-hewn immersion beds, as well as indoor and outdoor heated lounge areas. A couple or a party of up to 15 can enjoy the run of the facilities during a two-and-a-half-hour buy-out. Treatments such as therapeutic massages and foot scrubs can be added on, as can sessions in making aromatherapy blends, custom teas, and DIY hand sanitizer; food and beverages can also be ordered in. Couples experience starts at $500, including two massages; group buy-outs start at $1,200 for up to 15 people, not including treatments.