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Get some R & R in one or all of these great spas around the world.
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Mambal, Abiansemal, Mambal, Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80352, Indonesia
It took three years to realize this passion project: a spa retreat built mainly of bamboo. Book a riverfront suite, or the hotel can arrange a stay in a rural family’s home. This appeared in the January/February 2013 issue.
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
The weather outside may be frightful, even in summer, but the waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Iceland are always delightful. We visited the Blue Lagoon Spa during an 8-hour layover in Reykjavik. All inclusive round-trips are available...
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No. /B, Kocatepe Mahallesi, Taksim Fırını Sk. No:25, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
In the heart of the city’s business district of Taksim, the Marti Istanbul Hotel is a thoroughly modern example of Istanbul’s contemporary face. Designed by Zeynep Fadillioğlu, the interiors balance both classic and contemporary...
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Jl. Gn. Sari, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Make sure to check everything off your to-do list before staying at Maya Ubud Resort & Spa because you'll immediately melt into the landscape and never want to leave. The tiered layout and minimal design seamlessly intertwine with the jungle...
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88 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013, USA
Part Roman bath, part Turkish hammam, part massage parlor—it all adds up to a restorative haven in the concrete jungle that is Manhattan. Aire is part of a chain that started in Seville, Spain, and every location is specially chosen to...
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50/1 ถนน ราชดำเนิน ตำบล ศรีภูมิ อำเภอ เมืองเชียงใหม่ เชียงใหม่ 50200, Thailand
Though Tamarind Village is located on one of Chiang Mai’s most touristy thoroughfares, you’d hardly guess it on arrival. A tranquil allée of arched bamboo meanders toward the romantic hotel, which sits beneath the 200-year-old...
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Budapest, Szent Gellért tér 2, 1114 Hungary
Danubius Hotel Gellért is an art nouveau hotel on the western (Buda) side of the city, right by the River Danube and just below the city's famous Géllert Hill, formerly a prime vinicultural area. It first opened its doors in 1918 and...
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5200 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
The 90-year-old orange tree grove at Royal Palms Resort and Spa predates the property. Now, the hotel’s Alvadora Spa pays homage to the fruit with citrus facials, exfoliations, and massages. This appeared in the January/February 2013 issue.
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Campos do Jordão - State of São Paulo, 12460-000, Brazil
A country retreat two hours north of São Paulo, Botanique is surrounded by 700 acres of forest and gardens. The 10,000-square-foot spa tucked into the hillside specializes in remedies inspired by local healing rituals. Try a mud therapy; the area’...
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31 Cape Clairault Rd, Yallingup WA 6282, Australia
Pick one of 10 villas at Injidup Spa Retreat to be your Aussie beach pad. Each features a jarrah-wood deck and private pool as well as a kitchen stocked with organic Busselton eggs and a bottle of Lamont’s Quartet white wine. Draw back the...
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
Iceland’s largest and most famous geothermal spa lies around an hour outside Reykjavik, quite close to Keflavik Airport. With a dramatic setting amidst large black lava boulders, the steam-filled, creamy-blue pool area is a striking and...
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321 Sisowath Quay, រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ, Cambodia
Like many travelers, I am drawn to stores and shops and restaurants where my tourist dollars can help those in the the countries I am visiting. If you are in Phnom Penh, Daughters is a must-visit (and Friends deserves its outstanding reputation I...
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Località Bagni di Petriolo, 58045 Pari, Civitella Paganico GR, Italy
Relax in the warm volcanic water emerging from deep underground. These natural spas were known by the Romans, who came here for their yearly health retreat.
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Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
With Volcan Arenal nearby La Fortuna has several hot springs perfect for relaxing those tired muscles of yours after a day of hiking. There are a handful of options including ritzy all inclusive spa resorts but when my friend and I were traveling...
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34631 N Tom Darlington Dr Suite 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85262, USA
Bringing together the elements of feng shui, a Zen-like ambience, and its Sonoran Desert environs, Spa at the Boulders is a 33,000-square-foot escape where you can easily spend an entire day. Besides the 24 treatment rooms and a running list...
