69 Positive Thinking
Need a place to call om?Spas are carving out space for quiet contemplation, installing meditation areas where you can seek solace. Practice your mantra in the new penthouse spa suite at the Regent Chiang Mai's Lanna Spa (Chiang Mai, Thailand; 800/545-4000); flickering candles and the essential oil of fragrant lemongrass will set you on the path to enlightenment. At Hawaii's Mauna Lani Spa (Big Island; 888/977-2139), chill out in the hale Nahenahe (house of gentle sounds)—charms frozen in an ice-bell drop onto a metal plate as the sculpture slowly melts, producing a soothing melody. Director Jan Kinder soothes jangled nerves during chakra meditation sessions at Caneel Bay's new Self Centre (St. John; 888/767-3966). In Sedona, Mii amo (888/749-2137) has a womb-dark "kiva" grotto, with four large crystals positioned by a feng shui master. Circling the herb garden labyrinth at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (Ojai, Calif.; 800/422-6524) doubles as aromatherapy: parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme help focus your awareness.
70 New Horizons: Channeling Your Spirit
Join Tibet House founder Bob Thurman (Uma's dad) on Geographic Expeditions' To the Center of the Universe trek (800/777-8183; $9,085 per person; May 9—June 5), an arduous but life-affirming pilgrimage to Mount Kailas. Buddhists and Hindus believe the Himalayan peak is the navel of the earth; walking its perimeter helps expiate your sins. Butterfield & Robinson's Peru Walking (800/678-1147; $4,275 per person; May 8—15) is an immersion course in all things Inca. At Lake Titicaca, you'll visit Quechua, a tribal seer who reads coca leaves to consult the spirit world.
71 Rock of Ages
Many cultures on the planet believe stones have sacred vibes. The Southwest meets the Far East in a Sonoma sand-and-rock garden at the new Golden Door Spa at the Boulders (Carefree, Ariz.; 888/472-6229). Rising above Rancho La Puerta (Tecate, Mexico; 800/443-7565), Mount Kuchumaa is revered by local Indians, who send their shamans up the peak for spiritual training. In the surrounding foothills, the spa has built an outdoor shrine of rough stone and clay bricks to celebrate the area's cosmic energy. In the water garden at the new flagship store of Donna Karan (819 Madison Ave., New York; 866/240-4700), Izumi Masatoshi's stone sculpture, Breath, reminds you that life is not all about retail.
72 Noises Off
Shut out the world with a spa retreat. March is "Spiritscape Month" at Utah's Red Mountain Adventure Spa (800/407-3002). It will hold meditation hikes in Bryce Canyon and workshops led by Deborah Kern, author of Everyday Wellness for Women. Salute the summer solstice with a yoga-and-health cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage on the Crystal Harmony (800/ 820-6663; $2,575 per person; June 24—July 4). Kripalu teacher Marnie Neve and herbal specialist Dr. John McMichan will be on board. During one of the healing weeks at Shambhala at Parrot Cay (877/754-0726; $4,610 a week for two), yogi Rodney Yee leads an intensive Iyengar retreat (March 5—9). Former Navy SEAL Jack Walston invades Dallas's Greenhouse (817/640-4000; $5,775 per person; Feb. 3—10) for the ultimate endurance-training session.
73-77 What's New in 2002
The Spa at Malliouhana Resort (Meads Bay Beach; 800/835-0796),
opening in November
A 14,000-square-foot oceanfront spa on blinding-white sands
Soothing combinations: seaweed-avocado wrap, passion fruit essential-oil massage
JW Marriott Cancùn Resort & Spa (Blvd.Kukulcán; 800/223-6388),
opening in early 2002
Mayan temple meets the 21st century
Local concoctions: Campeche salt scrub, Yucatán massage with papaya and honey
Cabo San Lucas
The Spa at Esperanza (Punta Ballena; 866/311-2226), opening in March
Inspired by Baja's coastal desert landscape
Fresh ingredients: coconut, lime, seaweed, aloe, desert clay
The Spa Village at Pangkor Laut Resort (Perak; 60-5/699-1100),
opening in April
A village with a Chinese herbal shop and eight healing huts
Asian rituals: Malay herbal steam bath, Ayurvedic consultations
Six Senses Resort & Spa at Soneva Gili (Lankanfushi Island; 800/525-4800),
opening this month
A Robinson Crusoe- style retreat in a turquoise lagoon
Traditional healing therapies from India, Thailand, Indonesia
78 Native Instinct
A range of new treatments tap indigenous healing traditions. Seaweed harvested off the coast of Donegal is used in a vitamin-rich body wrap at the Four Seasons' Celtic Touch spa in Dublin (800/332-3442). A blanket wrap of organic Utah honey and rolled oats at the Spa at Sundance (800/ 892-1600) takes its inspiration from a Sioux custom that requires purification of the skin. The Spa Palazzo at Boca Raton Resort & Club (888/491-2622) integrates Seminole healing practices: Florida sweetgrass lends its fragrance to an inhalation treatment in the sauna.
79 Armchair Travel
STRIDE RIGHT Though it may sound hard to believe, Trikitrixa's slippers (crafted from handloomed silk and leather) have healing benefits. The soles contain potent essential oils—ylang-ylang, geranium, vetiver, neroli oil—whose scents are released with every step, inducing calm, creativity, and energy. $95, at Takashimaya, New York; 800/753-2035.