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Kai en Ciel Spa at Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
LIME Spa at Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

LIME Spa at Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

While there are quite a few underwater restaurants and hotels around the world, at the moment LIME Spa is the only underwater spa, found at the five-star Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives. In fact, two of the treatment rooms are completely underwater, and feature panoramic views at every turn. Opt for the LIME Light signature treatment, a 150-minute journey that starts with a massage using coconut oil and lime and concludes with an ice cube facial. Afterward, relax for 15 minutes with tea and fruit while gazing at reef sharks, clown fish and stingrays in what feels like your own private aquarium.  960 1280

Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi  

Ocean of Consciousness Spa at Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah

Ocean of Consciousness Spa at Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah

The Maldives boast a high percentage of overwater bungalow hotels with spas, so it takes some effort to qualify as special. The newly opened Voavah property accomplishes this since the spa — indeed the entire resort — is situated on its own private island, a first for the Four Seasons chain. What can top that? The island is also part of Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. While much space could be devoted to describing the private island’s amazingness, the focus here is on the conceptual Ocean of Consciousness Spa, whose treatments are tailored around one of the five pathways to consciousness: truth, wisdom, love, peace and compassion. Because it’s a private spa, it can arrange a host of services to suit your needs, from an on-call Ayurvedic doctor to an acupuncturist. The only catch is you (and up to 21 others) have to scrounge up $46,000 a night to experience this level of pampering. 960 1280

Ken Seet  

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun at Yunessun Inn, Japan

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun at Yunessun Inn, Japan

Japan is renowned for its hot springs (or onsen), so it stands to reason that if you have the burning desire to immerse yourself in, say, red wine, you can find that here. Actually, Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, an hour and a half from Tokyo, is one of the only spots in the world where you can do just that. Considered a hot spring amusement park — which should be a spa goal for everyone — Hakone offers different pools filled with actual red wine, green tea, sake and coffee. It may seem like a gimmick, but there are purported health benefits behind each one; for example, sake is believed to lighten sunspots, and coffee might reduce the appearance of cellulite. And while red wine likely delivers more benefits by imbibing it, who doesn’t want the chance to splash around in it? 960 1280

Junko Kimura  

Kai en Ciel Spa at Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Kai en Ciel Spa at Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

There’s no shortage of spas that offer chocolate-infused spa treatments. There are also plenty of spas that offer the ancient Ayurvedic treatment of shirodhara, which involves pouring oil on your forehead’s third eye. However, Kai en Ciel Spa might be one of the only spas in the world to combine the two to create — wait for it — the chocodhara. The hour-long treatment starts with a head massage before warm chocolate-infused oil is poured on the third eye in order to produce a relaxed state worthy of a cat. Unlike some shirodhara treatments that simply pour oil on the third eye for the entire session, this one moves on to a chocolate-infused massage that focuses on marma points, an Ayurvedic technique that releases tension by massaging blocked energy in specific areas. 960 1280

Jade Mountain  

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand

The Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle isn’t just an upscale resort, but a sanctuary for abused and rescued elephants. Guests can interact with the gentle giants in a number of ways, from feeding to bathing them. (As part of ethical animal tourism, the elephants’ well-being is of the utmost importance.) After taking care of your elephant, take care of yourself at the spa with the Mahout Recovery Treatment. The 90-minute massage incorporates camphor, lime and lemongrass poultices to relieve sore muscles. As if the elephant component isn’t wonderful enough, the spa treatments are delivered in an open-air treehouse environment surrounded by bamboo trees and lush jungle. 960 1280

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle    

Spa Mukul at Mukul Resort, Golf & Spa, Nicaragua

Spa Mukul at Mukul Resort, Golf & Spa, Nicaragua

Spa Mukul takes the theme approach a step further by devoting a separate focus to each of its six sanctuaries. The options include curiosity-inducing names such as Ancient Sanctuary, Crystal Temple, Hammam, Healing Hut, Rainforest and the Secret Garden. Instead of choosing a single treatment, you choose which sanctuary sounds ideal, and then embark on a private, preset 3.5-hour spa journey. For example, Ancient Sanctuary entails a body scrub, citrus bath, facial and massage while incorporating local herbs and plants that have been used since pre-Colonial times. Since each section provides a one-of-a-kind experience, sample all six for the ultimate spa getaway. 960 1280

