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TripAdvisor Rings in New Year with World's Best Spas - To Invigorate for 2008,
Here are the Top Ten for Zen
NEEDHAM, Mass., Jan. 8 -- TripAdvisor(R),
the world's largest travel community, today announced the top 10 spas in the world,
based on the TripAdvisor Popularity Index and traveler ratings. All 4- or 5-star
properties, these spas offer relaxing and opulent spa settings and present travelers
with a wonderful way to unwind, detoxify, and invigorate their minds, bodies and
spirits for 2008.
1. Right at Om in Ojai: Ojai
Valley Inn and Spa, Ojai, California - Average nightly rate: $323
Forty miles south of Santa Barbara on California's Gold Coast,
the mission-style Ojai Valley Inn and Spa features an incredible 31,000 square
foot spa village. Engage in about a dozen varieties of massage treatments, indulge
in the spa's signature Kuyam mud treatment or visit the apothecary and create
personalized lotions and creams. According to one TripAdvisor traveler, "We
have stayed at other first class hotels before, but this one is truly the best
and is really first class all the way."
In the heart of Interlaken with dramatic mountainous views,
Victoria- Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa offers tranquil and soothing treatments
in a contemporary setting. Take a Swiss-style break with a Victoria-Jungfrau Time
Out, consisting of a full body salt and oil scrub or sample one of the gems for
two. As one TripAdvisor traveler said, "The Victoria-Jungfrau is by far one
of the best hotels in Europe for relaxation, health club and spa experience, as
well as lovely views."
Surrounded by forest in Pennsylvania's lake region, just 90
miles from New York City, The Lodge at Woodloch embraces nature, with sweeping
windows, covered porches and whirlpools with woodland views. Relax in the private
men's and women's quarters or chat softly next to the fireplace in the coed Whisper
Lounge featuring a covered porch. As one TripAdvisor traveler said, "After
our three night stay, it's my opinion that Woodloch sets a new standard for destination
For the wine -- and spa -- enthusiast, Les Sources de Caudalie
is nestled in the vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte near Bordeaux. Toast
to relaxation while indulging in a vinotherapie treatment, such as a Red Vine
Bath, Merlot Wrap or Grape Marc Bath, which uniquely combines warm spring water
with grape extracts. As one TripAdvisor traveler said, "If you like good
wine, nature, good food, world-renowned spa pampering, professional and friendly
service, peace and quiet, and few people, this is the place to go."
5. Spa Awakening: Como
Shambhala, Bali, Indonesia - Average nightly rate: $275
Situated on a riverbank in Bali, Como Shambhala, or "sacred
place of bliss," encourages exploring the body, mind and spirit to find inner
peace. Feel like a new person -- at least on the outside -- by trying the Como
Shambhala bath, which includes an exfoliating scrub followed by a rejuvenating
massage. As one TripAdvisor traveler said, "The resort offers so many pleasant
activities and the ambiance -- at one with nature and luxury -- is sublime!"
Set in the New England Berkshires, Canyon Ranch boasts a beautiful
spa complex around a grandiose Italianate mansion. For the nature lover, spa aficionado,
relaxation or health seeker, this spa destination features numerous outdoor activities,
healthy gourmet dining and personalized programs. As one TripAdvisor traveler
said, "A little piece of heaven! I go there annually for a week of pampering
Located in the Del Monte forest,
Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach is a Mediterranean-style two-story villa with trickling
fountains and a neighboring exquisite spa. Get off to a rocky start by indulging
in the Pebble Massage, where smooth stones are used to relax and release tension.
As one TripAdvisor traveler said, "Everything is luxurious and immaculate!
Service is outstanding! The grounds are beautifully landscaped with vibrant colors,
yet it's peaceful and relaxing."
Built during the Belle Epoque, Lausanne Palace & Spa stands
perched on a hill with views of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps and features a
modern 8,200 square foot spa. After indulging in an ancient spa therapy treatment,
continue the relaxation by unwinding on the veranda or sundeck. As one TripAdvisor
traveler said, "The spa was top notch and the common areas and restaurants
Breathe in crisp country air at the
Hotel Le Mirador Kempinski Genfer See, located in Swiss wine country and home
to one of the famed Givenchy Spas. Take advantage of separate quarters for men
and women by drifting away in the Hammam (Turkish bath), sauna, or steam room.
As one TripAdvisor traveler said, "Inside the spa you can also relax with
a book overlooking the magnificent views."
Fifteen kilometers from Baden-Baden in the north Black Forest,
Schlosshotel Buehlerhoehe combines self-indulgence with unbeatable scenery. Spoil
yourself with the Manager's Stress Busting Day -- an all-day pampering extravaganza
-- sure to extinguish even the worst of worries. As one TripAdvisor traveler said,
"Full marks on the spa. It was lovely to swim in the pool and sit in the
whirlpool with the sleet and snow lashing against the full-length windows around
in stunning environments with luxurious accommodations, these top spas offer a
truly exceptional experience, enabling travelers to completely unwind and rejuvenate,"
said Michele Perry, director of communications for TripAdvisor. "From relaxing
massages to complete detoxification, these spas offer a variety of treatments
to suit all needs."
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Farm to Treatment Table Lavender Experience
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Hill Country Lavender Farm tour,
a bottle of organic lavender massage oil made at the farm,
lunch at Replenish Spa Café with items featuring lavender, and a lavender-based spa treatment featuring the organic lavender massage oil from the Hill Country Lavender farm.
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