Exotic Spas

They can be lavish or simple, but the setting is foreign, exotic, exciting.

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Dr. Empress Thandi Wise leads yoga at Driftwood Spa at Jakes Treasure Beach.

Looking for a new twist on your health and fitness goals combined with a sure-to-have-fun getaway? Jamaica is an easy-to-reach paradise, and these resorts offer spas, fitness and wellness that are a fresh idea for vacation planning.

1. Royalton Negril Resort

A welcoming spa and boot camp classes await at the Royalton Negril Resort that opened in 2017. Ac...

 Rockhouse Hotel & Spa's dramatic Negril, Jamaica setting

Our itinerary’s promise of meeting a spa guru piqued our interest as spa writers, but the fact that said guru was on the island of Jamaica was even more intriguing.

We are now, however, true believers after spending a few (far too few) hours at West End Negril’s Rockhouse Hotel & Spa. The brochure promised: “Surrender your stressed mind and exhausted body, and we will res...

(Editor's Note: We were able to sample the spa at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel several years ago during a bucket-list visit to the region and can testify that Inkaterra is indeed very special.)

Inkaterra, Peru's premier hotel group specializing in sustainable tourism, has officially unveiled a new organic spa at El MaPi in Machu Picchu Pueblo, one of its properties under the more affordable brand 'byInkaterra.' The new S...

August 21, 2011

Hôtel Le Toiny is a Relais & Chateaux property on a secluded part of the well-heeled island of St. Barthelemy in the French West Indies.

We happened to arrive just as Tropical Storm Irene rolled in, so when it was time to head out for my spa appointment, I donned my Le Toiny flip-flops and wrapped myself with a beach towel. The umbrella provided in the villa was useless against the wind gusts, so I tightened my floppy sun hat t...

When you are staying at one of the world’s great hotels – in this case The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, which has defined luxury in Thailand's capital city for over 130 years, you expect a great massage.

Oraphan, my masseuse at The Oriental Spa certainly delivered that and then some. The spa is head-turning, and reaching it is part of the fun.

You board the hotel’s ferry, a teak river barge, which takes guests across the Chao Phr...

After our highly successful Thai massage in Thailand, the next spa stop on our Abercrombie & Kent luxury tour of Thailand-Myanmar-Cambodia itinerary was at Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).

After two full days of touring the standouts among the 2,217 temples found in just 16 square miles, and doing so in 100+-degree heat, we were more than ready for a respite.

The Sanctuary Resort's spa d...

Arriving at Amanpuri’s Aman Spa, we turn and take in the sweeping view of the Andaman Sea here in Phuket, Thailand. Beautiful, tranquil, amazing. We can’t linger long though because our treatments await.

We are greeted at spa reception with tea and cool, chilled towels – something we’ve gotten used to in our week’s stay here and in Bangkok.

We’re scheduled for a Royal Thai massage (for Fletcher) and a relaxing Oriental massage (...

If you are going to get a Thai massage, what better place than Thailand?

That was our thinking when we knew we would be visiting Bangkok (and Myanmar) with Abercrombie & Kent luxury tours, so after our first full day touring Bangkok, we arranged for a Thai massage in one of the most convenient spas we've ever come across: our stunning suite in the five-star lebua at State Tower. It's not only max-spacious, but this sweet suite...

April 29, 2009


Inkaterra La Casona is Cusco’s first luxury boutique hotel. This two-story structure is a meticulously restored, colonial manor house - perhaps the first 15th Century Spanish construction in Cusco that was built over an Inca complex. Later, it was occupied by Spanish conquistadores and their descendants.

Today, Inkaterra La Casona operates as a private manor for a limited number of guests. The large, wooden front door is alway...

February 18, 2009

Photo: Ron Rosenberg

Cozumel, Mexico, in the Western Caribbean is a tropical playground, paradise, and hot spot attracting everyone from spring breakers to the rich and famous and in-between. It is also a prime cruise port with ships of all sizes docking here during the year.

Our cruise ship visit was aboard the Ruby Princess, at that time one of the largest ships afloat at 952 feet and a capacity of more than 3,000 passengers.


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