Ryan Forbes  

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

While many simply regard the Blue Lagoon as a place to soak in geothermal springs, it also offers spa treatments. In fact, as part of an ongoing renovation, 2016 brought the addition of a relaxation area and updated facilities. Belly up to the recently added silica mud bar, where you can slather your face and body in the softening properties of the white silica. Or book an in-water massage in a new designated zone, which involves lying on a floating mat in the water while being massaged with Blue Lagoon mineral oil. Combine the two by opting for the two-hour signature treatment, a true indulgence that involves an exfoliating salt scrub followed by a silica or algae wrap. While the wrap does its job, all you have to do is float on the steamy water while receiving a relaxing scalp and face massage. If you’re not asleep by this point, the 50-minute massage that follows just might do the trick. Since the Blue Lagoon is only 20 minutes from the airport, this might become your new favorite jet lag cure. As a heads up, the Blue Lagoon will be closed from April 23-27, 2017 for final renovations, which will add another lagoon for massages, expand the existing lagoon and update the piping system. 960 1280

Blue Lagoon  

Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel, Dubai

Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel, Dubai

Arguably everything about the Talise Ottoman Spa at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel is over the top: the 42 treatment rooms, two saltwater pools, and an ambience that evokes an Arabian Nights set. Although what really sets this spa apart is the fact that it contains two spare-no-expense hammams and two snow rooms (separate men’s and women’s facilities). The hammams, or Turkish baths, do justice to Turkey’s glorious marble structures, with treatments to match: the Gold Mask experience makes you feel like royalty as you're slathered in a gold body mask. As for the snow room, yes, it is actually filled with snow, and conveniently located near the sauna. 960 1280

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel  

The Spa Village at Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia

The Spa Village at Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the full buffet of authentic Asian spa treatments but don’t have the time to travel all over Asia, beeline to The Spa Village. And yes, with 22 villas devoted to all things spa, it really is a small village. Each treatment kicks off with an elaborate Bath House Ritual, involving a foot soak, cleansing bath and tea. Since the veritable smorgasbord of spa options can be overwhelming — from Hawaiian lomi lomi massage to ancient Chinese body smoking — allow The Spa Village to make the choice for you by opting for three-hour packages that are region- or modality-specific. Go all out with the Royal Secrets of Puteri Lindungan Bulan for women and Bukit Gantang Warrior Treatment for men. These pampering journeys include a shampoo, milk bath and body steaming for women, and a scalp treatment, warrior massage and herbal scrub for men. 960 1280

YTL Hotels   

Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau, Miami

Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau, Miami

The 40,000-square-foot Lapis Spa at the iconic Fontainebleau is a must for water babies. Following a 2008 renovation, the spa’s pièce de résistance is an entire water therapy circuit consisting of six elements. While away the hours circulating between the eucalyptus steam room, the 75-foot heated mineral pool and cascading shower. But the main events are the rain tunnel and rain room (pictured), both of which are as amazing as they sound. The former contains warm and cool massaging jets, while the latter provides a warm, endlessly flowing rain from the ceiling. Lie on one of the marble tables and allow the rainfall to wash away your cares. 960 1280

Fontainebleau  

Alabama

Alabama

Head to Trattoria Centrale in Birmingham and try the BLT pizza. 960 1280

Nicole Lau  

Alaska

Alaska

Pizza with a view? Yes, please. At Finn's Pizza in Homer you can sip a cold brew, eat wood-fire pizza and take in the gorgeous Alaskan landscape in their glass-enclosed dining area dubbed the "Solarium". 960 1280

