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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.

 

Over-the-top Spa Roundup

Travel Journal

Travel Journal

Dispatches from around the world

Over-the-top Spa Roundup

Henley Vazquez

 

We woke up this morning to sub-freezing temps, and it's April. So today we're dreaming of places we'd rather be, mainly the pampering spas where the coldest thing we'll touch is a cool cup of mint tea in the hot tub. From tropical islands to mountain hideaways and urban escapes, these are a few of the places that have crossed our wishlist on a chilly spring morning. 


Laucala: it sounds like some sort of mystical fantasy land, and it actually is. A private island in Fiji, Laucala's twenty-five villas, epic diving, rainforest walks and golf (yes, even golf) make it destination numero uno for active types. But the spa...that's another level. The four bungalows all have private relaxation rooms and outdoor soaking tubs for total privacy, and the traditional Fijian treatments use organic ingredients gathered from the island's own gardens. 

Must try: A body scrub using the island's volcanic soil.


Mandarin Oriental
New York City

Tropical escapes don't have the lock on over-the-top spas; Mandarin Oriental is changing the urban game with the addition of their two new spa suites. The 650-square-foot treatment rooms include fireplaces, relaxation beds, two massage tables and an overall Asian vibe that feels more Thailand than midtown Manhattan. 

Must try: Oriental Harmony, the spa's signature four-handed massage. Bliss.


Grand Hotel Kronenhof
Pontresina, Switzerland

Located near St. Moritz, this Swiss palace, the Grand Hotel Kornenhof, features an enormous spa with a pristine indoor swimming pool overlooking the alps, treatment rooms for massages and body wraps, and hydrojet experiences. It has two kinds of saunas (great for apres-ski), a saltwater grotto, and a unique relax-floating grotto that projects gentle wave images for ultimate relaxation. 

Must try: The new Haki Method treatment for energy and peace of mind, which was voted "Best Signature Treatment" at the European Health and Spa Awards. 


Private spa suite? Try private island. The Four Seasons Kuda Huraa one-ups everyone by placing their spa on its own island, reachable only by boat. In fact, this place is so special that guests brave the sea plane in to do multi-day detox treatments that include body wraps, yoga (SUP and otherwise), and massages that use organic oils and lotions made from local seaweed.

Must try: The Night Spa, treatments on the beach surrounded by candles and starlight. There's nothing like it.