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Covering the spa beat is grueling work, but someone has to do it.

Whenever I travel, I find spas with unique treatments and a holistic approach. I’ve tested the benefits of numerous skin and body treatments worldwide: a Dead Sea salt scrub in Israel, a peat pack in Ireland, a kelp bath in France, a cayenne facial in Vail, eucalyptus steams in Utah, and oak-leaf slapping in a Québec banya.

 

Organic Spa coverDownton Abbey with a Spa
Organic Spa, January/February 2013

A fan of Downton Abbey, I stayed at Tylney Hall, an English manor house with a history that parallels that of Highclere Castle, the film location for the hit Brit TV series. Tylney Hall has a bonus: a small but lovely holistic spa. Read Article >

Experience Life coverNew Mexico Magic
Experience Life, November 2010

A handful of spas in and around Santa Fe and Taos offer rejuvenating treatments for body and soul—many influenced by Native American healing traditions and the Southwestern landscape.
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Healing Lifestyles & Spa coverIreland’s Mythic, Magical Spas
Healing Lifestyles & Spas, May/June 2006

Up-to-the-minute spas let guests enjoy Ireland—a land filled with ancient history and mythology—experience the country in a new, holistic way.
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Healing Lifestyles & Spa coverRenewal in a Mexican Sweatlodge
Healing Lifestyles & Spas, November/December 2002

Taking a traditional Mexican sweatlodge, called a temazcal, was quite a spiritual adventure at a seaside resort north of Manzanillo. The bathing-suit-optional ceremony on the beach and inside the womb-shaped mud hut was cleansing and purifying. Read Article >

 

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