Fifth place: Ritz-Carlton Lodge/Reynolds Plantation
Basic massage: $145
Located on Lake Oconee 75 miles southeast of Atlanta, this resort's spa and fitness center feature 27,600 square feet of pools, treatment rooms and state-of-the-art gym equipment.
Newton says 96.3% of respondents gave the facility an "excellent" or "very good" rating, partly because the spa's menu "reflects two increasingly popular trends --- treatments that incorporate local healing traditions ... and seasonal offerings (where) the ingredients used in treatments (are) updated throughout the year."
For instance, the Reynolds Plantation spa currently offers a $225 Spring Renewal package that features a magnolia cleansing scrub, an aloe-and-honey hydrating treatment and a magnolia-moisturizer finish.
Many of the spa's services also take their cues the region's history as the one-time home of the Oconee Creek Indians.
For example, a $175 Oconee Rain treatment uses a dry brush, warm water and hot and cold stones to sooth skin using traditional Creek medicine's reliance on the four "elements" of fire, water, air and earth.
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