Where to Find the World's Most Exciting New Spa Food
It’s no longer about avoiding carbs and calories—nowadays, chef-y, vegetable-centric cuisine that’s full of good fats is defining the spa menu. These places have come a long way from cottage cheese.
This piece originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.
Meadowood Napa Valley
St. Helena, California
At the 14,000-square-foot spa, which opened in November, guests sit down to gorgeous dishes after treatments. A standout is the Ora king salmon—one piece is grilled, the other cooked sous vide—served with flaxseed tuiles and snap peas and garnished with pea tendrils and edible flowers from the garden.
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Lake Koggala, Sri Lanka
At this six-month-old high-design hotel, ayurveda-inspired meals at the spa start with fresh-baked bread such as kurakkan roti and roasted-cashew butter. Even the cocktails—try the beet martini—seem healthy.
Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica
The Auberge Spa does a standout job of highlighting its surroundings. The body scrub is made of Costa Rican coconut oils, almond oils, and coffee. And its popular ceviche isn’t made with fish: instead, plantains are marinated in orange and lime juice, then mixed with honey, shallots, and chili and served with yuca chips.
Les Fermes de Marie
The iconic Alpine spa has just added a stylish stone-and-bleached-wood wellness center where newly appointed chef Lionel Arnoux creates elegant dishes like purple artichokes from Provence with tomato tartare and sheep-milk tomme cheese sourced from the region.