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East Meets Swiss Spa

Most of Switzerland's spas embrace a European medical tradition, but Le Montreux Palace's recently opened Amrita Wellness approaches healthy living from the East. The opulent 1906 palace hotel has an underground tunnel that leads to a sanctuary of tranquillity. There, sulfurous waters are replaced by Ayurvedic oil-infused baths, and clinical treatment rooms are conspicuously absent—instead there are 10 womblike chambers with stone floors, earth tones, and waterfalls. Treatments range from Shirodhara (an Indian head massage) to Turkish scrubs. When it's cold outside, guests can warm up in the hammam. And in springtime, when the garden is in bloom, solarium chaise longues invite guests to ponder Lake Geneva, the Alps, and the Eastern Hemisphere beyond. Amrita Wellness, 100 Grand-Rue, Montreux, Switzerland; 41-21/962-1212; www.montreux-palace.com; doubles from $340, treatments from $60.

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