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5 Spa getaways worth the splurge

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Sensational spa destinations

If having your skin scrubbed, soaked and steamed sounds divine, a spa getaway may be just what you need. For centuries, people have visited spas to soak in mineral waters and hot springs to revive their tired souls. The following spas deliver the latest and greatest services and will leave you feeling pampered beyond your wildest me-time dreams.

5The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York, NY

Sensational spa destinations

Soaring 35 floors above ground, the Spa offers an oasis of serenity above bustling New York City. The five-star spa is founded on Asian principles, delivering holistic services designed to rebalance individual needs. A bamboo, stone and gold-leaf décor lend a soothing vibe, while amenities include the Amethyst Crystal Steam Room, the Vitality Pool and a first of its kind in New York: a 650-square-foot VIP Spa Suite that replicates an Oriental-style home, with a fireplace and dual massage beds. The Signature Spa Therapies Treatment, $450, offers a nice introduction to the spa; it consists of a personal consultation to assess your well-being, followed by a body massage with custom-blended oils.

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