Map of the Spas: Restorative Retreats

  • Jack Smith

A host of soothing spots for medical, massage, Ayurvedic, water, and wine treatments.

MEDICAL
Canyon Ranch, Lenox, Mass.

The Executive Health Program typically begins with a 90-minute physical examination and interview. 413.637.4100, www.canyonranch.com

Millcroft Inn & Spa, Ontario, Canada
The two- or three-day Lite Detox Getaway assesses your state of wellness and then educates you on how to make short-term and long-term improvements to your well-being. 519.941.8111, www.millcroft.com

Six Senses Destination Spa Phuket, Phuket, Thailand
Medical director Dr. Taworn Kasomson created a technique he calls "equilibropathy," which uses qigong massage, modified Chinese acupuncture techniques, Thai massage, and stretching and breathing to promote general health and well-being. +66.76.371.400, www.sixsenses.com

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, Westlake Village, Calif.
The resort’s California Health & Longevity Institute (chli.com) is a state-of-the-art medical clinic that specializes in concierge medicine. 818.575.3000, www.fourseasons.com

MASSAGE
Double Eagle Resort & Spa, June Lake, Calif.

At the resort’s Creekside Spa, personal trainer Chris Morgeson, a triathlete, interviews you so that the therapist can tailor your massage to your sporting interests and aspirations. 760.648.7004, www.doubleeagle.com

Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
The resort’s Cygalle Healing Spa features what it calls a "3-D Hot Stone Massage." Smooth, oiled river stones, both hot and cold, are placed on your body and used to massage you in a blissful, tension-melting manner. 809.523.3333, www.casadecampo.com.do

Rescue Rittenhouse Spa, Philadelphia, Pa.
The hot-stone massage has created a niche market of professional athletes for proprietor Danuta Mieloch. Those clients could have a massage in the locker room, but there they would be surrounded by reporters, coaches, and other players. "Here," Mieloch says, "it’s quiet, relaxing, and private. It’s an escape." 215.772.2766, www.rescuerittenhousespa.com

 

Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, Thailand
As with the spas at the Mandarin Oriental in Prague and the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya in Mexico, all therapies at the resort’s Dheva Spa begin with a foot ritual. +66.53.888.888, www.mandarinoriental.com

 

Timeless Spa, Dubai International Airport
A reflexology treatment at one of the three Timeless Spas in Terminal 3 at the Dubai International Airport offers a relaxing way to counter the rigors of travel. +971.4.505.9555, www.emirateshotelsresorts.com

Four Seasons Hotel Doha, Doha, Qatar
The hotel’s Spa and Wellness Centre offers a reflexology footbath that uses warm water and pebbles to arouse thousands of nerve endings in your feet. The therapy is intended to stimulate your metabolism and strengthen your immune system. +974.494.8888, www.fourseasons.com

AYURVEDA
Golden Door Spa at the Boulders Resort, Carefree, Ariz.
The spa offers a full range of Ayurvedic experiences including wellness classes taught by a certified Ayurvedic wellness coach. 480.488.9009, www.theboulders.com

Ananda in the Himalayas, Narendra Nagar, India
Located in the region of the Himalayas where Ayurveda is said to have originated, this spa offers 79 different body and beauty treatments; massages can be performed while you lie on a wooden bed. www.anandaspa.com

The Raj, Fairfield, Iowa
This is the only facility outside of India built specifically to offer traditional Ayurvedic rejuvenation treatments. 641.472.9580, www.theraj.com

 

Hotel Sackmann, Baiersbronn, Germany
Ayurvedic treatments in a quaint Black Forest setting. +49.7447.2890, www.hotel-sackmann.de

WATER THERAPY
Brenner’s Park Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden, Germany

Bathing au naturel is the rule in the elegant Friedrichsbad, the better to enjoy the spa’s 17-step ritual involving hot and cold waters and massage. +49.7221.9000, www.brenners.com

Jagdhof Spa-Hotel, Tyrol, Austria
The elaborate spa and water treatments include more than 15 different varieties of baths, steam baths, and saunas. +43.5226.2666, www.hotel-jagdhof.at

Accor Thalassa Quiberon, Quiberon, France
This spa’s seaweed cocktails are better for you than any martini. +33.2.9750.2000, www.accorthalassa.com

Praia do Forte EcoResort & Thalasso Spa, Praia do Forte, Brazil
Set on a 7-mile-long beach, this resort is a perfect base for exploring the Atlantic rain forest, looking for humpback whales, and discovering the New World’s feudal past. www.praiadoforteecoresort.com.br/ing/index.asp

The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
This resort’s Turkish baths combine both Byzantine and Roman bathing traditions. +90.212.334.4444, www.ritzcarlton.com

VINOTHERAPY
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, Nev.

Le Vin is a 50-minute treatment that begins with a Chardonnay sugar scrub to exfoliate the skin, followed by the application of a rich body butter made from grape seed, lavender, rosemary, chamomile, and jojoba. 702.567.4700, www.ritzcarlton.com

Santé Winelands Hotel and Wellness Center, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Choose a Shiraz or Chardonnay cocoon wrap and bathe in a whirlpool tub filled with Cabernet. www.santewinelandsestate.co.za

Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, Calif.
Treatments here incorporate a local skin-care line, Napa Valley Spa Products, which includes oils, lotions, teas, and scrubs made from Napa Valley winery grape seeds. 707.963.1211, www.aubergedusoleil.com

Kenwood Inn and Spa, Kenwood, Calif.
Among the vinotherapy treatments is the Harvest Sugar Scrub, which includes milled grape seeds, Chardonnay oil, Riesling oil, and red-wine extract. 707.833.1293, www.kenwoodinn.com

Kohler Waters Spa, Kohler, Wis.
This spa offers a Chardonnay pedicure. 920.457.7777, www.destinationkohler.com

Hotel Byblos, Saint-Tropez, France
At the Byblos Spa by Sisley Cosmetics, the Radiance Treatments incorporate ginseng to help keep guests looking youthful after dancing until dawn at the hotel’s Les Caves Du Roy nightclub. +33.4.94.56.68.00, www.byblos.com

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