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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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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.

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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...

Part of the treat of going to West Virginia's Oglebay Resort was sampling its new spa, simply called The West Spa. (Update: August 2018 marks its 10th anniversary.) Located in Wilson Lodge, the main building for accommodations, we’d heard that it was getting solid revi...

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 a...

Not much surprises us when it comes to spas, only because we’ve had the fantastically good fortune and opportunity to visit a wide range of them in many different countries. All that changed when we landed at Myanmar’s HeHo Airport (the country also known as Burma).

Tha...

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 stan...

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...

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 on...

Not that we really need much of a break from drinking wine, but one should rid the body of toxins now and then, don’t you think? (We still can’t imagine anything that tastes as wonderful as wine does being classified as a ‘toxin,’ but so say the dozens of spa managers...

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