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1. Anantara Spa, Abu Dhabi, UAE

The centerpiece of the spa, which opened last summer at the Emirates Palace Hotel, is the Moroccan-inspired hammam with marble beds, Jacuzzis, and steam and ice rooms. 971-2/690-9000;

2. The Spa at Hotel Bel-Air, CA

Everyone’s favorite hotel debuts its first spa this fall in a pink stucco building with trellised gardens. There will be ten spa suites plus three guest rooms with private treatment areas. 310-472-1211;

3. Auriga Spa, Ireland

The ten-room spa at the new Capella Castlemartyr, in a 17th-century manor house on 220 acres in County Cork, centers on the lunar cycle. Housed in a modern addition, the spa offers four signature treatments that are available only when the moon is in its corresponding phase; for example, the revitalizing eucalyptus and rosemary massage is given during the new moon and the detoxifying lymphatic massage when the moon is waning. 877-247-6699;

4. The Barai, Thailand

Guests enter the treatment rooms at the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin’s new spa by walking through a pool under a Hindu sculpture. Inside the focus is also on water, with Vichy showers, steam rooms, and plunge pools. Each of the 18 rooms has an adjacent relaxation area, and there are eight spa suites in a nearby 19th-century beachfront pavilion that have their own private steam room. 888-591-1234;

5. Peninsula Spa Tokyo, Japan

The country’s first Espa offers exclusive treatments such as the Keihatsu Enlightenment massage, which incorporates 3,000-year-old East Asian kneading and percussion methods. 866-382-8388;

6. Six Senses Erawan, Thailand

This resort of 61 private villas opens in March on the island of Naka Yai, a ten-minute boat ride from Phuket. The amazing spa will in-corporate four concepts—Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, and Thai. Each of the beachfront villas has its own vegetable garden, so you can snip lemongrass for your morning tea. In fact, everything you eat will come from the entirely self-sufficient property. 949-640-1198;

7. Cavalli Island Retreat and Spa, New Zealand

This resort on the private island of Motukawaiti is rented to only one group at a time with a maximum six guests. Spa technicians are available 24 hours a day for mineral mud wraps and full-body exfoliations using organic ingredients as well as indigenous Maori remedies. 64-21/107-5233;


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