Megan Henderson  

Arizona

Arizona

Chris Bianco started Pizzeria Bianco inside the back corner of a neighborhood grocery store in 1988, and now Pizzeria Bianco has two locations in Phoenix that serves up his famous artisanal pizzas. 960 1280

Juan Gatti  

Arkansas

Arkansas

True to its name, Damgoode Pies is the pizza joint to check out in Arkansas. Head to one of their Little Rock or Fayetteville locations to try their famous pie The Stuffy Underdog. 960 1280

Damgoode Pies and Brews  

California

California

With a mouthwatering menu, Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles is the brainchild of Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Nancy Silverton and a must-stop for pizza lovers. 960 1280

Glenn Koenig  

Colorado

Colorado

Pizzeria Locale is a staple in Colorado. Their 900-degree oven cooks delicious pizzas to perfection in two minutes. 960 1280

Hyoung Chang  

Connecticut

Connecticut

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is one of the oldest pizzerias in the country. Frank Pepe, an Italian immigrant, opened Pepe's, as it's known locally, in 1925, and it's still a family owned and operated establishment today. Head to one of their many Connecticut locations to try the very popular White Clam pizza. 960 1280

Thomas McGovern / Pepes Pizzeria  

Delaware

Delaware

Check out Pizza By Elizabeths, an elegant dining spot in Greenville where all of the pizzas are named after famous Elizabeths past and present. Think Elizabeth Taylor, Saint Elizabeth and Elizabeth Arden. 960 1280

Pizza By Elizabeths  

Florida

Florida

In Miami Beach, Spris fires up tasty thin-crusted pizzas, with whole wheat and gluten-free offerings.  960 1280

ANTONIO CHAGIN / Spris Pizza  

Georgia

Georgia

Antico is the place to get pizza in Atlanta. One of the best parts about eating here is sitting at the community-style tables open to the kitchen where you can see (and smell!) the chefs firing up your delicious pizzas while you wait. 960 1280

Antico Pizza  

Hawaii

Hawaii

If you're looking for New York pizza in Hawaii, head to J.J. Dolan's in Honolulu. 960 1280

Jon Hanai  

Idaho

Idaho

As the name suggests, Flying Pie Pizzaria serves pizzas that are "whirled" in the air, making their pies "whirld" famous. Head to one of their four Idaho locations to try them out for yourself. 960 1280

Track/ Flying Pie Pizza  

Illinois

Illinois

Pequod's Pizza is a Chicago staple that serves deep-dish pizza in cast-iron pans, sprinkled with mozzarella, creating a crispy, carmelized crust of cheese. 960 1280

Charles Cook  

Indiana

Indiana

Pizzology Craft Pizza & Pub prides itself on sourcing local, high-quality ingredients for the pizzas they serve. Make your way to either their Indianapolis or Carmel location and try the White Devil. 960 1280

  

Iowa

Iowa

Not your average pizza flavor, but Crab Rangoon from Fong's Pizza is a must-try in Des Moines. The dish pays homage to what was the city's oldest Chinese restaurant that formerly operated in Fong's existing location. 960 1280

Fongs Pizza  

Kansas

Kansas

Make your way to SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza in Kansas City for hand-spun, stone-fired pizzas with traditional toppings taken to a new level after they're roasted in herbed olive oil in its stone hearth ovens before they go on the pies. SPIN! also serves a variety of traditional thin-and-bubbly crust, rustic whole wheat and gluten-free pizzas. The dough is made fresh every day. 960 1280

  

Kentucky

Kentucky

Award-winning Boombozz Pizza & Taphouse is a must-visit pizza spot in Louisville. When you go, try the Pollotate. 960 1280

Pastaria  

Louisiana

Louisiana

Pizza Delicious started in 2012 after two college roommates from New York bonded over a shared love of delicious pizza. Although this joint is fairly new, it's received praise from numerous local and national media outlets. Plan a road trip to New Orleans to try the deliciousness for yourself. 960 1280

