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 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 Hawaii to Yosemite National Park to Palm Beach, here are eight soothing domestic spots in which you can safely relax, without a stranger in sight.