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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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When we asked Beau Rivage Spa Director Sara Chatham about the Biloxi, MS, spa’s philosophy, she had an instant two-word answer: “Southern charm.“I

Then, just as quickly, she praised her team: “We are so blessed with our staff. We have talented and tenured staff. The ser...

Dear Ritz-Carlton Spa: You had us at VIP Salon, the site of our 50-minute Reconnect Couple’s Massage.

Turns out we had exactly what we needed to address travel-weary muscles: a beautiful setting, thoughtful décor, a ready-to-relax mindset and two expert therapists who k...

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...

Sandering is an iconic oceanfront, luxury resort in the community of Duck on the North Carolina barrier islands known at the Outer Banks.  

The Sanderling is remote enough for blessed isolation and old-fashioned solitude, yet it’s the first and only AAA Four-Diamond res...

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...

Relâche Spa is the destination for relaxation at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, a striking property on a whopping 63 acres of prime Kissimmee, FL, real estate, but the hotel’s soaring 4.5-acre, glass-enclosed atrium is what people are wowed by. It’s Florida...

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...

 

 

Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offered us pampering in the candlelit couple’s room of the stand-alone spa.

We immediately noticed a few things about the spa: First was its size. While outside, it matched the look of the Grand Floridian, inside it lac...

Sometimes a girl just needs pampering. Well, ladies, you can get plenty of that at Charlotte's Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, especially in their welcoming spa.

The Spa is located on two floors, the hotel lobby level and one level below, with stairs and elevator access. Th...

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