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Bad Blumau 100, 8283 Bad Blumau, Austria
Ecologically minded architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser designed this compound’s central spa, living roofs, and buildings topped by onion domes. A portion of your bill goes to the World Wildlife Fund. Rogner Bad Blumau, 43/(0) 33-835-1000, from...
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Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4, 1118 Hungary
Throughout Budapest are a whopping 123 therapeutic hot springs, but these, in the stately, slightly dusty Hotel Gellért (built in 1918) might be the most famous. The communal bath in the center of the hotel spa is for everyone, but the most...
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875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, CA 94558, USA
I used to be a budget traveler, so sitting in a spa all day was something that had never crossed my mind until I heard about the day spa at the Meritage Resort and Spa just outside Napa, California. I decided to give it a go and came out a...
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4280 Montée Ryan, Mont-Tremblant, QC J8E 1S4, Canada
Like all self-respecting Francophones, Quebecer's take well-being (bien-être) and relaxation (détente) seriously. So naturally we welcomed the Scandinavian Spa when it opened just outside of town. This a true Nordic-style spa based on the ritual...
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457号-1 Shaanxi N Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Whether you need some rejuvenation after that long flight or you simply crave a little respite for tired feet, Apsara Spa has you covered. One of my favorite retreats in town, the staff here will have your muscles melting and your cares far from...
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2 Derb Sedra, Bab Agnaou, Kasbah, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
I wasn't crazy about the thought of being scrubbed and washed in a room full of strangers, even if they were of the same gender. However, I did want to try a hammam. Les Bains de Marrakech turned out to be exactly what I wanted. The spa has...
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Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146 Hungary
It's an unforgettable experience: Getting up at the crack of dawn in mid-winter, walking through the large municipal park on the Pest side of town, checking in to the Széchenyi Thermal Bath (mostly with Hungarian pensioners because tourists...
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The Miami outpost of a hotel brand well known for its Los Angeles and New York properties, The Standard Spa, Miami Beach is less a hotel in the traditional sense, and more a spa with guest rooms set amid tropical gardens. The concept extends to...
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Sas Al Nakhl - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Soothe away your stress at the The Heavenly Spa. Their six treatment rooms all bring natural elements and modern methods to rejuvenate your body and mind. In addition to a long list of treatments for women, I appreciated their variety of...
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11838 Spectrum Center, Reston, VA 20190, USA
Even the most energetic traveler needs a break every once in a while. When you’re all shopped out, relax at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, and indulge in one of their luxurious treatments. Choose from a menu of signature services, including...
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No. 10, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Being in a busy Asian capital like Taipei can easily make your stress levels skyrocket, leaving you in need of a serene haven. With its futuristic interior (even the massage tables give off a soothing glow), AWAY Spa puts a fanciful spin on a spa...
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Carretera a Punta Sam Km 5.2 Manzana 9 Lote 3 SM 2, Zona Continental de Isla Mujeres, 77440 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Cancun has 30+ spa resorts, so couples in search of a treatment-whether solo or simultaneous-have plenty of options. Beyond typical spa services, there are also unique treatments reflecting local culture. Temazcal, for example, is a pre-HIspanic...
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Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
Sanctuary Spa is a no-frills, open-air, affordable spa in laid-back Unawatuna. Sri Lanka: My Favorite Trip Yet: http://bit.ly/11i4x2x
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Kontxa Pasealekua Edificio de La Perla Donostia Gipuzkoa ES 20007, Kontxa Pasealekua, 20007 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
What could make a spa with all the typical trappings of luxury even better? Wall-to-wall windows overlooking La Concha bay, that's what. La Perla does not disappoint, and it's a great way to spend those finicky winter days when visiting San...
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Brandschenkestrasse 150, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland
Over the past few years, Zurich’s Hürlimann area—the site of what once was Switzerland’s largest brewery—has transformed into the home of Google Zurich, a complex of shops, and this stunning spa built into the former brewery’s hundred-year-old...
