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Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa & Cultural Hideaway, Elmau, Germany

Just a 90-minute drive from Munich and in the shadow of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, lies this Bavarian hideaway, where the mind is as important as the body. It is where hiking, biking, skiing, golf and yoga meet concerts, lectures, books and the body beautiful. It has four spas (including one for families), two libraries, a concert hall, six restaurants—one with a Michelin star—and the largest hotel bookshop in the world. Take tai chi classes or attend any of the 200 musical and literary events held all year long.

Signature Treatments: The Schloss Elmau Special Blend is a massage using warm oil, hot stones and techniques from Hawaii to Thailand. The anti-burnout package is conducted under the supervision of an experienced general practitioner.

Who Goes: The cognoscenti from Munich, families on walking holidays, music lovers.

Cost: Rooms start at $345, which includes use of all four spas and tickets to concerts and lectures. Elmau, Oberbayern; 49-88/23-180; schloss-elmau.de.