From travel journalists Fletcher Newbern

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Among the 76 countries we've visited so far, we've tried it all: Indian marma massage (the therapist uses the foot), Ayuvedic in Bangkok, even a parkling lot massage by baggage handlers in Myanmar (they were excellent). Follow along and plan your next relaxation getaway, whether just down the street or halfway around the world.

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April 13, 2012

By now, you’ve no doubt heard of Disney Cruise Line sister ships, the beautiful new Disney Fantasy, which launched March 2012, and Disney Dream, only a year older.

Aboard both, you can sample Senses Spa and Salon, aptly named because here you can reconnect will all your...

April 1, 2012

We’ve loved The Umstead Hotel and Spa ever since its 2007 opening. This five-star property is a truly luxurious getaway in the Research Triangle Park area of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC.

Our first visit, we were wowed by the elegant décor, the incredible museum-quali...

November 10, 2011

The Langham Boston is home to the Chuan Body + Soul Spa, which we happily sampled on our first visit to Boston.

"Chuan" is Chinese for "flowing water," and spa literature notes that water is a foundation of life.

We adore this spa's wholistic approach that incorporates t...

November 5, 2011

(Update: In 2018, Seabourn will introduce Seabourn Ovation, a sister-ship to the already prestigious Seabourn Encore, which launched since this posting.)

We bestow our own “most lavish spa day at sea award” to Seabourn Quest thanks to the incredible four hours of pamper...

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...

August 18, 2011

First, a word about the lovely boutique hotel Carl Gustaf, home to a scaled-down version of the famed Carita Spa Paris.

In short, we loved its perch, high on a hill overlooking all of Gustavia, the island capital, far below with its picturesque harbor filled with yachts...

August 22, 2010

The 13,000-square-foot, bi-level penthouse Spa & Wellness Center of the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is the icing on the cake for this Uptown Queen City luxury hotel.

You can read in two prior reports in examiner.com about our surprise upgrade to the Charlotte Ritz-Carlton’s...

August 21, 2010

Happily, we were present at the glamorous grand opening of the spa at Asheville, NC’s venerable Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa (GPI) in 2000, complete with outdoor laser-and-music show projected on the ancient rock walls followed by a ballroom extravaganza.

Our arrival at...

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...

December 10, 2008

Fletcher writes: In my mind I had an idea of what my first shave would be like. I remembered back as a child, that I went with my dad to the local barber shop where the town’s men would gather for a shave and a haircut. Later, I’d seen it in the movies: the guy recline...

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