Urban Retreats

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Urban Spas Opener

The sights, the sounds, the hard-to-keep-up-with pace. City living can be tough but these spectacular spas take off the edge with their serene spaces and tranquility-inducing treatments. 

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Rooftop Relaxation

The Big Apple boasts several surprising little pockets that beg the question “Am I still in the city?” but The James NYC’s Urban Garden—a multilevel outdoor space that’s home to the hotel’s spa services, yoga classes, film screenings and even croquet—is so special (the hotel even has its own horticulturist) it might have you wondering if you’re still even in the States. The spa menu is small and only available at certain times of the year, but the cabana treatments will transport you to a state of bliss—granted you can stop gazing around at the spectacular atmosphere and stunning views. 

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Zen, Elevated

Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco’s view is enough to take you to a state of solace but scheduling one of decadent multi-hour treatments that the hotel brand has become known for will take it up a notch. If you can’t spare five-plus hours of pampering, go in for the 50-minute Detox and Revive. It targets the most energy-zapped of guests (and works especially well for anyone feeling fatiqued after a long flight) with an application of an uplifting blend of citrus essential oils, relaxing foot massage and targeted stretches. 

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Hollywood Health

Situated steps from the Sunset Strip, Petit Ermitage Hotel’s low-key vibe makes it a must-visit for anyone looking for quiet hideaway in LA. Guests congregate at the roof top—both for a dip in its heated (and, according to the hotel, therapeutic) saltwater pool and its sweeping views of the city; spa treatments and personalized yoga sessions can be arranged at any time of the day. 

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Downtown Tranquility

Offering signature spa guestrooms with calming décor, direct access to the spa and in-room rewards like heated eye and neck pillows and yoga mats, a stay at the Trump Hotel Chicago provides the very best in total spa lifestyle—even before you book your first bodywork. This summer, the brand rolls out the Trump Wellness program, a variety of thoughtful wellness touches like the Nourish in-room dining program, a menu of certified organic food options that are delivered fresh daily from local sources. 

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Serene Space

The city of Macau is, in a word, bustling—but every aspect of the Banyan Tree transports you to tranquil. The grounds feel like a bit of a gated community, but the Sanctuary Pool Villa—a private 950-square-meter space with a private pool, private spa and your own Resort Host to cater to your every whim—is the utmost in relaxed, out-of-this-world opulence. 

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Luxurious London

Sleek lines and modern décor take center stage at the 3,300 square meter ESPA life at the Corinthia Hotel, a modern spa featuring jaw-dropping decor. It is recommended that you first meet with a “Gatekeeper,” who performs a lifestyle  consultation to oversee and create a unique wellness plan personalized just for you. The programs can last a day, week or months and address a variety of lifestyle issues like sleep problems and stress. Try the grooming suites where Daniel Galvin, celebrity hairstylist, heads a salon and the Movie Makeover Room. 

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Parisian Elegance

The spa at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris provides an escape from the tall buildings, bright lights and throngs of tourists. Their fitness facilities, pool and beauty treatment center has tons of natural light and all of the rooms feature unexpected tropical motifs. Try an Aromatic Body Treatment or Lagoon Radiance facial to rehydrate and relax. Not that you’d ever want to, but you’ll completely forget where you are. 

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East Meets West

Stepping into Toronto’s Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie, you’ll feel like you arrived in the East. Marble, tile and lanterns decorate the spa to give it a truly authentic air. There’s a traditional Middle Eastern Hammam and, of course, the brand’s signature wine treatments; don’t miss the Bordeaux Grape Escape, which includes a honey and wine body wrap, facial, manicure and pedicure.  

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