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The infinity pool of Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s T Spa overlooks Lake Como.

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Relax at the World's Top Spas

Discover a trio of spas that restore, renew, and replenish.

Today’s spas aren’t just about clay masks and aromatherapy anymore.

Top retreats offer a range of wellness treatments and personally tailored programs to meet the demands of an active clientele juggling careers, family life, and future goals. The new generation of spa-goers “wants to connect and overcome life’s challenges,” says Brooke Lavery, partner at travel consultancy Local Foreigner.

Here are three sublime spas where you can find programs suited to your personal needs—as well as a fantastic massage.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Well & Being Spa

In Scottsdale, Arizona, choose experiences from their Five Pillars of Wellness, such as aerial hammock yoga, acupressure, specialized nutrition consultations, and the healing strategy of a therapeutic nap. Afterward, go next door to La Hacienda for tequila tastings and addictive lobster tacos.

The Dolder Grand Spa

The setting—overlooking Zurich and the Swiss Alps beyond—is spectacular, as is the award-winning spa with a top medical wellness program. Seek out the Dolder Grand Life Balance packages to relieve life’s stresses. They offer tailored treatments such as personal training sessions, meditation, and bamboo shiatsu massages.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo T Spa

The Italian hotel occupies a dreamy location on the western side of Lake Como, with an equally swoon-worthy spa that features an Italian white marble hammam, indoor infinity pool, and yoga studio. Signature treatments include the full-body relaxing ritual using herbs grown on the shores of Lake Como and the grand detox with a marine algae wrap and lymphatic massage.

Annie Fitzsimmons frequently covers luxury travel for National Geographic Traveler. Follow her journey on Twitter.