Leisure & Luxury

While adventure and adrenaline have their place in travel, something should be said for a little rest and relaxation as well. When it comes to pampering yourself on vacation, Idaho’s luxurious resorts offer visitors a spectacular setting for some much-needed “me-time.”

Sun Valley — America’s first destination ski resort — is a popular getaway spot for travelers looking for a scenic backdrop to unwind or recharge. From rejuvenating at the Spa at Sun Valley to horseback riding, shopping, golfing or feasting on culinary delights, this all-season resort is a paradise built for pampering.

For travelers seeking sanctuary in a serene mountain setting, picturesque McCall delivers. Spend a day on the links at one of the area’s four public courses. Then head to Shore Lodge to soak away sore muscles in the immersion pools at The Cove or treat yourself to a facial or massage. After a full day of R&R, replenish your fuel with dinner and dessert at one of the two onsite restaurants.

Travelers looking for respite in northern Idaho should plan a stay at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Set along stunning Lake Coeur d’Alene, guests enjoy chic rooms with balcony views of the lake, along with fine dining and posh spa packages. Don’t forget the golf and the formidable test of The Floating Green — the resort’s famous floating 14th hole.

The Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort in northern Idaho is home to a destination spa, award-winning golf course and plenty of casino action. Operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the resort offers educational tours on the tribe’s proud culture and history.

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa in eastern Idaho welcomes travelers looking for a lavish getaway in a gorgeous setting. Guests enjoy fine dining, golf, a full-service spa and cozy accommodations amid views of the towering Teton Mountains.

For those looking for modern luxury blended with historic elegance in an unexpected location, look no further than The Harkness Hotel in the small eastern Idaho town of McCammon. Built in 1906 as the McCammon State Bank, the building was renovated into a boutique hotel in 2014. The chic, on-site salon and spa adds the perfect touch of extravagance for a fully pampered experience.

Thanks to its unique geological location, Idaho is home to 130 soakable hot springs — meaning they are natural and easily accessible (sometimes requiring a hike) or have been developed into pools of varying temperatures and include modern amenities like changing rooms, massage services and dining options. There is no better way to soothe your soul — and travel-weary muscles — than a bubbling, geothermal soak. For a luxuriant hot springs experience, a trip to The Springs in Idaho City is in order. Book your soak and a massage and then dine in one of their heated or cooled (depending on the season) pool-side yurts. The Hot Pools at Lava Hot Springs have been soothing weary travelers for over a hundred years, and still draw visitor to their mineral-rich healing waters.

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