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The Pilates facilities in the spa at the Landmark Mandarin Hong Kong, with its contemporary Asian style, are extraordinary. Meela is a brilliant instructor. www.mandarinoriental.com

The new 42,000-square-foot spa at the Peninsula, in Beverly Hills, has waterfalls, dark brown cork floors, and periwinkle-blue carpeted walls. Try a gemstone oil massage, with products imported from Dubai. www.beverlyhills.peninsula.com

At the Datai in Langkawi, Malaysia, open-air couples' treatments are given on a teakwood terrace right at the edge of the forest. A pack of tiny black monkeys might be frolicking in the trees above, watching you both. www.thedatai.com

The best 360-degree views of Lisbon can be had from the running track on the roof of the Four Seasons Ritz, Lisbon. www.fourseasons.com

Casa Howard in Florence has custom-packaged pomegranate and mint soaps from the Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy—which happens to be right next door. www.casahoward.com

The telescopes in the suites at the Peninsula Hong Kong exploit the hotel's Kowloon views to the fullest—and are a beautiful, antique brass and teakwood retro touch in an otherwise totally automated environment. www.hongkong.peninsula.com

The Villa Feltrinelli, in Gargnano, Italy, takes laundry service to new heights of luxury: each article of clothing is folded perfectly, wrapped in tissue, and tied up with a silk ribbon and a sprig of lavender. www.villafeltrinelli.com

Banyan Tree in the Seychelles has the most stylish welcome pack—tropical-print slippers that come in a chic little drawstring bag and a coordinating cosmetics case. www.banyantree.com/seychelles

The Hotel Monasterio, in Cuzco, Peru, has the most beautiful, and appropriate, background music: Gregorian chants, playing softly at all hours. www.monasterio.orient-express.com

Securing everything from hot restaurant reservations to the hardest-to-get theater tickets is a breeze for the concierges at the Lanesborough, in London, and they always have the inside scoop on where to shop. www.starwoodhotels.com

Alejandro Peralta, the butler at Las Ventanas al Pararíso, in Los Cabos, is almost psychic—and incredibly gracious. He sets up laptops, coordinates appointments, recommends menus, arranges car rentals, and keeps an eye out for overzealous beach vendors. www.lasventanas.com

Alessandra Roberti Cozzo, the concierge at Rome's Hotel de Russie, trained at the Hyde Park Hotel in London but is a born-and-bred Trasteverina, so she knows the ins and outs of every neighborhood in Rome. www.hotelderussie.it

Guy Palme, the leopard-safari guide at South Africa's Phinda Game Reserve, has been tracking the cats for research purposes for years, so sightings are virtually guaranteed—along with a wealth of information. www.phinda.com

The artistic flower-petal designs on the beds at La Casa Que Canta, in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, were a lovely surprise—and added even more romance to the room. www.lacasaquecanta.com

The babysitters on the Crystal Serenity require almost no advance notice—and seem to genuinely love kids. www.crystalcruises.com


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