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New Age retreats surrounding Palm Springs will have some serious competition this summer when the Miramonte Resort & Spa (45000 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, Calif.; 800/237-2926; www.miramonteresort.com; doubles from $169), 120 miles south of Los Angeles, opens the Well. The state-of-the-art spa has more than enough activities to fill a weekend: 12 massage rooms (five with private terraces for open-air treatments), secluded outdoor showers, and two therapeutic hydrotherapy tubs. Many of the dozens of massages are geared toward couples; during the partners watsu, pairs receive a water-based shiatsu rubdown, then get tips on how to do the same to one another. Offbeat mind-body classes such as hydro "Yo Chi," a combo of yoga and tai chi, will unwind any workweek stress, and Ristorante Brissago puts the area's early-bird-special reputation to bed. DON'T MISS A morning hike at Joshua Tree National Park (www.nps.gov/jotr), a 40-minute drive from Miramonte. The three-mile-long 49 Palms Oasis trail leads to a palm-tree-lined canyon where you'll have only hummingbirds for company.
—Christine Lennon Shea

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