5 World-Class Seaside Spas
Get scrubbed, rubbed, wrapped, polished, soothed, and generally de-stressed at these amazing hotels by the water.
Five-Star Treatments: Try the Big Sur Jade Stone Therapy ($220): The soothing massage uses warmed jade from the Big Sur coastline, basalt from surrounding rivers, and cool marble. Follow it with a heavenly aromatherapy body wrap.
Rates start at $775; 800/527-2200 or postranchinn.com.
Five-Star Treatments: The Majestic Noni ($350, billed as a jet lag buster) is a 110-minute journey that begins with a macadamia nut and noni fruit scrub, followed by an herbal wrap, an application of noni elixir mask, and a massage with kukui nut oil.
Rates start at $440; 808/742-1234 or anaraspa.com.
Five-Star Treatments: The Deep Blue treatment ($311) starts with a hydro-massage bath in a tub outfitted with strategically positioned jets, plus a touch of chromatherapy (lights built into the tub change color to affect mood). That's followed by a marine body wrap and a full-body massage while under a Vichy shower.
Rates start at $1,145; 68/960-7600 or tahiti.intercontinental.com.
Five-Star Treatments: Here, it's the Masala spice scrub (a blend of sandalwood, turmeric, and rice grains), followed by the Vishram massage of alternating palm and thumb strokes using an oil blend of the native, rose-scented kewda and sesame oil.
Rates start at $675; 91/294/242-8800 or tajhotels.com.
The real star, though, is the pool, with its built-in massage stations: a cascading waterfall, a bubble volcano geyser, and submerged "bubble beds" (chaises with massaging jets).
Five-Star Treatments: The people of ancient Mexico believed obsidian helped dissolve anger, criticism, and fear. Indeed, you won't feel much but relaxed after the muscle-melting (in a good way) Sacred Obsidian Stone Massage ($298).
Rates start at $335 per person (all-inclusive with a $50 daily spa credit); 877/418-2963 or rivieramaya.grandvelas.com.