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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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...

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 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 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...

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...

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...

(Update 2018: Since this report, the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas spa has been been fully renovated and holds a Forbes Five Star rating.)

Granted, Las Vegas may seem like a strange choice since I don’t gamble, but I do love great spas. So, in that regard, I’ve landed i...

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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