Destination Spa

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...
Although the ski slopes of Grindelwald and Wengen are less than an hour away, Victoria-Jungfrau’s high season is the summer, when polychrome sails glide along the bookend lakes, and the mountains...
Set on a forested hill above the city, Uma Paro’s tiered roofs and intricate window treatments and woodwork mimic the ancient monastery Drukgyel Dzong. The resort appears to have been part of the...
Each of Twin Farms’ 20 cottages, cabins, rooms, and homes contains unique temptations that discourage venturing outside. The Aviary has a hot tub that abuts a fireplace and a huge window that looks...
A canopied boat ferries guests across the lake to the resort, which, in the style of a Rajasthani palace, features soaring pavilions, thick wooden and brass doors, and giant cupolas inlaid with lapis...
Following the flight from Buenos Aires, visitors to the Four Seasons Resort Carmelo in Uruguay sip lemongrass iced tea from ceramic tumblers while checking into their bi-level suites. Heated slate...
The 99-room Mandarin Oriental, Prague sits in the heart of the Czech city’s Malá Strana, or Little Quarter, on a slope that rises from the Vltava River to Prague Castle. The hotel, which occupies a...
Auberge Resorts developed its property—zoned fortents and motor homes—as a series of freestanding bungalows (equipped with hidden wheels). Bedrooms and living rooms connect via large wooden decks...
Set on one of California’s most spectacular seascapes, this thalasso-minded spa opened to rave reviews a few years back and continues to earn kudos. Designed by Anne Braham, the spa incorporates...
This high-luxe, over-water spa, designed by noted spa developer Sylvia Sepielli, opened in 2002 to much acclaim. Although the concept was to preserve Malaysia’s three-tiered (ayurveda, Chinese...
The Bulgari is perched like a stone fortress on a windswept precipice more than 500 feet above the Indian Ocean. To access the nearly mile-long beach at the foot of the cliff, you descend in a glass...
Unlike nearly everything else in Charleston, South Carolina, the Charleston Place hotel is neither quaint nor historic. The eight-story structure dates only to the mid-1980s—an era not known for...
Following an afternoon of shopping and museum-hopping in Venice, Italy, Cipriani guests can retreat to the serenity of a 78-degree saltwater pool. The property’s gardens provide a quiet location for...
Kirini, an all-suite resort that opened in Oia on Santorini, Greece, last year, is utterly private, and its tiered design takes full advantage of the Aegean-view setting. Set more than 300 feet above...
Built in the 12th century, this former villa overlooking the Mediterranean opened as a hotel in 1997. The estate’s structures are a blend of medieval, Baroque, and Arabian architecture, with handmade...
As with the resort town of Hakone, Japan, water is central to the experience at Gora Kadan, where guests are never more than a few steps from a bath or pool. Several of the resort’s 23 guest rooms...
Inspired by the glam of Old Hollywood, this Spanish Colonial–style, beachfront spa offers dazzling views of the Pacific coastline and Santa Ynez mountains. Water is a main feature: Heated infinity-...
Sharp observers will notice that the panel of buttons in The Peninsula Chicago’s elevators excludes not just the 13th floor, but also the 7th. The latter omission was an effort by the Hong Kong–based...
You enter the sole treatment room at Hôtel Le St-James’ spa through a curved steel door that locks electronically. Once past the industrial-grade barrier, however, you are surrounded by the old world...
Rise early for coffee and Viennese pastries in Hotel Sacher Wien’s garden-view café, and you may witness Austrian men in white tie and tails and women in evening gowns perpetuating the prior evening’...
The butter-colored stucco terrace of the Hotel Metropole’s Restaurant Joël Robuchon overlooks Avenue des Spélugues as it curves sharply toward the Place du Casino and the port of Monte Carlo. Few...
Irish history is inextricably intertwined with the English, and the Merrion’s pedigree is no exception. Mornington House, one of the hotel’s four renovated 18th-century townhomes on Dublin’s Upper...
Parisians have a term—les palais, or the palaces—for their city’s finest hotels. Bestowed upon a select few properties in the first and eighth arrondissements, the designation reflects the residents...
Architects W. Hamilton Beattie and A.R. Scott designed the Balmoral hotel in grand baronial style in 1895 as a visual transition between the city’s medieval center and the neoclassic vernacular of...
Baden-Baden, Germany, has been a fashionable terminus for spa-goers ever since the Romans discovered hot water bubbling out of the ground there almost 2,000 years ago. Opened in the late 1800s as a...
Turn-of-the-20th-century Finnish composer Jean Sibelius is said to have seen music in shapes and colors. This may explain why, when he needed inspiration, Sibelius retired to the Hotel Kämp in...
The sheiks in Abu Dhabi witnessed the transformation of Dubai, its fellow United Arab Emirate, from a sleepy, sandy town into a tourist destination of mind-boggling proportions. Inspired by Dubai’s...
Like an ocean liner permanently moored along Cape Town’s lively waterfront, the Cape Grace hotel juts into the city’s harbor atop a private quay. Guests can observe the comings and goings of the port...

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