Destination Spa

On the shores of Lake Pichola, Espa at the Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur (+91.294.6701.234, www.theleela.com ) opened in February 2010 as the 18-?year-old Espa brand’s first Indian outpost. Away...
The new three-floor Espa spa at the Istanbul Edition hotel, designed by London-based Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), fuses modern chic with the traditional Turkish spa. Design elements include...
From now through the end of June, Elysian Spa & Health Club , located at the Elysian Hotel in Chicago’s lakefront Gold Coast neighborhood, is offering treatments inspired by healing practices...
On May 3, The Ritz-Carlton will open a hotel atop the Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed International Commerce Center (ICC) in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Occupying the tower’s top 12 floors (106 to 117), The Ritz-...
Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic has recently completed a $40 million renovation. Among its enhancements are 50 three- to eight-bedroom villas, each equipped with amenities such as a private...
Nguyen Thanh Trung raises his finger in the air to test the wind. "It’s gusty," says Trung, sport coordinator at the Princess d’Annam Resort & Spa in Vietnam, "but we’ll be OK." Trung and I are...
Most of us think of Italy’s Tuscany as a place to indulge our appetites with abandon, but at Castel Monastero near Sienna, delicious food is not at odds with health and wellness. This season, the...
The Setai Club & Spa , which opened in New York’s Financial District earlier this year, caters to busy Wall Street executives with personalized services like the Power Hour, a 45-minute circuit-...
Arizona’s award-winning L’Auberge de Sedona resort has recently completed a year-long $25-million expansion and renovation project, which includes 64 new or remodeled private cottages, 25 redesigned...
The celebrated Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the Southern tip of the Cap d’Antibes in France has unveiled an exclusive villa that combines a private home with the amenities and services of a luxurious...
Of all the luxury beach resorts in Florida, the Breakers might be the best for an all-around family vacation. Dating to 1896, this industrialist-era landmark recently completed a renovation that took...
Travelers who may have felt called to the frontier by Amanresorts’ Western-themed Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, can now follow the sun to Amangiri, the resort that holds the distinction of being...
The Eco Villa at Six Senses’ Soneva Kiri resort is best identified by what it lacks: carbon emissions. This environmentally friendly accommodation—which Six Senses intends as a prototype for its...
Parking valets at the new Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe, abscond with your ski equipment the moment you arrive at the resort. To retrieve your gear, simply stroll down from your room to the...
Fresh from a top-to-bottom renovation, the Jefferson in Washington, D.C., reopened with a new design scheme that is true to the 87-year-old hotel’s Beaux Arts roots and offers subtle nods to the...
The 47-story, 392-room Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas overlooks the jagged metallic exterior of the CityCenter mall, called Crystals, as well as the leaning towers of the Veer condo development. In...
While Deer Valley promises to solidify its status as one of the top destinations for skiers—the resort does not allow snowboarding—another local ski area is making Park City increasingly attractive...
Ancient banyan trees and 17,000 swaying palms shade the trails at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa in the Maldives. The resident biologist at the private-island resort leads tours along the...
Few experiences could be more soothing than the Sacred Water Ritual at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. The three-hour massage takes place in one of the resort’s four above-water...
First as a fishing camp in the 1940s, and later as a rodeo ranch in the 1970s, the stretch of Texas Hill Country that is now the Lake Austin Spa Resort was a haunt for hardened locals. But under the...
Following the death of United Arab Emirates founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 2004, the sheikh's sons decided to convert Sir Bani Yas, an island where the family owned a palace, into a...
After opening on a hillside overlooking Zurich, Switzerland, in 1899, the Dolder Grand resort and kurhaus, or health retreat, soon became a gathering place for the European elite. But the towered and...
In Beverly Hills, the epicenter of youth-obsessed Los Angeles, many a cosmetic surgeon offers procedures that promise a younger-looking you. Montage Beverly Hills has flipped the local formula: The...
Once a gathering place for pirates, the pristine cove that is the setting for the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is now perhaps the most peaceful stretch on Mahé, the main island in the Seychelles...
Paratiho’s hub is a palatial main lodge with a spa, lounge, and library inside and a croquet lawn, putting green, and infinity pool outside. Flanking the lodge are the resort’s six one-bedroom suites...
The St. Regis Singapore is the first major luxury hotel to be built on this tiny island nation in 10 years. Though it strives to meet the global business traveler’s every need, the 229-room property...
Ever-elusive hotelier Christina Ong (Metropolitan London and Bangkok, Parrot Cay and Cocoa Island) took over this secluded property in 2005, transforming it into one of Bali’s first and most lavish...
The Hideaway’s bamboo-shuttered villas, which are scattered throughout the property, feature floor-to-ceiling windows that slide open to let night breezes and ocean noises inside. The Presidential...
The Four Seasons, located in the Mae Rim Valley 20 minutes from Chiang Mai, consists of a collection of pavilions arranged in the manner of one of the region’s small hillside villages. Instead of a...
In the woods of Vancouver Island, guests of the Wickaninnish Inn recline in Muskoka chairs at the Ancient Cedars Spa, soaking their feet in large copper basins. The spa’s rustic interior of cedarwood...

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