10 Spas to Watch
Linden Spa at the Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, Maryland
Herbal remedies to the rescue at this resort spa on the Chesapeake. Expect local botanicals such as linden blossom, verbena, and black birch in treatments based on the traditions of Colonial apothecaries.
410/745-2200 or 866/278-9601; www.perrycabin.com
Spa by the Sea at the Wauwinet, Nantucket
Spa treatments get a New England twist with an Atlantic-seaweed wrap and cranberry-crush scrub at this sun-and-sand addition to a classic Massachusetts resort.
800/426-8718 or 508/228-0145; www.wauwinet.com
Spa Solage at Solage Calistoga Resort, Napa Valley
Belly up to the Mud Bar & Bathhouse for full-body mud "cocktails" and soaks in mineral-rich geothermal pools. Top it off with a hydrating facial with products from renowned skin-care expert Kate Somerville.
Prada Beauty Experience at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
Aquapura Douro Valley, Portugal
Pampering therapies from Karin Herzog (a Swiss beauty specialist) and Ytsara (an organic Thai treatment line) complement the updated hydrotherapy circuit at this converted 19th-century manor house in a remote wine region.
351/21-360-0040 or 351/21-360-0041; www.slh.com/portugal/lamego/hotel_lamaqu.html
Four Seasons Resort Provence at Terre Blanche, France
Lavish beauty rituals from Terrak a French line of globally sourced botanicals, are performed in a garden of cypress and olive trees. "Med lite" cuisine follows at the Infusion spa cafe.
Six Senses Erawan, Phuket, Thailand
On a private island accessed by rice barges, this treatment center serves only fresh fish and organic produce and has healing experts to aid your tropical cure. Each of the spa villas has an ocean view and a plunge pool.
Spa at Bulgari Bali, Uluwatu, Indonesia
This hand-carved-teak sanctuary set on a cliff above the beach has rain showers, plunge pools, and both holistic Balinese and modern Italian beauty treatments. Practice your sun salutations in the yoga pavilion.
Spa by Espa at the Peninsula, Tokyo
Outstanding high-rise views may distract you from a kiatsu massage in a Zen aerie of black marble, shoji screens, and washi-paper lanterns. After your treatment, continue to unwind with a cup of specially selected tea.
Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, Northland, New Zealand
Overlooking a fern glen and a winding stream, this totara-forest spa has fireplaces in its garden treatment spaces. The traditional local therapies are inspired by green jade, seashells, and bloodstone crystals.