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The silent treatments

Five star spa experiences around the world, curated by the boutique travel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith.

Your brain is tired, your muscles are tired, your everything is tired. Life is exhausting. So when it comes to proper pampering you deserve more than a cursory shoulder rub. And if you ask us, only the most intensive intervention to release knotted necks and unfurrow brows will do. Thankfully, the boutique hotel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith have plunged the depths of restorative pools and studied medicinal mud baths with a geologist’s zeal to discover some of the world’s most rejuvenating spots. From stylish city spas to lush, jungle healing huts, the slideshow above is your first step toward feeling a little bit more relaxed.

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  • Huvafen Fushi, <br> Maldives

    Huvafen Fushi, <br> Maldives

    Reason to go: If your desert island expectations involve white sand islets all to yourself, sexy beach bungalows and butlers bringing you punch while you lounge, this hotel won’t disappoint. Snorkel one of the Maldives’ most pristine aquatic-life-loaded reefs on a marine biologist-guided tour or a sensational deep-sea dive, before plunging deeper still into a relaxed state at the world’s first underwater spa. 

    Treatment to get: Rather than a typical menu of standard services, the treatments and rituals at this tranquil watery retreat, where fish float past the portholes, are created specifically for guests. 

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  • Lucknam Park<br> Hotel & Spa <br> Wiltshire, UK

    Lucknam Park<br> Hotel & Spa <br> Wiltshire, UK

    Reason to go: One wouldn’t expect to find a contemporary, award-winning spa tucked beside a stately 17th-century manor with an equestrian center and a Michelin-starred restaurant set on 500 verdant acres in the rolling English countryside. Yet this is exactly where to sink in for some of the finest spa services in the UK.

    Treatment to get: Following a match on the pro-worthy tennis courts or a hardy hike along the surrounding trails, the toning, mineral-rich spirulina wraps offer just the lift you need. The signature Carita Paris firming facial treatments (Botox, schmotox) is also a must-try.

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  • Casa Bonita, Dominican Republic

    Casa Bonita, Dominican Republic

    Reason to go: The 12-suite Casa Bonita hotel strikes the perfect balance between eco-conscious clean living (the hotel’s organic garden supplies the restaurant) and tropical luxury. This private retreat on a virtually untouched part of the island has impressive views over both the Caribbean Sea and the Sierra Barahuco Mountains: catnip for adventure seekers. Hike or mountain bike through the hotel’s patch of jungle, or grab a surfboard and ride the brilliant blue waves at nearby Bahoruco Beach. 

    Treatment to get: Reward athletic endeavors at the open-air pavilion eco-spa by pairing a restorative couple’s massage featuring natural ingredients (chocolate, coconut, mango, pineapple and the ilk) with a therapeutic Taino steam bath. 

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  • The Greenwich Hotel, New York City

    The Greenwich Hotel, New York City

    Reason to go: Though it’s built to blend in with the New York façades of trendy Tribeca, Robert De Niro’s classic hotel – boasting beautiful bedrooms fitted with Carrara marble and Moroccan tile, Picasso-ish paintings in honor of the hotelier’s father and a cool but cozy Italian restaurant – ensures a unique respite from the concrete jungle.

    Treatment to get: Following a day spent cruising the West Side Highway by bicycle or gallery hopping on foot, a visit to the bamboo spa – constructed, nail-free, by Japanese craftsmen – is in order. Ancient Japanese baths with seasonal and restorative properties ­– a purifying sake soak or moisturizing white lotus milk soak – are just the thing to soothe the urban weary body and soul.

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  • Il Saviatino, <br> Florence, Italy

    Il Saviatino, <br> Florence, Italy

    Reason to go: A trip to this ravishingly updated 15th-century villa high in the hills over Florence with beautiful boudoirs, outdoor lap pools, gardens for strolling and a museum’s stash of 19th-century frescoes is bound to leave you feeling revitalized. 

    Treatment to get: Follow your nose to Spa Il Salviatino, a fragrant escape guided by Dr Vranjes, the scent master behind one of Florence’s most exclusive perfume houses. Here, aromatherapy with a choice of signature massages (featuring Mediterranean citrus, Tuscan wood spice and other fragrant unguents) begs to be experienced. And a hydrating volcanic powder peel or a luxurious three-hour head-to-toe treatment is just the cure for museum or market fatigue.

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  • Maroma Resort & Spa, <br> Riviera Maya, Mexico

    Maroma Resort & Spa, <br> Riviera Maya, Mexico

    Reason to go: Perfectly plunked between sea and jungle is this Mexican ideal, where you could become an ace at relaxing by the Caribbean Sea under a thatch-roof palapa or in your breezy room beneath hand-loomed linens. Sunrise beach yoga, vigorous kiteboarding and personal training sessions will keep you energized, however, we suggest you also study up on the ancient art of chill at the exceptional Kinan Spa. 

    Treatment to get: Hidden in the jungle, the spa uses top-of-the-line products in treatments, including native therapeutic muds. Don’t miss the Maya Temazcal, a ceremony of chanting, meditation and an aromatic healing bath at dusk. 

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  • The Standard <br> Miami, Florida

    The Standard <br> Miami, Florida

    Reason to go: Invigorating and relaxing, but without the brash bling of SoBe, André Balazs’ ultra-cool boutique hotel is perched on the edge of an island just off Miami Beach. This star spa destination is a hip urban oasis in the art deco style – as beautiful as the beautiful people who flock here, but with none of the attitude. For restless types, the full schedule of intensive yoga classes, core-crunching Pilates, paddle-boarding and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provides a healthy balance to poolside lounging. 

    Treatment to get: The spa, with its emphasis on immersive bathhouse treatments, is thoroughly spoiling ­­­– couple a healing Turkish hamam scrub with restorative yoga, and energize and nourish skin with facials that go beyond cleansing.

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  • Milliken Creek <br> Inn & Spa,<Br> Napa Valley, California

    Milliken Creek <br> Inn & Spa,<Br> Napa Valley, California

    Reason to go: Resting beside the scenic Silverado Trail, on the grassy banks of the Napa River, is a classic clapboard country home where you can sink into pillow-y canopy beds or soak in huge hydrotherapy tubs after daily visits to vintners eager to share their wares. Or, take in the bucolic scenery paddling kayaks down the river or walking the manicured greens of two premier golf courses nearby. 

    Treatment to get: Unwind at the indulgent spa that uses all-natural, all-organic products made in Hungary and Hawaii to deliver a range of signature treatments, including aromatherapy, hot-stone massage and the incomparable grapeseed body polish.

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