Spas: Massages Plus

“Can i take a picture of your iris?” naturopath Louise Westra asked as I arrived at her office at the Gleneagles resort in Perthshire, Scotland. It was not the first question I expected to hear at a spa, but I obliged, fitting my face into a contraption that held my head still and my eyes […]

Best of the Best 2007: Spas

The healing power of mineral-rich deep-sea water is harnessed at Algotherm’s Deep Ocean Spa Bora Bora ( in the new Inter-Continental resort that opened last year in the French Polynesian islands. The property, built on a narrow, sandy motu (little island) separating Bora Bora’s  turquoise lagoon from the deep blue South Pacific, uses frigid seawater […]

Best of the Best 2007: Resorts

When the U.S. military closed its supply base on the South Pacific island of Bora Bora after World War II, many American personnel reportedly were hesitant to leave, and some had to be removed by force. “We are in one of the most beautiful places on the planet,” says Milton Sgarbi, general manager of the […]