Emily Neesley  

Maine

Maine

Otto Pizza started in Portland in 2009 and now has 12 locations across Maine and Massachusetts. One of their most popular pizza pies is "The Masher" with mashed potatoes, scallion and bacon. 960 1280

Portland Press Herald  

Maryland

Maryland

If you're in Maryland in search of great pizza, head to one of two Joe Squared locations in Baltimore. In addition to tasty square, thin-crust sourdough pizza, you'll also find live music and art displays at this pizza joint. 960 1280

Joe Squared  

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Regina Pizzeria has been around since 1926 and now has 17 locations across New England. Stop in one of their locations to try the traditional pizza with a secret crust recipe dating back more than 80 years. 960 1280

Boston Globe  

Michigan

Michigan

Buddy's Rendevouz Pizzeria has served Detroit square Sicilian-style pizza for more than 70 years and now has 11 locations across metro Detroit. 960 1280

JERRY ZOLYNSKY / Buddys Pizza  

Minnesota

Minnesota

Black Sheep Pizza is the place to get pizza in Minnesota, especially if you're a fan of coal-fired, crispy thin-crust pizza. 960 1280

Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza  

Mississippi

Mississippi

When in Mississippi, head to Soulshine Pizza Factory for live music and pies. The name of the restaurant was inspired by a song by The Allman Brothers Band. With three Mississippi locations, Soulshine now has two Tennessee locations as well. 960 1280

Soulshine Pizza  

Missouri

Missouri

For quality pizza in Missouri, head to Pastaria in St. Louis. They also deliver through Food Pedaler. 960 1280

Greg Rannells / Pastaria  

Montana

Montana

When In Rome Pizzeria in Kalispell has an award-winning pizza called the Best Pizza Ever. It's made with pepperoni, roasted red peppers, onions, gorgonzola cheese and garlic. 960 1280

Mikayla Larkey / when in Rome  

Nebraska

Nebraska

Voted first place in Omaha Magazine's Best of Omaha, Zio's Pizzeria is the place to get pizza in Nebraska. Meat lovers, try the New York King pizza when you go. 960 1280

Don Farrall  

Nevada

Nevada

When in Las Vegas, hit up Pizza Rock, where award-winning pizza champion Tony Gemignani is the mastermind behind the deliciousness. Also, breakfast pizza is even on the menu. 960 1280

Pizza Rock Las Vegas  

New Hampshire

New Hampshire

For pizza in New Hampshire, check out 900 Degrees in Manchester and try the Bella Cosa. 960 1280

Jerry Boucher  

New Jersey

New Jersey

Tacconelli's Pizzeria in Maple Shade is where to get pizza in New Jersey. Their signature white pie is the way to go. 960 1280

Don Johnson / Tacconellis Pizzeria  

New Mexico

New Mexico

Amore Neapolitan Pizza is New Mexico's first and only certified Neapolitan Pizzeria. Head to one of their two Albuquerque locations for Italian-style pizza and New Mexican-style beer. 960 1280

Amore Napolean Pizzeria  

New York

New York

There will most likely never be a consensus on one single favorite New York pizza spot, but that's okay because there's something for every palate imaginable. Roberta's Pizza in Brooklyn stands out for not only its tasty pizza pies but also its laid-back, neighborhood atmosphere. Roberta's delivers and you can find their frozen pizzas in select grocery stores and online retailers. 960 1280

Deidre Schoo  

North Carolina

North Carolina

In Raleigh, Trophy Brewing & Pizza Co. offers a winning combo of great beer and great pizza. Their pizza menu features flavors like Most Outgoing, Most Loyal and Best Dressed. 960 1280

Joseph Bruno / Oak City Hustle  

North Dakota

North Dakota

In search of good pizza in North Dakota? Head to Rhombus Guys Pizza. 960 1280

Rhombus Guys  

Ohio

Ohio

Harvest Pizzeria sources fresh ingredients from local Ohio farms and creameries for its pizzas. Find two locations in Columbus and one in Dublin. 960 1280

