– By Lauren O’Neill

The holidays are a magical time filled with family and friends. As joyous as they are, the holidays can also equal one big stress-fest. Ya’ feel us? By the time decorations are put away and the New Years’ confetti is vacuumed up, we’re exhausted. Now picture this…. a relaxing spa getaway all to yourself (or maybe with your special someone) for pampering and rejuvenation. Start the New Year off on the right, well-rested, foot at any of these top-notch New England spas.

(Photo Credit: Omni Mount Washington Resort and Spa)

Sunday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday:  8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Head North to the White Mountains for where the perfect blend of rugged and relaxation await you at the Omni Mount Washington Resort and Spa. The spa is reserved for lodging guests only – so the hours vary. While on your overnight journey indulge in spa treatments infused with local botanicals like Candytuft, Nettle and Rosemary, while soaking in the views of the Presidential Mountain Range. It promises to send you back to the city refreshed and rejuvenated in body, mind and soul.

(Photo Credit: Canyon Ranch)


If you have yet to experience the snow-covered Berkshires made famous by James Taylor, then a visit to the Canyon Ranch Spa in Lenox, MA is in order. Choose from their signature Canyon Stone Massage, or a candlelit Euphoria body treatment or facials. Canyon Ranch prides themselves on their unique combination of Ayurvedic spa treatments combined with modern therapies to restore balance and re-energize your whole being.

(Photo Credit: White Barn Inn)


You don’t have to leave the country to enjoy a traditional Istanbul hammam ritual you just have to go to the White Barn Inn and Spa in Kennebunk, ME. Relax and enjoy a five-part scrub, wrap, massage, and exfoliation based on traditional techniques from Turkish bathhouses. Or opt for a Kennebunk River stone massages and Maine sea salt body wraps. No matter what you choose you will leave feeling renewed. After all, this is the way life should be.

(Photo Credit: MandarinOriental.com)

Monday- Thursday: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday- Sunday: 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Had enough traveling this holiday season?  Indulge your inner diva for the day at this urban retreat, The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in downtown Boston. Choose from your typical spa offerings – with a twist. What’s truly unique about the Mandarin spa offerings?  The massages, facials, and body treatments are Eastern-inspired, but New England–sourced herbs are often incorporated, it’s the only Forbes Five-Star awarded Spa in Massachusetts.


Take your pick & get ready to conquer the New Year! Can’t get away from the kids?  Here are some Boston proper hotels offering fabulous family-friendly staycations.


Lauren is a Boston area transplant trying to figure out life in the city after graduating from art school. Read more of her pursuits on her blog, PacknPlay.