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+ Leisure
readers voted on the best hotel spas to unwind and unplug.

Alluring tango music? Check. A red wine body scrub? Check.
During an 80-minute massage at the Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, you know
you’re relaxing in Argentina thanks to these evocative local touches.

Outfitted with Argentine leather and handicrafts, the Four
Seasons’ spa proves that the most memorable treatments don’t just help
travelers unwind and unplug, they actually deepen your connection to a
destination. So it’s no surprise that many of the World’s Best Spas offer
treatments that highlight native ingredients or healing techniques.

Earlier this year, T+L readers were asked to rank their
favorite hotel spas on criteria including ambience, treatments, service, and
value. The results, a group of spas in 11 countries, are the ultimate pampering
destinations—and they’re set in some of the best hotels worldwide. Many of the
featured spas are in countries either with noted wellness traditions (Thailand,
for example, has four winners on this year’s list) or with booming spa
industries. The U.S.—where the number of spas nearly quadrupled between 1999
and 2009, according to the International Spa Association—claimed six spots
among the top 20 survey results.

Jamaica fared well, too, with two winners thanks to the
island’s great value options and ocean views. But familiar spas had to make
room for a few newcomers on this year’s list. Discovery Shores Boracay, in the Philippines, for instance, debuted at No. 7. This
beachfront property won raves for spa services that incorporate virgin coconut
oil and traditional Hilot massage techniques.

Meanwhile, the Four Seasons hotel spas have made a
reputation for showing off their destinations, not only in Buenos Aires, but in
Chiang Mai, Thailand, which uses lemongrass fragrance, and even in Las Vegas,
where body scrubs are mixed with—what else?—14-karat gold.

There are other wellness trends T+L has our eyes on, from
traditional Indian Ayurvedic techniques to high-tech openings from top beauty
brands. But when it comes to the best in the world, a spa that connects
travelers to a place will always reign supreme.

So which peaceful retreat is the World’s Best Hotel Spa? Read
on for all the winners.

World's Best Spas

Travel
+ Leisure
readers voted on the best hotel spas to unwind and unplug.

Alluring tango music? Check. A red wine body scrub? Check.
During an 80-minute massage at the Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, you know
you’re relaxing in Argentina thanks to these evocative local touches.

Outfitted with Argentine leather and handicrafts, the Four
Seasons’ spa proves that the most memorable treatments don’t just help
travelers unwind and unplug, they actually deepen your connection to a
destination. So it’s no surprise that many of the World’s Best Spas offer
treatments that highlight native ingredients or healing techniques.

Earlier this year, T+L readers were asked to rank their
favorite hotel spas on criteria including ambience, treatments, service, and
value. The results, a group of spas in 11 countries, are the ultimate pampering
destinations—and they’re set in some of the best hotels worldwide. Many of the
featured spas are in countries either with noted wellness traditions (Thailand,
for example, has four winners on this year’s list) or with booming spa
industries. The U.S.—where the number of spas nearly quadrupled between 1999
and 2009, according to the International Spa Association—claimed six spots
among the top 20 survey results.

Jamaica fared well, too, with two winners thanks to the
island’s great value options and ocean views. But familiar spas had to make
room for a few newcomers on this year’s list. Discovery Shores Boracay, in the Philippines, for instance, debuted at No. 7. This
beachfront property won raves for spa services that incorporate virgin coconut
oil and traditional Hilot massage techniques.

Meanwhile, the Four Seasons hotel spas have made a
reputation for showing off their destinations, not only in Buenos Aires, but in
Chiang Mai, Thailand, which uses lemongrass fragrance, and even in Las Vegas,
where body scrubs are mixed with—what else?—14-karat gold.

There are other wellness trends T+L has our eyes on, from
traditional Indian Ayurvedic techniques to high-tech openings from top beauty
brands. But when it comes to the best in the world, a spa that connects
travelers to a place will always reign supreme.

So which peaceful retreat is the World’s Best Hotel Spa? Read
on for all the winners.

Courtesy of Sofitel, New Zealand

World's Best Spas

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