Our Guide to the World's Chicest Spas

You can thank us later. We explore the exotic, superluxe treatments to try stateside and far, far beyond.

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May 9, 2012 10:00 AM
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La Prairie Spa at Hotel Bel-Air

Local flavor: Treat your used and abused paws better than you normally do with an indulgent Illuminating Manicure and Pedicure ($80 and $120, respectively). The facial for your hands and feet begins with a gentle (yet effective) exfoliation care of a beta hydroxy acid peel. And just when you thought your skin couldn't get any smoother, a rich microdermabrasion cream infused with diamonds, freshwater pearls, and quartz crystals buffs away another layer to reveal a serious glow. End with a lavish massage application of La Prairie's good-enough-to-eat white caviar soufflé, which plumps skin and targets age spots. Afterward, cool your baby-soft heels — and hands — on the spa's private outdoor patio, complete with a lush wall of greenery and a waterfall.