It’s mid April and although Spring officially began a few weeks ago, Chicago’s weather didn’t get the message.  We woke up to snow this morning and it’s making me wish more and more for warm, sunny days and time spent outside.  Here are some beautiful outdoor spa spaces  to get my mind off our wintery morning, and to inspire your dream spa.

The Nusa Dua Westin Resort in Bali outdoor massage pagodas.  The warm orange massage bedding really adds drama to this already beautiful space.

The Mykonos Grand in Greece at sunset.

This massage room at the Four Season Koh Samui in Thailand blends nature with their interior with tall open windows overlooking the forest.  The combination leaves the space feeling private and warm, while still having the airiness of the outdoors.

I couldn’t help but share this beautiful outdoor bath at the Madikwe Hills Private Lodge in Africa.  Kick back, relax, and wait for an elephant to stroll by!

Meditation space at the Blue Palace Elouda Spa in Crete, Greece.

I also had to share this amazing lounge area at the Blue Palace in Crete.  Such a striking architectural space, you’ll feel like you’re sipping wine with the gods at this Grecian retreat.

Make your spa a special retreat this Valentines Day season.  Create a atmosphere where couples can commune with soft fabrics, flickering candles and romantic touches.  One of the most important elements in a spa interior is a quiet atmosphere.  Adequate soundproofing in your walls between your treatment rooms is the best way to ensure your guests have privacy and a relaxing experience.   A curtain wall made from a beautiful fabric helps to absorb sound.  Another important detail is candle light which is synonymous with both spas and dreamy, romantic moments.  Spas today are using LED candles to create the illusion of a flame which is a cost effective and practical alternative to real candles.   A simple way to spruce up your treatment room for a special event is to simply change the linens.  A  new blanket or a decorative saddle can add a pop of color.  Top it off with a beautiful tray and an organic accent for an extraordinary couple’s escape.

The Four Seasons Miami

Candlelight and quiet moments can be found in a tropical metropolis at The Four Seasons Spa in Miami.  Create a healing retreat from the everyday with soft light, gauzy curtains and a quiet fairytale garden.

The Spa and Hotel de le Bretesche in Brittany

Hands down, France is one of the first places that comes to mind when you think of a romantic retreat.  The Spa & Hotel de la Bretesche is an idyllic, peaceful French chateau located in the countryside of Brittany.  Take long walks along the manicured grounds and relax in unparalleled luxury.  The spa’s design is surprisingly modern, making this old world architectural gem an even more intriguing place to visit.

The Spa at Mayflower Inn

This dreamy spa & inn is located in beautiful New England, just two hours from New York City.  This charming retreat also offers the highest in luxury.  What a perfect place to slip away with your sweetie! A beautifully neutral color palette combined with sensual textures and cozy spa furniture make the Mayflower Inn an inviting hideaway.

Complete the mood with serene, healing music.  Sound Healing is an inspiring collection of peaceful music by sound healing pioneer Dean Evenson.  This music was specifically created to help people relax and lower stress levels and will give your spa a healing atmosphere.

What’s Valentine’s Day without some sweet treats?!  Treat yourself or your sweetie with a yummy cupcake.  The first is a homemade confection by Alicia of the “Confessions of a Bakeaholic” blog.  Get the recipe here –

The second is a Raspberry Lemonade cupcake by Chicago’s own Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique…  ya, I know, I’m drooling too…

Warm up your spa interior this Valentine’s Day with the glow of candlelight.  Indulging your guests with some sweet treats?  Make your desserts even more enticing with  adorable covered cake stands from

How do you make your spa special for Valentine’s Day and couple’s getaways?