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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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Everyone teased us — challenged us actually — that we’d never find a spa to review in Antarctica. Well, they were right, sort of (keep reading), but during our Antarctic cruise, we were delighted to discover a spa when our luxury expedition ship, Hurtigruten's MS Fram,...

 

High Hampton Inn & Country Club, listed on National Register of Historic Places, is a venerable resort that has been drawing visitors to the North Carolina mountain town of Cashiers since 1922. At 3,200 feet, even during the summer months, the air is clean and cool; b...

Our heads are still spinning! Who knew there was such an elegant European-style spa of such quality right here in our home state, in North Carolina’s beautiful mountains. Old Edwards Inn and Spa overlooks the charming main street of Highlands (aptly named). Year-round...

Dubai’s world-class One&Only Royal Mirage is actually three properties in one, The Palace, located beachfront, the Arabian Court and The Residence & Spa. We were fortunate to spend most of an afternoon touring this lush and elegant property. It truly is worth a look.

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The Burj Al Arab defines luxury in Dubai. It is, after all, an icon for this city of elegance, indulgence and yes, even decadence (well, as decadent as you can get in a Muslim country).

So of course, expectations are high for the Assawan Spa, named, by the way for a st...

The largest spa in Dubai, ranked highest with us out of the six that we sampled. We attribute our outstanding experiences to the Fingerprint massage treatment offered by two outstanding therapists among a staff of 84. (Update: Photo above, since our visit, is the Alpha...

 

 

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is actually set on two islands, Rangali Finolhu and Rangali, connected by a 984-foot walkway. Each has its own spa.

On Rangali, the smaller of the two, are water villas that primarily house couples, mostly newlyweds. To accommodate their...

The Maldives’ COMO Cocoa Island is a true, small island getaway with a quiet, simple spa to match the setting.

Free yoga lessons are offered in the yoga pavilion, and a true stand-out is the complimentary hydrotherapy pool. Both are on the island’s “quiet side” known as...

At romantic Naladhu, the spa comes to you as you are assigned your own house, one of 19 on this private island in the gorgeous Maldives

Incredible best describes both the setting — overwater spa rooms — and one of the signature treatments — the Sea Escape — at the gorgeous Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa, which means “small village.” The stunning Indian Ocean setting is inspiration in itself, but add...

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