Destination Spa

Located outside Ranthambhore in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Aman-i-Khás is the subcontinent’s closest approximation to an upscale African safari lodge. The resort consists of 10 fantastically...
Mexico City has a new, sleek luxury hotel: Las Alcobas , which in Spanish means “the alcoves.” Located in the posh Polanco district, it is billed as a modern guest house comprising 35 rooms,...
Frank Rainieri and Tom Fazio are a perfect twosome. Rainieri, CEO of the Puntacana Resort & Club in the Dominican Republic, dreams of making his property the Caribbean’s top golf and beach resort...
For his company’s first destination resort, Sir Rocco Forte—the British hotelier behind Brown’s in London and the Augustine in Prague—selected a 568-acre site on the rugged southwest coast of Sicily...
The Kapalua Resort community, on Maui’s northwest coast, appeals to visitors seeking either tranquility or a cure for boredom. The 23,000-acre resort, which contains the island’s only operating...
On a hill next to the Clos Apalta vineyards and winery, the Lapostolle Residence consists of four opulent casitas that are so private you can sunbathe nude on your terrace while gazing at the nearby...
The pavilion-style villas on the windward side of Qualia—a 30-acre resort on Hamilton Island, off the coast of Queensland—are surrounded by eucalyptus trees and offer private 9-foot-deep plunge pools...
Las Vegas may be famous for its nightlife, but those seeking respite and rejuvenation lying poolside at the Palazzo hotel during hot afternoons will melt over the new Azure pool service. Azure brings...
To get to the newly opened remote Soneva Kiri by Six Senses spa resort, guests must take an eight-seat private jet on a 60-minute flight from mainland Thailand then take a short boat ride to Kood,...
Following a six-month renovation, the Dorchester Spa has reopened in the Dorchester hotel in London with signature facials by internationally renowned Vaishaly and new discovery Carol Joy of London...
Since it opened last September, the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora has been creating quite a scene for its patrons: Sitting on the French Polynesian island’s highest point, it offers...
Guests strike a gong and make a wellness wish upon arrival at Six Senses Destination Spa Phuket in Thailand. Those wishes are the raisons d’être of this establishment, which opened last November on...
The centerpiece of Sense, a Rosewood Spa at Rosewood Mayakobá (+52.?984.875.8000, www.sensespa.com ) is a cenote, one of the many deep limestone springs on Mexico’s Caribbean coast that the Maya...
The Guerlain Spa (212.872.7200, www.guerlainspa.com ) that debuted last September on the 19th floor of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel serves as a sanctuary within the bustling city. The spa has...
Since it opened last September, the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora (+689.603.137, www.fourseasons.com ) has been creating quite a scene for its patrons: Sitting on the French Polynesian island’...
Guests strike a gong and make a wellness wish upon arrival at Six Senses Destination Spa Phuket in Thailand. Those wishes are the raisons d’être of this establishment, which opened last November on...
No Turkish experience is complete without visiting a traditional bath. While many luxury hotels attempt to provide the Turkish bath experience, the hammams at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at...
Cabdrivers, bellboys, and even randomly encountered people on the streets of Langkawi will tell you about the legend of Mahsuri, a 19th-century princess whose husband, after believing a false...
“Try to come early for the heat experiences!” This line jumps out as I read the e-mail confirmation for my upcoming Gentleman’s Retreat at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental in New York City. Heat...
Four decades is a long tenure in any position, but in the hospitality industry, such a stint is a true anomaly. Still, Kurt Wachtveitl, general manager of the Oriental Bangkok since 1967, has no...
RafflesAmrita Spa, Canouan Island At the RafflesAmrita Spa on Canouan Island in the Grenadines, you will find all of the Asian elements that characterize the Singapore flagship: Indonesian and Thai...
As I sit swathed in a loincloth, smoking a cigarette made from a mixture of turmeric and sweet flag powder, I realize the Tamara Ayurveda Spa at the Taj Malabar hotel in Cochin, India, is a total...
John Hunt’s day begins at dawn. There are hundreds of avocado trees to plant and 10 tons of fresh-picked citrus to pack. As a farmer, he always has a fence to mend, a leaking hydration pipe to fix,...
An imported London taxi has dropped us off at an Italian restaurant with a French name, and we wash down pasta with Spanish wine here in the town of Baden-Baden, Germany, after spending an afternoon...
Como Shambhala Retreat, Cocoa Island A wholehearted approach to health. Hotelier Christina Ong does not want people to think of her newest venture, Como Shambhala Retreat, Cocoa Island, as a spa—at...
At the turn of the 20th century, ranchers in Jackson Hole, Wyo., discovered that it was easier to wrangle city slickers than cattle, and thus the dude ranch, as well as a new tourist destination, was...
Joe MacDonald, a retired U.S. Army Ranger, asks me, as he secures the belay rope to my harness, if I am confronting any barriers in my life. Other than the 32-foot man-made climbing rock standing 90...
It’s hard to imagine a location in the continental United States more remote than Lajitas, Texas. The nearest commercial airport is almost 300 miles away. Even the nearest grocery store lies 90 miles...
The unmarked, tan-colored brick building housing Athletes’ Performance, a $10 million high-tech fitness center that opened last year, blends anonymously into the rest of the Arizona State University...
Great Scot Once the summer home of Andrew Carnegie, Skibo Castle in Scotland’s Northern Highlands is now the setting for a year-round house party for the members of Peter de Savary’s Carnegie Club...

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