Harvest Pizza  

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Andolini's Pizzeria is a family business with a history tracing back to Naples, Italy. Try one of three Oklahoma locations or their food truck. 960 1280

Andollinis Pizzeria  

Oregon

Oregon

Head to Dove Vivi for pizza in Portland. The crust is prepared by hand using organic cornmeal that is stone ground at Bob's Red Mill in Portland. When you go, try the pesto pizza. 960 1280

  

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Osteria in Philadelphia is a must-stop. Arugula, proscuitto and mozzarella create a winning combo in their Parma pizza. 960 1280

Osteria  

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Al Forno has been serving wood-fired grilled pizzas to the people of Providence since 1980. Note that they're closed Sundays and Mondays. 960 1280

Al Forno Restaurant  

South Carolina

South Carolina

Once a pizza stand at the Charleston Farmer's Market, EVO Pizza in North Charleston is where to get pizza in South Carolina. Try the popular Pistachio Pesto when you go. 960 1280

Chrys Rynearson  

South Dakota

South Dakota

From the same owners of the RedRossa Italian Grille in Pierre, RedRossa Napoli Pizza in Sioux Falls serves pizzas with dough made fresh daily. Try one of their traditional pizzas like The Italian or The Margherita or build your own. 960 1280

Jeff Veire  

Tennessee

Tennessee

What pairs well with great music? Great food! When in the "Music City", East Nashville to be exact, visit the hip Lockeland Table and try one of their wood-fired pizzas in flavors like LT Pig or the Woodstock. 960 1280

Lockeland Table  

Texas

Texas

For tasty pizza in Texas, make your way to one of two West Crust Artisan Pizza Pies locations and give the Hill Country pie, a thin-crust pizza with mozzarella and feta cheese, turkey bacon, red onion and glazed pecans, a try. 960 1280

West Crust Artisan Pizza Pies  

Utah

Utah

The Pie Pizzeria has five Utah locations and has been serving pies for more than 35 years. Try the Apocalyptdough, a signature pizza made with a spicy dough or the Wise Guy, a popular pick of locals. 960 1280

The Pie Pizzeria  

Vermont

Vermont

When in Vermont, pizza lovers will want to try the crispy, wood-fired pizzas at American Flatbread. Their pizzas are now available in grocery stores across the country, too. 960 1280

Mady Villavicencio  

Virginia

Virginia

A short drive from Charlottesville, the original Crozet Pizza in Crozet has been a popular pizza spot for Virginia pizza lovers for more than 30 years. Now you can taste the pizza at a second location right in downtown Charlottesville, or C'ville as locals call it, too. 960 1280

Crozet Pizza  

Washington

Washington

Delancey Pizza is a must-try if you're in Seattle. Delancey features fresh, locally-sourced ingredients for their pizzas and an inviting atmosphere. 960 1280

Molly Wizenberg  

West Virginia

West Virginia

With locations in Morgantown, Charleston and Fayetteville, Pies & Pints is known for its grape, yes grape, and gorgonzola pizza.  960 1280

Pies and Pints  

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Ian's Pizza started in Madison in 2001 after Ian envisioned a late-night, pizza-by-the-slice joint to cater to college kids. Now with locations in Madison, Milwaukee, Denver and Seattle, the Mac n' Cheese pizza is the all-time best seller. 960 1280

David Bayer / Ians Pizza  

Wyoming

Wyoming

Pizza Caldera in Jackson is a must-try for pizza in Wyoming. You can even buy their dough in 12 or 18 inches to take home with you. 960 1280

David Agnello / Pizza Caldera  

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

Using ingredients from the Campania region of Italy, the owners and certified pizza makers, or pizzaioli as they're known in Italy, Ettore and Maria Rusciano cook their pizzas to perfection in a wood-fired oven at 900 degrees at Menomale 960 1280

The Washington Post