From travel journalists Fletcher Newbern

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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Plan to stay longer - that’s my advice right up front. We were fortunate to have two nights to sample The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, a gorgeous seaside property on a beautiful stretch of beach in South Carolina’s Low Country, about 40 minutes from Charleston, SC. But,...

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.


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...

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