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At The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, you'll find one of Greece's most opulent spas: The Anazoe Spa at Navarino Dunes. Featuring a menu of treatments based on ancient techniques and health traditions that incorporate local, natural ingredients,...
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84 Water St, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA
There's nothing like that drop dead tired you feel after a day of hiking. Sooth your aching muscles at the In Touch Massage and Day Spa which began its life as a grist mill in 1762 and is perched on the banks of the Green River. If you're there in...
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6902 E Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
Agave, The Arizona Spa melds the healing practices of the region’s native cultures with therapies from the East, like acupuncture, Tui’ Na, and Thai massage. The spa’s signature therapies are a series of treatments that incorporate its namesake,...
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7500 E Doubletree Ranch Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, USA
The idea that your body has an internal clock forever synchronized with natural time is the premise behind everything at Spa Avania at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort. The spa uses music, time-specific treatments, and a...
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810 N Chase St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
As soon as I entered the rustic little spa, I was offered tea and water and a hot neck pillow while I waited (five minutes, even though I got there 15 minutes early). I'd had several swedish massages before (at other places), so I wanted to try...
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8010 Mons Rd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B8, Canada
Scandinave Spa, at the edge of the forest beside Lost Lake, is a Nordic–inspired spa that recommends alternating dips in the hot and cold pools, steam rooms, and brisk waterfall rinses. There are myriad ways to stitch together...
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Central Europe
This historic spa town has been a hot spot for centuries! Chopin, Goethe, Turgenec and Beethoven all used to take a break from city life out here. Enjoy the 13 hot springs that run under this charming Bohemian town. Spring water-supplied fountains...
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Courchevel 1850, 73120 Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France
It’s rare to find a hotel that caters to kids, unless you’re in Disney World. Many fancy hotels ban kids altogether. But at L’Apogée everyone gets VIP treatment, especially the kids. This ski-in/ski-out hotel in the posh French ski resort of...
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Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Hamam Sk. No:1, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Enjoying a hammam experience while traveling in Istanbul was at the top of my list, but it was hard to choose where to soak! After all, the ritual of Turkish bathing wasn't one I was willing to just "leap" into; after stripping down to their bare...
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Lavey-Village, 1892 Lavey-Morcles, Switzerland
Whether after an adrenaline-fueled day on the slopes or a muscle-sapping climb, the Swiss know how to unwind in their luxurious spas. Les Bains de Lavey provides the warmest thermal baths in Switzerland and is equipped with saunas, Turkish baths,...
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Jarðbaðshólar, 660 Mývatn, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon may get all the fame, but Myvatn is the better looking little sister that is less crowded and arguably the better choice. Located in northern Iceland's Myvatn, the Nature Baths boast summers of midnight sun and winters of...
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Avenida Ferrocarril S/N, Sacred Valley, Urubamba 08660, Peru
Set amid lush, expansive grounds on the banks of the churning Urubambo River, this spa hotel is a luxurious base for exploring the Sacred Valley—or just relaxing in nature. For those heading to Machu Picchu, Tambo del Inka offers something...
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16 Chemin Nordik, Chelsea, QC J9B 2P7, Canada
Le Nordik is worth visiting at any time of year. Repeat the cycle as many times as you like: hot, cold, relax. Tasty eats available on site as well. My favourite part? Standing underneath the warm waterfall letting it massage my shoulders.
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Ag. Fokas 853 00, Greece
Take a break from the cool seas surrounding Kos and plunge into the hot waters welling up from beneath the therma springs near Agios Fokas. And when I say hot, I mean it! Getting close to the source is not for the faint of heart, but the reward...
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Carrer d'Amadeu de Savoia, 14, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
Enjoy the soothing properties of Valencia's Alameda hot spring housed in a neo-mudéjar building. The thermal waters, rich in sodium chloride, sulfates, calcium, and magnesium, bubble up from 663 meters beneath the surface at 42ºC, and are believed...
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Römerpl. 1, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
The waters of Baden-Baden have been known for their curative properties for centuries. The Caracalla baths were built in the 1980s, and updated in 2009. When my husband and I visited Baden-Baden recently, we found a wide spectrum of watery...