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Spa treatments for travelers

Book one of these services and you won’t have to spend a single vacation day tired, achy, or parched.

You’ve survived airport security, a tarmac delay that unleashed a flurry of @DeltaAssist tweets, and a seat sized for a Lilliputian. It’s finally time for the R&R part of your getaway—except you’re so spent from the journey, you can’t stay awake to enjoy the destination. Or you powered through day one, but now you’re too sunburned or sore (or both) to keep the party going. Fast-forward to refreshed with these genius spa offerings.

revival on arrival

Where: Mandarin Oriental; Tokyo
What: Reset your body clock 37 stories above the city with an arm- and leg-focused, medium-pressure massage using a custom-blended essential oil designed to reinvigorate. If that doesn’t wake you up, the view of Mount Fuji and pre-treatment “heat and water oasis”—mosaic-tiled infinity pool, sauna, steam room with good vibe-releasing amethyst crystal, and rain-simulating showers—will.
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total jet lag cure

Where: Jumeirah Carlton Tower, London
What: First your body is dry-brushed, a technique that stimulates circulation by bringing oxygenated blood to the surface and sloughs off dead, dry skin, making it more receptive to the rice scrub that follows. Then comes a massage with lemongrass oil, which has an energizing citrusy scent to help you transition out of blissed-out territory, and a quickie facial to get your complexion looking as fresh as you feel.
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floating bath ritual

Where: Hotel Monte Mulini; Rovinj, Croatia
What: If making small talk stresses you out, this no-masseuse-necessary option is for you: You’ll spend a gravity-free hour floating on your back in a Dead Sea-like tank. Proponents claim floatation puts you in a state of relaxation characterized by delta brain waves that’s supposedly as regenerating as four hours of sleep. So you can skip the disco nap and get straight to exploring what Lonely Planet calls “one of the last true Mediterranean fishing ports."
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sun kissed soother

Where: The Spa by Paresa; Phuket, Thailand
What: Spent a little too long admiring the Andaman Sea? Relieve sunburn discomfort and lower your skin’s temperature with the soothing application of a gel containing aloe and honey, both of which have been shown to prevent peeling and speed up healing, plus pure gold, an anti-inflammatory gaining popularity for its ability to slow the breakdown of collagen and elastin (key, because one bad sunburn can cause long-term, wrinkle-inducing damage).
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travel therapy

Where: Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie; Beverly Hills, California
What: Work out the kinks acquired during hours of sitting in cramped quarters with your choice of an hour-long Swedish massage, generally believed to be more restorative and relaxing, or a deep-tissue one, better for relieving chronic pain. Then undo the drying effects of all that recycled air with a hydrating facial using products from the same ultra-luxe La Prairie line that makes a $1,080 face cream.
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Habit forming: eat well while traveling

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