Destination Spa

Soaring snowcapped mountains, pristine lakes, and quaint Alpine villages provide a remarkable backdrop for the Sensai Select Spa at Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa (+41.33.?828.2828, www...
Prince Roland Bonaparte, grandnephew of Napoléon I, built the Palais Iéna as his Parisian home in the late 19th century. Last December, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts completed a four-year conversion...
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...
The Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur, India, is an 18th-century sculpture garden of massive astrological instruments that are as impressive for their architecture as they are for their accuracy...
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-...
From the ice cave in its Auriga Spa to the mattresses in its guest rooms, the new Setai Fifth Avenue is built to pamper. The former—an 8-by-10-foot chamber where guests rub themselves with chunks of...
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...
At Yellowstone Club—the roughly 13,600-acre private resort community in Big Sky, Mont., managed by the Discovery Land Company—the deer, elk, moose, and bears often outnumber the golfers and skiers...
During the scorching summer months in Forte dei Marmi, children play in the fountain on the Piazza Garibaldi, where sprawling sidewalk cafés serve Prosecco and gelato in glasses that perspire in the...
Located in Puglia, at the heel of Italy’s boot, Borgo Egnazia resembles a traditional Puglian village surrounded by olive groves along the Adriatic Sea. The 49-acre, roughly $200 million retreat—...
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...
Built by his highness Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, to be the most lavish hotel in Marrakech, the Royal Mansour opened its bronze-plated doors in June. For Mohammed’s guests, the royal treatment...
The first true luxury hotel to open on Italy’s Lake Como in the past century, CastaDiva Resort debuted in June in the town of Blevio, about 10 minutes by car from the city of Como. The resort...
With its mountain climbing, paragliding, bungee jumping, river rafting, and other extreme sports, the Swiss resort town of Interlaken has long attracted travelers looking to enliven the senses and,...
The Abaco Islands are downright deserted compared with some Bahamian destinations. But over the last few years, the laid-back Abaco chain—a pristine collection of islands and cays in the northeastern...
The Resort: A fixture on the French Riviera for more than a century, the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat sits on the tip of a towering promontory between Nice and Monte Carlo. The 74-room resort—which...
The Resort: Black lava rock blankets the landscape for miles along the Big Island of Hawaii’s Highway 19, and the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu—located just off the highway on a...
The Resort: "No problem" is the response to most requests made at Laucala Island. From coconut-milk baths to midnight tee times at the David McLay Kidd–designed golf course, the more than 300 staff...
The Resort: The blue of the Indian Ocean appears even brighter against the volcanic stone walls of Bulgari Resort, a strikingly contemporary 59-villa property set along 492-foot-high cliffs on...
The Resort: Guests of Soneva Gili quickly adapt to the "no news, no shoes" policy at this private-island retreat in the Maldives. Butlers attend to their barefoot and blissfully unplugged charges by...
The Resort: Designed to resemble an opulent Polynesian village, the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort consists of 100 over-water and beachfront villas surrounded by a turquoise-blue lagoon. Bora Bora’s main...
The Resort: A 90-minute drive northwest from Los Angeles, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa offers solace for city slickers amid 220 acres of oak trees, golf course greens, and herb gardens. The resort’s 308...
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-...
Like its Las Vegas counterpart, Steve Wynn’s new Encore at Wynn Macau is a gilded all-suite adjunct to a larger Wynn hotel next door. Wynn Macau debuted in this gambling-crazed Chinese destination in...
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...
In 1911, Crans-Montana distinguished itself as a ski destination by hosting the first major downhill racing event in the sport’s history. But it was sun, rather than snow, that first attracted...
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...

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