Vogue Global Spa Guide: The Spa at the Inns of Aurora

Welcome to Vogue’s first-ever spa guide—a compendium of the 100 best spas worldwide, pulling from the expertise of our global editors. There is a lot out there in the world of wellness, and we are here to sort the cryo from the cold plunge, the infrared light treatment from the IV infusion. Or if your path is a more holistic one—there’s something for you here, as well.

The Finger Lakes aren’t a common vacation destination for world-weary New Yorkers looking to unwind, but the Inns of Aurora Resort & Spa make a strong case for why they should be. The village of Aurora, New York, (population 641) is a storybook town, situated on the banks of Cayuga Lake, one the 11 crystalline Finger Lakes in the region. In the midst of a lavender- and alfalfa-dappled field, the Inns of Aurora Spa rises almost cathedral-like, with soaring ceilings and airy windows that offer panoramic lake views. Spa-goers can indulge in Ayurvedic-influenced treatments, saunas, steam rooms, and hot and cold soaking pools. An unexpected perk: The spa hosts a museum-quality modern art collection too, with pieces by Alex Katz, Chuck Close, Wayne Thiebaud, Helen Frankenthaler, and David Hockney.

“The views really make this spa very special. You feel really connected to nature,” Laura Coburn, the spa director, told me. After one spa treatment, this Vogue reviewer counted more than 20 deer grazing in the distance. Moody rain clouds hung on the horizon, lightning zigzagged, and a storm rolled in over the lake. The spa offers hiking trails and outdoor activities for the more ambitiously inclined who actually want to connect with nature and not just observe it from a well-appointed Adirondack chair.

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